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International Spectrum

Website: http://www.intl-spectrum.com

International Spectrum, Inc is a private Colorado-based company founded in 1982. International Spectrum is dedicated to the worldwide dissemination of information regarding business computing, solutions and applications within the MultiValue computing environment.

The company was established by the entrepreneurial husband and wife team of Gus and Monica Giobbi, both of whom have extensive experience with the MultiValue marketplace. In 2006, International Spectrum was purchased by Nathan Rector. Nathan Rector started as consultant in the MultiValue market and soon became a celebrated presenter at the International Spectrum Conferences and Expos.

International Spectrum's initial strategy was to stage an annual trade show for the PICK computing market but since its debut event in 1982 at Tahoe, the company has significantly expanded its activities so that today they encompass:

Sponsorship of International Spectrum USA, a conference and exhibition showcasing MultiValue products and services.

Sponsorship of International Spectrum Regional Conferences across the United Sates.

Sponsorship of International Spectrum Conferences and Vendor Fairs in London, Sydney and Melbourne.

Publication of International Spectrum, The Business Computing Magazine

Publication of International Spectrum eXtra, an electronic newsletter for the MultiValue professional.

Sponsorship of International Spectrum Webinars, showcasing production demos and MultiValue Industry training.

Current News:

Articles:

  • 2010 International Spectrum Conference Feedback

    In previous issues we have usually published a recap of what happened at that year's International Spectrum Conference, sometimes giving a summary of the various sessions. These days, that information is available on the web site. So instead of repeating it, this year we focused on the attendess and asked some of them what they thought.

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  • 2011 International Spectrum Conference Feedback

    As we did last year, we decided it would be more interesting to you to hear what attendees at the conference had to say rather than what we thought of it. In these three interviews we hear the opinions of both seasoned MultiValue developers and a newcomer to our database.

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  • 2016 Spectrum Conference Recap Video

    Wonder what was happening at the 2016 Spectrum Conference?

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  • Building a Modern Line-Of-Business Application:Part 2

    There have been many new Line-Of-Business applications developed over the past several years. Most of these business software systems either address a missing piece of the overall or are just extensions of the existing monolithic applications that have been around for fifteen to twenty years. This is Part 2 of our article series which explores what it takes to build a Line-Of-Business application from scratch using the tools and features found in modern software technologies.

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  • Clif Notes: Popcorn? It's Not My Fault!

    Since our last issue, the International Spectrum Conference was held in Phoenix, Arizona. I'd like to offer a few observations and musings about it. Let's start with the most important — the ice cream social.

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  • From The Inside Jan/Feb 2011

    New Year, New Features, New Resources, New Formats… We have a lot of new things and changes happening this year; one is the magazine. One of the big pushes this year is to make the magazine more digital friendly. As a start, you'll see QR Codes on each article. 1

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  • From the Inside January/February 2014

    Big Data is still a hot topic, even two years after the term was first introduced. Although, it seems people are still not sure what exactly they should be doing regarding Big Data.

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  • From the Inside January/February 2015

    We've covered this in the past, but not recently. It's been a while since I've even given it much thought, or discussed it here. It's something many businesses use unconsciously when evaluating new software or changing their existing business software: The Business Application Paradigm.

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  • From the Inside January/February 2016 : Unit Testing on a MultiValue Systems

    One of the major trends in MultiValue application development is Unit Testing. For those of you that are new to MultiValue, you are likely saying, "Well Duh! Unit Testing is not a trend. That is what you are always supposed to do." For those that have been in the MultiValue Community for a long time, you are saying, "But why test my existing code? It doesn't have bugs in it".

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  • From the Inside January/February 2017

    Let's say you are a rock star or a professional athlete. You have talent. More than that, you are a master of your craft. Performing — onstage or on the playing field — is the practical demonstration of what you can do. Despite the hours you spend playing in public, you are still required to practice, practice, practice in private.

