BlastAsia: Delivering cutting-edge software solutions with Visual Studio 2008

By: BLASTASIA, INC.  07/05/2008
Keywords: philippines, Web Development, Business Process Outsourcing

With the Internet rapidly becoming a venue for business transactions and communications, web applications must go beyond having a nice user-interface. It must also be responsive and highly interactive – allowing faster delivery of results online. Bearing this in mind, BlastAsia Inc. (BAI) decided to establish a niche in building solutions on top of the .NET platform, which allows them to deliver total software solutions that cater to their offshore clients' needs. Being a Philippine-based company serving an overseas clientele, BAI found a solution that will address the demanding collaboration requirements. The company became the first Microsoft Certified Partner in using and developing with Silverlight, getting the first dibs on the enhanced features for application development of Visual Studio 2008. “Collaboration within an organization, among developers and between our company and our clients are integral to the success of business projects and undertakings. Utilizing Visual Studio 2008 eased collaboration and reporting within the organization and among our clients overseas – in a way, the limitations of outsourcing decreases,” said John Fajardo Jr., Client Service Manager, BlastAsia, Inc. Visual Studio 2008 is the latest application development technology from Microsoft, which provides advanced development tools, debugging features, database functionality, and innovative features for quickly creating tomorrow’s cutting-edge applications across a variety of platforms. According to Tim Vergel de Dios, Developer Platform Evangelist, Microsoft Philippines, “Visual Studio 2008 will provide developers with the tools needed to create applications that can deliver the next-generation web experience for end-users. Other than this, Visual Studio 2008 will help developers in terms of rapid application development, effective team collaboration and breakthrough user experiences.” Developing in a team environment is one of the foundations of BAI’s business. Roy Saberon Jr., Systems Architect, BlastAsia, Inc. attests to the benefits of Visual Studio 2008. “With the improved collaboration features in Visual Studio using the Team Foundation Server (TFS), we are able to include our clients, regardless of their location, in the development process of the software solution they require. Clients have a sense of control in driving the development of the application.” BAI is optimistic about utilizing Visual Studio 2008 for all their clients’ requirements. “One other benefit that we foresee in using Visual Studio 2008 is the increased productivity within our organization. In just the same amount of time, our developers are able to do more because of the efficiency of the tool being used, which also essentially means getting more business without adding to the amount of your resources,” said Fajardo.With Visual Studio 2008, developers will be able to take advantage of rich client-side and server-side frameworks to easily build client-centric Web applications that integrate with any back-end data provider, run within any modern browser, and have complete access to ASP .NET application services and the Microsoft platform. Fajardo concludes by saying that, “At the end of the day, Visual Studio 2008 and Silverlight will allow our company to take on more projects, but at the same time, we will be able to provide our clients an off shore service environment that is secure, tightly integrated with enhanced features for collaboration, which is also easier to setup.”

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