Have some spare time during the holidays to catch up on new technologies?  Mohammad Akif, an Architect Evangelist in Canada, has recorded two new webcasts that are worth checking out...

Using Visual Studio for Deployment Modeling

The new modeling features in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 can help you to validate application deployment scenarios by defining a logical data center. This webcast provides an overview of the new modeling features and a demonstration of the deployment modeling capability that is designed to improve and automate the interaction between development, infrastructure, and operations teams. The intended audience for this webcast includes solution architects, infrastructure architects, and developers.

Tracking the Life of a Business Requirement

This webcast demonstrates the new integration capabilities between Microsoft Office Excel, Microsoft Office Project, and Microsoft Visual Studio. We track a business requirement from its definition in Excel to its completion in Visual Studio, so you can see how the new integration capabilities work on a practical level. The intended audience for this webcast includes architects, business analysts, and project managers.