SugarCRM and Microsoft have worked together for years now – and we’re actually seeing more than 60% of Sugar deployments on the MS stack. But today’s announcement around Sugar Community Edition now on Microsoft’s Web Gallery opens up a lot of cool opportunities for developers of all kinds.
Microsoft has been making it easier and easier for PHP and other web developers to work in their platform configuration. Now, developers can actually access and develop the Sugar Community Edition natively on a Windows environment.
I see the future vision being this: Microsoft (as well as a lot of other providers) hosting large platforms that allow developers not to only access apps to download, or act as hosting providers – but acting as cloud-based full service environments so developers can easily make deep customizations and extensions, and either manage, distribute and even monetize these without making a single dollar investment in hardware or storage on their own sites.
Stay tuned for some very exciting announcements from SugarCRM around this concept. The Open Cloud is all about “anytime, anywhere” when it comes to access, deployment, development, etc. of applications…things are just starting to heat up.