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  • Blog Post: Presentations Uploaded

    As followers of my blog know, I do many speaking engagements. Often times I get requests for those decks from the conference or event. Instead of sharing with a select few I thought I would share with everyone. You can find some of the major presentations under my Slideshare profile: http://www.slideshare...
  • 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: Presentation: Changing the Face of Banking Development

    It's amazing how many e-mails I have received so far about sharing my presentation. So instead of sending to a few people I would like to share it with all of you. Keep in mind that with any presentation the deck is just a tool for communicating, I usually talk to a slide and not really follow bullet...
  • Blog Post: Financial Services Developer Conference 2008 - Recap

      The 6 th annual Financial Services Developer Conference was a hit this year. The attendees have grown year after year and have record numbers for the conference. This year’s theme was on High Performance Computing (HPC) with a sprinkle of OBA and S+S. Attendees will be hearing from presenters...
  • Blog Post: Insurance Messaging Framework Available

    Last year I mentioned we had an Insurance Messaging Framework that focused specifically on the integration issues in insurance. Well we finally have released the bits to the public on CodePlex. In this early release of the reference framework it that allows you to dynamically create ACORD based messages...
  • 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: 6th Annual Microsoft Financial Services Developer Conference

    I will be presenting again at the Financial Services Developer Conference on March 12-13, 2008 . If you are going to be present swing by my presentation or stop by to have a chat. The 2008 Microsoft Financial Services Developer Conference will focus on providing developers and architects in Financial...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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: I'll be speaking at the Office Developer Conference

    When: February 10-13, 2008 Where: San Jose Convention Center , San Jose, CA Who: 2000 developers and architects who build solutions on the Office platform (Office clients, servers, and services) Don't miss this unique opportunity, as Microsoft brings together architects, developers, industry technical...
  • Blog Post: Capital Markets Architecture Center Launched!

    We launched the Capital Markets Architecture Center last week with loads of great articles. Stevan Vidich was critical to the success of this one. You can find the capital markets page at: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/architecture/aa902582.aspx Look for more great Financial Services guidance out...
  • 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: Justifying the need for Composite Applications

    I recently saw a post from Brandon Satrom as he was asking for feedback on his interpretation of composite applications and the value proposition to his organization. He is definitely on the right track, and not because he is using the guidance that I have been working on at Microsoft :). I will address...
  • 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: Sydney - Day Two

    Today we started bright and early, 7am Australian time. I had the opportunity to meet some the players here in the Aussie market. We went through Microsoft's position on industry standards, namely ACORD. Then I went into the international insurance trends that many insurance companies are focusing on...
  • Blog Post: I'm in the Outback!

    Well I've made it to Australia. I was a little worried when my flight was delayed for four hours. From a non-technology perspective I got to meet Matt Damon who was on the same flight as I. He is here for the premier of the Bourne Ultimatum movie. We chatted for a few minutes and seems like a down to...
  • 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: Mobile Payments Implemented at Slippery Rock University

    And you thought going away to college was the first step to freedom. Au contraire, students (and faculty, no less) entering Pennsylvania's Slippery Rock University will actually be faced with an RFID tag made for their handset, which will "allow them to pay for everything from laundry and copier services...
  • 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...
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