The Intuit Partner Platform includes a hosted database and other infrastructure services, as well as tools for tapping into the data that businesses have stored in their Quickbooks financial software. The idea is to reuse that data for other applications instead of having a separate database for customer relationship management, for example.
The UniversalMind service, called Customer Explorer from SpatialKey, is free with some basic visualization templates, and the company charges to build more sophisticated templates.
Intuit supports Adobe Flex over Microsoft's Silverlight technology because Flex has been around longer and is browser- and platform-independent, said Alex Chriss, business leader for the Intuit Partner Platform. UniversalMind does most of its work in Flex but is starting to see more demand for Silverlight, said President Brett Cortese.
Ilog is also at Adobe Max, showing an update to its Elixir product, a set of Flex add-on components for UI development. Elixir 2.0 will be released in January and adds new UI components for calendaring, Gnatt task charts, OLAP and pivotal charts, and heat maps. The software is sold by Adobe as well as by Ilog.
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