Some find year-in-review blogs to be, as the title of this post suggests, a bit superfluous, but the argument for them is simple: They allow a company to show that its momentum hasn’t faltered while providing perspective on where it is headed. So, despite the eyes that roll whenever the yearly wrap-up appears on the blog calendar, it is an effective form, nonetheless.
For the sake of the argument for year-in-review blogs, here, in short form, is how Syncfusion spent 2015.
Developing New Products and Suites
We introduced control suites for Android and iOS at the end of 2014, but due to the expansion and maturation of those suites in 2015, they should be mentioned in this list. Each now contains 14 distinct controls, and more are added every quarter.
We released our suite of XamarinForms, Xamarin.iOS, and Xamarin.Android controls in February, happily starting a relationship with Xamarin—a company that provides a platform for sharing a C# code base across native Windows, iOS, and Android apps.
Syncfusion Report Server was introduced, which is used to manage, organize, and share RDL reports online.
Syncfusion Dashboard Platform debuted—our solution for creating, managing, and sharing interactive business dashboards.
We also launched a .NET library called Essential Presentation, which reads, writes, and modifies PowerPoint files without needing Microsoft Office to be installed.
Developing New Features for Existing Products and Controls
With every release in 2015, we added features to existing components and improved the performance of all our existing products—including older platforms such as Windows Forms.
Even older platforms exclusive to Syncfusion were not overlooked, such as Orubase, our solution for developing cross-platform, hybrid applications, which received two important extensions:
- Orubase Simulator—providing a preview of how an app would appear on iOS, Android, or Windows Phone.
Developing Developer Resources
During January of 2015, in what could be termed our most impactful move, we introduced the Syncfusion Community License, giving individual developers and small businesses free access to all our controls. Essentially, this made our products a community resource for anyone wanting to experiment with or learn Syncfusion controls.
We contributed three videos to Microsoft’s TechRewards program:
- Visual Studio 2015: Review of New Features by Alessandro Del Sole.
- Universal Windows Apps by Matteo Pagani.
- What’s New with MVC 6 by Ugo Lattanzi.
And we increased our Succinctly series library to more than 80 titles of free e-books, and our Technology Portal itself was redesigned to make searching for titles easier.
Planning Events, Receiving Rewards, Eating Cake
We hosted Xamarin DevDays in November, celebrated Ada Lovelace Day with members from the local branch of Girl Develop It (whom we featured in blogs), and received two notable rewards: Daniel Jebaraj, our vice president was awarded the Full Steam Ahead Award from TechWire and for the tenth consecutive year Syncfusion made the SD Times 100 List.
And there was cake—mostly cupcakes, actually—which we ate unabashedly because in 2015 we added more staff, developed more products, and expanded our vision for what’s possible. The next challenge will be to construct a 2016 that can top the 2015 we had.