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Nubifer Cloud:Link Mobile and Why Windows Phone 7 is Worth the Wait

Sure, Android devices become more cutting-edge with each near-monthly release and Apple recently unveiled its new iPhone, but some industry experts suggest that Windows Phone 7 is worth the wait. Additionally, businesses may benefit from waiting until Windows Phone 7 arrives to properly compare the benefits and drawbacks of all three platforms before making a decision.

Everyone is buzzing about the next-generation iPhone and smartphones like the HTC Incredible and HTC EVO 4G, but iPhone and Android aren’t even the top smart phone platforms. With more market share than second place Apple and third place Microsoft combined, RIM remains the number one smartphone platform. Despite significant gains since its launch, Android is in fourth place, with only 60 percent as much market share as Microsoft.

So what gives? In two words: the business market. While iPhone was revolutionary for merging the line between consumer gadget and business tool, RIM has established itself as synonymous with mobile business communications. Apple and Google don’t provide infrastructure integration or management tools comparable to those available with the Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES).

The continued divide between consumer and business is highlighted by the fact that Microsoft is still in third place with 15 percent market share. Apple and Google continue to leapfrog one another while RIM and Microsoft are waiting to make their move.

The long delay in new smartphone technology from Microsoft is the result of leadership shakeups and the fact that Microsoft completely reinvented its mobile strategy, starting from scratch. Windows Phone 7 isn’t merely an incremental evolution of Windows Mobile 6.5. Rather, Microsoft went back to the drawing board to create an entirely new OS platform that recognizes the difference between a desktop PC and a smartphone as opposed to assuming that the smartphone is a scaled-down Windows PC.

Slated to arrive later this year, Windows 7 smartphones promise an attractive combination of the intuitive touch interface and experience found in the iPhone and Android, as well as the integration and native apps to tie in with the Microsoft server infrastructure that comprises the backbone of most customers network and communications architecture.

With that said, the Windows Phone 7 platform won’t be without its own set of issues. Like Apple’s iPhone, Windows Phone 7 is expected to lack true multitasking and the copy and paste functionality from the get-go. Additionally, Microsoft is also locking down the environment with hardware and software restrictions that limit how smartphone manufacturers can customize the devices, and doing away with all backward compatibility with existing Windows Mobile hardware and apps.

As a mobile computing platform, Cloud Computing today touches many devices and end points. From Application Servers to Desktops and of course the burgeoning ecosystem of smart phone devices. When studying the landscapes and plethora of cell phone operating systems, and technology capabilities of the smart phones, you start to see a whole new and exciting layer of technology for consumers and business people alike.

Given the rich capabilities of Windows Phone 7 offering Silverlight, and/or XNA technology, we at Nubifer have become compelled to engineer the upgrades to our cloud services to inter-operate with the powerful new upcoming technologies offered by Windows Phone 7. At Nubifer, we plan to deploy and inter-operate with many popular smart phones and hand-set devices by way of linking these devices to our Nubifer Cloud:Link technology and offering extended functionality delivered by Nubifer Cloud:Connector and Cloud:Portal which enable enterprise companies to gain a deeper view into the analytics and human computer interaction of end users and subscribers of various owned and leased software systems hosted entirely in the cloud or by way of the hybrid model.

It makes sense for companies that don’t need to replace their smartphones at once to wait for Windows Phone 7 to arrive, at which point all three platforms and be compared and contrasted. May the best smartphone win!

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Nubifer Cloud:Portal

Reducing capital expenditure for hardware supporting your software is a no-brainer, and Nubifer Cloud:Portal allows you to leverage the computing power and scalability of the top-tier cloud platforms. A powerful suite of core portal technologies, interfaces, database schematics and service-oriented architecture libraries, Cloud:Portal comes in several configuration options and you are sure to find the right fit for your enterprise.

