As we head into the last quarter of 2007 I wanted to touch base and give you a quick update on the status and success of Instantiations' VA Smalltalk (VAST). In short, from both technical and business perspectives things are going great and we see a bright future for VAST!
In the approximately 2 years since we took over VisualAge Smalltalk from IBM we've signed up hundreds of companies and have thousands of active users worldwide. Our customers range from Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurial Smalltalk based startups (one recently sold to a larger company for millions!). Many of you have stable, mission critical applications that you plan to continue using for years, others are adding new functionality and taking advantage of the new features we've added to VAST.
VA Smalltalk is a nicely profitable and growing part of the Instantiations' product family. Even with the privileged information provided by IBM as we entered into the VAST partnership we've been very happily surprised by the large number of active Smalltalk customers. Even better, these numbers increase every quarter, demonstrating the value and staying power of VAST.
If you don't follow our software releases closely you may be interested to know that since taking over VAST two years ago Instantiations has released five updates to the product. Our highly skilled Smalltalk team, lead by Smalltalk veterans Eric Clayberg and John O'Keefe, plan to continue this pace into the foreseeable future and will release V8.0 in mid-2008 (adding Seaside web development capability and more). Our goal is to provide you with the capabilities you need to maximize the ongoing value of VAST to your organization.
As you can see from the above, Instantiations is here to provide the innovation, product support, and consulting services you need to protect and evolve your important long-term Smalltalk investments.
Please don't hesitate to contact me via phone or email if you have any questions, concerns, or inputs regarding VA Smalltalk. We look forward to continuing our partnership with you and your organization for many years.
Phone: (503) 598-4911