September 2015 Newsletter

Revelation Software
September 2015 Newsletter
Universal Driver 5.0 to be made available for use with OI 9.4

We at Revelation Software are so pleased with the features and benefits of the Universal Driver 5.0 that we are going to make it available for use with OpenInsight 9.4 in October 2015!

Existing users of the Universal Driver 4.7 can upgrade to the Universal Driver 5.0 for $995.00. Customers who are not upgrading, can purchase the UD 5.0 for $2,899.00.

The UD 5.0 will be included free of charge with the purchase of OpenInsight 10 licenses.

Features and Benefits

Latest Communication Technology -
The Universal Driver 5.0 utilizes the latest communication libraries to provide robust, reliable service between the UD server and its clients.

Secure communications option - If desired, the communications channel between the UD server and its clients can be SSL encrypted, preventing unauthorized interception of sensitive information.

Authenticated clients option - If desired, only explicitly authorized client software can connect to the UD server over a secure SSL channel.

Connection Retry - If the communication link between the client and server is temporarily lost, and then restored, the client will attempt to reconnect and resume normal operations.

VSS friendly - The UD 5.0 is VSS (Volume Snapshot Service) aware and can thus be backed up with minimal disruption to normal operations.

Waterloo Manufacturing Software Relies on Revelation Software to Help Customers Deliver Just in Time

The September 11, 2015 issue of Database Trends and Applications features an article written by Joyce Wells titled Waterloo Manufacturing Software Relies on Revelation Software to Help Customers Deliver Just in Time.

Just-in-time manufacturing and leaner inventory levels mean that all components have to arrive at factories exactly when they are expected. Whether it is an expensive part for an airline manufacturer or relatively inexpensive packaging for a producer of perishable food, those pieces must make it to their destination on schedule. If not, the delay can have a ripple effect on businesses throughout the chain of manufacturing, damaging reputations and bottom lines along the way.

To ensure that unforeseen production glitches don’t occur, Waterloo Manufacturing Software develops and markets TACTIC advanced planning and scheduling (APS) software to manufacturers of all sizes worldwide. Waterloo, a longtime Revelation Software customer, has built its product on Revelation’s flagship product, OpenInsight, a Windows-based database application development tool.

Production scheduling software is critical to manufacturers because it allows staff members to generate detailed dispatch lists for individual production machines, units of labor and other manufacturing resources. These dispatch lists consider the capacity constraints of the resources being scheduled. This in turn helps manufacturers answer questions such as which job should be run next, which job needs to be moved in the schedule in order to be delivered in time, and whether overtime will be needed to make the scheduled delivery.

TACTIC Fills the Gap

“TACTIC fills a gap in what many manufacturing ERP systems often don’t do very well – and that is figure out, with all the different orders that you have, when you are going to get them all done without exceeding your expected capacity. It very rapidly can produce schedules with a variety of heuristics about which jobs take priority at which step of manufacture and allows companies to rebuild schedules to answer what-if questions such as, if they take an order from a new customer and try to squeeze that in to meet their delivery date, what other orders are going to be affected by that, and it supports decision making as to whether to keep an existing schedule or abandon it, or try some other schedule,” said Andy Gilman, vice president at Waterloo.

While Waterloo customers are spread across industries and geographies, they all share one characteristic. “The commonality among all our customers is that they are supplying to another company as opposed to the consumer,” explained Gilman.

TACTIC can rapidly produce schedules with a variety of heuristics about which jobs take priority at which step of manufacture and allows customers to rebuild schedules.

“All of the pieces have got to come together at the same time. These businesses run with little inventory so if something does happen to a delivery, it holds up everything else,” added Jim Vaughan, partner, Waterloo. “This is important not just for the initial scheduling prediction but also for updating the schedule if a piece of machinery breaks down or the pace of business suddenly accelerates. It allows them to have very good visibility as opposed to hoping since the plan is constantly changing.”  


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10 Reasons Why Windows 10 Will Be Important To Developers

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard Microsoft has introduced the initial release of Windows 10. Windows 10 has been a widely anticipated release on the part of consumers and business alike, with Microsoft aiming to deploy Windows 10 on more than one billion devices within the next few years.  Here are 10 technical and market reasons why Windows 10 will become Microsoft’s biggest release ever.

1.  Microsoft is making the release available as a free upgrade for the first year. Let’s start with the biggest, albeit obvious, reason. Let’s face it; paying for upgrades is an inhibitor to adoption of any new operating system platform. Consumers and business have to determine if the upgrade is worthy of the asking price. When it’s free, that decision is much easier.  Apple has used the free upgrade model with great success in driving the majority of its customers to the most recent available release. Microsoft will serve its adoption goals well by making upgrades free for the first year.  This should certainly have the intended effect with consumers and breathe new life into existing systems, much like my personal experience of upgrading a Vista system to Windows 7. A year should be plenty of time for businesses and enterprises to test the system before deployment, and I think we’ll see most XP, Vista, and 8.1 systems updated within that time.


Did you know...

... that you can perform a silent install of the Universal Driver 4.7.

The Universal Driver 4.7 setup.exe supports the following parameters:

/S = <silent install>
/A = <serial number>
/F = <startmenu folder>
/E = <statusfile>
/G = <startmenu flag>
/D = <UDdirectory>
/O = <OIdirectory>
/P = <tcpipport>
/V = <servername>
/N = <namedpipename>
/T = <use tcpip flag>
/U = <upgrade flag>

For a new installation set /U=0, for an upgrade set /U=1.

This silent install can be run either from a BAT file or Powershell script.  Both the BAT file or Powershell script must be executed "Run as administrator".


London Revelation User Group (RUG)

The schedule is as follows:

Tue 29th Sept – AM only – RUG – Free of Charge

Tue 29th Sept – PM – OpenInsight 10 Training.

Wed 30th Sept – All Day – OpenInsight 10 Training.

Thu 1st Oct – All Day – OpenInsight 10 Training.

Fri 2nd Oct – AM only – One on One OI 10 meetings by appointment.

As noted above, the RUG will be free to attend as usual and the venue will be announced shortly.  There will be a small charge of £500.00 per person for the OI 10 training.

To register your interest in either the RUG or the training session (or both), please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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