Drive the Future of Small-Business Software, on Every Platform

The Intel® Developer Zone helps you deliver game-changing solutions-from portable apps to server software-for small businesses that will drive your success forward.

Small businesses in all industries must strive to maximize the value from their technology investments, and that creates opportunity for the software companies that can help them achieve their goals. The Intel® Developer Zone provides technical documentation, tools, and guidance that arm developers with best practices for readily taking advantage of hardware capabilities. That lets developers them focus on innovating further up the stack, on high-value, solution-specific features and functionality that differentiate them in the industry and help build their competitive advantage.

Enhancing Competitiveness of Small-Business Server Applications

Software products that can optimize cost efficiency and productivity are vitally important to small businesses, providing an opportunity for developers of server applications. The Intel Developer Zone Server Developer Community has the tools, tips, and other resources you need to meet the challenge.

Availability from a large and growing number of major OEMs contributes to a wide variety of devices, unified under the reference design Intel introduced in 2011. The Ultrabook Developer Community provides guidance to software makers that want to make the most of this opportunity.


The Developer Opportunity

Optimizing applications for the Intel Xeon processor E3 family can help software providers address their small-business customers’ focus on productivity and cost efficiency as they protect and grow their businesses. The Intel Developer Zone Server Developer Community helps software developers efficiently create the applications that power small businesses.

  • Deliver performance and room for growth. Optimizing for the Intel Xeon processor E3 family makes your applications more responsive and lets you assure your customers that the solution will accommodate their needs as they grow.
  • Help make customers more capable and flexible. Targeting your solutions for deployment on the Intel Xeon processor E3 family provides small businesses with the confidence that they can respond quickly to changing business needs.
  • Enhance security without compromise. Intel® server platforms for small businesses allow you to enable encryption and other security functionality while continuing to meet performance needs.

Advice and Helpful Resources from Intel Developer Zone

To deliver outstanding results to their customers, developers should optimize applications, enabling them to take full advantage of the server platform’s capabilities. The Intel Developer Zone has established a clear set of software-tuning considerations, and software developers that target small businesses can begin with the following:

  • Design multi-threading into applications. A solid approach to multi-threading as described in the “Intel Guide for Developing Multithreaded Applications” takes advantage of the Intel Xeon processor E3 family’s multi-core design.
  • Implement Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI). The approach to accelerating encryption described in the Intel AES-NI technology overview can enhance security, without compromising performance.
  • Optimize floating-point operations with Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (Intel® AVX). Straightforward advice to take advantage of this technology is given in the paper, “Using AVX Without Writing AVX Code .”

Targeting Intel® vPro™ Technology for Small Businesses

Business PCs based on Intel® vPro™ technology offer substantial benefits to small businesses, particularly in the areas of manageability, security, and power-efficient performance. The 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processor family that powers these machines provides an extremely robust target platform for business software.

The Intel Developer Zone Business Client Developer Community provides the resources that software makers need to get the most out of these cutting-edge systems, which a wide range of leading original equipment manufacturers offer. Optimizing your applications according to the best practices that Intel has established is an important step in getting and keeping a competitive advantage.


The Developer Opportunity

As small businesses continue to accelerate adoption of PCs based on Intel vPro technology, the opportunity for software developers continues to grow. In particular, enablement for key platform features according to best practices that Intel has established can help drive up the value of applications to small-business customers.

  • Out-of-band manageability. Either in-house IT or a managed service provider for a small business can use Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT) built into these PCs to manage them remotely, even if they are powered off or have missing operating systems.
  • Enhanced security. Intel AES-NI accelerates data encryption, and Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (Intel® TXT) checks system hardware and software to guard against tampering.
  • Energy efficiency and high performance. Long battery life for portable systems and high throughput and responsiveness for business PCs are the result of the highly capable 2nd gen Intel Core processors at the heart of the platform.

Advice and Helpful Resources from Intel Developer Zone

The Intel Developer Zone is committed to helping software makers easily optimize their applications for the hardware features of business PCs based on Intel vPro technology.

Taking Advantage of Small-Business Adoption of Ultrabook™ Devices

Ultrabook™ devices are taking off rapidly, and they are here to stay. In fact, according to Taiwan’s Central News Agency,1 Merrill Lynch forecast that global sales of Ultrabook devices will total 50 million units in 2013, accounting for 20 percent of total notebook sales. Workers at small businesses find this form factor to be an excellent fit for their portable computing needs.

Software companies that want to take advantage of the opportunity created by this change in the industry don’t need to look any further than the Intel Developer Zone Ultrabook Developer Community for guidance about how to enable their business applications for the Ultrabook category.


The Developer Opportunity

In addition to the fast growth of their adoption, Ultrabook devices have a unique combination of features and capabilities that make them an excellent target platform for business software. Users at small businesses find them to be extremely useful as a robust, extremely portable hardware platform.

  • Anywhere, anytime flexibility. With a thin, sleek form factor no more than 21-millimeters thick, Ultrabook devices are easy to take anywhere, and a full QWERTY keyboard helps enhance productivity for traveling workers.
  • Outstanding performance and responsiveness. The 2nd gen Intel Core processor delivers full PC-class performance, while Intel® Rapid Start Technology wakes the system almost instantly for quick access to data and applications.
  • Extended battery life between charges. The Ultrabook category is explicitly designed to break new ground in power efficiency, so business users can continue being productive for long periods away from a power source.

Advice and Helpful Resources from Intel Developer Zone

Makers of software that targets small business users and Ultrabook devices have a wealth of resources available to them from the Intel Developer Zone that can help drive up application quality and value, which ultimately manifests itself in an enhanced competitive position for their products:

  • Optimize software to be energy efficient. Maximizing battery life when using small-business applications on Ultrabook devices can be achieved using the information in “Energy-Efficient Software Guidelines.”
  • Build threading into applications. Multi-threaded code, as described in the “Intel Guide for Developing Multithreaded Applications,” is a prerequisite to taking full advantage of the multi-core processors in Ultrabook devices.
  • Optimize code for integrated graphics hardware. Developers should consult the Intel Graphics Developer’s Guide for tips on how to deliver compelling visual experiences with the built-in graphics hardware used in the Ultrabook category.

Building Android* Apps for Small Businesses

Small-business users participating in the rapid growth of Android* device usage are seeking apps that help them do their jobs more efficiently. Business software that can help workers such as those in field sales and management be more productive has excellent potential for profitability.

Collaborative work by Intel and Google to enable Android* for the Intel® Atom™ processor can dramatically streamline performance optimization and porting from legacy platforms such as ARM*. Tools and technical documentation from the Intel Developer Zone Android* Developer Community puts the power of that collaboration to work for software makers of all types and sizes.


The Developer Opportunity

Small-business customers have begun to see the potential of using their Android devices for more than just communication. The highly capable Intel Atom processor makes Android devices based on Intel® architecture an excellent choice for the apps that drive productivity, which in turn creates opportunity for software providers.

  • Put new-found portable performance to work. Intel Atom processors power extremely thin, lightweight devices that can handle the demands of business applications, even on a mobile phone.
  • Enhance offerings with rich multimedia. Innovation that incorporates visual content and social media can be the basis of business applications that distinguish themselves from competitors.
  • Build core productivity applications that benefit from long battery life. Demonstrating to small-business users that they can run your solution for long periods between battery charges can drive up value to your customers.

Advice and Helpful Resources from Intel Developer Zone

Developers can start with the article “Android 3.2 on Intel® Architecture” which summarizes the capabilities of Android running on Intel Atom processor-based devices. Other key resources include the following:


1, retrieved March 26, 2012.