Name the most widely used 20-year-old software!

Name the most widely used 20-year-old software!

January 17, 2012 0 Comments

Ok, we all love a good technology quiz so here we go. What technology was conceived in 1992 and is still widely used in every major financial system, stock trading application, and business intelligence tool on the planet? It's ODBC!! This year, ODBC turns 20 years old and is still at the forefront of all major data driven applications which is really something special. There aren't many technologies that stay around for 20 years - and those that do are not only few and far between, but they are solid, trusted pieces of technology that we build our technological empires on.

Why has ODBC lasted so long? Well, if you remember a bit of tech history, ODBC was ratified right at the time when relational database systems were really hitting their stride and many new applications were being written based on that technology. Huge investments and many man hours were spent making those business critical systems work and have continually been updated and kept well maintained. Even relatively new apps to the market still use ODBC connectivity to get to relational systems. Look at cutting edge BI tools like Tableau - awesome data visualization using tried and true 20 year old tech. That's just cool.

So, what's new in ODBC? Some drivers have really added a lot of value when used as the ODBC connectivity solution for high volume critical systems. These drivers have been meticulously developed and honed over time to be the best of the best. They are trusted to run the world's largest and most highly available transactional systems, financial applications, banks, trading platforms, and government agencies. Drivers of this caliber have gone through much refinement over the last 20 years and for this anniversary we are dubbing them ODBC Platinum Drivers. Here are some of the reasons that these drivers really stand apart:

  • "Clean" Spec Implementation: ODBC was meant to be a standard but some drivers started adding in hooks and additions to the specification to hook you into using their drivers for good. However, the best drivers were made to be interchangeable, so you could quickly and easily change out your Oracle driver for a DB2 or SQL Server driver if your business requirements changed.
  • Codeless Configuration: Platinum ODBC drivers allow features and functionality to be added, configured, or tuned for any application without changing application code, regardless of runtime or data access model. You can achieve significant performance gains, bulk data movement, application failover, and security without any code changes.
  • Superior Performance: Platinum ODBC is built on the wire protocol architecture that is the foundation for market leading data throughput, delivering scalability and capacity from on-premise to cloud platforms.
  • Broadest Coverage: Platinum ODBC delivers the broadest coverage on all major UNIX, Linux, and Windows platform distributions across multiple hardware configurations coupled with broad data source support spanning cloud, relational, and data warehouses.
  • Resource Efficiency: Platinum ODBC drivers use a minimal amount of runtime CPU and memory resources to deliver optimum performance in virtualized and cloud deployment scenarios.

With these features and the stress of billions of transactions going through the drivers each day make for some really unbreakable drivers that the largest companies stake their business on......that's ODBC Platinum!

Happy anniversary, ODBC!  Here's to 20 more years!

Jesse Davis

Jesse Davis

As Senior Director of Research & Development, Jesse is responsible for the daily operations, product development initiatives and forward looking research for Progress DataDirect. Jesse has spent nearly 20 years creating enterprise data products and has served as an expert on several industry standards including JDBC, J2EE, DRDA and OData. Jesse holds a bachelor of science degree in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State university.

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