Looking from the outside, the only thing that is more promising than Maplesoft’s technology is the great success in store for them in the next few years. The consistent breakthroughs in technology coupled with products that are intuitive, easy to use with a treasure trove of powerful features makes Maple products the logical fit for solving thousands of applications in hundreds of disciplines. In my opinion, the real challenge for Maplesoft lies in deciding which new fields to target with new products and how fitting the final product will be for the chosen field. Why don’t I use Maple to demonstrate what I mean? The attached graph shows – in relative terms – the potential for success as a function of Time in years and the amount of continuing technical advances of the core technology AND the degree of complexity of the systems they can successfully address by rendering the desired solution for them.
One must add to this assessment the advances in computer power which doubles roughly every 18 months. Combining the technology advances in Maple with those of computers over say the next 10-15 years will result in mind numbing capabilities beyond comprehension to successfully tackle any engineering or physics challenge under the sun.
Other than philosophy, almost every other discipline under the sun can - to a varying degree - benefit from some advanced mathematics to ease the burden of our modern civilization’s demands for better, cheaper and more powerful offerings not to mention human’s insatiable appetite for knowledge and deeper understanding of the physical world around us; an endeavor that can never be achieved without the advanced tools that will help scientists wade through the sometimes murky world of higher mathematics dealing with never before seen challenges.
One last observation, if I am still around when Maple 25 is released, I will own the worlds of engineering and physics! ............... So can you. Get ready for the ride of your career, be prepared, and get Maple 13 now