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May 21st, 2013 - IT Jungle
The WebSmart PHP package from BCD [provides] a way to learn PHP in an environment that is both structured and productive.
May 7th, 2013 - IT Jungle
BCD has updated its Presto Web enablement tool to make it easier for customers to generate good-looking Web interfaces for their IBM i applications.
April 9th, 2013 - IT Jungle
Business Computer Design Int'l. yesterday unveiled a beta version of WebSmart Mobile, a new component of its WebSmart development environment.
March 7th, 2013 - iPro Developer
BCD is offering a new version of Presto, a rapid green screen web enablement and modernization tool.
March 5th, 2013 - IT Jungle
Creating custom Web interfaces from existing 5250 screens should be a little bit easier when using the latest release of [BCD's] Presto.
November 12th, 2012 - IT Jungle
Learning about mistakes is a good way to avoid mistakes. It's as true with PHP as it is with skydiving.
September 6th, 2012 - iPro Developer
iPro Developer asks BCD a few questions about their dedication to the IBM i market and how the industry has changed over the last three decades.
August 15th, 2012 - IT Jungle
Business Computer Design Int'l. and Zend Technologies today unveiled a partnership to boost the visibility and usability of their respective PHP offerings for IBM i shops.
August 15th, 2012 - iPro Developer
BCD and Zend have at least two things in common: PHP and IBM i, and they're using that common ground to create a marketing partnership.
August 31st, 2012 - MC Press Online
Business Computer Design International and Zend Technologies have formed a market partnership that aims to promote use of each others' PHP-related development tools for modernization of IBM i applications.
August 8th, 2012 - IT Jungle
The latest release of WebSmart ILE is version 9.2. Its list of enhancements is topped by a grid template that BCD literature describes as "a more modern way of displaying and editing data in a tabular layout."
July 30th, 2012 - MC Press Online
Business Computer Design (BCD Software) has just unveiled a new release of WebSmart ILE. WebSmart is a proven rapid web development tool for IBM i programmers to create RPG web applications.
June 11th, 2012 - iPro Developer
CSI and its associated firm Proximity Resourcing have signed an exclusive distribution deal for the UK and Ireland with application modernisation specialist BCD.
June 4th, 2012 - IT Jungle
[BCD] is expanding its business partner network in the United Kingdom and Ireland by teaming with IT services and solutions provider Proximity Resourcing and systems integrator CSI.
May 15th, 2012 - iPro Developer
Business Computer Design, Int'l Inc, (BCD) offers a slew of updates to three of its products.
May 15th, 2012 - IT Jungle
BCD's application development products have long been used by IBM midrange shops. And for companies unfamiliar with BCD, here's a surprise--the company has a newly enhanced business intelligence tool as well.
April 2nd, 2012 - MCPress Online
The importance of tools to the IBM i community can't be underestimated, but they, like restaurants, come into and go out of favor depending on what clients need and what they are asking developers to do at the moment.
February 10th, 2012 - System iNetwork
IBM i developers and IT staff have been searching for the Holy Grail of application modernization for years now. Now, with the introduction of [Presto's] ExecuteSQL feature, you can have it all.
January 23rd, 2012 - IT Jungle
Marcel Sarrasin, product manager at BCD says "Some iSeries shops that are new to the Web have a hard time picturing what a portal is since in the green screen world the login is built in and menus are very basic."
November 30, 2011 - IT Jungle
September 1, 2011 - System iNetwork
K3 Solutions searched for the best way to modernize its inventory management software for eight years before choosing BCD's Presto solution. K3S wanted to give its software a new look that would satisfy existing green-screen users and new users. It also wanted the software to be accessible from multiple devices via the web and to offer a cloud solution for organizations that don't already own an IBM i box.
May 13, 2011 - MCPress Online
The challenge of modernizing green-screen applications is larger than merely overcoming the limitations to the 5250 data stream; it is a question of how you add functionality, features, and information that the original architect never considered and how do you do it without starting over and redeveloping the entire application.
May 10, 2011 - ITJungle
If you're an application developer on a project that involves converting RPG and/or COBOL green-screen apps to Web pages, you hate being handcuffed with limited screen customization choices. When Business Computer Design (BCD) introduced its Presto software in October 2008, it realized a great many application modernization projects would sink or swim depending on the capabilities of its visual editor.
May 9, 2011 - MCPress Online
Drop-down boxes and charts populated by DB2 data improve the end-user experience by making information easier to find or enter and they certainly add a visual appeal that isn't achievable in green screens. While it's always been possible to add these to your Presto Web-enabled screens, it just became a lot easier in V3.
May 9, 2011 - MCPress Online
The powerful user management features in Nexus play an important role in its ability to make enterprise information easier to access and to manage securely on the Web. V4 of Nexus now supports authenticating users against LDAP and Active Directory which makes it even easier for site administrators to manage users and improves the user experience.
