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Application development and database development software business Progress announced new time saving features to their Platform as a service product (Paas) Pacific.
The new Pacific development features and functionality were unveiled at the Progress Exchange 2013 user conference in Boston and mark a new starting point for this 30 year –old business.
Most of the announcements were changes and features to the current Pacific product to speed up development, streamline the flow of data between the different parts of the Pacific suite, and provide a simpler interface for developers and businesses to use on the platform, including;
• Fast data integration regardless of source.
• Flexible deployment options for secure, scalable, multi-tenant applications
• A simplified, intuitive and worry-free experience.
• More flexibility with less complexity for existing apps.
• New ways to tackle data analytics and reporting challenges
Easyl(y) the best
The most significant addition to the Pacific Suite is a new fast business intelligence tool, named Easyl, that enables developers to quickly produce sophisticated reports from disparate data sources using a simple drag and drop interface. The tool is still currently in beta but will be delivered in the next few weeks.
Phil Pead, President and CEO at Progress, said, “developers and businesses need to be able to build and deliver solutions faster than ever before. Taking years to design, write and test code, is no longer tenable. Progress Pacific provides an intuitive, easy to use platform where the complexities of application development and data access are removed, enabling developers and businesses to simply focus on solving their market and business problems.”
Jones and Dolcis get the Pacific advantage
One of the first users of the new features in Pacific is Macintosh Retail Group, a large-scale retailer in the lifestyle and fashion sector and home to brands like Brantano, Dolcis, Jones Bootmaker, Manfield, Invito, and Scapino. The retailer has deployed Pacific as part of a multi-channel strategy to bring its mobile, web and 1000+ stores together with one single development system and is using Progress instead of upgrading their core ERP, point of sale and logistics systems.
The community at the centre of Pacific
Additionally Progress has also added a new community forum to enable developers to share development tips, code and problems with other Progress developers worldwide.“The Community” will be an online hub where developers, independent software vendors and business managers can collaborate as they create, and customize business applications with leading technologies, including the Progress PacificPaaS.
Newly recruited Chief Technology Officer, Karen TeganPadir said of the community: “This initiative is our promise to provide the Progress community with expert, and authentic content – building on the best of what we’ve seen in the highly successful Open Source environment. We know that tools don’t build communities, people do and we believe this open platform for technical dialogue and problem solving will help members create better applications faster.”