Servoy 4.13 Eliminates Need for Citrix or RDP for Native SaaS Applications

Servoy’s platform allows development of hybrid SaaS and on-premises applications from a single code base

Thousand Oaks, CA (June 15, 2009) – Servoy, an award-winning platform provider for fast, flexible, and sexy SaaS solutions, today announced a new release of its leading SaaS platform — Servoy 4.13. Servoy’s platform allows development of hybrid applications — which can be deployed as SaaS and on-premises through both a browser and a native client — from a single code base.

Unlike other platforms, Servoy applications do not need remote video technology such as Citrix and Microsoft Remote Desktop to run over the web. Servoy applications typically require up to 10x less server resources than applications deployed using Citrix and Remote Desktop.

“This is a major breakthrough,” said Jan Aleman, CEO, Servoy. “Running native applications over the web without the need for third party technology is unique with significant cost savings — not only licensing costs, but also server and management costs.”

Additionally, Servoy addresses some of the problematic issues of Remote Desktop technologies — mainly hardware access. “Printing and file system integration is always cumbersome and often requires additional tools and costs,” Aleman said, “Servoy’s native client technology has built-in capabilities to access any type of connected hardware with direct access to the local file system. Even more, it is possible to enable native integration with applications that are running locally.”

Servoy has also recently released a free calculator to estimate redevelopment cost and total cost of ownership at servoy.com/tco. Using the Servoy TCO Calculator, ISVs now can quickly estimate the potential savings of implementing Servoy.

“IT decision makers face continually escalating development and administrative costs,” said Aleman. “The new Servoy TCO Calculator allows customers to make strategic IT decisions even faster and enables them to visualize the potential benefits of Servoy. Through our ISV Assurance Program, Servoy partners with ISVs in modernizing their applications — on time, on spec and on budget — guaranteed.”

Servoy 4.1 Now Available!

Well, we’ve been a little busy here at Servoy! The “radio silence” on this blog is due to the fact it has been an “all hands on deck” effort to get the latest Servoy release out the door… well – we did it. We’re pleased to announce the immediate availability of Servoy 4.1.

So, what’s the big deal – you’re asking? In a word: plenty! Here’s a quick overview:

  • SolutionModel – Create objects on-the-fly
  • Virtual Data For Forms – You can now create a new dataSource from any data and bind it to a new form
  • Up to 50% faster solution loading
  • Ability to do a “clean” import from the Server Admin page
  • “Create Log Server” option when setting up auto-tracking
  • New arguments for logging a user out that includes the ability to open a new solution
  • Outline view for forms- shows all the objects (named and un-named)
  • Option in Developer that allows you to see all of the objects from modules in context
  • Single record saves
  • Removing and getting a list of applied table filters
  • Adding i18n keys dynamically at runtime
  • Getting the SQL statement that generated an error
  • DBTreeView bean – allows checkboxes to be non-editable
  • Many code-completion enhancements – it will now work for objects referenced by variables
  • Control+L works both ways: to show a form in client as well as other way around
  • Ability to synchronize a single form – rather than an entire solution
  • Added a context menu to show the form you’re editing the script on in the Form Designer
  • Font and color choosers now available on the stylesheet editor
  • Option to specify the number of rows of sample data to export – rather than max of 10,000
  • …. and about 350 other minor enhancements and fixes!

You can get the full listing of all the betas and release candidates on our free, online web forum. In addition, I’ll be hosting a “What’s New in Servoy 4.1” hour-long webinar TOMORROW – December 3rd at 10:00am PST (1:00pm EST). To register for the webinar CLICK HERE.

In addition to all the great new features in Servoy 4.1 – we’ve also changed our tagline and updated our web site. When you go to the new site – you’ll notice our “Fast. Flexible. Sexy. SaaS.” messaging right away. The old tagline “Smart Technology for Smart Clients” was a little too ambiguious – and we got some great feedback from analysts and press that we needed to be more focused on “what we do.” I think our new tagline sums it all up very nicely.

