Supernova, which changed its name from Four Seasons Software on 17 March, has now moved into the UK market for the first time and set up a sales and support office.
The development tools supplier changed its name to match that of its product in the hope of strengthening brand recognition.
But the move also reflects the Dutch company?s attempt to change its market positioning from a traditional fourth generation generation language (4GL) vendor to become yet another so-called 'component' tools supplier.
Graham Williams, Supernova?s senior vice president of worldwide operations, said: ?The venture capital we raised last year put us in a good position to expand, so we?re setting up offices in the UK, France, Switzerland, Asia-Pacific and regionally across the US. But we?ve also changed our positioning by coming out with our new products and hope to capitalise on that.?
He added that the firm hoped to generate 10 per cent of its total revenues in the UK within 18 months. This year, it hopes to double last year?s $10 million revenues in preparation for flotation on Nasdaq within two years.
While the company?s Supernova development environment was predominantly server-based in the past, its new offering, Supernova/Visual Concepts, is based on Visigenic Software?s object request broker (Orb), which complies with the Corba standard.
The environment enables users to develop objects in the Supernova language, but also supports C++, Java, Sybase?s Powerbuilder and Microsoft?s ActiveX and Visual Basic, so developers can use different languages to build different parts of their application.
All the components are stored in Supernova?s own internally developed repository and programmers need to follow the firm?s guidelines, which indicate how the components will work together.
The product also includes bridges so that new applications can talk to SAP, Baan and Peoplesoft packages, and migration tools so that users and resellers can move easily from Informix 4GL. Supernova has worked with the database vendor on the project and claims that 60-70 per cent of the migration work is automated.
Visual Components ships next month, costing between $50 and $500,000 per developer?s licence.
But Supernova also has a set of 'Application Life Ccycle Environment' offerings in the pipeline, which are due to roll out over the next year.
These include Business Components, developed jointly by Supernova and its resellers, so users can integrate components into their own applications to speed development. The supplier also intends to introduce application templates next year in such areas as sales and marketing, customer service and helpdesk.
Also included in the Life Cycle Environment family are Decision Query, a reporting and query tool, and Control Center, which deals with performance management and software distribution across the enterprise.
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