Nubifer understands that certain clients requiring custom on-premise and cloud-hosted portals may also require different application layers and data layer configurations. For this reason, Nubifer leverages RAD development techniques to create robust, scalable programming code in ASP.NET (C#), ASP, PHP, Java Servlets, JSP and ColdFusion and Perl. Nubifer also supports a myriad of data formats and database platform types, cloud SOA and architectures such as SQL Server (and Express), Microsoft ® Access, MYSQL, Oracle and more.

Nubifer Cloud:Portal Provides Enterprise Grade Solutions

Your new Nubifer Cloud:Portal is created by Nubifer’s professional services team through customizing and enhancing one or more combinations. In addition, a wide range of cloud modules are compatible and can be added as “plug-in” modules to extend your portal system.

The following Options in Portal types are available:

·         Online Store

·         Task Management System

·         Employee Directory

·         Bug / Task Tracker

·         Forum / Message Board

·         Wizard Driven Registration Forms

·         Time Sheet Manager

·         Blog / RSS Engine Manager

·         Calendar Management System

·         Events Management

·         Custom Modules to Match Business Needs

At its most basic, the cloud is a nebulous infrastructure owned and operated by an outside party that accepts and runs workloads created by customers. Nubifer Cloud:Portal is compatible with cloud platforms and APIs like Google APIs for Google Applications and Windows® Azure, and also runs on standard hosting platforms.

Cloud Portal boasts several attractive portal management features. Multi-level Administrative User Account Management lets you manage accounts securely, search by account and create and edit all accounts. Public Links and Articles Manager allows to you create, edit or archive new articles, search indexed and features the Dynamic Links manager. Through “My Account” User Management, users can manage their own account and upload and submit custom files and information. The Advanced Security feature enables session-based authentication and customized logic.

That’s not all! There are other great features association with Nubifer Cloud Portal. Calendar and Events lets you add and edit; calendars can be user specific or group organization specific and events can be tied to calendar events. The system features dynamic styles because it supports custom styles sheets dynamically triggered by user choice or by configuration settings, which is great for co-branding or the multi-host look and feel. Web Service XML APIs for 3rd party integration feature SOA architecture, are web service enables and are interoperable with the top-tier cloud computing platforms by exposing and consuming XML APIs. Lastly, submission forms, email and database submission is another important feature. Submission forms trigger send mail functionality and are manageable by Portal Admins.

Cloud Portal employs R.I.A. Reporting such as User Reports, Search BY Category Reports, Transaction Details Reports, Simple Report and Timesheet Report through Flex and Flash Reports.

Companies using Cloud Portal are delivered a “version release” code base for their independent endeavors. These companies leveraging Nubifer’s professional portal service have access, ownership and full rights to the “code instance” delivered as the final release version of their customized cloud portal. This type of licensing gives companies a competitive edge by being the sole proprietor of their licenses copy of the cloud portal.

Enterprise companies leverage the Rapid and Rich offering delivered by out portal code models and methodologies. As a result, companies enjoy the value of rapid prototyping and application enhancement with faster to market functionality in their portals.

Nubifer Cloud:Portal technology is designed to facilitate and support your business model today and in the future, by expanding as your company evolves. Within our process for portal development, we define and design the architecture, develop and enhance the portal code and deliver and deploy to your public or private environment. Please visit nubifer.com to learn more about our proprietary offering, Cloud:Portal.

Nubifer Cloud:Link

Nubifer Cloud:Link monitors your enterprise systems in real-time and strengthens interoperability with disparate owned and leased SaaS systems. When building enterprise mash-ups, custom addresses and custom source codes are created by engineers to bridge the white space, also known as electronic hand-shakes, between the various enterprise applications within your organization. By utilizing Nubifer Cloud:Link, you gain a real-time and historic view of system-based interactions.

Cloud:Link is designed and configured via robust administrative tools to monitor custom enterprise mash-ups and deliver real-time notifications, warning and performance metrics of your separated yet interconnected business systems. Cloud:Link offers the technology and functionality to help your company monitor and audit your enterprise system configurations.

ENTERPRISE MONITORING
Powerful components of Cloud:Link make managing enterprise grade mash-ups simple and easy.

