Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Brand New Day...

Well, my access card worked.  I guess I still have a job :-).

I just finished listening to a company (Embarcadero not Borland) wide conference call announcing to the whole company the closure of the Embarcadero+CodeGear deal. Wayne Williams, our new boss, made some very encouraging statements. Most notably was that just like ER/Studio, RapidSQL, and DBArtisan, Delphi/C++Builder are core Embarcadero product offerings. This means that these products are key to the business. Yes, there are many other products being sold, incubated and introduced, but it is the aforementioned products that form the pillars on which the company is based. Without them, many of the other products would not be possible. Like the foundation of a home, you just don't take a metaphoric jackhammer to them and expect the structure (the company) to remain sound.

Another encouraging (or maybe scary, depending upon your perspective) point was that we are the last independent tools vendor with the breadth of offerings we have out there. This means no vendor or stack lock-in. We have tools for nearly every database and OS platform out there. We are also one the of the very few software companies that offer very strong non-Open Source tools right along side tools built either on or for Open Source stacks. JBuilder and 3rdRail are built on top of the very popular Eclipse framework. Delphi for PHP and 3rdRail are built for the very popular and widely used Open Source PHP and Ruby/Rails environments, respectively.

How things will change or even stay the same is still being planned and scoped. A lot of work had been done between the announcement of this deal and its close, but now is where most of the work can actually take place. Now that we're no longer joined to Borland, we can now chart a new course under a new captain. I wish all the best for Borland as I've seen many happy and exciting days while there.

An interesting anomaly is that many of the CodeGear folks have had their service bridged, which means that some of us have, on paper, now worked for Embarcadero longer then they've existed :-). This is now day 6022 for me.