TIW has been developing on the Visual FoxPro platform
for 22 years and it remains the most mature and inexpensive platform
in market. As long as a computer with a 32 bit mode system is provided,
Visual FoxPro applications can be run and have an expected life that
will last until end of next decade.
However, technology follows cycles and a new cycle is
emerging. At this time it is unclear who the major players will be, but
we believe that mobility devices and PC’s are likely to merge into one
Global internet users will double over the next few
users and most will be using mobile devices. Last year the number of
smart phones sold exceeded the number of PCs sold. In a few years, the
number of mobile devices will DWARF the number of PCs, and tablets alone
should surpass PCs in 2 to 3 years.
is the principal driver for the World Wide Web and a core technology of
the Internet. Its core aims have been to improve the language with
support for the latest multimedia while keeping it easily readable by
humans and consistently understood by computers and devices. It includes
markup and application programming interfaces (APIs) for complex web
applications. Many features of HTML5 have been built with the
consideration of being able to run on low-powered devices such as
smartphones and tablets.
Right now HTML apps are a $10 billion dollar market
and growing at 100% per year. Apps will continue to grow rapidly and
power complex applications on HTML. It is becoming apparent that
computing is going to mobility devices and that the desktop, smart
phones and tablets will merge. We have concluded that HTML has the best
potential for being the cross-platform of choice.
TIW is moving towards HTML and as a first step we are developing a new
contact manager, called ALERE InTouch,
with a mobility device interface. We will then expand that mobility
device access to all of ALERE and continue the transition of ALERE to
new technologies as they mature.