November 6, 2012

Joining Embarcadero as Delphi Product Manager

If you follow my twitter account or have attended the product address of CodeRage, you now that I've just made a big career change, joining Embarcadero Technologies.

If you follow my twitter account or have attended the product address of CodeRage, you now that I've just made a big career change, joining Embarcadero Technologies.

I've been working with Borland and Embarcadero products for over two decades, have been writing books on the technologies (well, mostly Delphi), have been a technical partner and my company was (and still remains) a sales partner in Italy. I've been in touch with the R&D team, developer relations, marketing people and product managers. But even recently I won't have envisioned joining the company. I was offered the job to help shape Delphi's future and didn't have to ponder a lot.

The position I'm taking is Delphi Product Manager, although there is actually a product management team for RAD Studio, with split and shared responsibilities.

I'll be based in Europe (working from home, when not on the road), where there are some of the R&D teams and a large number of Delphi customers. For Delphi developers in Europe this is good news, as it might be easier to reach me at "local" conferences and events. I'll start by attending Be-Delphi in 2 weeks.

In case you are wondering, I'll keep doing some of my current activities, like keeping this blog open and active and use my personal twitter account. I'll try to put some of my (limited) free time on books writing, and make sure some of my open source projects have a future. But it is hard to tell, as I have a lot to learn right now.

Needless to say I'm open for comments, use my new email address marco.cantu at embarcadero.com (but I'll keep monitoring also my older email accounts). Feel also free to use this blog for posting comments, ideas, constructive criticism... you know what I mean, we need a healthy and more relaxed community around Delphi.

So, this is all for now. Stay tuned to this space for news and updates. It's a new adventure, I hope you'll enjoy it with me.  Long live Delphi!





 

40 Comments

Joining Embarcadero as Delphi Product Manager 

As I've already tweeted on Twitter, I would like to 
congratulate you on your new job!

I've used Delphi for many years for many things, and as 
a Delphi developer I feel assured that its future is in 
safe hands! 
Comment by Simon Pittman on November 6, 21:10

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Congratulations to Embarcadero, the Delphi community 
worldwide and to you Marco!  They are very lucky and 
fortunate to have you!
Good luck and have fun!
-Lino
Comment by Lino Tadros [http://www.linotadros.com] on November 6, 21:20

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Excellent news Marco. I'm sure you'll be up to this 
challenge.

Lachlan
Comment by Lachlan Gemmell [http://www.tindex.net] on November 6, 22:25

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Congratulations Marco!

All the best 
Comment by Pato Moschcovich [] on November 6, 22:37

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Congrats Marco! I hope you will support a linux 
compiler soon!

Best regards,
Comment by Donald Shimoda [http://donaldshimoda.blogspot.com] on November 6, 22:40

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Wow, congratulations, Marco! And good luck! :) 
Comment by Anthony Mills [http://amills.net/] on November 6, 22:44

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I'm really excited by the news, for many reasons but 
mainly because we needed someone with real love for 
Delphi.

Congratulations and you can be sure that the community 
is very happy with your new job.
Comment by Eliseo GN [http://www.delphienmovimiento.mx] on November 6, 22:45

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All the best for you at Embarcadero.  
Comment by rpoulin [http://volvoxsoft.com] on November 7, 01:10

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 It is great to know that we have a Delphi user voice inside 
Embarcadero! 
Congrats from me and the Brazilian MVP team!
Comment by Victory Fernandes [http://www.tkssoftware.com] on November 7, 01:32

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Muchas Felicidades!, Enhorabuena, Congratulations!.
 Your last words are very important, a relaxed
community, Lately we had have a lot of disturbing
comments from the community, and personally i
understand them, for example this last release came
with less so needed features, win8 wasn't a priority,
many custumers are waiting for linux or android, ORM,
etc. visual livebinding is great, ti be short. Keep an
eye on community and upon all keep visible the
roadmap, it we'll be your key to succed. 
Comment by Felipe Piña on November 7, 02:39

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Muchas felicitaciones Marco, qué buena noticia!
Contigo al frente de Delphi, serán muchos los avances
por venir! Éxitos! :)

Qué afortunados somos!
Comment by @kiux [http://kiux.com] on November 7, 03:09

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Great news Marco, brazilian developers were so happy 
with the future of delphi now


Comment by Roberio Praciano [http://www.berp.com.br] on November 7, 04:15

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This is excellent news for Delphi and the community!
Congratulations, and I wish you great success in your 
new position!
Comment by Ondrej Kelle [] on November 7, 06:20

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 Congratulations, Marco.   
Comment by Phillip Woon on November 7, 06:45

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Congratulations. Wish you all the best.

