Some time ago I’ve been watching interview with some of the most respected CIOs in the industry. The discussion at some point touched the obvious topic of biggest pains and challenges that a CIO is facing. Not surprisingly mitigating risk was named the first problem. Some might think that a CIO is thinking “technology", but in fact most of them think "business". It is not about "coding", it is more about delivering applications that solve real business problems and bring competitive edge against the competition.
Type www.borland.com and you’ll find plenty of material for CIOs about IT Management & Governance, CMMI compliance, Software Delivery Optimization and Application Lifecycle Management. Most developers would find this stuff not as interesting as discussion of the latest features of her or his favourite IDE or technology. Announcing Delphi 2006 is just a small link.
The more I think about it, the more I find the latest Delphi 2006 as a bridge between these two, seemingly disparate worlds. CIOs want predictability, transparent insight into IT projects, and quantitive progress and efficiency statistics. Programmers want lightning fast compilers, rock-stable IDEs, and features to enhance productivity.
Delphi 2006 offers its traditional technological excellence plus deep ALM integration with CaliberRM for requirements management and with StarTeam for superior configuration management. It also features full Together support for LiveSource modelling and unique O-R solution for ulitimate productivity - ECO.
One the CIOs during the discussion stated that most of aspects of an IT project have already been harnessed. Network infrastructure, application servers are not bringing much risk any more. The last bastion to conquer is "application development" that is still more of an art, than managed business process.
There is lots of room in years to come for Delphi to prove its value in the world of CIOs.