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  • Blog Post: Loan Origination Reference Architecture v.2.0 Source

    Many have asked for source code to the Loan Origination Reference Architecture and now it's on CodePlex. Source Code http://www.codeplex.com/los/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=15173 Home Page http://msdn.microsoft.com/architecture/orlos
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: TechEd Australia Wrap-up

    First thanks to everyone whom came to my sessions at TechEd. Other thanks goes out to folks in the blogosphere talking about the session. The first session was standing room only! I have two more on the same topics in New Zealand. In the presentations I talked a lot about the separation of human and...
  • 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: 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: 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: Financial Services Developer Conference Update

    The Developer Conference was pretty good today. The keynote was kicked off ny Brian Jackson and David Platt wrapped up with "Why Software Sucks". He made some pretty good points. There is quite a bit I would agree with. David's messaging aligns really well with Simon Guest's UX messaging. As the day...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Unstructured Data, the Achilles Heel of SOA

    You may be wondering why I saying that unstructured data is the Achilles Heel to SOA. Very simply SOA has been so focused about the plumbing and connectors and have completely lost sight of the user. At the end of the day SOA was supposed to make life more bearable for business users by providing them...
  • Blog Post: Strategic Architecture Forum - Canada

    Right now I am in a long line of cars waiting to pass through from Canada to the US. The sign said there are delays... Since I have nothing better to do I think it's a good time to recap the first and my last day at the SAF conference. The conference goes through Friday but I had to leave early to care...
  • Blog Post: My EA and OBA Sessions at TechEd 2007

    I have two Chalk Talks on: Building next generation business applications for Financial Services This chalk talk will discuss the new Office 2007 architecture. We will relate to the top challenges in the industry such as Workflow Management, Regulatory Compliance, Document Management/Auditing/Routing...
  • Blog Post: OR-LOS and Commercial Lending

    Colin Cole shows us how Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) has extended the OBA RAP for Loan Origination Systems (OR-LOS) Lending Framework. Video: Loan Origination Commercial Extension Big thanks to Colin and his team for their leadership in extending the lending solutions for Microsoft.
  • Blog Post: 2007 Office System, The Next Business Platform

    Did you miss the Financial Services Unwrapped Series IV webcast on Office Business Applications? That's OK if you did, here it is! :) Video: Office Business Applications the Next Business Development Platform
  • Blog Post: Too Little, Too Lame?

    I just ran across an article that talks about OBA Reference Application Packs in a negative light. I found this very interesting. In Ephraim Schwartz's Reality Check Blog he says that OBAs are Too Little, Too Lame . I would have to respectfully disagree with some of his opinions. Not because I released...
  • Blog Post: Are you Ready for Financial Services Unwrapped IV?

    Join me for a webcast that I will be hosting. I will discuss the future of business applications. Here are the details: Event Overview Join this webcast to learn about the 2007 Microsoft Office system as a business architecture platform. We discuss how the 2007 Office system can help you meet the top...
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