Gianpaolo's blog

thoughts of a dotcom refugee happily expatriated at Microsoft

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    SaaSCon Debrief

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    On April 17-18 I was in Santa Clara mingling with the international SaaS crowd at SaaSCon . There, Eugenio and myself presented a session titled: Anatomy of a SaaS Application. The slides are available here . The goal of the session was to cut through...
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    Does your computer play classical music at boot time?

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    It's been around since 1997 but I have to confess that I didn't know that... From http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q261186 SUMMARY During normal operation or in Safe mode, your computer may play "Fur Elise" or "It's a Small, Small World" seemingly...
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    SaaS architecture site on MSDN just went live

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    I just got back from vacation and I am told that the SaaS architecture guidance site on MSDN http://msdn.microsoft.com/architecture/saas just went live. This confirm my long standing theory that things tend to happen faster when I am away and the...
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    SaaS Architecture Guidance on http://msdn.microsoft.com/isv/

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    Some of the content we have been working on, is now available on http://msdn.microsoft.com/isv/ . You’ll find a video (18min.) introducing some of the SaaS architecture issues, a PowerPoint presentation I gave at several architect forums and a link to...
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    I think Phil drank the Kool-Aid too but he has not realized it yet :)

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    Phil believes that I did drink too much Kool-Aid . But after reading his post, it seems to me that we agree on most of the points, or maybe it is the Kool-Aid again :) He says: The answer, my friend, is ‘yes’. Here’s Gianpaolo’s...
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    Introduction to SaaS Architecture Podcast

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    A few weeks ago, John deVadoss (my manager) and I recorded a short podcast introducing the key aspects of SaaS architecture. In this 11min. discussion, we briefly touch upon the ISV perspective, the Enterprise perspective and Hoster perspective. A slide...
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    Architect position at Microsoft Corp

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    Want to contribute to the 5 pillars of Connected Systems? The Windows Server Evangelism team in Redmond, is looking for an architect driving the early adoption of Longhorn server application platform to the enterprise. This person will engage with...
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    More about S+S

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    I just got back from a 2 weeks tour in Australia and New Zealand discussing with a lot of ISVs, Hosters and Enterprises about SaaS, SOA, Web 2.0 and how they related to Software + Services (S+S). The details and key learning of this tour will be the object...
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    Architect T-Shirt anyone?

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    Harry just introduced DevHawk Designs if you are an architect and looking for a T-Shirt, you might want to consider this one . I might buy a bunch of those for my team.
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    LitwareHR v2 Webcast

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    Yesterday I recorded a 25min. walk through of litwareHR v2 (recording available here ) Even though the primary goal of LitwareHR is to elevate architectural best practices in a Software + Services world, this particular webcast does not dive very deep...
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    mini thinkweek

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    I spent a big chunk of my week off doing my own “mini thinkweek lite”. (No I am not trying to emulate mighty Bill). I have to say: I LOVED it! The #1 thing I learned? There are soooo many extremely interesting technology areas that I don’t spend...
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    Either I don't get it or I'm calling (at least partial) BS on SaS 70

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    Please educate me on SaS 70 as either I don't get it or its importance is in my opinion overly inflated. I keep hearing from various analysts the importance of SaS 70 (preferably type 2) certification for SaaS vendors; and I of course hear a lot of SaaS...
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    SaaS: An Enterprise Perspective

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    It took a bit longer than expected... but we have finally released our 3rd SaaS whitepaper . The first two articles, which can be found by clicking here , focused on developing SaaS applications. This time, we turned the question around and look at SaaS...
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    SaaS Undertaker ++

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    Richard Veynard responded to my SaaS undertaker tongue in cheek idea ( previous post ) by suggesting a more architectural approach. Structural problems call for structural solutions. That's what architects are for. He says here . I was also reminded...
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    Beleza , meu irmao (or what I learned in my Brazil visit)

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    As mentioned in my previous post, I spent a fantastic week in Brazil. Yes, the food was great ( Fogo de Chao , Feijoada , Marius Crustaceos....), yes, the weather was amazing , but what made this week fantastic was the people: The local Microsoftees...
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    Desktop vs. Webtop panel at SIIA S4 Conference

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    Earlier this week, at SIIA S4 conference , I participated in a short panel, nicely moderated by Newsgator's Greg Reinacker on Desktop vs. Webtop. The key premise was: since a lot of activities seem to be moving to the Web, do we still need a Desktop?...
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    Takeaways from the “SaaS in the Enterprise” Panel at SaaSCon

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    On Tuesday, I sat between Steve Lucas and Jeff Nolan on a panel moderated by Phil Wainewright . The topic was SaaS in the enterprise . The discussion was good and I don’t think we disagreed too much. The key takeaways for me were: (a) It is about...
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    Back From India

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    I just got back from a business trip in India. Where I attended the Executive Partner Summit and presented at the Strategic Architect Forum. [update: link to the powerpoint presentation ] Needless to say that SaaS is getting massive interest...
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    Intra-enterprise SaaS

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    Today, on his blog, Sinclair asks: Can the Fortune 500 Achieve Efficiency through Intra-enterprise SaaS? The answer is obviously YES! A lot of the concepts built in software as service such as multi-tenancy, meta driven customization, self service (try...
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    Irrefutable proof of word of mouth and blogs power

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    Is a crazy idea, only powered by a blog, word of mouth and clever PR, generating $1M (yes, 1 million dollars) in less than 4 1/2 months, a sufficient proof of the unbelievable power of work of mouth, blogs and clever PR. I think it is. Have a look...
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    After Data in SOA, Data in the context of Internet Scale app

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    There isn't a day now that I don't see some emails/posts/blogs on data related issues. A few days ago I wrote about data in the context of SOA , I also blogged about a Gatner webcast on this topic. Today I saw Dare's post discussing data issues in...
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    I'm Back!!! Well... sort of

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    Still not fully back on blogging quite yet (soon I promise). In the meantime, (if you want) you can follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/gcarraro . See you soon in the 140 char / tinyurl world! #gpstillnotblogging
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    Why a Deregulated IT would actually be good for Microsoft

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    Following my previous post , some (internal and external) folks have asked me why I was performing seppuku by sharing my thoughts on Deregulated IT :) Their premise was that deregulated IT, taken to its logical conclusion could (would?) disrupt several...
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    No Hobbits but great chat with Lukas

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    When I went to New Zealand I did not manage to see any hobbits but I had the pleasure to record an ARCcast i.e. architecture podcast (direct link to podcast here ) with Lukas Svoboda ; not too surprisingly, we discussed Software + Services and SaaS from...
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    1 day 1 blog: as simple as that

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    From now on, a s imple rule: 1 day, 1 blog. If he can do it, so can I. :) Some entries will be good, others won't. Some will be deep, others will be very light. It doesn't matter, that's the whole point. P.S. Some friends told me it won't be a week...
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