Marley Gray's WebLog

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    Doing a Webcast today...check it out...

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    User Experience and Innovation in Financial Services Democratization of opinion, choice and brand in the digital world has created new rules for companies and individuals fundamentally changing long held beliefs, behaviors and systems. What does...
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    Silverlight and the Olympics

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    NBC's coverage online of the Olympics using Silverlight was awesome. I know I am not the only guy in the world that started watching the women’s sand volleyball initially just for the bikini's. But after watching how good these athletes (especially, May...
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    Yep, still an introvert...

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    But that does not mean I don’t have anything to say. Good news is one thing I love to spread; Neal Stephenson is coming out with a new book… "Anathem" this September. I have already pre-ordered it from Amazon and expect to be cooped up with nose inserted...
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    Blogs are for Extraverts...Wikis are for Introverts

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    After many years of struggling to write in my blog, I have come to the conclusion that blogging is something that is squarely in the domain of extraverts. I am not one of those. Wikis are my preferred way to get information and contribute to conversations...
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    Workflow in Banking

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    I did this awhile back, but still relevant. http://www.financialdevelopers.com/assets/finserv_unwrappediii/unwrapped_series_0907_workflow%20enablement%20in%20banking.wmv
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    Announcing the Banking Integration Factory

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    The Banking Integration Factory describes our vision for the last mile in Banking Integration. The factory will establish cross-cutting service implementation details for our partner offerings as well as present our strategy for Composite Banking Solutions...
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    Check out the new MSDN Banking Architecture Site...

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    http://msdn.microsoft.com/architecture/industry/finservs/banking/
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    The Last Mile...

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    Do you remember when the promise of broadband was so close but you just could not get it? The communications company had pulled the fiber to your local area, but you just had to wait until that bandwidth was available to you. Well, the banking industry...
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    Don't miss Unwrapped for Financial Services Webcast Series III...

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    I'll be participating again in the Financial Services webcast week where I'll discuss enabling workflow in the retail banking environment. The key word there is "enabling", because that means architecture... Please join me on September 7th: http...
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    New Role...

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    Been a silent for sometime now...mostly because I have been busy and had nothing to say until I figured out what I was going to do at Microsoft. I have left the DPE (Developer & Platform Evangelism) team where I focused on the Financial Services industry...
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    WPF in Financial Services...

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    I have seen such tremendous interest in leveraging WPF in the Financial Services Industry targeted at brand differentiation in creating new experiences in ATM Channels, Investment Banker, Trader and Broker applications, etc…I believe we are on the verge...
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    Innovation...

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    One is not truly innovative unless your audience notices your innovation. I see too many IT organizations focus on infrastructure innovation while ignoring and stagnating the end user Experience. To often IT makes decisions about the UI using 20 th...
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    Client Matrix

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    We need to develop a decision tree for when to use a SmartClient vs. a traditional Web Client. Most architecture committees struggle with when and where to use a SmartClient and they want a simple matrix to follow. Are you seeing the same thing? It...
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    Composite Applications for Financial Services

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    Finally I have put the finishing touches on a presentation that puts our Connected Systems theme together with a Composite Application approach that supports both a Smart and Web Client interface. (Nothing new and groundbreaking here, just composing a...
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    Serenity

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    I know this has absolutely nothing to do with Financial Services, but I took my son to see Serenity ( http://www.serenitymovie.com ) and was quite impressed. The movie was awesome, a little campy at times and a bit (B)ish but fun nonetheless. I recommend...
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    Capital Markets Messaging

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    Are you seeing interest in WCF (Indigo) for market data and pre-trade info? I am... Big questions arise...can WCF handle the load? How many ticks can it handle per second to n traders? The interest in WS* is there (security, entitlements, priority...
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    Financial Service Day @ PDC

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    On Monday September 12 th the National Architecture Team – Financial Services held the 1 st Industry Strategy Day @ the PDC. This was our first foray in diving deep into vertical content at a general Microsoft event. The event was well attended, we were...
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    Financial Services Desktop Architecture...

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    We are currently working on an architecture for the desktop that is re-usable in many contexts within Financial Services companies including, Broker-Trader Desktops, Call Center and branch banking/insurance needs. Our work is largely based on the Composite...
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    Financial Services Industry Strategy Day @ the PDC!

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    Please join us for the PDC 2005 Industry Strategy Day on Monday, September 12 th (the day before PDC 2005 officially starts). This event will focus on application development and architecture topics specific to the Financial Services Industry. The...
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    Reorg...

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    Been silent for a while as we closed out our fiscal year and were in the throws of the dreaded reorg. Well, as I like to say, change is good...embrace it. Fortunately, I will be getting to focus exclusively on the Financial Services industry as the...
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    SmartClients in the Wild...

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    While building several SmartClient applications I have noticed a pattern emerging. Most of these SmartClients are acting as smart aggregation blocks for middle tier data and business logic. So the need as arisen for an abstraction layer for a pluggable...
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    Hotel Rwanda

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    Wow! What a movie. I just watched it @ the Westin in Atlanta. (Wide screen TV with pause, awesome…) This movie is gut checking and makes you both question humanity and love it. I know that BillG has seen it recently (watched it on his recommendation)...
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    New Developer eLearning

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    Now available 24x7 online training! Check it out: http://msdn.microsoft.com/elearning/ all for the unbelievable price of: no tea... This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
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    Money where your mind is...

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    Lately, I have be conversing with my 8 year old regarding the stars…he wonders…where they have gone? As a boy I used to lay on my back in the mountains for North Carolina and gaze for hours on end gazing at the band of the Milky Way, tracking a shiny...
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    Practical SmartClients in Financial Services

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    I’ll be presenting a session titled “Practical SmartClients” (For those Baroque fans: Practikal SmartClients) on February 14 th @ 10:00 AM PST http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032266954&Culture=en-US that focuses...
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