Three years of development
After three years of research and development, Wakanda has spent several months in a private test phase with a panel of fifty early users and experts from various technological backgrounds. Today, the public release of the Wakanda Developer Preview marks a major step toward the launching of a beta and subsequent production version in the upcoming months.
Laurent RibardiŤre, president, founder and CTO of 4D explains,"In light of the rapid growth of languages and components that one must master to create data-driven business applications usable on desktops, smartphones, and tablets, we sought to offer a new, simpler, and more productive approach. This project leverages our technological know-how and in-depth understanding of the needs of this market."
True to the spirit of 4D, Wakanda offers several graphical user interfaces. The Wakanda platform is comprised of the following three elements:
A pricing model based on a double-license: open source and enterprise
4D's goal is to facilitate access to the Wakanda platform to as many people as possible, while establishing a large and dynamic community.
"We are convinced that open source is a powerful approach in the development and adoption of middleware," says Luc Hollande, CEO of 4D. "We plan to optimize our marketing efforts by developing a community that freely uses our platformís open source license. In this way, we can offer an annual subscription that will provide certain guarantees, support, and the elasticity needed for deploying mission-critical applications on a large scale or even in the cloud, whether public or private."
"Our goal is to give birth to a strong and sustained developer community, guaranteeing the long-term viability of solutions based on Wakanda. The coexistence of profitability for everyone and open source principles is a win-win approach." says Hollande.
4D has received great interest from its customers for Wakandaís innovative approach. Several projects are already progressing with numerous clients in the United States, Germany, France, and Japan, which is assisting 4D in the rapid release of a production-ready version of Wakanda.
With over 25 years of experience in the field of software engineering for professional applications, the 4D group, whose world headquarters is in Paris, offers developers and enterprises an integrated software platform that speeds and simplifies the development of desktop, client-server and business Web applications. 4D software is used in over 70 countries by over 7000 software publishers and system integrators, serving millions of end users.