Archive for June, 2010

clip_image001_2 Since I’ve started talking about Sliverlight and analytics yesterday I thought this is probably the best opportunity to mention Silverlytics (Silverlight + Analytics).

Built by Location3 Media an interactive marketing company, Silverlytics is a multitenant Windows Azure-based analytics service that uses Microsoft Live Labs Pivot for its data visualization.  All of its data is collected from Service Oriented Analytics behaviors in Silverlight applications. 

The Windows Azure platform is perfect for web analytics because of its scalability and global reach while Pivot provides a very cool way to slice, dice, and understand the data.  Location3 Media is the company behind this and is looking for people who are interested in beta testing the service.  Go to the site to learn more and try it out.

The most exciting aspect of this though, is that the Pivot control will be available for Silverlight this summerso any website could use Pivot in their Silverlight application.  To see the potential of Pivot, take a look at Gary Flake’s TED talk from earlier this year.

A common misunderstanding and argument I get, for not building web applications using Silverlight technology, is often, the lack of a way to keep stats of your application traffic. So I thought this worth a blog post in order to put a few things right and let people know that there is actually a solution they could use. This solution is Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework.

Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework is a codeplex based open source Extensible Web Analytics Framework for Microsoft Silverlight Applications. It addresses the challenges of tracking Silverlight applications by enabling it in a number of scenarios like the out-of-browser and offline application ones. It supports the usage of multiple analytics services

simultaneously without impacting the application performance. What’s more you can use Expression Blend to visually implement tracking of your application and do A/B testing. Last but not least the framework supports a number of components built by various analytics and control vendors in Web, video and rich client scenarios such as ComponenentOne, Telerik, RadControls, Smooth Streaming Media Element, and Microsoft Silverlight Media Framework Player 1.0.

If you want to find out more about the project visit the project home page and see a video of the framework presentation from the Mix 2010 conference in Las Vegas where the framework was introduced and released on March 15, 2010.