The wise bunny knows spectacular hops are always
preceded by unspectacular preparation.(@bunnybuddhism)
Comment by Bunny on November 7, 07:43

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Congratulation Marco. As Product Manager can you
please post some comments on the following EMB ->
Delphi -> Non-Technical blog: "If I were the Delphi
Product Manager, I would ..."
https://forums.embarcadero.com/thread.jspa?threadID=79195
or can you at least tell the community what your plans
are, and how much impact you have in EMB to make
Delphi again a success story? Currently I am really
warried about the future for Delphi. 
Comment by Markus Ja on November 7, 08:17

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Congratulations Marco, I think....

Top of my wish list.... Stability and Quality, not 
new features and frameworks.

How about bug report 104240 for a start. That 
effectively stops you using 64 bit Delphi for client 
side applications that make use of with MidasLib.  So 
in a client server environment, you can only make use 
of the 64 bit on the server side.

Comment by Paul on November 7, 09:01

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Hi Marco, my congrats, after all your great Delphi 
support, you earned it !!

IMHO, your appointment as the Delphi Product Manager 
is definitely the best news expected from a while by 
the Delphi community. Hopefully under your "Mastering 
wand" and with your great technical and communication 
skills will bring Delphi back to the developer hearts 
and minds. Delphi needs fresh blood ...and with the 
new mobile focus under RAD Mobile Studio umbrella we 
can expect more developers will look back into (REAL!) 
RAD. 

I also blogged about these late announcements:

CodeRage 7: Day 1 Highlights - Marco Cantu is the new 
Delphi Product Manager, RAD Mobile Studio demoed, 
relevant links 
http://devstonez.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/coderage-7-
day-1-highlights-marco-cantu-is-the-new-delphi-
product-manager-rad-mobile-studio-demoed-relevant-
links
Comment by Dev{eloper} Stonez [http://twitter.com/devstonez] on November 7, 09:58

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Congratulazioni !
Un'ottima notizia per Delphi. 
Comment by Paolo Arosio [] on November 7, 10:56

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MArco... che dire complimentiiiiiiiii
Non potevano scegliere uomo migliore per dare un
futuro roseo a delphi...
grazie per quello che fai (specialmente perchè lo fai
bene....) 
Comment by Fabio Codebue [http://www.p-soft.biz] on November 7, 12:41

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Congrats!
This is a really bold move.

What happens to Wintech Italia now though?
Will it still exist as a company? 

Regards,

A 
Comment by Andrea Raimondi on November 7, 13:57

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Congratulations!!! It's the best news on a very long time.
Although the rumour spread since last Friday, I didn't
gave much attention.
I hope you can give feedback on Emb to change things
and make the (once greatest) RAD tool great again.
Comment by Fabricio [] on November 7, 18:04

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Felicitaciones desde Colombia.
Comment by Luis F. Buelvas T. on November 8, 01:40

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Congratulation to you marco, hope you can make some 
changes that all of delphi fans wishes since ages ago. 
There is one thing i know:
- Communication, please be more communicative on what 
is going on with the community, right now, all delphi 
user never get any information on what will be planned 
on the next release until near the release date, well 
it is impossible to develop delphi only within a month 
or two before release right? so i'm pretty sure you 
have a release plan list, right now delphi still have 
a lot of bugs and IDE stability issues, at least 
please tell us what bugs is planned to be fixed. it is 
a start

Well sorry for long comment, but i will send you an 
email if i've gathered more thought.

Success to you, delphi and embarcadero

Iwan
Comment by Iwan on November 8, 02:50

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Congratulations Marco!

Please fix as many bugs as possible and bring the same 
level of documentation as your books provide.

Best Wishes. 
Comment by Wilfred Oluoch [http://www.ideaz.co.ke] on November 8, 05:01

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 Congratulazioni Marco!!!
Comment by Antonio Nunez on November 8, 11:45

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CONGRATULATIONS Marco!!!!!!

I am very happy for you e for this very great news!

Best regards and good luck


Claudio



Comment by Claudio Piffer on November 8, 16:10

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Sei l'anima di Delphi, fantastica notizia.

Complimenti!
Comment by Marco Mottadelli on November 8, 21:52

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Congratulation Marco,
this a big gain for the whole Delphi community and gives 
me more confidence in the future of Delphi! ;-)

Regards
Niels
Comment by Niels Maschmeyer on November 9, 20:36

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Congratulation Marco,
this a big gain for the whole Delphi community and gives 
me more confidence in the future of Delphi! ;-)

Regards
Niels
Comment by Niels Maschmeyer on November 9, 20:36

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Congratulations and wish you the best.

Another great improvement in the Delphi climb to the 
top. 
Comment by Darian Miller on November 10, 15:45

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Wish you Lot of Luck & Success in a this new Adventure
Marco!

Compliments, B. 
Comment by ZlatiboR Boro Urosevich [] on November 11, 22:19

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Congratulation Marco, I hope this is good news for 
delphi community. 
Comment by Bagus Prasojo [delphigurus.blogspot.com] on November 12, 03:18

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Congratulations Marco!  You have been a wonderful
teacher and resource to the Delphi community for so
long, I am glad you will be taking on a more official
role :-) 
Comment by Leonard on November 12, 17:58

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Congratulation, Marco.
I've used Delphi since version 1 but I've not been 
interested in any staff for Delphi so I didn't know 
who you are.

