Microsoft Corp. has announced that it is extending the Microsoft Connected Services Framework to organizations in the broadcast and film industries. The Connected Services Framework, an integrated, server-based software solution, is designed to enable broadcast companies and film studios to streamline the creation, management, and delivery of digital content. Microsoft is collaborating with companies such as Avid Technology Inc., North Plains Systems Corp., OmniBus Systems, Panasonic and Telestream Inc. to offer a solution with Connected Services Framework at the core.
The Microsoft Connected Services Framework, which was introduced in February 2005, employs a service-oriented architecture (SOA) approach to deliver an interoperable, manageable, and scalable infrastructure of shared services such as digital asset management and content distribution processes. Built on Microsoft technologies and using industry standards such as Extensible Markup Language (XML), Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), and Web Services Description Language (WSDL), the Connected Services Framework is intended to enable customers to extend their existing technology investments and build a connected system that allows digital assets to move across platforms and applications.