Borland stands tall on profitability

Borland Systems executives trumpeted the company's profitability, cross-platform support and integration capabilities during an...

Borland Systems executives trumpeted the company's profitability cross-platform support, and integration capabilities during an opening keynote session at the BorCon conference in San Jose.

"We've had 14 quarters of continuous revenue growth, profitability, [and] cash flow," Fuller said. "This company's [going to] stay around for another 20 years," said Borland president and chief executive officer Dale Fuller, adding that his company is committed to being a multiplatform tools supplier and helping customers maintain investments.

"Our mission at Borland is all about helping our customers, you, and your customers move into the future without abandoning the past," he said.

Borland wants to enable a digital world regardless of whether the platform is wireless, .Net, C++, or another platform, Fuller said.  The company also acknowledges software development is a team initiative these days.

Responding to an audience question concerning the Eclipse open-source tools initiative, chief technology officer Blake Stone said the company already offers some degree of support.

"It's something that we actually do have some integration with today because we believe in choice," Stone said. "Borland's goal is not domination, it's making sure that we play the right role and provide the right technology, so I think you'll see that we'll coexist [with Eclipse] quite nicely."

The controversial issue of offshore application development outsourcing also came up during the session.

"Business is business. Companies will always go to the lowest cost producers," said David Intersimone, vice president of developer relations. Making laws to limit offshore outsourcing only makes competitors overseas stronger, he added.

Stone added that Borland does work with developers around the globe. "Our developers in Russia aren't there because they're cheap. They're there because they are good."

Intersimone and Stone also stressed Borland's commitment to the Win32 platform and Borland's Delphisoftware.

"We're not giving up on Win32. It's going to be around for, well, years," Intersimone said.

Intersimone declined to comment on the legal battle between The SCO Group and Linux suppliers, concerning the use of what SCO claims is Unix code for which SCO holds the rights.

"That's really a battle between SCO and the Linux community," he said.

Paul Krill writes for InfoWorld

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