April 18 , 2011 - System iNetwork
Three IBM i solution providers who faced the challenges posed by large green screen modernization projects share their stories as they get close to going to market with new web versions of their proven RPG packages. One of the things they all have in common is they used BCD's Presto to achieve their goals.
November, 2010 - MCPress online
Business Computer Design today announced that the local governing body for the northern-most part of Florida's gulf coast in DeFuniak Springs recently acquired software licenses for WebSmart PHP and Nexus Portal. With these tools, it developed a Web-based permitting system on its IBM i server, a system that county employees now can access online. Even officers patrolling Walton County beaches can access it from their wireless laptops in police cruisers.
October, 2010 - System iNetwork
To truly leverage the full power of the browser interface your strategy should include new web development efforts that employ true web programming techniques. Kevin Cronin describes which web applications your plan must include and how to prepare your web development team.
September 14, 2010 - ITJungle
While the virtues associated with living in an environmentally conscientious way are as abundant as wavy shafts of tan prairie grass in mid-summer, one motive that exerts considerable gravity in the heated conservation debate is that of money. Naperville, Illinois, a city with muscular environmental policies, is setting an example for other cities by further paring back the inefficient use of resources and lessening its impact on the environment while making better use of funds.
September, 2010 - System iNetwork
To build a stronger business case, web-enabled screens need to make users more productive, reduce training costs, and provide new functionality. This means they need to look and function as much as possible like standard web applications.
The West Haven Police Department: The 2010 COMMON / IBM Innovation Award Awarded to a Police Department for the first time
August, 2010 - COMMON Connect Digital Magazine
The COMMON / IBM Innovation Award recognizes members of the Power Systems community who have demonstrated innovation, leadership and ongoing commitment to the community. A judging committee made up of COMMON Board Members and IBM members rate nominees on a number of criteria.
June, 2010 - IBM Systems Magazine
IBM i modernization vendor Business Computer Design Int'l (BCD) has issued new versions of several products. The company has added several new features to Nexus Portal. Version 3.6 of the Web portal solution offers a Google search appliance portlet that lets users use Google searching and indexing on their own content. The product now fully supports Firefox users, and a major code revision has improved page load times by up to 40 percent, according to BCD.
May 10, 2010 - Dan Burger, ITJungle.com
Sergeant Joseph Wynosky, one of two WHPD officers responsible for the department's IT operations, was most impressed with the new capabilities in the DCS mugshot system that allow officers to make positive identification much more easily. "They know for sure who they're dealing with," he says about increased officer safety. "Often individuals will give false or misleading information when questioned."
May 18, 2010 - Duncan Kenzie, System iNetwork
There has been a lot hype recently about the new add-on product to RPG, Rational Open Access: RPG Edition (RPG OA), that provides 'open access' to your IBM i applications. The truth is, both RPG and the IBM i have been 'open' for many years. For example, the IBM i provides exactly the same APIs for writing to/reading from web browsers as Unix, Linux, AIX, or Windows systems.
May 18, 2010 - Dan Burger, ITJungle.com
BCD has produced software for IBM's midrange computers--including the AS/400, iSeries, System i, and now the Power Systems--for more than 30 years. It's one of only seven vendors that has lined up to support iManifest, an independent (read: non-IBM) initiative to promote the IBM i platform. Each year when the COMMON conference rolls around, you can count on BCD to have some product announcements. Here's what the Chicago-based company has done to enhance its product lineup.
May 5, 2010 - Chris Smith, MCPress Online
DCS, a privately-held corporation based in South Carolina that markets software solutions for public safety, detention centers and prisons in the United States and the Caribbean, won an IBM Innovation Award in the small and midsized award category, and the company credits BCD Software for providing the tools that made the accomplishment possible.
May 4, 2010 - Agrubb, SystemiNetwork.com
Business Computer Design (BCD), a provider of application modernization products for the IBM i, made a cluster of announcements in tandem with the COMMON 2010 conference this week. The announcements include: * upgrades to BCD's WebSmart family of products * a new version of Nexus Portal * a new release of Presto.
April 27, 2010 - Duncan Kenzie, System iNetwork
April 5, 2010 - Chris Smith , MCPress
I guess it's a guy thing, but we just love tools. It doesn't matter whether it's a cool new circular saw or a great computer development tool-it's a tool, we can get a lot accomplished with it, and that's what counts. Guys are expected to get a lot accomplished in little time. It means we're powerful, more potent. Well, a cool tool just got better, and you'll love how much you can get accomplished with it.
March 2010 - Dan Burger, ITJungle
The heat is on. For all the talk about IT integration and innovation, words that get casually tossed around as if saying them was doing something, there is progress being made in the area of application modernization. The time for talk is turning into the time for action in the IBM AS/400 community, which IBM has renamed the iSeries, the System i, and now just IBM i. The lower case i, IBM used to be fond of saying, is for integration and innovation.
iManifest Gets Boost from BCD. Software vendor chides IBM for allowing a marketing vacuum to develop around the IBM i platform.