  • Cloud:Link inter-operates with other analytic engines including popular tracking engines (eg: Google Analytics)
  • RIA (Rich Internet Applications): reporting, graphs and charts
  • WEB API handles secure key param calls
  • Verb- and Action-based scripting language powered by “Verbal Script”
  • XML Schema Reporting capabilities
  • Runs on-premise, as an installed solution, or in the cloud as a SaaS offering
  • Client-side recording technology tracks and stores ‘x’ and ‘y’ coordinate usage of enterprise screens for compliance, legal and regulatory play back
  • Graphical snapshots of hot maps show historical views of user interaction and image hit state selections
  • Creates a method for large systems to employ “data and session playback” technologies of system-generated and user-generated interaction sessions in a meaningful and reproducible way

USE CASE
Cloud:Link monitors and reports enterprise system handshakes, configurations, connections and latency reports in real time. Additionally, Cloud:Link rolls the data view up to your IT staff and system stakeholders via rich dashboards of charts and performance metrics. Cloud:Link also has a robust and scalable analytic data repository that keeps an eye on the connection points of enterprise applications, and audits things like “valid ssl cert warnings or pending expirations”, “mid to high latency warnings”, “ip logging”, “custom gateway SSO (Single Sign-On) landing page monitoring” among many other tracking features.

SUPPORTS POPULAR WEB ANALYTICS
Cloud:Link
also leverages Google Analytics by way of Cloud:Link extended AP,  which can complete parallel calls to your Google Analytics account API, and send data, logs, analytic summaries, and physical click and interface points by the end users to any third party provider or data store for use in your own systems.

SERVER SIDE
On the server side, Cloud:Link is a server-based application you can install or subscribe to as a service. Data points and Machine-to-Machine interaction is tracked at every point during a systems interaction. The Cloud:Link monitor can track remote systems without being embedded or adopted by the networked system, however, if your company chooses to leverage the Cloud:Link API for URI Mashup Tracking, you can see even more detailed real time reports of system interoperability and up-time.

CLIENT SIDE
On the client side, leverage Cloud:Link’s browser plug-in within your enterprise to extend your analytic reach into the interactions by your end-users. This approach is particularly powerful when tracking large systems being used by all types of users. Given the proper installation and setup, your company can leverage robust “Session Playback” of human interaction with your owned and leased corporate business systems.

ADMIN FUNCTIONALITY
Nubifer Inc. focuses on interoperability in the enterprise. Disparate applications operating in independent roles and duties need unified index management, Single Sign-On performance tracking, and application integration monitoring.

  • User Admin logs in and sees a dashboard with default reporting widgets configurable by the admin user
  • “My Reports” (Saved Wizard generated reports) and can be setup to auto send reports to key stake holders in your IT or Operations group
  • Logs (Raw log review in Text Area, exportable to csv, or API post to remote FTP account)
  • Users (Connecting known vs. unknown connecting IP’s)
  • Systems (URI lists of SSO (Single Sign-On)paths to your SaaS and on Premise Apps) – An Enterprise Schematic Map of your On-Prem and Cloud-Hosted Applications

At the core of Nubifer’s products are Nubifer Cloud:Portal, Nubifer Cloud:Link, and Nubifer Cloud:Connector, which offer machine-to-machine real time analytics, tracking and playback of machine to machine interaction for human viewers using Rich Internet Application Components to view on customize-able dashboards. Nubifer Cloud:Link enables large publicly traded or heavily regulated companies to follow compliance laws, regulations, such as SOX, SaS70, HL7/HPPA, and mitigate the risk of not knowing how your systems are interacting on a day to day basis.

PUBLIC AND PRIVATE CLOUD PLATFORM SUPPORT
Currently Cloud:Link is hosted on, and compatible with:

  • Microsoft® Windows Azure™ Platform
  • Amazon® EC3
  • Google® App Engine
  • On-Premise Hosted

To learn more about Cloud:Link technology please contact cloudlink@Nubifer.com or visit nubifer.com/cloud:link to find out how you can begin using the various features offered by Nubifer Cloud:Link.