Every few months I try to make contact with Intersystems. Sometimes they graciously respond, promising to schedule a briefing, which then never happens. Other times they don’t even bother. Now, on one level I can’t blame them, based on what happened at my last briefing.
And it’s not just me. Two personal data points about Intersystems’ self-defeating lack of visibility include:
- A nontrivial ISV is evaluating OODBMS for a nontrivial OLTP app. Cache’ — the obvious #1 choice — isn’t even being considered, because they know so little about the product. I suggested Cache’, but they shot back a qualifying question I couldn’t answer, because I’m so out of touch with the company and product myself.
- A client of mine that’s a medical-app ISV was indeed evaluating Cache’, as they should be — but was hugely impressed that I’d heard of such an obscure product.
I probably should stop talking about the company. While their story sounds very good in parts, I don’t have enough confidence in what I’ve heard to feel comfortable proposing them anywhere outside their flagship medical vertical market.