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  • From The Inside July/August 2010

    Digital Magazine, Digital Newsletter, Digital Resources, Digital Advertising, Digital everything…

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  • From the Inside July/August 2011

    It is the time of year that I start planning for the next Spectrum conference. If you haven't seen the ad for the 2012 Spectrum, it will be Apr 2nd-5th in West Palm Beach, FL. We are having it at the same venue as the 2011 conference, so if you are a golfer, make sure you bring your clubs.

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  • From the Inside July/August 2014

    Every year, at this time of year, I start planning for the next Spectrum conference. The 2015 International Spectrum Conference will be April 13th to April 16th in West Palm Beach, FL. That is correct, we are returning to the East Coast for 2015. There are more details in the ad in this issue.

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  • From the Inside July/August 2015

    It is the time of year that I start planning for the next Spectrum conference. If you haven't yet seen the ad for the 2016 Spectrum, it will be April 11th-14th in The Wigwam in Litchfield Park, (Phoenix), Arizona. We are having it at the same venue in which the 2014 conference was held. While it's not the PGA, it also has a beautiful golf course, so bring your clubs!

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  • From the Inside Mar/Apr 2011

    Welcome to the International Spectrum 2011 Conference!

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  • From the Inside March/April 2015

    The future is catching up with the power of MultiValue Applications, but are your MultiValue Applications catching up to the future?

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  • From the Inside March/April 2016

    Over the last ten years, new interface technologies have emerged, but LOB (Line of Business) and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) applications are not taking advantage of them. This is causing LOB and ERP to become very cumbersome and blocky. I'm not just talking about MultiValue applications; this is across the industry.

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  • From the Inside March/April 2017

    Innovate or your application will die a slow death. Harsh words, but we have been hearing it, and saying it, for years. Our employees and management are demanding more and more from the existing systems and business applications. Most companies have come to rely on their business software and systems more than they rely on their employees.

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  • From The Inside May/June 2010

    Well, the International Spectrum 2010 User and Developer Conference (Spectrum 2010) is over, and well… it was as successful as ever.

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  • From The Inside May/June 2011

    User Group Members Wanted!

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  • From the Inside May/June 2014

    Well, one more International Spectrum Conference is complete. Now it's time to look at my next twelve months to decide what I want to do, change, and plan for the next year.

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  • From the Inside May/June 2016

    What is the Most Valuable Asset in your company?

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  • From the Inside May/June 2017

    User Group Members Wanted!

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  • From The Inside Nov/Dec 2010

    Changes are a coming, if you have not already seen them. As your businesses start increasing IT spending for automation projects, your work load and technical information requirements are increasing.

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  • From The Inside November/December 2011

    It's the end of the year — time to relax, family enjoyment, gift giving, and time to start planning for the year 2012.

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  • From the Inside November/December 2016

    Changes are a-coming, if you have not already seen them. Because businesses are increasing IT spending for automation projects your work load and requirements are increasing.

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  • From the Inside Sep/Oct 2010

    Resources! Resources! Where can you find them? Where do I get the training needed for new developers?

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  • From The Inside September/October 2011

    I need your help in getting the message out that MultiValue is a modern, robust, solution-oriented platform that works well in a multi-system, mainstream environment.

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  • From the Inside September/October 2012

    The future has caught up with the power of MultiValue Applications, but have your MultiValue Applications caught up to the future?

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  • From the Inside September/October 2014

    "There is nothing wrong with your existing MultiValue Line of Business (LOB) software! There is everything wrong with your LOB 'user experience'."

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  • From the Inside September/October 2015

    How do you build a new business application using all the current technologies and design patterns? I've been thinking about this for a while now. So, I've decided to take on the task of reinventing the wheel.

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  • From the Inside September/October 2017

    As I plan for the 2018 Conference in April, I'm always looking for interesting and fun things for at-tendees to do. As part of the planning for the MultiValue Bootcamp track I was looking for how oth-er conferences have run that sort of training in their own industries. In doing so, I ran across the concept of a Coding Retreat. A Coding Retreat is very similar to the Code Katas that I've talked about in past FTIs, but it sounds like a lot more fun.

