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  • Blog Post: Sitting in deployment – Microsoft Hohm goes live

    Other than a few minor DNS hiccups, Microsoft Hohm went live this morning. The team’s been sitting in a conference room on campus since about 5:30 this morning watching things spin up. We’re triaging other issues, but so far there have been no show-stopper bugs and no reason for any of the dev team to...
  • Blog Post: What does SaaS mean (to me)

    I've been thinking about this software-as-a-service thing for many, many years now (prior to joining MSFT I wrote one of the first internet chat applications with my buddy Scott, and later on I worked on the leading internet-delivered skills assessment system). Clearly there are different camps and that...
  • Blog Post: What do I mean by hostable LOB application?

    At the risk of upsetting a few people, I'm going to take a shot at defining what I think a hostable line-of-business application platform might look like. Those of you familiar with the CRM platform will recognize quite a few of the concepts. First, by hostable I mean an application and platform...
  • Blog Post: Any uptake on the RSS connector for CRM?

    Is anyone actively using the RSS connector CRM? If so, how are you using it and did you customize it any way? If not, what are the reasons for not using it? This is really for my information. The CRM team might watch this space and have some desire to use the information, but that's not why I'm...
  • Blog Post: Easing the release tax burden

    I've started thinking again about how to release software quickly. This isn't anything new to me, I've spent a long time with several start-ups working out the details of getting a release into customers' hands, getting their feedback (sometimes immediately), and getting the next release moving. This...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the RSS connector for MS-CRM 3.0

    We've finally released the RSS connector for MS-CRM. I've mentioned this tool a few times . This has been a long release mired in a few documentation, legal, and technical issues. But, that's not your concern, you probably just want to download this thing, install it, and make things happen. Well, here...
  • Blog Post: Three faces of SaaS

    I was talking to some folks yesterday about this whole Software as a Service thing. While we were talking I started trying to define to myself what SaaS is. Now, I know there are many smarter more experienced people doing the same and that there is no right answer here. Instead I decided to break it...
  • Blog Post: RSS and CRM - a little history

    Wow, just over a week since MS-CRM hit the big time and showed up on stage during a PDC keynote. That’s pretty cool. So, how did it get there? Well, the product is really cool and might have made it up there on its own merit. But then again, this is a PDC, not TechEd (and some of us are still laughing...
  • Blog Post: Web services aren’t distributed objects

    Why do we continue to try forcing a distributed object model into the world of web services? Nowhere in the name is there any hint that web service architecture has anything to do with distributed objects. Nowhere is there an implication that there are even objects involved in web service architecture...
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