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  • Blog Post: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

    eek!   In these difficult economic times, we believe it is a great time to hear the voices of customers across various industry sectors , who are driving down costs, improving efficiency, and increasing agility and quality of solutions to business problems. Whether your interest is in industry solutions...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Beta DVD for MDC Attendees

    eek! Breaking news!!! Attend an upcoming MSDN Developer Conference and you will receive a Windows 7 Beta DVD. Note: The Windows 7 Beta DVDs may not be ready to hand out in time for the events, but we’ll definitely mail them out to you as soon as they become available. Register today and you...
  • Blog Post: Back to Basics – the Microsoft Financial Services Newsletter for Developers

    eek! Just received the latest edition of the newsletter and thought it was a good read to share in its entirety. The theme? Back to Basics. What do you think? Welcome to the Fall 2008 edition of the Microsoft Financial Services Developer Newsletter ! As the financial services industry continues to grapple...
  • Blog Post: Bye Bye July!

    eek! Happy August! In case this is your first visit, here are my July postings! Hey Architects, do you need insight? Can Social Computing with SharePoint Solve Business Problems? You Decide... Ready for some EduFun? From CAB to Prism - a find! Pumping up on Innovation at Play What is Microsoft Pinpoint...
  • Blog Post: Update on Microsoft Insurance Value Chain + Sizzle

    eek! The webcast is online for your viewing pleasure in case you missed it. I thought it was very well done - I learned a few things *and* it was less than 60 minutes (my attention span max)! The abstract: Microsoft's Insurance Value Chain (IVC) pioneered Services Oriented Architecture, Web Services...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Insurance Value Chain + Sizzle

    eek! This upcoming webcast promises sizzle (Web 2.0) with substance (insurance oriented challenges and opportunities). It is on Monday, July 14th from 12-1pm US EDT. Come join us - I've highlighted the cool tech components in the abstract below... Details: Webcast: The Web 2.0 Connected Experience for...
  • Blog Post: Facebook Friday Quiz - What is a Millennial?

    hey there! I'm on Facebook, figuring out what these "Millennials" are doing. Are you ready to poke the future ? P.S. Check out the Insurance Value Chain on Microsoft.com, it promises some hard to beat goodness...
  • Blog Post: Industry Leadership * Solutions Focused * Microsoft Surface * Deep Technical Content * Free Food

    Reserve your seat today for our Health and Life Sciences Developer and Solutions Conference coming in a month to Atlantic City! Click here for details on the great things we have planned. A deadline for discounted hotel registration is upon us. a comic by Dan Kasun You'll be able to interact with a Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Software + Services becomes real with Microsoft Online Services

    so we meet again... Microsoft Online Services is making our talk about Software + Services real. I recently blogged about some cool resources for the architect/developer set, well here is something to warm the hearts of your infrastructure leadership... Microsoft Online Services The promise? 99.9% scheduled...
  • Blog Post: New York, New York, a helluva town: the DevCon's up, are you coming down?

    so we meet again... Please join us for our free (and in its sixth year!) Financial Developers Conference in New York City in 2 weeks. Just the facts please: What : Lots of HPC, Innovation Awards, Software + Services, MOSS and OBA, more! When : March 12-13, 2008 Where : Marriott Marquis Hotel, 1535 Broadway...
  • Blog Post: Got Innovation? Click, Start, Run - Microsoft Startup Accelerator

    so we meet again... This recent news article reminded me of all the great work Microsoft is doing to foster Innovation in the industry: Microsoft Startup Accelerator Program Expands Support for Innovative Startups Worldwide Program designed to foster success of high-potential startups developing...
  • Blog Post: Mainframe Migration and BizTalk Server 2006 R2

    so we meet again... Catching up on my reading when I saw this provocative question... Who wouldn’t want to participate in a world of reduced cost, increased agility, higher performance and quicker response to ever-changing business needs? http://www.windowsfs.com/tabid/54/articleType/ArticleView...
  • Blog Post: Need a Microsoft Friend in High Performance Computing?

