There are a number of great mapping solutions available these days, but I wanted to take a minute to highlight the SharePoint integration capabilities of VisualFusion 4.0 from IDV Solutions.
IDV Solutions has been building solutions on top of Virtual Earth and SharePoint for a few years now. IDV Solutions’s SpatialWiki product, from last year, was one of the first mapping solutions to be available in Silverlight, and was also one that could use a SharePoint list as the data source for an ad hoc collection of mapped items – allowing for disparate teams to construct, review, and edit a list of mapped datapoints, while also allowing for SharePoint management and business process capabilities on the data.
Today, IDV Solutions is launching version 4.0 of VisualFusion. Not only is this a very capable mapping solution using a Silverlight interface, but it also can be deployed (among other options) as a SharePoint web part, can utilize SharePoint list data, and can leverage the SharePoint Business Data Catalog.
You can play with a demo of VisualFusion 4.0 here.
VisualFusion is available in a number of different scenarios. Check out the version and package that is right for your company using the VisualFusion Comparison Matrix.
I was pointed to what appears to be a great web conference coming up the days prior to PDC. The <head> conference. (hat tip – Anna Ullrich)
“the global web conference”
All online – no traveling. Sounds interesting, and it sounds to me like this is the best next way to deliver conferences. I mean, it’s great to be able to spend time with folks – nothing replaces the one to one communication and personal experience that comes with sharing time with a person in real time – but if the goal is communicating a particular message, in a one-to-many environment, then why can’t the web be the vehicle? I think that it absolutely can be the vehicle, and I’m looking forward to see how technology enables this conference.
$99 conference fee for early registrants, until Sep 30.
I had a customer ask me today about what SharePoint had in the way of Mashup support. He had seen the new and cool IBM Mashup Center, and (had forgotten?) couldn’t remember how SharePoint would fit into this concept of mashup applications.
I put together a quick list of resources (Thanks, Live Search!) about Enterprise Mashups and technologies available on the SharePoint platform.
Popfly Mashup Creator
SharePoint Team Blog about Popfly
Enterprise Mashup Tool (aka PopFly for the Enterprise)
OBA Composition Toolkit.
Watch the OBA Composition Toolkit introduction video
Microsoft Enterprise Mashup page
SharePoint Addons and Mashups Strike it Big in Boston (report from the Enterprise 2.0 conference in June 2008)
Building enterprise mashup applications using Mainsoft SharePoint Federator and IBM WebSphere Portal
SharePoint: A Platform for Enterprise Mashups (White Paper)
An OBA Community site for the OBA Composition Toolkit…..
I met with the folks from Aivea a couple of weeks ago and got a quick demo of the OBA Community site that they have built. You can view Aivea’s site dedicated to the OBA Composition Toolkit at (http://oct.aivea.com/pages/default.aspx). They have an OBA community blog list at (http://oct.aivea.com/pages/Community.aspx).