Recently, I noticed that everything of Delphi is not 
going well. And I believe that it is time to 
communicate with the staff like you for the future of 
Delphi.

Once again, all the best and congratulation!

Comment by Neung-Hoon Lee [http://call-3327.blogspot.com] on November 12, 18:45

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Felicitaciones !!,

Yo he sido usuario de Delphi no solo desde sus 
comienzos sino incluso desde sus precursores (empecé 
con Turbo Pascal a mediados de los 80s).

Quiero aprovechar la invitación a aportar ideas y 
crítica constructiva para comentar lo siguiente:

Comparto el sentimiento de muchos usuarios de que 
Delphi ha tomado el rumbo equivocado desde hace años 

Son varios los aspectos; pero, en mi caso, y pienso 
que en el de muchos, creo que la mayor falla es el no 
incluir el valor agregado más importante que, a 
quienes tenemos versiones empresariales, nos es más 
significativo : El poder compilar al menos la parte 
de servidor en Linux.

En mi país, y, hasta donde conozco, en Latinoamérica 
en general, a nivel empresarial, Windows domina casi 
la totalidad del mercado. Por ello, tener el cliente 
en una plataforma Linux, no es algo atractivo para el 
empresario, ya que los usuarios, por la falta de un 
buen soporte en Linux compatible con MS-Office, 
requieren siempre Windows y por ello, sin importar lo 
bueno que hagamos un programa en Linux, no pasarán a 
Linux.

En cambio, tener la parte de servidor Web en Linux 
representa un ahorro de costos muy significativo para 
ellos, y es el principal problema que enfrentamos 
cuando les llevamos nuestra solución Delphi; de 
hecho, en lo personal, el costo del servidor ha sido 
argumento para que no me dieran algunos negocios

Mi petición como usuario la resumo en una línea : 

No actualizaré mi Delphi hasta tanto no compile al 
menos la parte de servidor para Linux
Comment by Rolando on November 18, 13:38

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Congratulations, Marco!



As someone whose first salary was for Turbo Pascal' 
1.0 project, I have deep feelings about (Borland) 
Pascal and Delphi.



I hope you can persuade the folks over there to 
revive the Turbo Delphi and let younger folks (and 
older ones like me who do not need $xxxx development 
product) to keep in touch with Delphi.
Comment by George Georgiev on November 19, 18:46

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Congrats Marco in your new role at Embarcadero.

I have translated below the comment posted in Spanish
by Rolando.  

Cheers
   
   Yanniel.

"Congratulations!!,

I have been a Delphi user not only from its inception
but even from the time of its ancestors (I began with
Turbo Pascal in the middle of the 80th).   

I want to take advantage of your invitation in order
to provide some thoughts and constructive criticism:   

I share the feelings of many users about Delphi taking
the wrong path since many years ago. 

There are many aspects; but in my case, and I believe
this is also the case for many others, the major
failure is not include the added-value of being able
to compile to Linux at least the server side code.
This is the most significant aspect for those like me
having business versions.   

In my country, and to the best of my knowledge in
Latin America, Windows dominates the market in the
business area. Because of that, having the client in a
Linux box is not very attractive to the entrepreneur;
since the users, due to the lack of a good support of
MS-Office in Linux, always require Windows. Regardless
of how good is our Linux application, those users
won’t change to Linux.        

On the other hand, having the server side (Web) in
Linux brings significant savings for the
entrepreneurs; that’s the main problem when we offer
our Delphi solution to them. As a fact, in my personal
case, the server cost was the reason to lose a few
business deals.

My petition as a user is summarized into one line:

I won’t update my Delphi IDE until it is able to
compile to Linux at least the server side." Comment by
Rolando on November 18, 13:38
Comment by Yanniel [http://www.yanniel.info/p/delphi-programming.html] on December 5, 19:54

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Lo importante es que Delphi vualva a ser el mejor
lenguaje de programacion tanto para Win, Mac y Linux y
posibilidade de crear apliaciones Web sin mucho
esfuerzo sin perder la escencia de Delphi. La verdad
estamos a punto de dejar este gran Lenguaje de
Programacion que nos dio muy buenas satisfacciones
desde la version 2.0 hasta la version 2010.

Felicidades !!!

esperamos noticias

Gustavo Diego Ochoa Paniagua
La Paz - Bolivia 
Comment by GustavodiegoOchoaPaniagua on March 17, 23:18

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Muchas Felicidades Marco por este nuevo proyecto y 
esperamos que Delphi nos de grandes sorpresas y este en 
todos los sistemas operativos.

Saludos
Juan Rendón
Mazatlán México.
Comment by Juan Rendon on November 16, 00:39


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