IPcelerate Introduces IPfusion To Speed Application Development

In an effort to cut application creation time for its developers and partners, IPcelerate Inc. on Monday introduced IPfusion, an integrated development environment (IDE) for users of IPcelerate VoIP technologies. The icon-based IDE enables users to design, develop, test and personalize IP phone applications in hours or days instead of weeks and months required to program in Java or C++.

In a press demo, IPcelerate created in 30 minutes an application that would send a text-to-speech voice message to an absent students home phone by simply clicking on the students name in the schools database. Similar applications are sold at significant cost, said IPcelerate President and CEO Kevin Brown. We are telling partners they can do it inside of an hour, he said.

The launch is one more way Brown hopes to speed adoption of VoIP technologies. Earlier this year, IPcelerate unveiled its IPsmartSuite applications, which offered users of Cisco IP phone ready-made productivity tools to match their vertical industry or horizontal requirement, thereby adding value to the system beyond voice calling and messaging.

With IPfusion, Brown said, partners now have a tool that allows them to create similar applications not only for a single customer but for a market sector. Using IPfusion, they dont have to start from scratch, he said. In addition to potentially creating new market opportunities, he said, partners can go back to existing customers and help them understand what they can do with what they already have.

IPfusion eases the development process for programmers and non-programmers by using a drag-and-drop interface and pull-down menus. It also provides interfaces to third-party databases and incorporates business objects from existing IPcelerate IPsession and IPstudio products. The source code is embedded by dragging and dropping objects.

It also includes its own run-time engine (RTE) to allow resellers and development partners to provide a production testing environment for applications.

Brown said the IPfusion IDE enables partners not to have to rely on IPcelerate developers for custom programming or to wait six months for a new release with requested changes and if they want to create an application and sell it outright, they can do it under their own brand.

The IDE is sold on a per-seat license with an annual support fee for access to online forums. Pricing was not disclosed. The seat license includes eight hours of training via Web conference. We are not trying to make money off the tool, but to increase adoption of our technology and helping people understand the capabilities of IP phones, said Brown.

IPcelerate said several partners already have been trained, but none have used the IDE in a production environment. IPcelerate used the tool to so far create a commercial application for Bobs Furniture wherein automated messages are sent to delivery customers. The application interfaces with the furniture companys customer database. The custom dial-out application and integration was completed in two hours, compared to three to four weeks using traditional methods, IPcelerate said.

IPfusion will be made available initially with the following objects:

  • Cisco XML Objects for calling capabilities.
  • ODBC Objeject for database integration.
  • IPsession objects for dail-out, paging and scheduling.
  • IPstudio objects for call recording.

Other objects, including plug-ins for third-party objects, are in the pipeline and will be rolled out based on partner feedback.

IPcelerate Inc.

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