HIMSS was a blast – I’m just back into the swing of things again in Toronto. For the last two weeks I’ve been busy interviewing developers – I guess I ought to delegate that task. But the choice of people you hire seems to be one of the most important things one can do in a software company so I still like to be hands on in this area. If you know anyone, we’re looking for people with top notch C++ skills and/or web interface AJAX type skillsets (it’s odd to get these two skill sets together so we’ll consider either or).
Thanks to everyone that made the effort to visit us at HIMSS and I apologize for some of you who dropped by when I was busy during demos. We got a lot more traffic than we anticipated and think most of us didn’t get the time to walk the floor, etc. as much as we hoped. Next time we’ll staff the booth up more – it felt hard to step away.
I guess for me it was a clear validation we’d picked the right strategy with our focus on Iguana 4.0. Over the last year and half I spent an awful lot of time talking to customers, understanding where the practical issues occur and figuring out how we could solve them. Inside the company we spent hours agonizing over the UI and usability issues. To be honest, I was not certain if customers would value all the effort we put into the product in that area – but to judge from the reaction at HIMSS we got an overwhelming vote of confidence.
Did you know that Iguana ships with a very handy tool that can be used to test – even stress test – your interfaces?
Along with the Windows HL7 Simulator GUI tool that many of you are probably familiar with, Iguana also includes a command line application – located in the Chameleon install directory – that can be very useful when testing your environments. Both tools have recently gone through an extensive overhaul process and are now more powerful, descriptive and useful than ever.
The command line tool has been around in our Windows builds for a little while now, and recently we’ve added it to our Linux distributions as well.
For the past several months, I’ve been conducting the majority of our online product demonstrations. I’ve gotten to speak personally with so many of our customers. It’s been a lot of fun and a great learning experience. As a developer, it’s extremely eye opening when you start seeing exactly how our products are used once they get into the customer’s hands.
Despite all these great things, this morning I was thinking about the one negative. Specifically, the repetition the presenter – in this case, me – has to go through to perform these demos. Generally speaking, our demos walk customers – very thoroughly – through a typical interfacing scenario from start to finish. A lot of the process is the same each time we go through it. I’ve always wondered if things would be easier if we offered a series of video-based demos that could be watched – on-demand – followed by a meeting to discuss and answer questions.
At the heart of that question is this simple fact: While our typical demos range anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes, the core process of creating a functional interface can actually be completed in about 10 minutes!
So, you’ve seen the announcement, read about all the improvements and even visited our blog – what’s next?
It’s time to upgrade to Iguana 4.0!
Upgrading to Iguana 4.0 is easier than ever. For most, upgrading is simply a matter of downloading Iguana – and running our installer. The installer will not only upgrade both Iguana and Chameleon, but it will also automatically backup and convert your existing Iguana configuration files to our new consolidated format.
We’re packed and ready to fly to Chicago for HIMSS ’09. We’ll be presenting the Iguana HL7 Interface Engine v4 from Sunday through Wednesday. So, if you’re in town – and at the conference – why not stop by booth #4909 and spend a little time with us?
Whether you’re coming to see the new product, speak a little HL7 or just meet some of the members of the iNTERFACEWARE team, we look forward to seeing and meeting many of you there.
We’re very proud to officially announce the launch of Iguana 4.0. This is a major milestone for all of us at iNTERFACEWARE. With months of design, development, QA and stress-testing behind us, everyone is very excited to see just how quickly – and easily – our customers have been taking to the new release.
Want to jump right in? Go ahead and download your free copy of the most current version here: IGUANA 4.0: HL7 Integration Engine