Gianpaolo's blog

thoughts of a dotcom refugee happily expatriated at Microsoft

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    LitwareHR and Windows Server 2003

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    I have received many emails and one blog comment about LitwareHR needing Windows 2003 to run. The reason is explained here . Note that you can download a virtual image of Windows Server 2003 here (free eval copy). You will of course need Virtual PC...
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    Longhorn

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    After almost 18 months in Seattle, I finally managed to spend a week-end in Whistler . It was fantastic. Of course, how could I have gone to Whistler without going to the mighty Longhorn Saloon after which the next release of Windows Server is named ...
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    Architecture Strategy Team at VSLive this week

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    If you are an architect and you are going to VSLive this week, check out these sessions: John deVadoss's day two keynote on Software Architecture on the Edge: Moving Beyond SOA . Ron Jacobs on Integration, Service Orientation and Pattern Driven...
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    For Those Who Believe that the Browser is Good Enough

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    If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know how much work we have put into efficient software delivery guidance, multi tenancy best practices etc. One thing we have not done as much (at least not yet) is to show how to hook this efficient...
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    Ballmer's SaaS-Y plan

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    In case you had any doubts that Microsoft is fully behind Software as a Service: Article here
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    Dan shares his impression of SaaScon

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    Dan shares his impressions of SaaSCon ( here ) and ( here ) has some kind words about our SaaScon session. Dan is a serial entrepreneur I met a few months ago in Boston. These days, he's Director of Products at Digipede Technologies , if you are...
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    1000 emails

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    I was archiving my emails and I realized that I have sent just over 1000 emails since Jan 1 2006 (and 6 blog posts) 1) am i doing anything else other than sending emails?? 2) do I have my email/blog priorities right? very scary...
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    Chatting with Diego about SaaS

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    The other days I did one of these cool chat interviews with Diego Dagum , guess what we talked about? J The transcript of the chat is now published here (For the orginal in Spanish go here )
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    Microsoft RPFBALOBNAIALLTACTIYJFUVSASFS

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    Eric Nelson one of Microsoft's SaaS experts in the UK, who apparently gave up being a developer :) shares, in this post , a well kept secret: i.e. the new release of Microsoft CRM is much more than CRM but a full fledge application platform. He even goes...
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    Back from SaaSCon

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    SaaSCon was a lot of fun! I love industry conferences; the divergence of opinion is always very interesting. From total Microsoft believer to absolute Microsoft basher, from SaaS skeptic to SaaS super fan. Large enterprise perspective, SMB perspective...
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    SaaS adoption set to explode

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    (from Nic “IT doesn’t matter” Carr) SaaS adoption set to explode November 27, 2006 Large companies appear to be jumping en masse onto the software-as-a-service bandwagon, according to a new survey of CIOs by management consultants McKinsey &...
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    Hosting LitwareHR

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    Eugenio spent the last couple of weeks exploring the implications of hosting LitwareHR on a hypothetical hosting platform. Very interesting findings: Part I - The Scenario Part II - On-Boarding Part III - Billing, Metering Enjoy.
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    ISVs = 1-to-many delivery ; Enterprises = many-to-1 consumption

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    I've described several times in the past that service providers (typically ISVs) and service consumers (typically Enterprises) should look at SaaS with quite different lenses . Lately, I have been summarizing these different perspectives as follows: ...
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    Recommendation: Add Eugenio's Blog to Your List

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    I mentioned just over a month ago that our SaaS architecture brainpower just increased with Eugenio joining the team. He is now ready to start sharing his thoughts. So, if you like this blog and/or Fred's blog , I would highly recommend you subscribe...
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    SaaS For Your Ears

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    A couple of weeks back I had the pleasure to sit down with Fred and Ron and record an architecture podcast or ARCast . Even though Ron destroyed my name a few times, it was a fun experience :) Listen to the ARCast here . Enjoy!
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    SaaS Workshop + Hand on Labs Available for Download

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    Fred posted a spring time Xmas gift. Press on the Santa on his blog entry and get the workshop material :)
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    Phil Seeking the True Meaning of SaaS

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    Following all the noise about what is SaaS in the blogosphere these past few days, Phil as a very good article describing the journey he went through since he did a keynote at the very first ASP conference in 1999. In his post, Phil talks about Multi...
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    Pendulum

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    I was catching up on Phil 's always excellent blog tonight and I smiled when I read about OpenSAM. What I found funny was not the idea per se, but the "deja vu" of the best of breed vs. integrated suite debate :) I remember a conversation I had at TechEd...
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    I have a Chinese name!

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    Today it was a fun day, I got to choose my Chinese name! Let me explain. Wu Hao (a Microsoft colleague from Microsoft China) who is deeply involved in growing the SaaS business in China is spending some time with us in Redmond. One of his tasks while...
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    My Wife is an Ecosexual...

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    I was browsing through Wired Magazine earlier this morning and I discovered that my wife is an ecosexual ... Cool! P.S. for some reason, I think this blog post will have more views than average :) I also had a joke relating ecosexual and SaaS but I'll...
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    More about LitwareHR

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    My friend Ron "Arcast" Jacobs just published a couple of videos we shot a few days before releasing our SaaS sample application LitwareHR . Here are the first 2 episodes... more to come. Intro: ARCast.net - LitwareHR Introduction with Gianpaolo Carraro...
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    Guess What? Fred's back!

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    After spending almost 2 months in China with our valiant Chinese colleagues, Fred is back to headquarters. Life in Redmond being much quieter than the "real life in the field", he has now time to blog again :) Here he shares his thoughts on Implications...
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    Michel-as-a-Service shares his thoughts and experiences

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    My colleague Michel Baladi (a.k.a. Michel-as-a-Service) has been spending a lot of time with ISVs and hosters in Europe. He is now sharing his thoughts and experiences here and follow up posts. In Michel's words: In a series of blog posts over the next...
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    Pre-SaaSCon Podcast

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    A couple of weeks ago I was interviewed over the phone by Paul Gillin (his blog here ), we covered quite a few topics I will be presenting at SaaSCon , from the need of rich clients, the emergence of SaaS hosting platforms, and of course maturity models...
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