August 16, 2008

A NoteWorthy win for Intersystems Cache’

A small Microsoft SQL Server-based medical application vendor called NoteWorthy Medical Systems bought a small Intersystems Cache’-based medical application vendor called Mars Medical Systems. NoteWorthy then decided to rebuild its product line on Intersystems Cache’. A press release ensued.*

*In general, my criticisms of Intersystems’ stealth marketing are beginning to be relaxed. On the other hand, if you want to be technical, I still haven’t actually talked with the company for years …

I spoke briefly with Mark Conner, founder of Mars Medical and now EVP of NoteWorthy, about why he so loves Cache’. (I asked what he disliked about the product; his response was an emphatic “Nothing”.) It basically boils down to two reasons:

The latter feature is crucial to small ISVs selling application software to even smaller users, and is a big part of why Progress and Intersystems have large share in that market. More generally, it’s the most important and common technical advantage that mid-range database management systems generally enjoy versus the market leaders. (The other big advantage, of course, is pricing.)

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4 Responses to “A NoteWorthy win for Intersystems Cache’”

  1. Rob Tweed on August 26th, 2008 3:27 am

    Nice article – glad to see your views on Cache and InterSystems mellowing!

    Two points. Firstly I think you’ll find that it’s Mark Conner, not Mike!

    Secondly, regarding Mark’s on the aspects of Cache that are critical to its success within healthcare: it’s also interesting that these and other inherent features are exactly what the likes of Google and Amazon are now realising are required for the demands of the modern internet-scale database. See our blog at http://www.outoftheslipstream.com/node/124 for more on this.

    Time, then, for the core Mumps database engine to be looked at much more closely by the industry?

  2. Curt Monash on August 26th, 2008 3:40 am

    Fixed Mike/Mark. Thanks!

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