I also wanted to extend a huge THANKS to all the analysts and press folks that have given us such great feedback and support: Frank Ohlhorst, Amy Wohl, Joel Dreyfuss, Dan Tynan, David Strom, Ray Valdes, Stephen Hendrick, Al Hilwa, Robert Mahowald, Michael Dortch, Mark Driver, Carl Howe, Robert X. Cringely, Vishy Venugopalan, Jodi Mardesich, Jeff Kaplan, Ian Finley, Lana Gates, Tom Murphy, Jim Duggan, Diego Lo Giudice. If I forgot your name – I’m sorry! There have been so many people that have contributed to our success – please email me and I’ll make the correction.

I sincerely hope that Servoy 4.1 stimulates your imagination into creating a kick-ass SaaS or on-premises (or both!) application that will improve the lives of your customers and your own bottom line in 2009 and beyond.

Bob Cusick, President, Servoy USA

Servoy Featured in eWEEK (again!)

Many thanks to journalist extraordinaire – Frank Ohlhorst for being kind enough to include us in his excellent eWEEK cover story article “Armed & Ready” in the August 2008 issue.

In the article Frank outlines the “7 Criteria For Choosing The Right Tool” – and it sounds like it was custom-designed to describe exactly what Servoy is. NOTE: The stuff in italics does not appear in the original article and are my comments:

  1. Commonality: A single development model has to cover both desktop and web users, and support native RDBMS, SQL Server, MySQL and PDF reporting. They didn’t mention Sybase, DB2, Oracle, PostgreSQL, etc. that Servoy supports – but hey, you get the idea.
  2. Speed of Development: The tool must have a professional IDE that reduces or eliminates the need for handwritten code. Eclipse is the most-used IDE on the plant – and code samples allow you to get fully working code in a single click.
  3. Performance: The tool has to be on par with desktop-only applications. Of course performance is important – but so is scalability. Any product is “fast” with a single user!
  4. Ease of use: Language tools are intuitive and allow faster development than Visual Basic, PHP  or others. Yes – especially these days. You want your tool to be more productive, and not less productive. That’s why we’ve done a direct comparison between Servoy and .NET.
  5. Versatility: There is complete end-user customization of forms, field rules (via XML) and styles (via CSS). In Servoy you can also extend and integrate the environment itself via Java.
  6. Integrity: All processing is centralized There would be no client/server or thick client updates. We totally agree – that’s why Servoy’s Web Client processing is all done on the server side – maximum performance, maximum security, maximum concurrency.
  7. Functionality: Extensive use of standard library functions cover just about anything, including instance XML DOM manipulation, instead of having to use third-party libraries or extensive custom development. Servoy has it – CHECK!

If you’re thinking about rewriting your application in a tool – make sure that whatever you choose meets those 7 criteria. It’ll save you tons of time and money!

Press Here

What a whirlwind week! I just got back from Amsterdam where we hosted a press tour for an “A-list” band of journalists: Joel Dreyfuss, Amy Wohl, and Dan Tynan.

It was simply an amazing week. We had the opportunity to tour the Dutch countryside and spend a lot of time in a van going to destinations that were “only 40 minutes away” from downtown Amsterdam.

Listening to them talk was like hearing a verbal history of the computer industry. These folks have simply “been there, done that” in a way that I didn’t think was possible. They have, literally, been involved with and personally witnessed the birth of every major technology; every major trend; every major piece of hardware and software.

They have consulted for every business in the Fortune 500 – and they have personal relationships with just about everyone you can read about in any type of media story. Period.

In addition to being terrific company – their insights and advice were really helpful – especially to a fast growing company like ours. Their vast knowledge of what works and what doesn’t, what to watch out for, and simple “…here’s what  you do…” guidance will help us get even better.

It was a true honor and priviledge to meet them, get to know them, and break bread together.

I wanted to give a special thanks to them for taking so much time out of their impossibly busy schedules to meet with us – and also a special thanks to our own Brenda Christensen for getting it all together.

I’m looking forward to the next one!

Servoy Press Tour to Europe

Servoy is excited to announce that Bob Cusick, Managing Director of Servoy USA; and Brenda Christensen, Director of Servoy USA PR and Analyst Relations, will lead a one-week Servoy Press Tour to Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Three of the leading journalists and analysts, from the business and technology sectors in the United States, will experience a full-immersion into the world of Servoy — by meeting with CEO Jan Aleman, CTO Jan Blok and the entire European Servoy team; as well as having the opportunity to visit the beautiful city of Amsterdam and its surroundings. We know they will enjoy the tour and look forward to their feedback.