Mike Walker's Ramblings about Industry Architecture
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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...
15 Feb 2008
Financial Services OBA Component Library
At the Office Developers Conference this week I announced the release of the Financial Services OBA Component Library. The Financial Services OBA Component Library is a comprehensive set of OBA components that span across key areas in the Banking, Insurance and Capital Markets industries. The components...
14 Feb 2008
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...
29 Dec 2007
New Version of the Microsoft ESB Guidance Released
Check out the new version of the Microsoft ESB Guidance. The overview page ( http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb931189.aspx ) will provide you with all the necessary high-level information such as download links , architecture overviews, future plans and requirements. The Microsoft ESB Guidance...
9 Nov 2007
BizTalk Comparative Performance Study
I have been asked about BizTalk performance and scalability for the last few weeks while I have been here in AZ and NZ. I found the BizTalk Server 2006 Comparative Adapter Study that was preformed to compare the performance between BizTalk 2004 and 2006. It's a brief overview of performance of BizTalk...
12 Aug 2007
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...
4 May 2007
BizTalk vs. WF in the Enterprise
Recently an Enterprise Architect for a large bank in Canada asked me what I thought about using BizTalk for to centralize human workflow. His goal is to centralize this functionality as much as possible. This is a great idea but there are many challenges to this. If you refer to my previous post I describe...
24 Apr 2007
The Microsoft Lending Message Bus
The lending message bus (LMB) provides messaging services for the lending processes. This made sense to since there are many touch points in the process. Both internally and externally there are points that need management and consolidation. The LMB follows Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) practices it can...
10 Apr 2007
Announcing the OBA Reference Application Pack for Loan Origination Systems (OR-LOS)
I am happy to announce that the Office Business Applications Reference Application Pack for Loan Origination Systems (OR-LOS)! See the MSDN OR-LOS Page at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/Architecture/ORLOS On the OR-LOS page on MSDN you will find a set of technical resources to guide the development of a...
27 Mar 2007
Microsoft Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) Update
I get the ESB question a lot here lately when I talk to financial services organizations. Traditionally we have felt that ESB's are not products they are how you compose a set of technologies to create a message bus that spans across multiple disparate systems providing message oriented management and...
8 Feb 2007
Microsoft's Support of Financial Services Standards
There seems to be a bit of confusion in the financial services community about Microsoft's commitment to industry standards. As many of you know, on the technology standards side (WS-*) Microsoft is the clear leader in this space. On the industry side Microsoft is devoting time and energy in the industry...
31 Jan 2007
Now Online: Building Composite Applications Book
I've been getting a lot of e-mail on when the Composite / OBA Applications Book would be available for download or purchase. We have launched a free version online. It's about 100 pages total printed. Full Book Financial Services Chapter This book is about composite applications and how they...
10 Jan 2007
Announcing Release of Microsoft CRM Solution Accelerator for Siebel
As a part of Microsoft Dynamics CRM’s expanding integration story, the MS Dynamics folks have announced the release of the Microsoft CRM Solution Accelerator for Siebel. Targeted towards current customers of Siebel systems, this accelerator is a pre-built integration solution that can be used to...
29 Dec 2006
BizTalk 2006 Resources
Here at the Gartner Enterprise Architecture Conference people want more information on BizTalk. There are some misconceptions on the breath of features that it offers. Below I am providing a list of resources to help folks out: Enterprise Service Bus Guidance (ESB) BizTalk Help File (.chm...
8 Dec 2006
My Gartner EA Presentation
Here is a sneak peak at my presentation on Thursday! Topics Include: Business Challenges in Financial Services Technical Challenges in Financial Services Microsoft's Integration Strategy Financial Services Integration Strategies Download the Gartner EA 2006- Integration in Financial...
5 Dec 2006
Building Office Business Appplications Book
My team and I just wrote a book on Office Business Applications (OBA) that focuses on industries. You will find scenarios in Manufacturing, Retail and Financial Services. The Loan Origination (LOS) Reference Architecture is discussed in Chapter 5. I talk about using Microsoft Office Share point Server...
4 Dec 2006
Microsoft ESB Architecture Guidance
At the SOA/BPM conference we announced that we are providing ESB architecture guidance. This will come in the form of: Pragmatic or "Real World" approaches to ESB Architectures that show a more iterative approach rather than the prevalent "Big Bang" approach that is often promised. Patterns...
8 Oct 2006
Microsoft SOA Business Process Conference
I will be attending the Microsoft SOA Business Process Conference from October 3rd - 6th. I will be attending part of the time. We will be talking a lot about BizTalk 2006, WCF, Office Server (MOSS) and ESB techniques in the context of SOA. My boss will also be presenting one of the keynotes. Sign...
2 Oct 2006
TechEd Webcasts from Boston to London
Watch the best of Tech.Ed US in high quality video, on-demand, on it's Showtime! Windows Vista Deploying Windows Vista: Everything You Need in One Hour - Corey Hynes Windows Vista System Integrity Technologies - Steve Riley Microsoft IT: Deploying Windows Vista - Chad Lewis Windows...
14 Sep 2006
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