Microsoft cracks the whip over quality of code in software souk AppSource, orders devs to run the QA gauntlet

Partners also get Azure Lighthouse, a new portal and API for Azure resources

  Applications for Microsoft Dynamics 365 will now be more strictly certified

Applications for Microsoft Dynamics 365 will now be more strictly certified

] Inspire Microsoft is scheduled to launch something called the ISV Connect Business Applications Program at its Inspire conference in Las Vegas next week.

This program, essentially, will make the manufacturers of business applications strong so that their software is reviewed for its quality and security. before I can appear in the Online AppSource bazaar of Redmond. The applications that are already in the cyber-souk will start unless they also pass the checks of quality control of the giant of Windows.

What Microsoft calls "business applications" are those created on its Dynamics 365 and PowerApps platforms. Dynamics 365 covers customer relationship management (CRM), as well as sales, customer service, human resources, finance and operations. PowerApps is a low-code application generator based on Common Data Service, data provided by Dynamics 365 and Office 365, as well as connectors for other services in the cloud, such as Salesforce, Slack and Dropbox.

ISVs (independent software vendors) can be created Packaged applications for these platforms, which are available to customers through AppSource, an online marketplace.

Microsoft says that applications in AppSource have not been sufficiently reviewed for their quality so far. "In the past, we did not offer customers the ability to easily assess whether a particular ISV application based on the platform would comply with a certain quality bar and the applications were installed directly on the tenants of the clients without any comprehensive security review. and performance based on the central system. ", Says the preview guide for the new program.

That is now changing, says Microsoft." All cloud-based applications Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement, Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (except Dynamics 365 Business Central) , and PowerApps must enroll in the program and appear in AppSource after certification (or recertification) .Apps in AppSource will remain out of the program until they have been recertified, eventually, all these applications must be recertified or eliminated from AppSource ", says The Guide.

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Microsoft is supporting the ISVs that join the program with technical, marketing and sales support. The level of support depends on the amount of revenue that Microsoft gets from the ISV application. This is a 10% (standard) or 20% (premium) cut of total revenues.

A self-certification tool allows ISVs to test applications before sending them. Inspire also sees the launch of ISV Studio, a control panel that shows the performance of applications.

Microsoft also promises integration between enterprise applications, Azure DevOps and GitHub, presumably allowing a smooth workflow to create, test and deploy these applications. The event also marks the general availability of two new "accelerators", sets of solutions and samples designed to help developers create applications. One is for vehicle marketing and the other for financial services.

Finally, Microsoft announces the general availability of Azure Lighthouse, previously in private preview. Lighthouse is a new control panel for managing Azure among several clients. Lighthouse uses delegated permissions to allow Microsoft Partners to access and manage Azure resources operated by their customers. The client can control the permission level through Azure role-based access.

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Delegated Administration in Azure , enabling the Lighthouse portal and APIs

"Partners can now manage tens of thousands of resources from thousands of different clients," promises Mark Russinovich, Microsoft CTO. It will also be possible for partners to automate the monitoring of the state in their various clients. Lighthouse is both a portal and an API, which allows the use of tools such as PowerShell or integration into custom portals.

Does Azure Lighthouse increase the risk for customers if a Microsoft partner suffers a security breach and a malicious actor gains access? The answer must be yes; but Microsoft is at least now applying multi-factor authentication to all partners with this type of access. It is an extension of an existing risk, as many partners already have delegated access to Office 365 tenants for their clients. ®

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