Dateline Sep 18, 2008 – Somewhere in Switzerland
Who doesn’t have a soft spot in their heart for a Mac? It’s the easiest to use, slickest designed, loved by right brained people everywhere computer. Nothing like the market share of Windows, but Macs (and Apple) do have their niches, and Apple continues to come up with industry making products and just plain gorgeous industrial design. Why, you wonder, am I yammering on about Mac’s when Pervasive is a dedicated Windows database company?
It’s because last week I saw PSQL v10 running on a MacBook Air. No kidding. And not just running in a parallel Windows environment – running native on OS X. Very, very cool. It’s a miracle you say? Nope. Just an innovative Pervasive customer taking advantage of the fact that there’s already a Linux version of PSQL, and a responsive Pervasive management and engineering team that was more than happy to port a version of PSQL from Linux to Mac OS X. Since Mac OS X is based on Unix (and derived from BSD), most software written for BSD or Linux can be recompiled to run on Mac OS X. I’m not crazy enough to say something like “simple recompile” (which in my book rates up there with “the check’s in the mail” and “we’re from the government and we’re here to help”), but the basics were there.
We got the request from Abacus Research AG, a long time partner and ERP applications vendor in St. Gallen, Switzerland. They’ve been a tremendous success in the SMB ERP arena and were looking to expand their market to include customers like architects, designers, media firms – in other words, creative people – businesses that typically use nothing but Macs. Abacus saw a lot of unmet demand for good business applications in Mac only shops and approached Pervasive for help.
The cool thing about working with a database company smaller than say, Oracle or some division of Sun Microsystems, is that it doesn’t take long to get in touch with people who can really make decisions and take action. So Abacus had a chat with Gilbert van Cutsem – the database division general manager – about putting PSQL on Mac OS X. Gilbert had a discussion with the Engineering team, and it was off to the races. Pervasive Engineering got the work done in less than a month. Now Abacus has a brand new market it can sell to, and we’ve got a happy OEM customer. Check out their press release at: http://www.abacus.ch/unternehmen/news/news/article/508/2/. I’ll post a Zippy-translated version of an InfoWeek article as soon as he gets done typing. (He’s got some German Sheperd somewhere in his past, so the translation is mostly ok, but his typing is atrocious.)
Is Pervasive going to ship a Mac OS X version of PSQL? Too early to tell. But – if your business might benefit from expanding your market into Mac only shops, give us a call. We’d love to hear from you and we can probably help. Check out Pervasive PSQL on Mac OS X for more information. Besides, if it gets me and Zippy to places like St. Gallen in the summer (and out of the Texas heat), we’re all for it.
p.s. Guess what Zippy’s favorite new breakfast snack is? Mac and……Swiss. I know, I know – it’s cheesy. Blame the dog.