Manifold would like to invite any interested Manifold licensees to apply for participation in an experimental program involving Manifold's Radian ® test platform. This is being announced now to allow users who may be departing for end of year vacations to plan applications. We expect the program to begin towards the end of January.
To apply, on or after 4 January please write from the email address used for your Manifold license to tech support at the published tech email address with a subject line that includes "Radian test platform program" with a statement that you would like to participate. Please briefly describe your use of Manifold to date as well as any DBMS and SQL expertise you have outside of Manifold. Please do not use this subject line or contact method for any other purpose, such as asking questions about Radian or product plans.
The following characteristics are required for participation:
1. Must be a Manifold licensee with long acquaintance of Manifold and strong Manifold skills.
2. Exceptionally strong SQL skills at expert level.
3. Agreement to a non-disclosure agreement.
4. No conflict of interest - such as working for a Manifold competitor.
5. Strong RTFM and self-administrative skills.
6. Ability to self-support and work with thin documentation.
7. Good technical communication skills in English.
Tech hopes to acknowledge all letters but that may take a few days or a week or more. If you are selected for participation you will be notified by email. If you are not selected you will not receive an invitation but will not receive a decline. Manifold cannot provide further guidance, information about Radian or feedback on the selection process. Some applications not selected initially may be invited into subsequent programs.
About the Radian Test Platform
The Radian test platform is a technology platform designed to test retail GIS applications of Manifold's parallelized data access OEM engines and associated technologies, collectively known as the Radian engine.
The Radian test platform provides a subset of the full OEM Radian engine wrapped within a GUI that is stylistically similar to prior generation Manifold retail GIS products. The GUI wrapper is intended to provide just enough of an interface to make it relatively easy to import spatial data, to manipulate it with queries, to view results and to provide a framework for extensions. The primary interface for the test platform is SQL. It is not intended to be anywhere near a full production GIS, although it can certainly be used for significant, useful tasks.
It is expected that some of the GUI characteristics of the Radian test platform will find their way into future retail GIS products from Manifold. However, all users of the Radian test platform should understand this is an engineering instrument mainly intended to facilitate work with spatial SQL and to test experimental approaches to adapting Radian technology for consumer use and that future retail GIS products should not be expected to be similar.
There are several objectives for the Radian test platform.
First, the retail Radian platform has been significantly altered from OEM versions. This makes it possible to distribute the technology in commercial markets without export permits for sensitive technology or approvals from exclusive OEMs. It also means the changes made require wider testing.
Second, all current Radian users have been closely supported to build Radian expertise over long time spans - in some cases years. Manifold would like to test how much guidance is required for someone starting from the beginning. This experience will help provide the shortest possible documentation for retail users.
Third, Radian is a sophisticated system with massive capabilities that is not aimed at inexpert consumers. Manifold believes that nonetheless it makes an excellent platform for simple uses - many existing users apply it in very simple settings - but exactly how simplified it can be made for consumers is an open question that needs to be tested.
Finally, Manifold would like to prioritize feature sets for retail GIS packages. Radian technology is much easier to configure than prior Manifold technologies and permits much featurization in very little time. Since so much is possible that was not possible before Manifold wants to prioritize feature sets based on feedback from test platform participants.
Important: This is not a new product announcement nor is it an announcement of an intention to introduce new retail GIS products nor is it an announcement of branding or new product names. The Radian brand is well-known for Manifold's OEM customers and is used for the test platform to communicate the technology base that is being used. Future retail products may probably use different names.
Radian is a registered trademark of Manifold Software Limited.