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  • Blog Post: Oslo - a tool, a language, a repository

    Douglas Purdy puts it best in his What is Oslo? post a few days ago, Oslo is a tool, a language and a repository. You are still probably scratching your head thinking, well what is it really? Well, the guys over in the connected systems division isn't ready to disclose all details until PDC. I think...
  • Blog Post: The Enterprise Architecture Toolkit

    Over the past month there has been a flurry of interest in what is referred to as the Enterprise Architecture Toolkit (EATK). The last mention of the EATK was in my post recapping the Japan Strategic Architecture Forum I mentioned the launch of the EATK. What is the EATK So what exactly is the EATK?...
  • 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: Making Sense of Architecture Standards

    Yesterday I attended the Architecture track at the Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) Summit. The format was quite different than other forums. The architect forums was based on a collaborative approach where three is no agenda or themes and it is up to the participants to create it. It was very...
  • 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: Microsoft SOA & Business Process Conference-Available Videos

    SOA and Business Process issues reach across the entire organization from developer service enabling existing investments to architects recommending IT standards to business analysts optimizing processes and business owners investing in their IT portfolios. The Microsoft 2007 SOA and Business Process...
  • 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: The Enterprise Mind? An in depth look at EA Tooling

    This is a great starter article for folks wanting to evaluate EA tooling. I have blogged and spoke about this at conferences in the past about how EA tooling is all over the place. From what I have observed in the EA industry for over the past five or so years there is this notion of building EA organizations...
  • Blog Post: Architecture Modeling - IEEE 1471 has been adopted by ISO

    ISO has published ISO/IEC 42010:2007, Systems and software engineering — Recommended practice for architectural description of software-intensive systems. The text of this ISO standard is identical to IEEE 1471:2000, and will serve as basis for the joint ISO and IEEE revision. The joint revision has...
  • 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: Open XML Developer Workshop Presentations

    When I talk about OBA I focus a bit on open standards. From a interoperability, publishing and consumption perspective. I advocate the usage of Open XML within architectures wherever possible. By using these standards we can enable our information to be more living rather than static. Obviously you have...
  • 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: 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: TD Bank Financial Group Rolls Out ATM's With IFX

    I was happy to see that TD had adopted the IFX standard. It further solidifies the need for industry standards. They have become the first financial institution globally to operate the Interactive Financial eXchange (IFX) specification, an emerging standard for open and interoperable online financial...
  • Blog Post: Using Windows Mobile with OR-LOS

    In my discussions when I discuss the OBA RAP for Loan Origination Systems with folks at conferences and other speaking engagements they usually see a slide that shows the extensibility aspects of the lending architecture. After the talk I usually hear, mobile, really? Lender can use this technology with...
  • Blog Post: OBAs Deliver SOA to the People

    The OBA RAP for Loan Origination Systems further solidifies Microsoft's thought leadership in both the SOA space but in Financial Services. By exposing OBAs and the MOSS services as atomonimous composite applications. OBA surface all the hard work that SOA architects have been striving to expose. The...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Is SOA-Ready for Wall Street

    Microsoft is ready to take on the Wall Street service-oriented architecture scene with its latest developer and infrastructure technologies, said a consultant in building IT systems for financial services companies. Michael DeSanti, a partner with Eikos Partners, New York, spoke at the Web Services/SOA...
  • Blog Post: Standardizing the Mobile Payments Platform

    As you have probably seen from my recent blog entries there is a lot happening in the mobile space in financial services. But with this activity I have some concerns. There are is a tremendous amount of point solutions out there. There are little or no standards in the banking community for mobile payments...
  • Blog Post: How to Address Fraudulent Issues in the Banking Industry

    The fraudulent issues in the banking industry undeniably important. It is increasingly important that banks provide a standard way to work with diverse digital identities over the Internet. It is critical for the consumers at large that it is as convenient and as safe as the existing human world. Banks...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Free .Net 2.0 Loan Origination System / POS system

    A free Loan Origination System (LOS)! I was amazed to see this out there. LoanAce is more like a POS system like Caylx but for small loan shops this will do. If I was a broker I would be all over this. I actually downloaded this and checked it out, It's fully functional. It will even do importing and...
  • Blog Post: 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...
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