Owen Allen - The MOSS Garden

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About Owen Allen - The MOSS Garden

I work as a SharePoint Product Manager, and I work with ISVs that provide solutions that integrate with SharePoint. 

I can’t wait to see where SharePoint will pop up next, and which partner solutions will be instrumental in the next months and years in helping to carry SharePoint in new and interesting directions.  I hope to comment and bring you stories about this next journey.

Please feel fee to contact me at any time using the Email link on the sidebar of this blog.

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    What is an SOA Architect?

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    Jason Bloomberg has an older article (published March 2003) that is worth mentioning again. He introduces a set of SOA principles that relate to his description of a new job role, the SOA Architect. The full article is here , and a hat tip to Owen Cutajar...
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    WinXP SP2 - The Inside Story

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    Here's an interesting article about the design and production of Windows XP SP2. Some callout items... "The initial vision was, we were going to enable the firewall, and we were going to ship it." [but it grew and grew,] "And so at that point, I sent...
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    BizTalk Performance

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    Darren Jefford has a list of performance tips for BizTalk Server 2004 implementations . Check these out when testing BizTalk for performance. Spend money on fast disks to host the MesageBox. Watch these performance indicators to determine when you need...
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    Strong E-Commerce Season

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    Wired has a report about an increase in online shopping this season . In the first six weeks of the holiday season (spanning November and December), online purchases reached $16.7B, up 28 percent from last year. (Yes, that's a "B", as in "Billion") Patick...
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    RFID

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    I'm starting to learn more about the RFID initiatives that industry is facing. This has impacts on my customers that use MS Commerce Server and MS BizTalk Server. If any of you have links or resources that you feel I should include in my research, please...
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    The Commerce Server Godfather

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    The Godfather of Microsoft Commerce Server has started his next non-commercial venture - a blog. Ryan Donovan , the Group Program Manager for Commerce Server , is now writing for the world. As 2005 rolls around and we all prepare for the upcoming launch...
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    Commerce Server 2006 Overview

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    A brief Overview of Commerce Server 2006 has been published on microsoft.com. The most significant thing behind this article is that (hopefully) it will put to bed the exaggerated rumors of the demise of Commerce Server as a product. Yes, I know it has...
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    Commerce Server Pipeline for Diners Club and MasterCard

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    MasterCard and Diners Club have recently merged. Diners Club cards will be issued as MasterCard cards. Commerce Server 2002 and 2000 ship a credit card number validation pipeline component that needs to be updated to reflect the new numbers issued to...
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    Commerce Server 2002 Starter Site

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    The Commerce Server 2002 Starter Site is a Microsoft tested, ASP.NET based accelerator site to be used as the starting point for scalable, mission critical commerce enabled sites. The site is designed and tested as a production quality site to jump start...
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    WSE 2.0 SP2

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    Thanks to Herveyw for his post about the Pre-Release of WSE 2.0 SP2 .
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    MIT Open Courseware Site

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    What an incredible concept... MIT, which can cost $40K annually, is giving away their content... whazzup with that? It's a great story. CNN has picked it up, and produced a story about it. Check out the streaming video file of the CNN program on the MIT...
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    BTS Quick Starts from Luke

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    Luke is providing training for young BTS Jedis... If you are looking for a good way to learn BizTalk Server 2004, check out his Quick Start Guides ... He's got two now, one for Installing the beast , and one for Hello, BizTalk World .
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    Wal-Mart Imperialism

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    Aren't you a little short to be a Stormtrooper? I'm still laughing... http://neilhetzel.com/blog/archive/2004/10/30/1156.aspx
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    Visual Studio: Free Partner Software Extensions for VS.Net

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    The Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE) has been designed from the ground up to be the host for multiple languages and development tools, including Visual Basic, Visual C#, and Visual C++. Not only is the IDE designed to support Microsoft...
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    BizTalk Platform Installation

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    Luke's article about configuring the BizTalk platform in preparation for a BizTalk Server installation is required material to have close at hand for those of you installing BizTalk. The interaction (integration?) with IIS, WSS, SQL Server, VS.Net, and...
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    BTS with MSMQ, NLB, Firewalls - courtesy of Brandon Gross

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    Brandon Gross, one of the BizTalk wizards at the Interlink Group, in Seattle, has a blog - subscribed . I've been working with Brandon on an intriguing scenario that he has described, and it's been great to work with Brandon with this client, and to see...
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    words almost can't express

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    Pat Hellend is a very inspiring speaker and thought leader, and I've enjoyed the challenge to make some of his words my own in my various attempts to express his grand thoughts and ideas with seemingly less effect. He has put into words a recap of the...
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    Telerik Editor news

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    Telerik is working on an upgrade to their CMS Placeholder control, and it should be available late this month, or early November. There was some controversy about whether there would be a price tag to upgrade or not. This has been clarified, and for CMS...
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    How to Extend MCMS and other MCMS news

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    Mark Harrison , CMS Guru extraordinaire in the UK, has started another site dedicated to compatible solutions to extend Microsoft Content Management Server (MCMS) and SharePoint Portal Server. This is the MCMS Plus site. Excellent work and a great place...
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    Commerce Server 2002 Chat

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    The next Commerce Server 2002 chat will be held on October 14th - 10-11AM (Pacific Time). This is a good chance to speak with the Commerce Server product team and sometimes a developer even shows up... You can get some great insights into Commerce Server...
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    BizTalk Adapters for SAP and MQSeries

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    Two new adapters for BizTalk have launched recently, the BizTalk Adapter v2.0 for mySAP Business Suite , and the BizTalk Adapter for MQSeries v2.0 . There's a fee for the mySAP Adapter, but the MQSeries adapter is FREE! - It is included with the BizTalk...
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    NetDesk FirstLook events - October 2004

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    NetDesk, a local technology training company , provides " First Look " sessions periodically for a variety of Microsoft technologies. Two of these events are being held in Bellevue, at the Microsoft office. There are other First Look sessiong scheduled...
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    A bit slow, lately... Wazzup?

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    Well, my entries here have been a bit on the weak side lately... I've been pinged a few times about why that is... Let's just say that things have been pretty busy around here, and I've been working with some great BizTalk and Content Management Server...
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    WRQ Verastream and BizTalk Server 2004

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    I spent a couple of hours yesterday with a couple of good folks from WRQ . We talked about Verastream , a product of theirs that specializes in exposing Host-based services. Assume for a second that you have a mainframe, or a OpenVMS system, or an AS...
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    Windows Forms Development Demo on Channel 9

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    The Channel 9 Team has posted a new video showing what new windows forms applications will look like. It mentions a great collection of new controls, and walks you through the building of some very professional - looking applications. These tools look...
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