Today at Siebel CustomerWorld 2005, Microsoft Corp. and Siebel Systems Inc. announced availability of the Siebel Component Assembly for Microsoft® .NET. This offering enables customers to simplify and speed the development of custom CRM applications, enhance organizational decision-making and increase end-user productivity. This product is one of several .NET Framework-based offerings that has resulted from a long-standing successful strategic global alliance between the two companies.
Siebel Component Assembly delivers the essential building blocks to help organizations build custom CRM applications more quickly, easily and efficiently. Major elements of this new product line shipping today include a metadata-driven, declarative development environment and a pre-built library of industry-leading customer relationship management (CRM) components that enable rapid application development for .NET. The Siebel Component Assembly product offering is targeted for organizations that are experienced in building highly customized CRM applications. Customers using Siebel Component Assembly and .NET can now deliver CRM solutions that are cost-effective, agile and among the best in class, because Siebel Component Assembly is designed to take full advantage of a broad set of Microsoft technologies.
Siebel Component Assembly for .NET is based on the .NET Framework and features native integration with a broad range of Microsoft technologies, including Microsoft Office 2003 editions, Office Outlook® 2003, SharePoint® Products and Technologies and Exchange.
Recall that Siebel is being acquired by Oracle.
Update: A somewhat disquieting take by Stacy Cowley at InfoWorld:
Oracle threw cold water on Siebel Component Assembly last month at its own user conference, however, where executives including Ellison said Oracle would not seek to preserve code from its acquired applications as Oracle develops the next generation of its applications software.
Siebel Component Assembly still launched as scheduled on Monday, but Siebel’s executives focused their keynote presentations on the company’s broader strategic vision. Siebel CEO George Shaheen touted the company’s industry-leading 3.7 million active users of its CRM software, while Siebel products head Bruce Cleveland outlined the company’s plans to unify its Enterprise, Component Assembly and CRM OnDemand software user interfaces into one common interface for all of its applications. The company’s goal is to make its products flexible enough to match its customers’ varied needs and business processes, an approach Siebel has dubbed “customer adaptive solutions.”
Code in hand is worth a whole lot of “strategic vision” and even worse, this devalues the code they just shipped.