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  • Blog Post: New Financial Components Released for Insurance and Capital Markets

          Claims Processing Reference Architecture Claims Processing Reference Architecture provides quality services in the field of Auto Insurance Claims Processing however these components can be leveraged for other forms of claims processing such as: Home, Medical, Mortgage, and other...
  • Blog Post: Updates to the Financial Services Component Library

    Hello everyone! More news on the Financial Services Component Library front.  I have developed a series of videos that give a solution overview. These are helpful for those that want to see these components in action before downloading. There have also been updates to the source code and the MSI...
  • Blog Post: Financial Services Component Library Downloads

    You may of seen my post announcing the Financial Services OBA Component Library . If you did you were most likely wondering when and where the code was going to be released. Due to a small issue on the code publishing side these were a little delayed. But don't fret, we have them uploaded now on CodePlex...
  • Blog Post: Loan Origination Reference Architecture Version 2

    I announced at the Office Developers Conference 2008 the release of the Loan Origination Reference Architecture version 2. Like the previous version, this reference architecture shows architects and developers how to bridge OBA technologies with transactional service oriented systems such as BizTalk...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Lending Reference Architecture V-Lab Released

    I am very excited to announce that we have finally released the Virtual Lab for The Microsoft Lending Reference Architecture Version 1 . I have heard from you load an clear over the past few months! We now have an Virtual Machine in the "Cloud" ready for you to examine workflows, dive into...
  • Blog Post: Banking in Second Life

    An interesting tidbit on the social networking side, Wells Fargo is ramping up its virtual world efforts with Stagecoach Island. They have launched their own virtual world on the popular Second Life . Though initially coming to life two years ago, it’s been completely revamped and relaunched, with a...
  • Blog Post: Obtaining Enterprise Architecture Metrics - Part 2

    In my last post I talked about "keeping EA metrics on the trail" and what you need to think about when gathering the right metrics. By understanding what you need and pitfalls to avoid including common mistakes when gathering metric and tips on what you should be looking for when gathering these metrics...
  • Blog Post: Updated: Bank Teller Composite Architecture

    This release adds support for ribbons, form-skinning, various CommandAdapters and UIElements are also added, some of which extend CAB as well as offer basic support for DevExpress controls. The BankTeller QuickStart application has also been updated to incorporate samples of the new XtraWindowWorkspace...
  • Blog Post: New Financial Services OBA

    My visit to Australia had many surprises. One was a new OBA that was developed by one of our partners Dataract . This is truly a "Diamond in the Rough". I have to give them a "plug" because they are offering a great new OBA that leverages both our MOSS platform and the financial services vertical business...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft is a member of LIXI

    Microsoft is now a member of the Australian Lending standards body called LIXI . http://www.idm.net.au/story.asp?id=8709
  • Blog Post: Sydney Wrap-up

    Well I had a great time in Sydney. The people and the food were great! I got the opportunity to eat a "Bug". It's kinda a cross between a lobster and a prawn but looks like a sea spider. The final day in Sydney was a dozy. As you can see from the previous post my evening was eventful but the day was...
  • Blog Post: Calling in the EA Troops

    This past week seems to be the week for the call to action for Enterprise Architects to start blogging. James McGovern called out that there should be more EA blogger's. More blogger's came into the fold such as Brandon Satrom who would like to see more on how EA's address some of the latest IT trends...
  • Blog Post: Massive data leak exposes 2.3 million people

    It just goes to show you security controls in the software isn't enough, it needs to be backed into the process as well. The latest massive data leak comes from Certegy Check Services, a Florida company that provides check-processing services. Personal information, including credit card and bank data...
  • Blog Post: Retail Banks Fail to Make the Most of Sales Opportunities

    A new Booz Allen study “Striving for growth: Best practices in retail banking sales and service channels ” has revealed that the majority of banks are failing to fully meet customer needs and maximise sales channel performance. The comprehensive study, which used customer research and mystery shopping...
  • Blog Post: Pay by Voice

    Nick Ogden , the founder of one of the first online payment systems has launched a new way for people to buy goods over the Internet or via their cell phones. The new service, called Voice Pay , uses biometric voice analysis to authenticate users. The company says its technology is so reliable that it...
  • Blog Post: Minnesota becomes first state to make core PCI requirement a law

    This doesn't surprise me at all. What does is that it has taken state and federal legislation so long to adopt. It looks like Texas is considering this as well. http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9020923&source=rss_ind130
  • Blog Post: French Bank Fined for Poor Security in Anti Fraud Systems

    When I ran across this article I immediately thought of my session at TechEd when I spoke the importance of Enterprise Architecture tooling. Being able to have visibility into your IT environments from not only a hardware or logical but from other perspective such as security. Here is a link to the bank...
  • Blog Post: Financial Services San Francisco Architect Roundtable

    The Financial Services San Francisco Architect Roundtable was held in San Francisco on the 30 th of May. This is the first of potentially many more vertical focused architecture events. If your an architect and you think that this may be valuable to your orginization please add a comment to this post...
  • Blog Post: PayPal gets a Banking License

    http://www.finextra.com/fullstory.asp?id=16927
  • Blog Post: One of Japan's Top Banks Adopt MS stack for SOA Implementation

    In conjunction with Microsoft and Unisys Hyakugo Bank has successfully launched BankVision. The three year project went into production on May 7th, 2007. Hyakugo Bank is the leading regional banking institution in Mie prefecture, and it has an A- rating from Standard & Poor’s, the third highest rating...
  • Blog Post: SOA for Business Transformation in Banking

    Wall Street & Technology has a good article on SOA for Business Transformation in banking. The article speaks to SOA implementations at Wachovia and Bank of America, and is supplemented by commentary from Microsoft, Tower Group and Butler Group. http://www.wallstreetandtech.com/printableArticle.jhtml...
  • Blog Post: Financial Services industryCasts

    This industry webcast series runs every other Tuesday from 1:00–2:30 pm EST. Make these your must-see source of the latest technology trends and solutions in health and life sciences! Our regulars include product managers from Redmond, as well as industry gurus within Microsoft discussing best of class...
  • Blog Post: Office Live

    I was talking to one of the Office Live guys a few weeks ago about some possible scenarios on how to leverage Office Live and what else but lending came to mind. :) Since we are talking about lending I thought I would keep this as a long running scenario for discussions on my blog. The first question...
  • Blog Post: The Lending Message Bus Gets Along with all Standards

    Recently I've been asked about if the Lending Message Bus (LMB) supports other standards other than MISMO. The answer is... of course it does. The LMB can support one or more standards. This is due to the modular design of the adapter and accelerator framework within BizTalk Server. So let's take a step...
  • Blog Post: My Presentation Done Completely in Post-It Notes

    by wokka This year the Financial Services Developer Conference has the UX theme. So in spirit of UX, I decided to ditch the canned slides and go with something much simpler... Post-It Notes! Below are some screenshots: I would love to hear feedback from attendees on Thursday! Also if anyone else has...
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