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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 with him. Olson: How did you become the director of education for Sybase? Wesselink: I joined the Sybase education organization about six years ago after managing the customer education organization for Wang Laboratories for 12 years. After holding several education management positions at Sybas... (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)

Fat Pipes Boost Java Flow

At work, Lisa takes advantage of her employer's dedicated T-3 to quickly access live NASDAQ quotes via a Java applet stock ticker. She spends each day alternating between development work and day trading. Soon to be rich, she dreams of early retirement and a life filled with leisure activities and day trading at home. Back at home her lack of patience and 56K connection make day trading a painfully slow torture. Java and 56K aren't meant to be together. Unfortunately, most of the 50 million regular Internet users worldwide are ecstatic if they can even achieve 56K. High-speed co... (more)

What's Coming Up in This New Year

Wow, 2000! I remember back in the '70s when I was a teenager thinking about the year 2000. It was so far away. I was sure the world would be radically different, plus I'd be such an old man. Well, I'm older, though not yet an old man. And the world has changed, but not as drastically as sci-fi movies and shows had led me to believe. Technology has made incredible advances. One dramatic example is that the U.S. government-sponsored Human Genome Project expects to finish mapping the entire human gene structures by the end of the year. Not too long ago that task was considered impos... (more)

PowerDesigner: Neck and Neck with the Competition,

Though PowerDesigner 7 was released a few months ago, not many people are aware that it's much more feature-rich than past versions. Sybase has been pushing hard to get the word out that PD7 is a great product, but it's getting only mediocre media coverage. We haven't even mentioned it yet in this magazine, so I'm going to focus on it now. First, a little history... Back in 1994, Powersoft was looking to broaden its toolset by adding relational design capabilities, a database and various other components needed for full-cycle development. Rather than taking years to build them f... (more)