One of the biggest challenges I feel that we (Microsoft) face in showcasing the "value" of architecting/developing Office Business Applications is providing what I'll call "solid reference implementations" along the lines of Duwamish Books, Fitch and Mather, Global Bank, LitwareHR, other many other solutions we've released.  Sure, we have the OBA Reference Architecture Packs (OBA RAPs), but, by definition, they are meant to serve as simple examples of how to leverage the OBA pattern to address a given business scenario.  However, where I think they are lacking is in providing sound guidance and implementation practices around many of the architectural and implementation challenges many organizations face today in trying to deliver business value to their users.  Read more...

~ Lamont