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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: New Insurance Solutions Framework

    There is a bit of movement here at Microsoft in the Financial Services space. In the insurance industry we just released the Insurance Value Chain . Before that launch I was working on interoperability scenarios with the ACORD standard and what that looks like in the WS-* world. Now I'm happy to let...
  • Blog Post: Insurance Architecture Center Launched

    Check out the recently released Insurance Architecture Center that was released for the ACORD conference. Available on the site will be business solution documents with a focus on the common workflow areas of new business origination for commercial auto, annuities and policy renewal. Also available are...
  • Blog Post: ACORD Creates New Working Group for the Forthcoming XML Standards

    The ACORD Standards Committee (ASC) has approved the formation of the ACORD Messaging Library Working Group (AML WG). This effort will support the ASC decision to pursue the strategic direction on messaging. The ACORD Messaging Library will be ACORD's next generation business payload XML standard. Over...
  • Blog Post: And the winner for The Top IT Server Spender goes to...Financial Services

    According to a recent Gartner analyst report by Kiyomi Yamada the Banking, Insurance and Capital Market industries spend more than any other industry. So how much did they spend, a whapping 13 billion dollars. What a turn of events over the past 10 years. If it was 1995 a server really wouldn't be taken...
  • Blog Post: What Does the Teradata and Microsoft Partnership Mean to FSIs?

    Sorry I am late on this news, it been a busy week! The Teradata and Microsoft partnership was announced at the National Retail Conference a couple weeks ago. I am very excited about this partnership with NCR Teradata. The partnership will provide financial services institutions (FSI) a highly scalable...
  • Blog Post: ACORD Unified Messaging Update

    As you seen from earlier posts regarding ACORD they are going through the process of redefining their XML standard. This will be both an iterative and length process. I believe that it is essential they do this. In order to determine what are the right messaging standards the "big bang approach" just...
  • Blog Post: Software Factories for Financial Services

    Recently a colleage asked me if Microsoft had any reusable patterns or factories for the financial services industry. Instead of just replying to him I thought I would share this with the rest of you as well. As most of you know, Microsoft has been focused on the horizontal strategy for some time...
  • Blog Post: My Insurance Article on the MSDN Home Page!

    http://msdn.microsoft.com Welcome to M ike S D eveloper N etwork Thanks Atanu for the clever snip-it :)
  • Blog Post: Enterprise Architecture in Financial Services

    Recently I have attended many conferences (TechEd, Gartner and SAF) and a common thread keeps emerging. Enterprise Architecture (EA). There is quite a bit of interest in EA. Given my previous experience as an Enterprise Architect I am well versed in the challenges out there today. In my current role...
  • Blog Post: Updated: Building Interoperable Insurance Systems with .NET 3.0 Technologies

    The updated HTML version has been posted to the Financial Services Architecture Site: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb220799.aspx Figure 9. Underwriting process message-exchange pattern
  • Blog Post: Gartner Enterprise Architecture 2006 Conference Wrap-Up

    This year’s Integration and Enterprise Architecture Summit was overall pretty good. You can see a fundamental shift from the “Ivory Tower” EA that was discussed a few years to more of an iterative or pragmatic EA program. Taxonomies and methodologies are starting to mature. It was also very clear that...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: SAF Update: The Personal Enterprise

    The first speaker at the conference was Mr. Ray Lane. The title of the talk was "The Personal Enterprise". Basically a SaaS talk. I thought there was some very good points that he made. However, I will take a Financial Services viewpoint on SaaS. There was a few key points that caught me ear: ...
  • Blog Post: Gartner Enterprise Architecture and Integration Submit Coming!

    If your heading off to the Gartner EA show the second week of December in Orlando, FL stop by my session on Interoperability in Financial Services. Speaker Bio and Session Details: http://agendabuilder.gartner.com/ea5/WebPages/SessionList.aspx?speaker=2153 After the show I'll make sure I post the...
  • Blog Post: ACORD Updates

    Today is the last day of the four day ACORD submit in sunny Ft. Lauderdale. On a personal note I am happy to be out of the rain! There was quite a bit covered this session. I think ACORD is starting to feel some outside pressure to deliver. From what I am told membership has stagnated. I will not...
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