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  • Blog Post: Follow Ignition Showcase on your Windows Phone

    Ignition Showcase is a site focused on building and enhancing the vibrant ecosystem of Independent Software Vendors and start-ups on the Microsoft platform. The goal of Ignition Showcase is to bring together the right people and experiences from across Microsoft to provide ISVs with the resources they...
  • Blog Post: Farewell to Architecture and Stuff

    I have decided to stop posting to this blog in order to devote more time to posting on our Ignition Showcase Team Blog . If you have enjoyed following my posts here then be aware that I intend to continue to post to the Ignition Showcase blog about Cloud related topics, Windows Azure and assorted architecture...
  • Blog Post: Ignition Showcase 1-4-2011

        ISVs and Partners An ISV in the Age of the Cloud Microsoft Partners: Gold & Silver Competencies Explained Multiple Microsoft Technologies   Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform Reviewed Windows Azure Updates!   The Proper Use of the VM Role in Windows Azure...
  • Blog Post: Ignition Showcase 12-27-2010

    Events Mix11 News Update CRM Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Release Candidate (RC) Latest Links Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Top 10 in 10 xRM Cloud Acceleration Lab Video: Permuta Technologies Cloud/Windows Azure Updates!   Drive Demand and Close Sales for your Microsoft Infrastructure and Cloud Solutions...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio LightSwitch – New .NET Development Paradigm

    This post will be covering a new tool from Microsoft, Visual Studio LightSwitch, currently in Beta. [UPDATE: Added links to The Anatomy of a LightSwitch Application post series at the end of this post] We will be talking specifically about: What it is Why it is a very significant development Why you...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Survival Guide

    This is for the ISV who wants to know more about Hyper-V, the basis for Microsoft’s Private Cloud offering, Hyper-V Cloud . Here is a list of  Hyper-V references that is probably much more than you need to know about the subject , but it is very comprehensive. Particularly snazzy is a Seadragon...
  • Blog Post: Ignition Showcase 12.20.2010

    Events Save $500 + One Night Hotel at MIX11 Silverlight PDC 2010 & Silverlight 5 Firestarter Analysis on Connected Show 39 Windows Azure Updates! Windows Azure Training Kit December 2010 Update Windows Azure Platform Learning & Readiness Windows Phone How Many Phone Apps Can You Write in 2 Weeks...
  • Blog Post: Weekly Azure Updates from OakLeaf Systems

    The folks at OakLeaf Systems publish a blog listing interesting Windows Azure posts and update it on a daily basis. In the current post: Azure Blob, Drive, Table and Queue Services SQL Azure Database and Reporting Marketplace DataMarket and OData Windows Azure AppFabric: Access Control and Service Bus...
  • Blog Post: The Windows Azure Platform Appliance for Everyone? Not!

    In the world of Windows Azure there is a major misconception that the Windows Azure Platform Appliance announced at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference (WWPC) in July is Microsoft’s answer to having your own Private Cloud. This is not correct. The appliance, as announced at WWPC,  is a turn...
  • Blog Post: Journey to the Cloud

    As you can see from the diagram below no company other than Microsoft has so many cloud solutions that you can apply to solving your business needs. What this means for Independent Software Vendors and Partners is that we have truly entered a new generation of Information Technology. No product or service...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Training Kit - December 2010 Update

    The Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to help you learn how to use the Windows Azure platform including: Windows Azure, SQL Azure and the Windows Azure AppFabric. The December update...
  • Blog Post: Ignition Showcase 12.15.10

    Imagine Cup IT Challenge Quiz #6 is December 14! Imagine Cup – Students Solving the Worlds Toughest Problems with Technology Windows Azure Updates! Lost finding information about Windows Azure? Free Windows Azure Training David Pallmann on What's New from PDC10, Part 1 - Windows Azure Upcoming Azure...
  • Blog Post: High Performance Computing – On-Premise and In the Windows Azure Cloud

    If you are an ISV with a product or service for industries such as financial services, pharmaceuticals, and others you may be able to make cost-effective use of the technology  discussed in this post. Back in June I posted about an Azure High Scale Compute project that I participated in for a major...
  • Blog Post: Free Windows Azure Training

    Here is an excellent opportunity to get free Windows Azure training.  If you are exploring the possibilities with cloud-based applications and Windows Azure then you don’t want to miss this free live training course. “ Developing Cloud Applications with Windows Azure ”. It will be delivered via...
  • Blog Post: Get Windows Essential Business Server Migration Kit (for free) before December 31st!

    If you are an Independent Software Vendor currently taking advantage of Microsoft’s Windows Essential Business Server (EBS) you need to be aware that e arlier this year we announced the discontinued future development of EBS. To help partners and customers with this transition, we made the EBS Migration...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk–The Road Ahead

    If you are an ISV concerned with the long-term future of BizTalk you should be aware of the BizTalk Roadmap which charts the future of the product. The future for BizTalk holds plans for achieving more On-Premise Server and Cloud Service Symmetry .   This symmetry will facilitate the connection...
  • Blog Post: Ignition Showcase 12.07.10

    Imagine Cup – Students Solving the Worlds Toughest Problems with Technology   Silverlight Updates! The Future of Microsoft Silverlight - Silverlight 5 Announced Windows Azure Updates! The Future of Windows Azure AppFabric Windows Azure SDK 1.3 Released with Many New Features! Windows Azure New Features...
  • Blog Post: Lost finding information about Windows Azure?

    If you are an ISV overwhelmed with the tremendous amount of information available about Windows Azure here is an outstanding index to the information on Windows Azure Platform in the MSDN library.   This index guides you to the best information on how to: Build a Windows Azure Application Use the...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup – Students Solving the Worlds Toughest Problems with Technology

    Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition, sponsored by Microsoft. This annual competition inspires students to create innovative solutions that can help solve some of the world’s toughest problems. In addition, it gives universities, colleges, and secondary schools the opportunity...
  • Blog Post: David Pallmann on What's New from PDC10, Part 1 - Windows Azure

    If you are an ISV thinking about moving your hosted or customer premises based application to the cloud many of the new features announced at PDC10 can help you accomplish your goals. This is another post and video about the Windows Azure announcements that came out of PDC10 in November.  What makes...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Azure Boot Camp Webcasts

    All over the world Microsoft ISVs, partners and customers have been meeting for an in-depth training program: The Windows Azure Boot Camp.  If you could not make it to one of these events then here is your chance to benefit from the material that they covered.        No ISV that...
  • Blog Post: Sending Email from Azure

    On-premise applications often have a need to send email. For instance an order entry system might have to send an email request to an external vendor to drop-ship all or part of an order.  An event registration system might have to send email confirmations and reminders of an upcoming event. ...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Platform Training Kit – November Update

    There is a newly updated version of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit that matches the November 2010 SDK 1.3 release.  This release of the training kit includes several new hands-on labs for the new Windows Azure features and the new/updated services we just released.     The updates...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure New Features Webcast

    On Wednesday December 30 th there will be an an Academy Live webcast to inform developers of the new November 2010 Windows Azure SDK 1.3 release.       Getting Started with the Windows Azure November 2010 Release   Just a few short weeks ago at the Microsoft Professional Developers...
  • Blog Post: The Future of Windows Azure AppFabric

    Windows Azure AppFabric has an interesting array of features today that can be used by ISVs and other developers to architect hybrid on-premise/in-cloud applications.  Components like Service Bus, Access Control Service and the Caching Service. are very useful in their own right when used to build...
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