Since its founding in 1989, the history of jBASE is characterized by pioneering spirit coupled with ground-breaking innovations and collaboration with customers around the globe. Coming from what was then a world leading database vendor and solutions supplier, McDonnell Douglas Information Systems Ltd., the early jBASE pioneers had an insight into how the database vendors were dealing with the move to open systems. In fact, in all cases “Open Systems” seemed only to mean “operates on UNIX”. Realizing that solutions for business needs were not always to be found in the use of one database and understanding that access to all databases transparently would be beneficial (and truly open), they embarked on a mission to design, from the ground up, an open database product that would bring the strengths of not only multiple platform, but also multiple database access into the mainstream computing market.
From the very beginning, jBASE was designed with both database and platform independence in mind. Before Microsoft delivered Open Database Connectivity (ODBC), jBASE engineers had already built a Database Management System, (DBMS) which was completely database independent. By means of an innovative open and published interface (jBASE External Device Interface, jEDI), customers could achieve seamless integration with foreign databases. This meant that any jBASE developed application could read and write to whichever database was required for data storage such as the native jBASE database but also Oracle, SQL Server, DB2, and others—a first in the industry. Not only was jBASE the industry’s first, database-independent solution, it was also the first to be available across all popular, commercially viable platforms such as Windows Server, Windows desktops, AIX, and Linux.
From a geographical perspective, the jBASE market spans the world, with an impressive installed base spread across 70+ countries worldwide in almost every facet of daily life including Distributors, Manufacturers, Banks, Retailers, Healthcare, and Government. Over 300,000 users around the world rely on jBASE for mission-critical information management.