Monday, June 22, 2009

Pictorially represent your SaaS Application data

This month we've focused our efforts on assisting our Customers/Partners to visually represent their business data in charts, graphs, etc. using the recently launched Wolf Chart Control.

Based on the positive feedback, we've introduced a new feature that allows you to pictorially represent your data in a Search Screen. And believe it or not this can be done with just a simple set of mouse clicks. NO CODING! :-)

This concept which we call as an "Image Map" links the data of a Search Screen column to an image source and displays custom images instead of standard text, based on the column values.

Confused? An example will help you picture this:
Let's say I have a simple vehicle inventory managing system which keeps track of all my vehicles and additionally allows me to assign a rating to each vehicle. The Search Screen appears as shown below:

The vehicle ratings(column marked in RED in the picture above) are based on the following:
1- Excellent
2- Good
3- Average

Using the "Image Map" concept, I can associate the vehicle ratings to different flag colors as follows:
1 (Excellent) : Red flag
2 (Good): Yellow flag
3 (Average): Green flag

(Hint: In the Designer, go to the Search Screen and create an image map that associates the vehicle ratings to images of different flag colors. Link this image map to the "Vehicle Rating" column of the Search Screen)

The same Search Screen using an Image map for the "Vehicle Rating" column is as shown below:

You can also edit the image map at any time to change the images associated with the vehicle ratings.

Go ahead and spice up your Wolf SaaS application using the power of visual analytics in Wolf!

Need help in using image maps? Some feature you would like to see in your Wolf SaaS Application? Feel free to get in touch.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Wolf Platform-as-a-Service delivers smart visual charts for your SaaS applications

Hi friends,

We have released a chart control which supports Google Charts API’s. As we all know, Charts can be used to represent large quantities of data and the relationships between parts of the data. To bring this functionality to our users, we have come up with the Wolf Chart Control, which is a point-and-click interface that helps you to visually represent the data of your Wolf SaaS Application.

“Charts have been the most requested feature from our existing customers and we are happy to release the functionality. We see a growing demand for Business-Analytics-as-a-Service and will now be able to help our customers in developing visually rich SaaS application rapidly using our new charting control and advanced technical code free Business Rules Engine" said Mr. Ralph Vaz, Founder & CTO WOLF Frameworks.

What kind of Charts can be build using Wolf Chart Designer?

Visualization of Data adds a new degree of usability and understanding to the users using your wolf Application. To list the types of chart, which can be built using Wolf Chart control, will add a new excitement to you:

1. Line Chart
2. Horizontal Bar Chart with Multiple bars
3. Horizontal Bar Chart with Stacked bars
4. Vertical Bar Chart with Multiple bars
5. Vertical Bar Chart with Stacked bars
6. Simple Pie Chart
7. 3D pie Chart
8. Radar Chart
9. Go meter (google-o-meter)

Wolf Development Team is working to add more to this list, which means more options to represent your data.

What if I had made a line chart with Wolf Chart control and want to change it to other type of chart?

Just select the type of chart again in the chart control, and publish. A new type of chart with same statistics is ready in one click.

How much time does it take to configure a chart using Wolf Chart Control?

Not more than 5 minutes…or till your coffee lasts!!

What is the core process working behind the Wolf Chart Generation?

Wolf Business Rule Engine and Google Chart API's are the backbone and core processes behind the chart generation. So the robustness of the chart is unquestionable.

In the background, how does the Wolf Chart Control works?

We have wrapped the Google Chart API call with our Wolf Chart Control. As soon as you configure your chart in Wolf Designer and publish it, our Chart control makes a call to Google Chart API to create an image of the chart with the data from the selected data source while configuring the chart. And it sends back the chart image to your application.

How secure is data using Google API in this manner?

The data sent is in encrypted form using any of the three types of encoding depending upon the type of chart: Simple Text Encoding, Text encoding with data scaling, Extended encoding.

How did you manage to get the data dynamically for chart generation?

The backbone of Wolf PaaS are XML and the Business Rule Engine. And these work, at their best, in extracting data from the Database and performing operations on it. First of all the data is extracted from the database in the XML format after performing the operation defined in the Business rule. Then that XML data is tranformed into the source for the chart using the XSLT tranformation. In this way, our Business Rule Engine and XML/XSLT technology has made our task easy while extracting the data dynamically.

How many charts can I make using Wolf Chart Control for my Wolf SaaS application?

Virtually there is no limit of charts that can be built using Wolf Chart Control, but Google Chart API has a restriction of 250,000 calls per day, if you can reach this limit in a day for your application.

Go ahead, enhance your application look & feel by activating smart charts for your SaaS ...

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Wolf Frameworks Platform-as-a-Service widens their market reach by adding complete support for Mozilla Firefox web browser users.

WOLF Frameworks officially opens support for Mozilla Firefox web browser users.

Wolf, the standards compliant cloud computing Platform for designing & delivering business applications, today opened their framework for Mozilla Firefox web browser users. WOLF Platform-as-a-Service Technology assists Entrepreneurs, Application Developers, IT Service Providers and Business Leaders to get their customized Business Applications developed 70 percent faster on the cloud at less than half the cost.

"Technology is our promise and we will continue to make it easy & deliver lot more functionality as per our customer’s needs. Mozilla Firefox users can now work on Wolf SaaS Application Development Framework and get complete support from us. Officially we are open to IE 6, 7, 8 and all versions of Mozilla Firefox 3.0 onwards." said Mr. Ralph Vaz, Founder & CTO WOLF Frameworks.

Wolf Frameworks Cloud Computing platform is used for developing & delivering customized business processes as SaaS applications. It helps to drive additional revenue for IT Solution Providers and Domain Experts by rapidly converting their ideas as SaaS applications & offering these applications on a recurring subscription fee.

It is time to say 'Good bye' to standard software packages and 'Welcome' affordable and tailor made customized applications which work the way your business needs - available all the time - online. Wolf platform requires little technical skills and no up-front capital expenses & introduces a paradigm shift where complex applications get developed within weeks & links software service provider’s revenues with customer’s business growth and not just standard software development skills.

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