Partnership enables creation of more interoperable programs
4 December 2008, Makati City – Delivering on a shared commitment to push for interoperability in the industry, Microsoft Philippines and Exist Global today announced a key partnership that enables developers to create comprehensive solutions across different platforms.
Microsoft and Exist, the leading proponent of Open Source in the Philippines, are collaborating to develop plugins and tools through NPanday, which will enable developers to use .NET languages in Maven, a project management tool built on Java.
Exist will also develop NFixture, a .NET tool to be used in data preparation for testing.
“The enterprise computing industry is evolving. Interoperability, multi-platform compatibility and integration are the common requirements of clients, partners and developers,” said Winston Damarillo, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Exist Global.
“Exist sees that bringing in a universal build and test infrastructure for cross-language development is essential. Our partnership with Microsoft allows for combining the experience and expertise from both camps and ensures that the market is provided what it requires,” he added.
In addition to being a response to the challenge faced by individuals and businesses today to make all their existing systems work together regardless of platform, the initiative also aims to stimulate the local software industry.
“By teaming up with Exist, we are also able to offer developers the best of both worlds when it comes to helping them build their own projects and make a bigger impact in the developer community and industry,” said Emilio Umeoka, President, Microsoft Asia Pacific. “Following this, companies and organizations will have access to more technology solutions that meet their needs.”
According to Umeoka, this engagement is part of Microsoft’s long-term efforts toward interoperability. “Our interoperability strategy guides not only how our products are made, but also how we work with fellow technology organizations and make relevant information available to encourage developers to build across systems,” he said.
Under the partnership, Microsoft is providing information including software development kits, technical documentation and other publicly available materials, as well as Microsoft software that will help Exist develop the data testing and integration tools.
“The importance of strong integration into Visual Studio for the adoption of .NET projects will be paramount. The support and contribution from Microsoft through this partnership will ensure that. There is also strong demand for automated testing being an essential part of automated builds, and provision of a .NET testing project like NFixture will meet that demand,” said Damarillo.
He noted that in the past 7 years, Exist has been successful in connecting enterprise IT with both collaborative development communities and open source environments. “Microsoft and Exist share the objective of empowering enterprise developers with tools that enable them to maximize their ability to innovate. It is natural for us to give what the market wants – a universal infrastructure for cross-language development, with full interoperability and multi-platform compatibility,” said Damarillo.
Earlier this year, Microsoft and the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) announced the launch of the Microsoft Open Source Interoperability Lab located inside the CICT-National Computer Center Building in the University of the Philippines Diliman Campus. The laboratory is open to students, IT professionals and software/application developers who would like to test the performance of their open source applications on the Microsoft platform.
“By encouraging local developers to create more innovative solutions for different kinds of technology users, we hope to foster innovation and build a stronger local software economy,” said Rafael Rollan, Managing Director, Microsoft Philippines. “We recognize that today’s IT environment calls for meaningful partnerships that deliver relevant products, and this alliance is one of the ways that we are trying to achieve this.”
Microsoft’s history of industry collaboration with companies developing on other platforms also includes the Linux Interoperability Lab in 2004 and Open Source Software Lab in 2006. Moreover, enhanced Microsoft technologies and open engagement and collaboration with non-profit open source group, Apache Software demonstrate how Microsoft is working to be a partner, rather than a threat to open source initiatives.