Visual Studio LightSwitch is built on two basic concepts; data and screens which are used to create typical business applications.
Obviously, there is more to it than that but generally when developing a business application, you start with a piece of data. This can take the form of local data or a connection to an external data source of some description. You describe this data in your application and then build your application in order to manipulate the data as required. The second step involves providing a mechanism to interact with that data. This is generally accomplished by designing screens which allow users to perform standard CRUD (create/read/update/delete) operations on the data. Ultimately, a combination of screens makes a business application.
Business application developers should immediately see the benefits of LightSwitch once they start to get their hands dirty with it. However, in general, Business Intelligence (BI) projects are not really about building business applications, rather they provide the means to analyse the data being produced by such business applications. However, many BI projects face the same challenge, namely how to manage master data or some other data. Commonly, BI solutions require that a number of tables in the database require content which needs to be managed by the users. More often than not, database tools are used to manage these tables but this is not an ideal solution as generally users expect a more user-friendly way to do this and database tools such as Management Studio are far too powerful for managing this sort of data.
So how have we solved this problem in the past? I cannot speak for all BI solution providers, but at Altius we’ve been solving this problem by writing custom applications to let users to manage data. Such custom applications have been written in such languages as VB 6, ASP.NET, C# and WPF. More importantly, most have been created from scratch which has created additional overhead to the project.
By using LightSwitch, instead of writing all those applications, can we very quickly create an application for the users to manage their master data such as user permissions or dimension data. The beauty of LightSwitch is that you can leverage the data regardless of where it is. Your data can come from SQL Server (local and remote), SharePoint, Azure, or even .NET WCF Services.
LightSwitch also provides some really powerful integration functionality with common business tools. For example, you can export any list to Excel with no coding whatsoever or with some minor custom code create reports in Word or PowerPoint.
Another powerful feature is that while creating your LightSwitch application you don’t need to think about it how you are ultimately going to deploy it. LightSwitch applications can be deployed as web-based applications or desktop applications.
One word of warning however. LightSwitch relies on the use of SilverLight. This allows the decision around deployment to be made late during development. This could obviously cause issues if the organisation you are working in does not have SilverLight installed on the client machines. Generally, such applications for managing BI data would only be available to a small set of users so some concessions could be made for these users.
There are many powerfull features of LightSwitch application. We have launched our new LightSwitch hosting. Please visit our site for more information about our new product.
Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com
Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they’re really offering you is nothing close to what ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.
You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:
- DELL Hardware
Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems
Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.
- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.
- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.
- Data Center
ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization – as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal’s top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.
- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients’ critical sites and services.