Well, although I now work for a competitor (ACT), I still think OA is a good
product, and I'm delighted to hear that a die-hard like Greg is the product
As far as the other part goes, all I can say is that these guys who shut
down Burlington had no clue whatsoever as to who they were laying off (Ben
Brosgol, for Chrissake!). But that's the typical corporate dopedom we have
all (hopefully) come to despise.
Anyway, for me, it was time for a change anyway.
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Cc: Kester, Rush W. <[log in to unmask]>; Gene Kennon
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Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2000 5:13 PM
Subject: Re: FW: What Ada needs to prosper
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: [log in to unmask] [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> > Sent: Wednesday, April 19, 2000 10:02 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: What Ada needs to prosper (was RE: What the competition
> > looks lik e (resu...
> > Just my personal opinion, but with Ed Fallis leaving Aonix and going
> > GNAT (sorry...A. C. T.), and the fact that Aonix has made a major change
> > their educational policy, and the persistent rumors that Aonix is
> > out
> > of the Ada market in the US makes me believe that Aonix may not be a
> > player much longer.
> Hello, my name is Greg Gicca. I have been involved in the Ada community
> 1983 and have been a strong advocate of the language since then. I have
> with TeleSoft/Alsys/Thomson/Aonix for the past 10 years. I am currently
> product manager for Aonix. Although the reorganization announcement with
> this past January was certainly badly worded, Aonix is not getting out of
> Ada business. We in fact are strengthening our offerings for our general
> products, ObjectAda for Windows in particular is about to start shipping
> first major release in a couple of years, and reemphasizing our hard real
> and safety critical product offerings. We are here to stay.
> As far as Ed Falis is concerned, I worked with Ed for the past 8 or so
> consider him a good friend. Ed can respond to this message himself if he
> part of the distribution. For what it is worth, the new management team
> Aonix realized shortly after they let some people go that almost all of
> people they let go turned out to be a mistake. It is the unfortunate
> happens when a new management team looks at a company with very little
> of its inner workings. They know this to be the case as do all of us here
> > If anyone knows the truth to these rumors and events, please let me
> > I'm going to be teaching an Ada 95 class and was wanting to use the
> > ObjectAda
> > compiler, but their changes (1) requiring schools to purchase site
> > even at reduced rates, and (2) having an Aonix "stamp of approval" on
> > training material doesn't sit well with me.
> I know very little about the above, but I will look into it.
> You must be aware that we offer a fairly good discount product on the web.
> is free. The available version of ObjectAda on our web site available for
> download will be updated to the latest 7.2 release shortly. This may take
> little while, but will happen.
> Greg Gicca
> Aonix Ada Marketing account
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