After attending TechEd North America in Houston and Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington D.C. we exhibited at the TechEd Europe conference in Barcelona last week. We used the conferences this year to launch our new software product PeopleSync in our most important markets North America and Europe. We got a lot of customer connections and valuable feedback for our product group to further improve the software.
PeopleSync is an addressbook server for Windows. As a classic middleware it fetches contact data from various data sources, such as Active Directory, SharePoint or SQL Databases. The data can be synchronized or accessed from all major phone platforms and many PC and Mac applications.
At TechEd Europe we launched a new release of messageconcept PeopleSync that will be published shortly. The new release adds LDAP access to our address lists besides CardDAV sychronization. While CardDAV is a standard to sync contact data to smartphones, LDAP will be used by telephone systems and LDAP-capable office phones as well as by many email clients, such as Microsoft Outlook. While the CardDAV data is stored in Microsoft SQL Server, we will use Windows Server Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services as our LDAP directory. This standard guarantees maximum support on client side.
The user authentication and address book provisioning is handled by using users and groups from leading authentication services. Besides Microsoft Active Directory and Windows Server Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services the new release of the PeopleSync server supports Office 365 to authenticate users. Support for the Azure Active Directory is expected for Q4/2014.
Parallel to the new release of the server our team is developing additional agents for PeopleSync. Agents for various CRM systems will be released later this year. The collection of file-based data sources, such as CSV or XML, and the development of further agents are planned for Q1/2015. All new agents will become available for active maintenance customers of PeopleSync Enterprise Edition.