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

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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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    ITIL moving towards Enterprise Architecture

    As seen on Mike Walker's (Enterprise Architect at MS Corp) blog. Yet another framework is moving to an Enterprise Architecture style. It is not (yet?) 100% complete (and in this it is no different then other EA framework) but as could be expected it...
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    Aspiring Architects

    You have career aspirations to become an architect and wonder how to get there? You are wondering what architects in IT organizations are responsible for? You are wondering how to foster some of your people to become architects? Microsoft has started...
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    Momentum builds up around OBA

    As a result of trade press meetings conducted throughout the week, momentum is building up around OBA. Coverage has focused on the real world business results companies are seeing as a result of OBAs with either Skanska or Epicor referenced or quoted...
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    OBA RAP for E-Forms processing in the Public Sector

    The OBA Reference Application Pack for E-forms processing in the public sector was released on MSDN today. Work on this RAP commenced in May 2007 and culminated last Friday with this release to the web. This RAP contains a reference solution architecture...
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    OBA RAP for Manufacturing Plant Floor Analytics

    The OBA Reference Application Pack for Manufacturing Plant Floor Analytics was released on MSDN today. Work on this RAP commenced in mid-May 2007 and culminated last Friday with this release to the web. This RAP contains a reference solution architecture...
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    Brand new MS Belux Partner Portal!

    Last months we worked intensively to re-vamp the partner portal. An overview of the major improvements: · A clear structure which allows to find easily what you are looking for; · More content available in Dutch & French, so reduced linking to the...
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    ESB Guidance Package

    The Microsoft ESB Guidance provides architectural guidance, patterns, practices, and a set of BizTalk Server and .NET components to simplify the development of an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) on the Microsoft platform and to allow Microsoft customers...
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    Visibility and Control in a Service-Oriented Architecture

    Services alone do not constitute a service-oriented architecture (SOA). Capabilities must be acquired that provide visibility and control into service development and service execution. Without these capabilities, IT offerings will become fragile as the...
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    OBA Refererence Application Pack for Health Plans Launched

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    Microsoft released Office Business Application (OBA) Reference Architecture Pack (RAP) for Health Plans, also known as Consumer Engagement Reference Architecture (CERA). This RAP demonstrates the use Office Business Application platform combined with...
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    Forrester Reseach on spreadsheets in enterprises (enter OBA)

    Quote from the Executive Summary of the Forrester Research paper: "Spreadsheets - the most widely used business intelligence (BI) tool - are a permanent fixture in enterprises because no other analytical application outperforms them in flexibility, ease...
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    MSDN Enterprise Architecture Site Launched

    The MSDN Architecture site now has a new member in the family focusing entirely on Enterprise Architecture. Over the coming months you will start to see more articles, webcasts, blogs, and architecture guidance around this subject to help you with your...
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    Patterns & Practices Performance Testing Guidance Project

    The patterns & practices group has come out with a new community release of the Performance Testing Guidance project. The purpose of this project is to build some insightful and practical guidance around doing performance testing and using Visual...
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    Enterprise Architecture: 20 year retrospective and links with SOA

    IASA is the "International Association of Software Architects" and "Perpectives of the IASA" is their periodical newsletter. The April issue is entirely devoted to a retrospective on EA (20 years ago John Zachman published a first paper on EA) and...
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    Visual Studio Team Foundation Server and Project Server Connected!

    We are pleased to announce the release of Visual Studio Team Foundation Server – Project Server 2007 Connector which is available at http://www.codeplex.com/pstfsconnector . The Visual Studio Team Foundation Server - Project Server 2007 Connector...
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    May 2007 Release of Software Factory

    Microsoft patterns & practices is pleased to announce the latest addition to the p&p library of architecture guidance: Smart Client Software Factory May 2007 Release Resources · MSDN site: http://msdn.microsoft...
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    ZDNet on OBA

    http://blogs.zdnet.com/Greenbaum/?p=121 " Here’s my best case scenario: Google announces that Google Apps can be “programmed” to function as a sophisticated interface to Salesforce.com and its App Exchange partners, much like SAP’s Duet and Microsoft...
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    *major* milestone in MS smartclient strategy

    On behalf of the Acropolis Team, we are pleased to annouce that after months of hard work, the Acropolis CTP1 release is now available for download at http://windowsclient.net/Acropolis ! This is the first public release of Acropoliis and we are looking...
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    Here we go!

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    I am Philippe Destoop and since May 2007 the new Enterprise Architect of the Developer and Platform Group of Microsoft Belgium and Luxembourg. Before taking up this challenge I was with the Microsoft Consulting Services organization for more then 9 years...
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