This week saw the release of the first Lightning Series product aimed at bringing together two of the latest Microsoft product offerings. We are not the only ones expecting to see a surge in uptake of LightSwitch and Dynamics CRM over the next 18 months. Add to that Office365, the rollout of Windows 8 and the next version of Visual Studio. The Lightning Series products will be addressing the integration and productivity needs of this market space.
The products are professionally developed commercial software with support contracts available. The difference is the commitment of Xpert360 to deliver FREE product licenses for everyone. This policy will continue provided that there is enough interest from the communities and enough revenue is raised from add-on work and custom versions for Enterprise use. The more people use the Lightning Series products, the better they will get and everyone will benefit.
We develop and use code generation technology rather than purely develop the actual products themselves. This helps us to drive down development costs and is allowing us to transition these activites to the cloud and SaaS over the next year.
If the demand is there then the next release of the Dynamics CRM adapter, expected by the end of April 2012, will support both on-premise and online, federated security and more…
The next Lightning Series LightSwitch Data Source to be released will support salesforce. We decided that because we generate revenue in that area and use the adapters ourselves. After that we will be looking for feedback to gauge the demand to release other data adapters for the likes of HubSpot, nimble and SUGARCRM. The series will also include other custom controls and productivity tools aimed at supporting LightSwitch in the VS11 Beta and beyond and making the platform more appealing to professional developers.
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- Further details: XPERT360 LIGHTNING SERIES
- Getting started: QUICK START GUIDE
- Working with Salesforce and Dynamics CRM in VS11
- Using Salesforce and Dynamics CRM with LightSwitch
- Visual Studio Gallery: View and Download