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  • From the Inside: January/February 2013

    Do you think you are a good coder? Have you been practicing your coding, or have you just been doing your job?

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  • From the Inside: July/August 2013

    It is the time of year that I start planning for the next Spectrum Conference. If you haven't seen the ad for the 2014 Conference, it will be Apr 7th-10th in Phoenix, AZ. We are having it at the same venue as the 2013 conference — The Wigwam Resort.

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  • From the Inside: March/April 2012

    The user interface is changing again. Oh, Bother! Not again, but it is true. I expect to see a major change in the Business UI and applications within the next year.

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  • From the Inside: March/April 2013

    What does the Future Client/UI look like? What should you start considering now in your application design?

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  • From the Inside: November/December 2012

    Happy Holidays to all! It's the end of the year, time to relax, enjoy family, give gifts, and time to start planning for 2013.

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  • From The Inside: November/December 2015

    The exploration and creation of Next Generation Business Software is on the minds of a lot of business software developers lately. Almost all business software is showing its age. Many applications have been around for 15-20 years, but most of our MultiValue applications have been around for over 30-40. Next Generation Business Software is not just about the client. Nor is it just about the user.

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  • From the Inside: September/October 2013

    Why do I still program? I get asked that by various people several times a year: Why do you still program? Mainly this is at the Spectrum Conferences, but I do get it other times as well.

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  • International Spectrum 2012 Conference Recap Interview

    At the International Spectrum 2012 Conference, Nathan introduced a roundtable lunch panel with some of the regular Conference speakers. The attendees were invited to ask these panelists ad hoc questions, but as the moderator, Nathan didn't get to express any of his views. So we put him on the spot to hear his answers to some of the questions asked of the panelists, plus find out more about the conference and International Spectrum's plans.

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  • International Spectrum 2015 MultiValue Conference Recap

    International Spectrum 2015, West Palm Beach Gardens, Florida was another great MultiValue Conference. If you didn't attend, this is your chance to find out what you missed during our four days of education, networking and fun. Read about our sessions, parties, and other networking events. Find out which were the most popular. And get the scoop on the 2016 conference.

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  • International Spectrum MultiValue Conference 2013 Recap — The Most Sought-After Information

    There were a variety of sessions presented at the 2013 International Spectrum Conference. We thought it might be interesting to take a look at the "Top 10" attended sessions to see if there was any pattern that might indicate what topics attendees were most interested in this year. The results may surprise you. (Or not.)

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  • International Spectrum MultiValue User Conference 2014 Conference Recap

    International Spectrum 2014 was a hit with new and existing developers.See what you missed at this year's four days of education, networking and fun. Look at what "Start-to-Finish" tracks were available to MultiValue developers and what the attendees had access to.

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  • IS.HTTPCLIENT - D3 9.1 and above

    D3 9.1 and above includes support for both normal sockets and SSL sockets. This provide this version of D3 the ability to access both Http:// and Https:// without requiring an external OS routine.

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  • IS.HTTPCLIENT - Using CURL and BASIC's EXECUTE

    CURL is an open source tools and can be found on every version of Linux being distributed. CURL can be find as compiled binaries as well as compliable source code. Many software applications integrate CURL using the libcurl, but in this case we will be using the curl command line routine using the command-line switches, standard-in, and standard-out to transmit information between MultiValue BASIC and CURL.

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  • IS.HTTPCLIENT - Using Universe and UniData HttpCall Extensions

    Universe and Unidata have built in UniBASIC extensions that make the job of calling to a HTTP web server relatively easy. If you look into the UniVerse and/or UniData BASIC extension manual, you will see references to the CallHTTP functions that were added. These functions isolate a lot of the complexity of writing the HTTP protocols by hand, but they still require you to do some work. The subroutine included with this article removes that set of complexity by creating a single subroutine that you can call.

