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The Pick Systems Approach:  Now more than ever.

As a method for maintaining and accessing databases for quick transaction processing and analysis, Dick Pick's original "multi-value" structure has stood the test of time. Today, over 30 years later, this deceptively simple approach still stands as one of the most robust IS environments ever devised.

In the late 1980s, Pick Systems introduced a version of its DBMS compatible with the now-universal Unix operating system. With the introduction of SQL/ODBC-compliant D and D for Windows NT and Windows 95, the company continues to advance the Pick standard.Today, Pick Systems brings to market the most sophisticated environment available for developing client/server applications, data warehouses and Web-enabled databases.

The Data Model

A data model is the fundamental organizing principle that underlies any database or data management system.The D3 data model is designed to allow users to store large amounts of data in any way they want and to rapidly retrieve it in any form required.

Relational database management systems require information to be stored in flat, two-dimensional "tables." In contrast, the Pick data model is multivalued; a record can have multiple fields, each field can have multiple values and each of these, in turn, may be made up of multiple (sub)values. Further, D3's powerful data dictionary makes it possible for the same set of information to be presented in an infinite number of views, in much the same way the human mind interprets data.

The success of D3 can be attributed to a number of factors:

In addition to its superior data model, D3 incorporates a number of features that make it attractive for developing business application software:


Pick Systems products are sold almost exclusively through value-added resellers (VARs) and distributors. Over the years, the company has built a large reseller network that extends throughout the United States, Canada, Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia/Pacific Rim and Australia/New Zealand. Sales outside of North America accounted for 40 percent of FY 1997 revenue, and are rapidly increasing. 

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