Wednesday, January 02, 2008 7:23 PM
I wanted to take a moment to feel out the expectations of Project Gatineau, and some of the practical uses. Firstly, I am a Certified Developer for .Net, and have been around MS Development for about 15 years or so. I am also very familiar with Livestats from DeepMetrix, way before they changed their name to DeepMetrix.
That being said, When I saw that Gatineau was in beta and the new name for the livestats package, I was very excited, since it is hard to find a good Windows platform analytics package, especially after Livestats stopped selling. However, I'm at a bit of loss here with the direction that Gatineau has gone.
Also, I see that Microsoft AdCenter which used to be available thru MSDN has also shifted focus. The expectation that I had, was to have our marketing strats Internalized, measured on our hardware, with the ability to link thru to our CRM (saleslogix - MsSql based). Basically, I expected to see Livestats integrated with the AdCenter Server and hosted on our machines to manipulate as we see fit. With everything hosted on your servers, That actually changes our Privacy Plan.
I guess what I'm saying is that while the current version of Gatineau, as it stands, will be no better than whats currently availble for free from Google, we will not have any access points for system integration, and we will not own our data. While this may be good for a personal website, or a small business, this is not something that I would not recommend for a corporate solution. Google atleast has Urchin, which is available to host on your own servers, but integration with that system may prove to be too large of project that we want to tackle.
I would expect tho, from Microsoft Corp (not the Live franchise) is to have something available for us (corporate developers and system integraters) to tinker with and build internal systems with, with our own bells and whistles. I am hoping that this may be something that is part of Gatineau in the near future, if not the final release. I wouldn't mind purchasing a 'Corporate Edition' vs. a private or small biz edition if one were availble with features that were adressed above (hint hint hint)
The Question I pose to the forum is this: What did you expect to see with Gatineau, and what did you want to do with it?
Thursday, January 03, 2008 1:57 PM
I'm massively disappointed in the entire Gatineau project, and very disappointed in the owners of Livestats for not negotiating support for their Livestats.xsp product after the sale to Microsoft.
Thursday, January 10, 2008 7:41 AMDan,
Thanks for your post - I'm sorry it's taken some time for someone from Microsoft to respond to you.
I have written a post on my own blog which hopefully answers some of the questions you raise. Here's the link:
If you have further questions, feel free to either post them here, as a comment on my blog, or contact me directly (contact details on my about page). I hope you don't mind me sharing your question with my blog readership, but I thought it was interesting and merited a slightly wider audience.