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Architects Rule!

Community blog for architects in the Belgium and Luxembourg region moderated by Bart Vande Ghinste, Enterprise Architect for Microsoft Belgium and Luxembourg.

February, 2008

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About Architecture Rule!

The purpose of this blog is to become the Belgian & Luxembourg community blog of people interested in IT architecture in the broad sense of the word and having a particular interest for MS related architectural matters.   Your interaction will be greatly appreciated and I hope to meet a lot of you in person in the months and years to come!

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    Microsoft Belux Architect Forum, April 15, Enterprise SOA/BPM

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    Dear Belux architect, here is your next Microsoft Belux Architect Forum! The theme of this Forum is about increasing Business and IT Agility with SOA and BPM on the Microsoft platform. Having hundreds (in some cases even thousands) of Webservices of all...
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    The Next Step in Openness and Interoperability

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    This morning, Ray Ozzie, Bob Muglia, Brad Smith and Steve Ballmer are announcing important changes to our technology and business practices that will enhance the interoperability of our products and expand the technical information we share with developers...
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    SQL Server 2008 feature complete!

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    the feature-complete February CTP6 for SQL Server 2008 is available for customer download today here . This CTP delivers all of the key functionality planned for this release.
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    DreamSpark: free developer & designer software for students

    Yesterday we’ve launched DreamSpark in Belgium as part of the worldwide global free software download program for students. Read all about it here
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    Financial Services OBA Component Library

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    At the Office Developers Conference last week we announced the release of the Financial Services OBA Component Library. The Financial Services OBA Component Library is a comprehensive set of OBA components that span across key areas in the Banking, Insurance...
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    OBA Reference Architecture: LOAN Origination

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    At the Office Developers Conference 2008 the release of the OBA Reference - Loan Origination System (OR-LOS) Architecture version 2 was announced. Like the previous version, this reference architecture shows architects and developers how to bridge OBA...
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    S+S Architecture Site on MSDN

    A new section released on the MSDN Architecture center a section dedicated to Software + Services (S+S). We realized that depending on whether you are a large enterprise, an ISV, a hosting company or trying to establish yourself as a trusted marketplace...
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    "FedEx QuickShip" shows Office as a platform (OBA)

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    At the Office Developers Conference 2008 last week, FedEx SVP David Zanca joined BillG on stage and announced the public launch of FedEx QuickShip . FedEx QuickShip is an easy way to use FedEx tools and services from within Office. Zanca also showed...
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    The BizTalk® Adapter Pack for the masses

    The BizTalk® Adapter Pack provides a single solution to easily and securely connect to Line of Business (LOB) data from any custom-developed .NET application, SQL Server-based business intelligence solution, or an Office Business Application (OBA). The...
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    Guidance Automation Toolkit: new release!

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    About Guidance Automation Toolkit & Extensions The Guidance Automation Extensions (GAX) expands the capabilities of Visual Studio by allowing architects and developers to run guidance packages, such as those included in Software Factories, which...
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    Build and Deploy OBA's with OBA Composition Reference Toolkit

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    The v1 release of the OBA Composition Reference Toolkit on the MSDN Architecture site was announced at the Office Developer’s Conference this week on Monday Feb 11 th . The conference was held in San Jose, CA and brought together a highly enthusiastic...
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    Just because it’s SaaS doesn’t make it good...

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    Interesting article in "The Register" that does a practical reality check that relativates the sometimes religious beliefs that "if it SaaS then it must be Good" versus on "if it on premise software then is must be Evil"... Some paragraph are copied...
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    Gartner positions MS as a leader in Business Intelligence

    Microsoft is positioned in the Leaders Quadrants in Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms. Microsoft delivers the full range of personal, team and organizational BI tools and this a tightly integrated way.
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    Gartner moves MS up on SOA Governance

    On December 31, 2007, Gartner analysts Frank Kenney and Daryl Plummer published their “Magic Quadrant for Integrated SOA Governance Technology Sets”. This report exceeded expectations with its positive position of Microsoft in the Challenger Quadrant...
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    Metadata for an Enterprise SOA

    If an organization wishes to maximize reuse and make sure that all their services are well behaved and operational, then information will need to be stored and maintained such that all services are well known and capable of being managed. Since we want...
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    Architect rule also at Belux TechDays 2008

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    You probably have noticed that the Developer & IT Pro Days are back in 2008, though under a new name, TechDays 2008 . You even might already have registered for it (in which case don’t lose any more time in this post...) but otherwise I wanted to...
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    Silverlight available for WSUS & Windows update.

    This will make it easier for systems administrators to deploy Silverlight into enterprise environments. As from last week , Silverlight is available as an optional update for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 via the Windows Server Update Services tool...
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    Important break-through for Silverlight

    OLYMPICS - NBC Universal and Microsoft Team Up On Web Offering for 2008 Beijing Olympic Games using Silverlight Topline - NBC Universal, owner of the exclusive U.S. media rights to this summer’s Olympic Games in Beijing, China (August 8-24, 2008...
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    S+S: the new architectural paradigm

    Sometimes a picture says more then thousand words and the image below is one of them. It is meant to represent the new (or evolving) relationships among the different actors (technically and from an ecosystem point of view) in a S+S world. Of course,...
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    WPF and Silverlight are shaking up MS components Ecosystem

    Corporate MS Platform development shops have long turned to component vendors like ComponentOne LLC, Infragistics Inc. and Telerik Inc. to purchase proven code (UI) modules for software projects. But the availability of Microsoft's Visual Studio (VS)...
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    HR and IT: brothers in arms?

    Interesting article about Talent and Human Resources excerpt below, full article here: http://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Organization/Talent/Making_talent_a_strategic_priority_2092 According to the business execs: "The executives we interviewed criticized...
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