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By Robert Houben, CTO on 2/24/2011 8:33 AM

The FusionWare mvLynx products were born about 20 years ago from a strong belief that standards-based connectivity solutions would open up to users of MultiValue applications the freedom to connect their applications to an unlimited number of possibilities.  The ODBC standard was born from a need to avoid writing a new connector every time you wanted a different database application to connect to a different client application.

Today, I see a number of solutions being touted to the MultiValue community that, to me, appear to be going in the wrong direction.  I see “specialized” connectors for SSIS, Silverlight and a host of other Windows based solutions, where a single connector should do the trick.  I see connectors that can’t bind to normal controls, restricting users to custom, proprietary controls.

While these solutions have a place in solving one-off problems, this is not an acceptable solution for the customers that we work with, so here we look at how a single connector, the FusionWare mvLynx Managed Provider, allows you to build out many solutions, using industry best practices.

By Robert Houben, CTO on 2/22/2011 9:04 AM

In previous installments we have looked at how the FusionWare mvLynx product family provides the Unlock Code for Business Intelligence and Reporting for your MultiValue application.

In this installment we look at different types of data migration and some of the approaches that FusionWare mvLynx makes possible.

By Robert Houben, CTO on 2/17/2011 9:49 AM
In previous blog posts, we've looked at mapping the SALESORDER file, and at using MultiValue Dictionaries to access the data.  Now we'll look at how to programmatically expose the data using MV BASIC programs and subroutines.  This approach allows you to call subroutines that expose complex business logic that is key to your application.
By Robert Houben, CTO on 2/15/2011 10:18 AM

In part 1, we talked about getting offline business intelligence and reporting for your MultiValue data.  Here in part 2, we talk about direct, live access to data for reporting purposes.

There are benefits to being able to work with an offline data source.  These benefits include reduced load on your production system, being able to create specialized indexes to support some complex queries, without impacting the OLTP nature of your production system, and in some cases, having a static snapshot as of a point in time that does not move out from under you.

There are times, however, when you really need to have access to the live, current data for reporting purposes.  When you really need to know the status of your inventory, of a manufacturing process, or a shipment to a customer, and that data needs to be current to the second.  In those cases, you need a mechanism to get to your live data.

By Robert Houben, CTO on 2/8/2011 11:11 AM
In a previous blog post we talked about the evolution of our web middleware for MultiValue. In this post I talk about why that evolution was necessary.
By Robert Houben, CTO on 2/8/2011 9:35 AM

One of the most common reasons for wanting to access a MultiValue system from other platforms is the need to allow business analysts, financial and executive staff to access this data from modern, familiar, popular BI tools.  Probably the front runner in this set, especially in the smaller and mid-market segments, is Microsoft Excel, with commercial BI suites from major vendors taking a significantly distant second place.

Because of the scope of this topic, we will break it up into two parts. This first part will introduce the overall topic, then delve into offline BI and reporting options.  Part 2 will look at real-time reporting.  Of course, there is no reason you can't have both!

By Robert Houben, CTO on 1/31/2011 4:04 PM
FusionWare mvLynx products provide rapid, easy solutions for Data Warehousing, Data Mart, Business Intelligence and Reporting, Data Integration and more.

This is the first in a series of posts that explore some of the things that we enable with our mvLynx products.
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