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  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Lessons Learned: RiskMetrics

    In this episode of “Azure Lessons Learned” Rob Fraser from RiskMetrics talks about the work they’ve done with Windows Azure to scale some of their heavy computational workloads out to thousands of nodes on Windows Azure. RiskMetrics specializes in helping to manage risk for financial institutions and...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Lessons Learned: Telerik

    Telerik is one of the more popular component vendors building good stuff for ASP.NET, Silverlight, and WPF.  I was intrigued by the interest they have taken in the Windows Azure Platform.  Naturally all the UI components just work on the platform with no changes required.  Telerik has...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Lessons Learned: CCH

    In this episode of Lessons Learned we talk with Jones Pavan and Gurleen Randhawa of CCH about tax and accounting!  No wait stick around, that stuff can be exciting too.  Yes, really!  :) The good folks at CCH (a Wolters Kluwer company) have built an interesting service on Windows Azure...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Lessons Learned: Active Web Solutions

    There are not many solutions that can claim to have saved lives.  In this episode of Lessons Learned I chat with Richard Prodger of Active Web Solutions about the Windows Azure project they’ve been working on that tracks fishermen in real time .  It monitors not only their location but also...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Lessons Learned: GoGrid

    One question that is often asked is how hosters can benefit from the Windows Azure Platform.  While the platform can be used to deploy many types of web apps we expect many partners including hosters to develop on top of the Windows Azure platform infrastructure.  In this episode of Azure Lessons...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Lessons Learned: Invensys

    In this episode of Windows Azure Lessons Learned I chat with Paul Forney, System Architect for Invensys and Aleksey Savateyev , Senior Architect in Microsoft’s Global ISV group working with Invensys.  Invensys is well known for industrial automation and control systems.  They’ve been working...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Lessons Learned: Kelley Blue Book

    As I mentioned, over the past few months I’ve been working on a number of activities related to the Windows Azure Platform.  In particular, I’ve been working with several partners as we prepared for the PDC’09 conference.  While we were preparing for the conference we welcomed a few partners...
  • Blog Post: Catching Up and PDC’09: So many sessions; so little time

    I’ve been busy.  For the past 5 months or so I’ve been working on something completely different.  I moved out of the Dynamics world :( and into the Azure world :) . In July I was asked to help out with the PDC planning.  David Aiken ’s team were doing a great job with technical evangelism...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics Duo: Silverlight and Jazz Hands

    Ok; so maybe I got a little overexcited in the final installment to this 5-part series.  <Jazz Hands!> This time around we spend time talking about how to use Silverlight to build experiences that will compel users to want to come back again and again while differentiating your application...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics Duo: Composition with Third-Party Web Services

    In this episode we talk about a variety of topics including using Silverlight for UI, composing using 3rd party web services and storing complex information in Dynamics CRM. We spend most of our time on the flight booking page. This page was built using Silverlight to demonstrate some of the simple experiences...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics Duo: Wide World Importers Code

    In this episode we dive into some of the real code behind Wide World Importers Conference site.  Girish walks us through the code-behind for the contact/profile and conference registration options pages. There’s not really a lot of magic here.  In fact, I would say it’s quite simple to understand...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics Duo: Everybody needs an Identity

    In yesterday’s episode we very briefly touched the identity and authentication part of the demo where, on the self-service site, the attendee registers using Windows Live ID. In this episode we go a lot deeper. Identity and authentication is hard. Simple, scalable and secure login capabilities require...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics Duo Rides again

    Girish and I dropped in to the new Channel 9 Studio (formerly Monaco) to record a few Channel 9 episodes around some demo code we’ve been working on for a few months. In this series we’ll focus on self-service and specifically on building self-service sites that use Dynamics CRM on the back-end to enable...
  • Blog Post: Business Action Virtual Tour – Global Series of Events

    We've had some great success with the Business Action World Tour events worldwide.  We're now reprising that content virtually for those ISVs and developers who could not attend a physical event.  Be sure to register via the links at the bottom of the post.  Feel free to invite others...
  • Blog Post: Gonna get me some Business Action

    We recently kicked off a worldwide tour events to help ISVs understand the potential of Dynamics CRM as a Line-of-Business Application platform.  We know that differentiating your line-of-business applications from those of your competitors has never been more important. If you’ve considered using...
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