About Powersoft

Powersoft is a UK based I.T. consultancy specialising in PowerBuilder. It was founded in 1986 and has developed an enviable reputation for quality of service and value for money. Focused on the customer and their needs Powersoft tailor the solution to meet your requirements exactly. We are recognised as "The Powerbuilder Experts", and sell our consultancy services to Europe, USA and beyond.

We started working with PowerBuilder in the very early days and adopted it as our preferred development tool for our product development and bespoke systems. In the 1990s we developed Total Solution Travel which is our flagship Travel Agency & Tour Operating system. During the 1990s and then into the new millennium we developed exclusively using PowerBuilder and as such have built a vast base of experience with our consultants.

Powersoft has specialised in supporting PowerBuilder applications and has been very successful in this field. Our knowledge and ability to pick up other companies systems has allowed is to acquire an enviable list of customers, who all enjoy our first class service and support.

We are now Appeon partners and are working with them to ensure that Appeon PowerBuilder is a success. We are very proud to be a part of this exciting new era for PowerBuilder and to give our consulting solutions to those that needs us. We are now going from strength to strength.

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Powersoft are approved Appeon PowerBuilder Consultants

About PowerBuilder

PowerBuilderis an integrated development environment owned by SAP. It has been in use since 1991, peaking around 1998 with around 100,000 users. In May of 2015 SAP announced that Appeon would take over future development and marketing of PowerBuilder while Intellectual Property would remain with SAP. While Powerbuilder's market share has diminished, many applications created with it are still in use. In 2010, Sybase released a major upgrade to PowerBuilder with support for the Microsoft .NET Framework.

On July 5, 2016 Appeon signed an agreement with SAP to develop a new generation of the PowerBuilder development platform

On June 30, 2017 PowerBuilder 2017 was launched by Appeon. This release is the first new installment of PowerBuilder from Appeon and is the first release of PowerBuilder to support Windows 10, iOS, and Android app development.

PowerBuilder History

PowerBuilder was originally developed by Powersoft in 1991. Powersoft went public in 1993 and was acquired by Sybase for $904 million in Sybase stock in 1995. In May 2010, SAP announced that it would be acquiring Sybase for $5.8 billion. PowerBuilder languished for a long time for several reasons:

  • Sybase's stock plummeted in 1996 after discovery of inflated sales reports, and many members of the original Powersoft development team left Sybase.
  • Competition from rival tools for building GUIs to databases such as Microsoft Visual Basic, Microsoft Access, and Delphi reduced PowerBuilder's market share.
  • PowerBuilder was slow to move to the Web: long after rivals began to support Web development, it continued to be based on two-tier (traditional client-server) technology. Two-tier approaches, while allowing more rapid development, are inherently less scalable than N-tier solutions (such as Web-based database solutions).

PowerBuilder 12, through compatibility with Web technologies such as ASP.NET, represents an attempt to regain market share. In order to move developers to newer versions, PowerBuilder 12 provides utilities that attempt to simplify migration.

On July 5, 2016 Appeon signed an agreement with SAP to develop a new generation of the PowerBuilder development platform. Appeon announced plans for major innovations, ranging from mobile and cloud deployment to test-driven development and continuous integration. Under the terms of the agreement with SAP, Appeon will be responsible for developing, selling and supporting its own offering powered by PowerBuilder technology.

On June 30, 2017 PowerBuilder 2017 was launched by Appeon. This release is the first new installment of PowerBuilder from Appeon and is the first release of PowerBuilder to support Windows 10, iOS, and Android app development.