Information Week writes on “a little-known project involves hundreds of developers, writing a new set of business applications from scratch.” The focus is on SMEs. The key points:
– Microsoft aims to write new financial, human-resources, distribution, and other enterprise-resource-planning modules, so as to, according to Paul Hamerman of Giga “integrate the entire Microsoft stack, from back-end systems and operating systems to the Office applications.”
– “The rationale for Project Green is that, in order to get the kind of deep and wide integration that increasingly defines all Microsoft software, the company had to write applications using its own programming languages, development tools, and APIs.”
– “A linchpin of Project Green is the Business Framework, middleware for connecting applications with Microsoft’s operating systems and server software. The Framework will handle object mapping, forms rendering, metadata descriptions, metadata services, and other core functions so that Business Solutions programmers and independent software vendors don’t have to do that work themselves.”
– Microsoft CRM is a step in this direction.
This is akin to what I like to think of as “Visual Biz-ic“.