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Zumasys, Cook Medical & Ivy Tech Partner To Educate College Students on jBASE and MultiValue

With training and assistance from Zumasys, Ivy Tech Community College developed a curriculum that challenged Ivy Tech students with problem-solving projects to prepare them for careers in manufacturing management at companies such as Cook Medical.

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Release Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Zumasys announced today that Indiana-based Ivy Tech Community College has collaborated with Cook Medical and Zumasys to integrate jBASE, a MultiValue database management system, into its Software Development certificate program. Specifically, jBASE is being used to simulate real-world programming scenarios.

With training and assistance from Zumasys, Ivy Tech Community College developed a curriculum that challenged Ivy Tech students with problem-solving projects to prepare them for careers in manufacturing management at companies such as Cook Medical.

"The partnership with Cook Medical and Zumasys creates opportunities for students to learn skills with immediate practicality in the workplace," said Jennie Vaughan, chancellor at Ivy Tech, Bloomington. "Our students are learning high-demand skills so they are career-ready on graduation day. This is not only important for the success of our students, but also further develops a skilled workforce in Indiana."

Under the leadership of Associate Professor, Dr. Diana Nixon, students mastered foundational programming skills in jBASE. The course culminated in a final project that required students to write programs for employee time-entry and customer order management.

"Attracting new developers to MultiValue is a top priority for the market and we are excited by the potential of this program," said Paul Giobbi, President of Zumasys. "The native architecture of jBASE appeals to new developers familiar with NoSQL databases and this is an excellent way to expose up and coming technicians and programmers to the power of MultiValue."

"Cook uses jBASE to manage many aspects of its business, such as inventory management," said Dave Breedlove, Vice President of Information Technology at Cook Medical. "Programs like this spotlight the power of community partnership. These students' creative problem-solving on this program offers valuable insight. We need employees with jBASE experience, and these students show significant potential."

Multiple students from the class will be offered an internship at Cook Medical, with an opportunity to earn a full-time position after successful completion of the internship.


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About Zumasys, Inc

Zumasys helps companies of every size transition their infrastructure and applications to the cloud. With Zumasys cloud services, customers can easily access the latest software and hardware technologies over the Web, allowing them to focus on growing their core business instead of managing their IT infrastructures. Zumasys delivers personalized service, integrated disaster recovery and the confidence companies need to outsource the hosting of all their databases including SQL, Oracle and Pick MultiValue systems.

In 2014, Zumasys acquired a string of MultiValue software technologies including:

  • AccuTerm - The leading Windows/Mobile connectivity solution for the Pick Market with more than 16,000 customers worldwide. Pete Schellenbach is now Zumasys' Director of Product Development.
  • MultiValue Dashboard - Originally developed by The Nerdery and re-launched in 2014, MultiValue Dashboard allows you to quickly and easily build web-based dashboards using traditional Pick programming methods.
  • OpenQM - Zumasys announced an Exclusive Worldwide Distribution and domestic support/maintenance arrangement for OpenQM, a cost-effective, efficient, high-performance database to run Pick applications.
  • jBASE - Zumasys acquired jBASE database from Temenos, based in Geneva Switzerland. Its contemporary architecture allows Pick-based applications to natively interact with the underlying Windows or Unix operating system, and store data in SQL Server, Oracle and the cloud.

For more information, visit http:/​/​www.zumasys.com

About jBASE

What is jBASE?

jBASE is a database and a set of programs and libraries that allows normal MultiValue (MV) applications to become native Windows, Unix or Linux programs. All of the traditional MV features are supported, including BASIC, Proc, Paragraph, Query and Dictionaries (Pick and Prime style).

What are the benefits of jBASE?

Because existing MV apps are converted to native executables and shared objects, they run fast and take advantage of the latest compiler optimizations available for Windows, Unix and Linux platforms.

Flexible licensing models support cost-effective application deployment for traditional character-based applications and include models suited for efficient deployment of web and graphical-based applications.

A key differentiator is that jBASE architecture tends to make sense to technical hires who may not have prior MV experience. jBASE organizes itself much like other mainstream applications, with full support for pathing and threading. Because it is native, business objects created in jBASE, even those based on legacy code, can be wrapped with other languages. jBASE is a platform that respects the investments made in custom-built legacy apps while allowing non-MV programmers to build next-generation applications using the latest design tools and methods.

jBASE also has one of the lowest support and maintenance costs among enterprise-level MV databases.

Who actually controls jBASE?

In 2015, Zumasys purchased the jBASE intellectual property and development from Temenos, as well as jBASE sales and support from MPower1. Zumasys now controls and markets jBASE internationally with full time developers located in England and North America. jBASE interested us not just because of its worldwide install-base of loyal customers but also because it is a technology that will utilize the Zumasys Cloud to help those customers move to a SaaS business model. We can serve up MV applications running on a multi-tenanted database architecture with unrivaled price and performance and include unique features such as browser-based access.

What does the future hold for jBASE?

Being a native architecture, the future for jBASE is bright. Advancements in technology outside of jBASE tend to benefit jBASE simply because it has a native architecture. This leaves our engineers with time to focus on internal feature and functions and leave other work such as performance tuning and connectivity to vendors of operating systems.

Developers can continue to develop using traditional MV languages and data or choose to develop in new languages. They can choose whether data should be stored in traditional high-performance MV files or in virtually any other database, such as SQL Server, Oracle, DB2 or modern object data stores and noSQL databases.

For more information, visit http:/​/​www.jbase.com/​

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