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  • Blog Post: Biztalk Services adds Workflow – Orchestrate in the Cloud

    Just spotted we have added workflow to Biztalk Services .  Sweet. Technorati Tags: Biztalk , Workflow
  • Blog Post: ISV meet hoster, hoster meet ISV

    You are an ISV looking at on-demand delivery of your application - good for you! But... once you have sorted out scalability, configurability, tackled multi-tenancy and packed it full with cool features, be prepared to keep developing as your Hoster may not be able to help as much as you might expect...
  • Blog Post: Multi-tenancy in the data tier - not for everyone

    We have a great example application called LitwareHR that (amongst other things) demonstrates how to design a highly multi-tenant database - where the data of tenants exists in the same tables and SQL views are used to project out only the data for an individual tenant. However this is certainly not...
  • Blog Post: LitwareHR SaaS Sample gets a smart client

    LitwareHR is our sample application demonstrating how to use Microsoft technologies to build a SaaS solution. Originally the plan was to have two clients - a web client and a smart client, both communicating with the server hosted services. However the original release of Litware included only the Web...
  • Blog Post: SaaS and Workflow for real

    Two areas I have spent a fair bit of time on in the last 6 months are SaaS and Workflow Foundation . Workflow Foundation is a great technology that seems to fit well into the SaaS world of "configuring business processes" - which is one reason why Workflow Foundation is used in our Litware sample SaaS...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Software + Services Partner Opportunity Paper

    I spotted an interesting paper on opportunities for partners on our partner site. It gives a decent summary of our S+S strategy (which combines the best of on-demand with the best of on-premise) before then talking about the impact and opportunity for our large partner base - both VARs who traditionally...
  • Blog Post: Software + Services Slides now available from Architect Forum, May 15th

    Mid may we did a day on Software + Services where I presented Successful SaaS: What Will it Take? Just noticed the slides are now available. MS Strategy for Software + Services Technology Innovation and the Changing Software Landscape Software as a Service in Finance SecPAL: A Security Policy Language...
  • Blog Post: ISV interested in hosting solution - then you need to understand SPLA

    SPLA is relevant if you host your solution for your clients or if you are looking to move to SaaS. It has popped up a few times in recent discussions and I was about to give a brief explanation here when I spotted a US colleague had already done a great job of it . I have copied the text here for simplicity...
  • Blog Post: Want more on Microsoft CRM as an application platform?

    My post on CRM as an application platform sparked a fair bit of interest amongst UK ISV's. If you want to know more I suggest you add the blogs of two of our evangelists to your fave RSS reader. Both specialise in helping ISVs with Microsoft CRM. Ben Riga http://blogs.msdn.com/benriga/default.aspx And...
  • Blog Post: Multi-tenancy and row level security in SQL Server 2005

    When looking at architecting for on-demand, the subject of single tenancy vs multi tenancy always comes up. When looking at multi tenancy, the subject of row level security often follows. Why? Well - multi tenancy at its extreme means all the tenants data co-exist in a single schema - mingling data from...
  • Blog Post: Links for SaaS session May 17th

    As promised here are some useful links from our session today with UK ISVs interested in SaaS. Litware http://www.codeplex.com/litwarehr Office Live http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/office/aa905514.aspx Microsoft CRM http://blogs.msdn.com/mm/ Biztalk Services http://servicebus.biztalk.net Project Astoria...
  • Blog Post: Links for SaaS session at Architect Forum, 15th May

    As promised here are some useful links for my session yesterday and the Q&A at the end: SaaS Architecture http://msdn.microsoft.com/architecture/saas Sample Application LitwareHR http://www.codeplex.com/litwarehr Three day workshop on Litware SaaSArchitectureWorkshop.zip Detailed paper on database...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft CRM = Microsoft Business Application Platform

    I think we have a well kept secret - Microsoft Dynamics CRM is not actually a CRM system (well - technically it is but stay with me). Microsoft Dynamics CRM could also be called the even more catchy "Microsofts rich platform for building a lot of brand new applications in a lot less time and code than...
  • Blog Post: Our next steps in Software as a Service - Biztalk Services and Project Astoria