November 16, 2009 - Chris Smith, MCPress
The iManifest movement received a high-energy drink in one gulp last week as Business Computer Design (BCD) and its outspoken director of sales and marketing gave the organization a cash donation and committed to promoting the young organization's logo on all future marketing materials.
BCD gave iManifest its complete support in a move designed to counter what it perceives as a vacuum in leadership by IBM in marketing the IBM i platform. "I'm not down on IBM. I'm just disappointed," says Eric Figura, director of sales and marketing at BCD. "They have lost their marketing way with IBM i."
Figura says that ISVs and Business Partners with whom he keeps in regular contact all agree that IBM has failed to take advantage of the marketing opportunities for the IBM i platform and that IBM's emphasis solely on the converged Power Systems hardware platform has caused "a lot of angst and a lot of concern" in the marketplace.
November 9, 2009 - Dan Burger, ITJungle
A good start is great, but it's follow through that buys the bacon. When Business Computer Design, better known simply as BCD, joined the iManifest U.S. membership last week, I asked Eric Figura, director of sales and marketing at BCD, how iManifest compares to programs IBM has attempted in the past.
November 9, 2009 - Chris Maxcer
"I always knew we were going to do it," he says, noting that it's just a matter of getting everything lined up and together. For instance, BCD is currently working with its business partners in Europe in an effort to get them involved in iManifest EMEA. While BCD solutions are available around the world, it just makes sense to have the business partners who are working more directly with local customers to show support for iManifest EMEA, he notes.
September 22, 2009 - ITJungle
Ellis says his company has benefited in many ways. For one thing, information is presented to management in an easy to assimilate graphical format, and this allows them to save money though better control of raw materials inventory and other costs. It also helps to shorten the overall build cycle and allows Key City to better serve all of the furniture stores that sell their products nationwide. And from the perspective of an IT director, Ellis says they can do more with fewer resources.
August 2009, COMMON Connect Magazine
COMMON recently caught up with Eric Figura, Director of Sales and Marketing at Business Computer Design Int'l, Inc., a long-time exhibitor, advertiser and sponsor of COMMON, to get their unique perspective on their involvement with COMMON and how it has benefited their company, and what they've done to maximize and retain customers in today's economy.
June 23, 2009 - ITJungle
The benefits of Web-based applications for purposes such as online shopping and order entry can reduce personnel costs and other bottlenecks when working with suppliers and customers. In IBM i shops, the interest in PHP has been surprisingly vigorous. Two companies that recently went live with IBM i PHP applications are Midwest Fuel Injection (MWFI) and American Foods Groups (AFG), both of which chose WebSmart PHP from Business Computer Design.
May 12, 2009 - Dan Burger, ITJungle
Want to see your stock rise? Just design some real-time Web reports, queries, and executive dashboards. Delivering IBM i information to the people who want it--when they want it and in the format they want it--could be very profitable for your career.
October 1, 2006 - Don Rima, System i Network
You'll find that you'll be writing basic stuff within a day or two. As is with learning any new IDE and language (and there's a language involved here-see the Functionality section below), it will take a little time and effort but given all the helps, programming aids, etc., you should be good to go.
October 31, 2005 - Joe Pluta, MCPress Online
There are several vendors who Web-enable existing RPG applications, but there are few vendors who will convert RPG into code designed to run on the iSeries. BCD Software recently released a tool to convert existing applications to the PML language of its flagship WebSmart.
February 17, 2004 - Alex Woodie, ITJungle
With WebSmart they're not overwhelmed. You put a programmer in front of the IDE with a template or two and watch his eyes light up," he says. "You can do much more sophisticated coding, with much less effort.
November 4, 2003 - Alex Woodie, ITJungle
When WebSmart 4.0 ships later this year or early next year, Business Computer Design Int'l says, users will find the integrated development toolset easier to use than that in previous versions.
October 28, 2002 - Dan Burger, ITJungle
"I can tell you of an $800 million electrical company that burned through $100,000 and were totally dismayed because they did not get what they wanted with WebSphere," says Eric Figura, manager of sales and marketing at BCD. "They didn't even come close. The company came to BCD and said, 'We'll pay you for 40 hours of consulting to show us how far you can go with the application that we want.'" After 38 hours of coding, using BCD's WebSmart, Figura says, the BCD programmers completed the company application.
November 5, 2001 - Joe Hertvik, ITJungle
BCD has also announced the beta test release of WebSmart Site Management System. Built by using BCD's ProGen WebSmart development tool, Site Management System is an administrative tool that runs under the WebSmart Application Server. Site Management System allows users to implement systemwide security; change the look of a site by modifying front-end pages.