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Evaluate Lightswitch

Yesterday, well actually two days ago on the 27th of July. Microsoft released Visual Studio for Lightswitch.

Lightswitch is a very lightweight tool for building essentially forms applications in Silverlight which can be run anywhere. On your desktop, in the cloud accessing remote databases in SQL Azure or SQL Server.

Microsoft has graciously allowed those with a MSDN subscription to be included. So I have installed it and gave it a quick whirl. I was impressed with just how quick it can be to setup a very simple application. But will it replace Access? I think not – it is for an entirely different market. It probably is better than attempting to use the Access Services on Sharepoint.

I’ll be posting more on this in the next few weeks. Why not give it a try youself with the 90 day trial.

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The Next Step

I’ve received the responses to my NWDA innovation voucher which I’d won, as mentioned in my prior post. Initially it looked like there were three parties interested in supplying a solution to my question. However upon closer inspection two appeared to misread the question. I am asking for market research into the Cloud software area. I’d like to offer a Cloud-based solution to Medium and Large businesses.

Two of the suppliers thought that I was asking for development work on software. Only one has the right idea and recognized that it was about market research. After some conversing I managed to nail this down, but am still waiting on one more to respond with some experience data – ie: their CV.

As this project is probably critical to the future success and growth of my business its absolutely a must that I get the right research done by the right person. And I don’t have a lot of time to decide.

Microsoft is now making a big push into the Cloud. I suppose they want to dominate the Cloud the same way they have dominated the desktop. See their demo on their online user management. As I mentioned last time SQL Azure is commercially available. We here at Chameeya are working diligently to constantly update ourselves on the latest Cloud technology.

Which means that to be serious we need to attend conferences such as cloud bootcamp 2010 in Prague. That’s the next step.

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Microsoft and Linux and the Cloud

I read this week that Microsoft is targeting even more companies in its patent infringment case against Linux. This time it is HTC they are going after who makes smartphones. Microsoft is targeting the Android phone OS that HTC uses in some of its phones. Android is of course made by Google, a huge competitor to Microsoft. Read more…

This week I have been learning the latest parts of Analysis Services on SQL Server 2008. This is a powerful piece of software to create the basis of any company’s BI solution. To learn the basics about Analysis Services have a look at the tutorial Technet SQL Server Analysis Services Tutorial. Currently SSAS isn’t part of the SQL Azure platform but I’m sure someone is working on it. Nothing stopping you from using Amazon and putting your SQL Server in the cloud there. Or using our services to provide you with the information you are looking for.

I find the SSAS not quite up to standard of Cognos or Business Objects tool set. But those tool sets are very mature and typically used by only the largest companies. SSAS could be used by a medium sized company with a Excel front end to manipulate the pivot tables. An alternate client solution is to use the free Microstrategy Reporting Suite. This is fully featured and has most of the bells and whistles anybody would need.

Keeping on this topic I have noted some companies are building BI solutions when there is no need. Perhaps it is the hype or mis-information that fools some into thinking that a full blown BI solution is needed. With the output being just a number of reports – I wouldn’t recommend a BI solution. BI means OLAP, and whilst a OLAP system will generate reports, the real purpose is to allow dynamic discovery – hence the OL in OnLine. If nobody is doing that then don’t build cubes and don’t install clients. You’re wasting money. Any consultant worth his lunch should tell you that. Well, at least I would.

My collegues and I at Chameeya take your requirements, analyse them and come back with the solution which best fits your needs. If you have larger needs in the future we will take this into account and provide a solution that will scale up or be open to have new modules added easily. If you really do need BI then we’ll happily build it for you, but in my experience most customers don’t need it.
Now I’ve got to read through the upgrade information for Linux Ubuntu 10.04. No matter what Microsoft does, Linux is rock solid and will always run my network.