    We have made two significant announcements in the last few weeks as part of our "cunning plan" to deliver on our Software + Services vision. I need to digest these more fully but they are worthy of sharing even before I fully understand them :-) Combined, these two announcements will give us an HTTP...
  • Blog Post: BT Applications Marketplace open for pre-registration of SaaS ISVs

    BT has over 500,000 SME broadband customers - and SME is increasingly interested in adopting solutions delivered as software-as-a-service. Hence BT and Microsoft have been working together to address this demand. Out of this work has come the BT Applications Marketplace which gives ISVs a quick and effective...
  • Blog Post: Desktop Software Usage Survey

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/04/20/desktop_office_suites/ caught our teams eye. It is a survey of desktop software of over 4800 folks and draws a few interesting conclusions. Firstly on SaaS: "The other big news from this chart is that online alternatives to desktop office suites delivered via the...
  • Blog Post: SaaS and Workflow for real - Remend Technical Case Study

    Two areas I have spent a fair bit of time on in the last 6 months are SaaS and Workflow Foundation . Workflow Foundation is a great technology that seems to fit well into the SaaS world of "configuring business processes" - which is one reason why Workflow Foundation is used in our Litware sample SaaS...
  • Blog Post: Architect Insight Conference slides available - including our SaaS decks

    In March we held a conference for UK Architects which covered a diverse range of topics, many handled in Workshop formats. The slides are now available including several decks we used to cover off SaaS for Customer/ISV. I think we win the award for "most download links". Enjoy. Download (9.27MB / 23mins...
  • Blog Post: When is $40 really $2,400 - when it is a SaaS Application

    SaaS is great, SaaS is wonderful, SaaS gives you per seat per month costs with immediate exit options.... Err... cough. I popped over to SugarCRM - an Open Source ISV I had come across in my travels around the blogosphere. $40 per seat/month it proclaimed. I though "Why not" - it would be fun to try...
  • Blog Post: Are you a "traditional" ISV missing out on SaaS?

    Because if you are, then you are not alone - most of my UK ISVs are only just now looking at SaaS. If you have an "on-premise" model then a move to delivering "on-demand" can be extremely challenging - both technically and from the perspective of your business model. Interestingly it might also be totally...
  • Blog Post: Inside MySpace.com (a SAAS application built on Windows)

    A colleague pointed me at this great article which talks about how the architecture of MySpace evolved as the site became more successful. The site started out initially as a Perl/Apache/MySQL prototype, moved to SQL Server for live (2 Web servers and 1 DB server - which handled up to 500,000 accounts...
  • Blog Post: SAAS Workshop March 5th: Thanks for attending - Resources

    Yesterday we delivered the workshop on SaaS to Architects from customers and ISVs in the UK. There was a lot of great discussion during the workshop which made life so much easier for us. A big thankyou to all who attended. We will be writing up our notes from the session and sharing them - probably...
  • Blog Post: SAAS Workshop March 5th: Final prep on March 4th

    Last day - March 4th On Sunday Richard and I headed over to the hotel to pull together our final set of slides for the session and to work through exactly how we would run the workshop. Concerned that we might struggle to get a good debate going we ultimately generated 2 hours of content as slides...
  • Blog Post: SAAS Workshop March 5th: SAAS - is it the new answer to Cross Platform?

    27th and 28th of Feb DAY 4 and 5 22nd I was thinking SAAS. 23rd I was thinking "I wonder if that huge wave is going to get us!" - yep, I took the family for few days holiday in Lyme Regis and was met with a rather choppy sea on the first day with some great waves rolling over the sea wall at high tide...
  • Blog Post: LitwareHR Sample Application "ported" to Windows XP

    The LitwareHR sample was designed for Windows Server 2003 - but many of you wanted to try it out on Windows XP (actually - that included me as well). The good news is the team have produced detailed instructions on how to get it to work on Windows XP. Enjoy.
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