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Eric Frost
06-05-2009, 06:45 AM
IDV Solutions Launches Visual Fusion in the Cloud: Integrates with Azure, OGDI & Data.gov
Company: IDV Solutions
Industry: Software Development
Location: Lansing, MI, United States of America

Lansing, MI – IDV Solutions announced that Visual Fusion, the SharePoint-based geospatial mashup platform, is now integrated with the cloud on Microsoft’s Azure. As an example of the powerful visual mashup capabilities of Visual Fusion, a demonstration application has been created that integrates content from the Open Government Initiative’s Data.gov, Microsoft’s Open Government Data Initiative (OGDI), and Bing Maps in a user-friendly Silverlight interface. The public demonstration app is open for review at visualfusion.cloudapp.net.

“Visual Fusion in the Cloud” helps bring government transparency to life in an easily accessible web application. This publicly available demo allows the user to control and interact with several data feeds coming from both Data.gov and OGDI. Additionally, users can augment the collection of data feeds with any combination of ad hoc web feeds (KML/KMZ, ATOM, GeoRSS, or WMS), as well as Wikipedia and MapPoint search results. All of this content is dynamically presented in a Silverlight interface, with custom navigation controls and tools for a world-class user experience.

“Combining Visual Fusion’s visual mashup capabilities with intra-organizational data in the cloud is an exciting milestone for us,” explained Ian Clemens, CTO at IDV Solutions. “The implications for organizations to rapidly create enterprise mashups that integrate data from virtually any data source into an endless number of applications are staggering. Doing this in a powerful cloud platform like Azure creates little to no strain on our customers’ internal systems and resources, and takes the value of Visual Fusion to a whole new level.”

This integration marks just one of several highlights for IDV Solutions this year. Last month the latest version of their flagship product--Visual Fusion 4.0--was launched to wide acclaim, empowering organizations to rapidly create highly visual mashups in the friendly confines of SharePoint. In March, the company released both Visual Fusion Contribute, the first iPhone app that uploads geotagged photos and comments to a SharePoint library, and SpatialWiki, the first Silverlight geospatial drawing tool and collaboration app for average business users. Previously, in February, the company announced enhanced closed-network capabilities fueled by the integration with Microsoft’s Virtual Earth Server. These new products and capabilities extend the Visual Fusion ecosystem, expanding the user empowerment capabilities for which the product suite has become widely recognized.

About IDV Solutions
IDV Solutions is an enterprise software company committed to helping Global 2000 and government organizations make their information more accessible, understandable, and contextual. Their suite of products, Visual Fusion, forms an enterprise mashup platform for creating interactive, visual applications utilizing the power of SharePoint. This software empowers everyone in an organization to create interactive, geospatial mashups from unlimited sources of data. It provides a streamlined platform for building Enterprise 2.0 apps that drive agility, collaboration, and insight. Contact IDV Solutions at IDV Solutions - Home (http://www.idvsolutions.com).

Scott Caulk (scott.caulk@idvsolutions.com)
Phone: (888) 201-7282