    so we meet again... Seen this before? I discovered that it is a gateway into the world of High Performance Computing with Microsoft technologies. Today, I'm learning about the features of Windows HPC Server 2008 (infrastructure and development). I'll have more details on what I've learned and how you...
  • Blog Post: On the road to the Microsoft Financial Services Developers Conference

    so we meet again... We are kicking our team blogging into high gear at FSDPE ; give us around 4 minutes of your time and check out this fun video on the road to our Developer Conference !
  • Blog Post: 6th Annual Microsoft Financial Services Developer Conference

    What a great event we had at the 6th Annual Financial Developers Conference. More details, photos and session presentations can be downloaded from http://www.financialdevelopers.com/
  • Blog Post: Students to Business: Think Win-Win!

    so we meet again... Let's face it summer interns are cheap (yes!) and can be extremely valuable. I was fortunate to have been given a chance as a summer intern and my experiences made me a good full time employee for many years (they hired me back!) and (my hope) an asset to the community. It is fantastic...
  • Blog Post: Seriously Cool: Inspiration meet Innovation

    Get inspired, share your story, judge a little, vote! Microsoft Worldwide ISV Contest - did you know about this???
  • Blog Post: What is an Automated Service Agent - Web 2.0 meets Cylons?

    Chris Barry, from our Industry Solutions team, is very passionate about Microsoft Automated Service Agent (ASA) Solutions. He can easily spend several hours detailing the business benefits and technical ramifications of incorporating ASA into existing architectures. He is also very good at meeting deadlines...
  • Blog Post: On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: Two Cool Industry Conferences

    Inspired by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Twelve_Days_of_Christmas_%28song%29 ; enabled by Windows Live Writer ! On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Two cool industry conferences, And the source code to Tafiti . :) Our team is gearing up to deliver some...
  • Blog Post: Building up to the Microsoft Financial Services Developer Conference - The Chait Chat

    In case you missed it, Daniel Chait of Lab49 did a great job of hitting on some of the key themes that we will cover at our upcoming Financial Services Developer Conference . Worth a listen. http://cid-868323e9083a1958.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/IndustyChats/IndustryChat002.mp3 The Impatient Listener...
  • Blog Post: 6th Annual Microsoft Financial Services Developer Conference

    Please join us as we celebrate the sixth year of the Financial Services Developer Conference! This year promises to be one you will not want to miss!! Come listen to presenters across a wide spectrum of organizations – including Microsoft Product Managers, key partners and your industry peers....
  • Blog Post: Jim Payne - Philosophy, Architecture, All 9s; all the time

    "Likely the best free MS technology that you’re not using today…shame on you!" -- Jim has a great way of driving home a point :) I first met Jim at our Financial Developer's Conference in April 2007 (P.S. our next event is on March 12-13, 2008 - more information coming soon). His team has done an amazing...
  • Blog Post: LINQ and Parallel Computing - magic, power, performance

    MSDN magazine October 2007 had a nice little gem tucked away in an article about Parallel LINQ [1] (emphasis mine): Compelling Scenarios (from http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/07/10/PLINQ/ ) "While reading this article,  you have probably already begun to imagine some ways to use PLINQ...
  • Blog Post: Don Canning - Innovation, Insurance, Microsoft, you

    We were very fortunate to host Don Canning [1] at a customer visit last week. We were talking about innovation+insurance+what Microsoft is doing to enable our customers and partner ecosystem (very cool stuff!). Don is currently the world wide director for insurance in our industry team focusing on customer...
  • Blog Post: Industry Innovation @ Microsoft

    I didn't realize the Industry Innovation Group at Microsoft had a public facing site . Definitely a fun and worthwhile time sink. Check it out. Yes Dan , I'm working; I was checking their Financial Services and Healthcare feeds. Innovation is everybody's gig, what's your story?
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