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  • OAUTH 2 Login with MultiValue BASIC Overview

    Consuming web services like Avalara Saletax within your MultiValue applications is easy, but many web services are starting to require OAUTH 2 login authentication. OAUTH 2 adds additional complexity, but implementation is much simpler than it seems when you read the documentation. This article will cover what is required to create an OAUTH 2 login process within your MultiValue applications.

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  • OAUTH 2 Login with MultiValue BASIC Part 2

    Consuming some web services within your MultiValue applications can be easy, but many web services are starting to require OAUTH 2 Login authentication. OAUTH 2 adds an additional complexity but, with a few explanations, it becomes much simpler than the documentation makes it look. This article will talk about what is required to create an OAUTH 2 Login process within your MultiValue application.

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  • PodCast: What is MultiValue?

    5 Minute talk with Nathan Rector, President of International Spectrum, on what MultiValue is and why it is so popular.

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  • Sending E-mail From Your MultiValue Programs - Part 1

    Many legacy MultiValue applications were written long before the invention of e-mail and the Internet. In that e-mail is now an integral part of everyday business, it is surprising how many of these systems have never been updated to use it in even its simplest form. Part one of this series of articles will show you how to get started in rectifying that situation.

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  • Sending E-mail from Your MultiValue Programs - Part 2 - Using IIS

    Part 1 of this series of articles showed you how to construct an e-mail, including the necessary items in the header and body. So now you have it, what do you do with it? There are a variety of ways to actually send e-mail. We start by introducing you to SMTP using Microsoft's Internet Information Server.

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  • Sending E-mail from Your MultiValue Programs - Part 3: Sendmail

    In the first two articles in this series, you learned how to construct an e-mail with the required header lines and a body. You were then introduced to SMTP using Microsoft's Internet Information Server. Now we take a look at the granddaddy of Internet mail — the venerable Sendmail.

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  • Sending E-mail From Your MultiValue Programs - Part 5: Creating and Sending E-mails with HTML and Text Sections

    In the early days of e-mail, text was King. If you dared use that horrible, evil, Microsoft Outlook mailer and sent HTML-based e-mail, you had better be wearing asbestos underwear, because you were going to get flamed. Today, HTML e-mail is the norm for all large businesses (at least in the USA), and the text-only pundits are considered to be somewhat Luddite. Then came mobile devices with small, hard to read screen sizes. What to do? What to do? Enter the realm of multipart html/text e-mail.

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  • Spectrum 2013 Conference: Recap Webinar Recording

    Recording of the Sectrum 2013 Recap webinar. See what was at the 2013 conference and the new things that the speakers and vendors show the MultiValue developers and User.

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  • Spectrum 2015 Slide Show

    See slideshow of the Spectrum 2015 Confernece at the PGA National in Florida.

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  • Spectrum 2016 Conference Recap

    International Spectrum 2016: See what you missed at this year's four days of education, networking and fun. There were several Start-to-Finish tracks available to MultiValue developers. That's in addition to the hallway conversations, spur-of-the-moment consultations, and other interactions which make Spectrum a hit with the attendees.

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  • Spectrum 2017 Conference Recap

    International Spectrum 2017 was a hit with new and existing developers. See what you missed at this year's four days of education, networking, and fun. Also read about important industry talks that went on at the conference this year.

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  • Tech Tip - Number to Word Conversion

    Some of your business processes are complex, some are simple. Let's look at check writing as an example. This is a really simple process, but you can run into one small snag.

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  • Tech Tip: Quirks of the LOCATE Statement

    When I ran across this blog post a month or so ago, I thought it was worth republishing, as many of us have run into this one time or another.

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  • The Six Million Dollar Open

    The term extensible means that a language or format can be tweaked, adjusted, or expanded by the users. It can go beyond what the original designers had in mind. MvBASIC is extensible. The open command is an excellent candidate for an extensible makeover.

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Contact:

nathan@intl-spectrum.com
3691 East 102 Court
Thorton, CO 80229
USA

Phone: 720-259-1356


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