Posts Tagged ‘Technologies’

Build: Microsoft Azure embraces outside technologies

April 4th, 2014

As it rolled out tools and features for coders at its Build developer conference Thursday, Microsoft showed that it is ready to embrace technologies and platforms not invented within its walls.

Rather than relying solely on internal tools, the Azure cloud services platform has incorporated a number of non-Microsoft technologies, including popular open source tools such as the Chef and Puppet configuration management software, the OAuth authorization standard, and the Hadoop data processing platform.

The company has also taken steps to incorporate open source into its product roadmaps, by releasing the code for its new compiler and setting up a foundation for managing open source .Net projects.

“Clearly Microsoft’s message is its support of multi-platform. It will take any part of your stack, it doesn’t have to be just Microsoft software,” said Al Hilwa, IDC research program director for software development. “This is good for Microsoft and good for the ecosystem.”

Microsoft’s Azure strategy is to “enable developers to use the best of Windows ecosystem and the best of the Linux ecosystem together … and one that enables you to build great applications and services that work on every device,” Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s new executive vice president overseeing the cloud and enterprise group, told the audience of developers and IT professionals.

On the developer side, the company announced that it has open-sourced its next generation compiler for C# and Visual Basic, code-named Roslyn.

To date, compilers have been “black boxes,” explained C# lead architect Anders Hejlsberg.

Roslyn is unique as a compiler because has a set of APIs (application programming interfaces) that can feed information about a project as it is being compiled to Microsoft’s Visual Studio IDE (integrated development environment) and third-party development tools.

Hejlsberg demonstrated how Visual Studio can offer helpful tips through an “interactive prompt,” using feedback from the compiler. For instance, it can flag libraries that have been called but not used in the program code.

Microsoft is hoping that other vendors will incorporate the API into their software development tools. Developers can also now add their own features into C# and have the compiler recognize them. Open-sourcing the compiler may also lead to efforts to create versions of C# for other platforms.

The company released Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 Release Candidate.

One new capability allows for two-way communication between the Visual Studio IDE and browsers.


Innovative Software Technologies closes deal with UCstreaming

January 6th, 2014

Innovative Software Technologies, Inc. (OTC:INIV.PK) announces it has closed a deal with UCstreaming. The collaboration between these two companies will provide proprietary streaming and storage capabilities to Opt-in SMART clients, Innovative’s premier business platform.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with Opt-in SMART,” said David Plappert, President of UCstreaming. “We’ve perfected the affordable streaming capabilities with churches and funeral home memorial services. This collaboration will broaden UCstreaming’s audience and make the technology accessible to everyone. We’re excited about the opportunity.”

Opt-in SMART provides business owners products and services to enhance their online presence, manage social media initiatives, plus foster and grow community awareness via the internet. Opt-in SMART will soon provide SMART Stream, a video streaming and storage solution powered by UCstreaming, for all business types within the current Opt-in SMART program.

“This partnership was the next logical step for providing the best tools available for our customers,” said Jake Wand, Executive Vice President of Innovative Software Technologies. “By adding streaming functionality to our offerings, we ensure that we are dedicated to respond to the needs of the marketplace.”

“This collaboration is a win-win,” said Paul Mazzapica, President of Opt-in SMART. “We’re excited to offer these additional capabilities to our clients in all business sectors: churches; schools; hospitality and professional organizations. All businesses can benefit from streaming functionalities.”


Boeing Acquires Local Software Firm Miro Technologies

October 29th, 2012

Miro Technologies, a San Diego software firm specializing in maintenance and supply management for the aerospace industry, was sold to the Boeing Co. by its owner, Solis Capital Partners, a Newport Beach equity firm, for an undisclosed price.

Miro, formerly a part of Spirent Plc of the United Kingdom, was acquired by Solis in 2004 when it had about 60 employees. Today, the firm has some 120 employees and operations in the U.K., Saudi Arabia and Oman.

Boeing, which was a big customer of Miro, said it acquired the firm to advance the company’s defense logistics support.

The centerpiece of Miro’s services is a software solution Boeing uses for some of its largest logistics contracts, including support for the C-17 Globemaster III and the AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter. Among Miro’s other customers are the U.K.’s Ministry of Defense, the Royal Saudi Air Force and Oman Ministry of Defense.

Miro is now part of Boeing’s Defense, Space and Security division, one of the world’s largest defense contractors with $32 billion in sales and 61,000 employees worldwide.

Solis said it’s in the process of raising a $100 million investment fund that should close in March.


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