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Each year the Sybase conference gives me a good excuse to visit friends in Florida, catch some rays, go to amusement parks and take a break from my clients. I usually arrive on Friday or Saturday and stay until the following Sunday. That's nine days for a four-day conference; plenty of time to enjoy my former stomping grounds. However, during the four days of the conference I'm all business...sort of. You might find me at Jelly's Piano Bar or in one of the many restaurants - but even those times are meant for networking. The rest of the time I'll be taking advantage of this once-a-year bonanza of information and access. At the conference you have access to many people who aren't usually available to talk to informally and face to face, including a broad variety of Sybase managers, software developers, tech support staff, technical evangelists and visionaries. That ... (more)

Running a Tight Ship, an Interview with Brian Wesselink

A few years ago Brian Wesselink took over as director of Sybase's North America Education. Brian received a B.S. in mathematics from Central College in Iowa in 1969 and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Florida State University in 1973. He was an associate professor of mathematics and computer science at the College of Charleston until 1983, at which time he joined Wang Laboratories, holding various management positions within customer education. He joined the customer education organization at Sybase in 1995, and became its director in 1999. I recently had the opportunity to speak wi... (more)

Avoid Being Outsourced

Products and markets have well-defined life cycles that vary in amplitude and length, but follow historical patterns. As Bob Hendry described in his editorial in last month's issue ("Is IT Outsourcing Worth It?" [Vol. 10, issue 10]), the IT outsourcing craze is in full swing. Certainly the heads-down programmer jobs are rapidly flowing out of this country, but for two centuries the backbone of American success and industrial might has not been labor but rather innovation. During the industrial revolution we made great innovations in industrial technology and went from a small col... (more)

What Happens When the Self-Taught Stop Learning?

You can pay me now or pay me later." I love that line. It was the catch phrase in an auto repair commercial several years ago. The story was that the transmission in this man's car was making strange noises. He took it to a repair shop and was told he needed to spend money to service the transmission. After deciding to wait on the recommended service, the man walks back to his car while the repairman shakes his head and utters the phrase that rings true in many instances. The point made plain by the commercial was that the transmission needed to be serviced and the problem wasn'... (more)

PowerBuilder and TechWave 2002

For Sybase TechWave 2002 at the San Diego Convention Center, the PowerBuilder team has been getting ready to show off some of the next-generation capabilities currently under development for PowerBuilder 9.0. They've been busy developing Web, distributed, and client/server capabilities that will further your development needs. These new features are an indication of the brighter future that's in store for PowerBuilder as we move forward with its evolution. If you're at TechWave, be sure to swing by the PowerBuilder booth or Technology Boardwalk area in the exhibition hall to see ... (more)