Turning Disruption into an Asset

Turning Disruption into an Asset

Posted on May 07, 2014 0 Comments

In the past, we have said that the Cloud is disruptive, yet provides potentially large economic benefits. And we have also talked about how Mobile is changing everything—both in terms of user experience as well as ubiquitous access to business applications. Neither Mobility nor Cloud are just a trend; together they have evolved into a revolutionary way of doing business—and quickened the pace of change for IT departments and ISV development organizations.

As many of our existing Progress OpenEdge customers and partners have told me in the past year, the Cloud and Mobility are not only keeping them up at night, but are also providing the benefits that are expanding the use and accessibility of their OpenEdge applications, for today and the future. While Mobility may have begun as a consumer-driven trend, it is a movement is that is now being shaped by a global business community looking to capitalize on its benefits.

As a provider of application development tools, it is our responsibility to continue to deliver innovative solutions to enable our customers and partners to participate in today’s digital economy, and to embrace the opportunities and the challenges posed by cloud computing and mobility.

This week Progress announced the delivery of the Spring 2014 Release of Progress Rollbase, with new capabilities that are focused on enabling companies to take a mobile first development approach to business applications. The latest version of Rollbase has expanded integration capabilities between OpenEdge and Rollbase applications. We see more of our existing OpenEdge customers and partners look at Rollbase for the development of new cloud-based applications or to fill the gaps that exist within their current OpenEdge applications. To meet their challenges, the new Mobile AppBuilder is based on what we initially delivered with OpenEdge Mobile, and is now part of the Progress Pacific platform. We have also added Rollbase Private Cloud as part of the PSDN subscription.

For a quick overview of the new mobile features, watch the video below:

The applications of the future will need to be more dynamic and mobile users are far more demanding. You should expect to revise and evolve your applications quickly based on end user feedback and usage. Moving your development to the cloud has the potential to provide the agility you need to rapidly fill gaps you may have in your OpenEdge offerings as well as meet new web/cloud and evolving mobile application requirements. If you do not have a PSDN subscription and have not yet done so, take a look at Rollbase today, or contact your account manager.


Colleen Smith

Colleen Smith is Vice President, Customer Advocacy at Progress. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring customer focus and accountability for improving the company’s relationship with its customers and partners, as it relates to the use of Progress core products. Smith joined the company in 2005 with 20 years of enterprise software marketing, sales and product strategy experience, and has helped transform software companies into industry leaders, built strategic partnerships, designed acquisition strategies and moved companies through aggressive growth stages. 


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