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  • Blog Post: TechEd USA 2009 wrap up

    Friday concluded this year’s TechED: North America . We were delighted to have thousands of developers, IT professionals and technology decision makers in attendance, gaining insights into how to make their applications, infrastructures and businesses more innovative and cost effective . Both continue...
  • Blog Post: A Spirited Debate...

    As everyone knows, there is no shortage of passion in the tech industry. Naturally, there are many viewpoints out there, which leads to another thing I always enjoy….a spirited debate. Just so happens that I’m having one right here as a result of the recent WebSphere Loves Windows campaign and benchmarking...
  • Blog Post: The "Benefits" of Singularity... Thoughts on the Events of the Week

    Even before the events of early this week, we were fielding questions about a homogenous hardware / software approach. Apple being the obvious example - clearly there is a segment that is willing to pay significantly more for a closed hardware / software experience. The argument is an interesting one...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of Latest Magic Quadrants for Application Infrastructure

    The latest round of research is out from Gartner, and they have positioned Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant of all three Application Infrastructure Magic Quadrants. The Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure for SOA Composite Application Projects , Magic Quadrant for Application Infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Ring in the New Year with the SOA & Business Process Conference – goes great with Eggnog…

    We had our first real snow last week which means that ski season is finally upon us and everyone in Seattle must relearn how to drive in slightly awkward conditions (again). This is a great time of year as work tends to slow a bit, winter sports heat up and you can still log plenty of miles on the bike...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Developer 2008

    I had the pleasure of being in Barcelona this week for the TechEd Developer conference. Highlights – getting to talk to several hundred developers about WF / WCF / Dublin / Oslo . Lowlights – it’s Barcelona, what could be a lowlight? TechEd capped off the most interesting 8 weeks I’ve ever had in software...
  • Blog Post: PDC Day 2 – "M" Under OSP, "Lap Around Oslo" & More Services

    Day 2 of PDC started off with another fantastic keynote address, thanks to Ray Ozzie, Steve Sinofsky, Scott Guthrie, and David Treadwell. They gave some additional details about Windows 7 as a platform for developers, and then passed the torch to Chris Anderson and Don Box for a live coding session....
  • Blog Post: PDC Day 1 – Azure Services Platform, CTP availability and much more!

    Well, we’re finally here, on the ground in LA at PDC. After months of speculation, chatter and building curiosity about Microsoft’s next move in the cloud space, we’ve officially gone on record with the details. It’s always interesting to take a quick look back at what’s been said up to this point; I...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to Oslo: Introducing "M" and "Quadrant"

    Robert Wahbe and I were out on the road this week meeting with press and members of the dev community to talk more about Oslo. For those of you who have been following Oslo, the timing won’t come as a surprise: almost exactly one year ago, we announced it at the SOA BP Conference. Our goal? To make it...
  • Blog Post: The Road to PDC - .NET Framework 4.0 and “Dublin”

    We’re within a month of this year’s Professional Developer’s Conference, and like a lot of folks, I’ve bought my ticket and booked my hotel. We’ll unveil a lot of new technology there, but I’d like to provide an early look today at a couple things. You may have already seen some of the news this week...
  • Blog Post: Oslo and Modeling

    Just in case you haven’t seen this yet, check out this article in eWEEK from last week. Focuses on Robert Wahbe, corporate vice president of CSD, as well as technical fellows, John Shewchuk and Brad Lovering, discussing their thoughts on modeling, Oslo and where is the industry headed. Great insight...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Participating in the Object Management Group (OMG)

    This week I had the privilege of sitting with Bob Muglia while he taped a short video on his thoughts of how model-driven development could transform the way we develop and manage applications. Bob also announced Microsoft’s participation in the Object Management Group (OMG) standards organization, which...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Server 2009

    Today, we announced updated plans for the next major version of BizTalk Server. We launched the first version of BizTalk Server back in 2000. Eight years later, we’ve seen our installed base grow to 8,200 customers making it the most widely deployed solution for enterprise connectivity in heterogeneous...
  • Blog Post: Video Clip on Convergence - SaaS, SOA, Virtualization, Modeling

    As I have written previously, convergence is a major theme in distributed computing. Darryl Taft (eWeek) recently wrote an article on the topic which was followed up by an article by Loraine Lawson (IT Business Edge). At Tech Ed, I did a quick video to talk about convergence and what it will mean for...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Services “R12” Release – Workflow

    Drum roll please….for those of you are as interested in the advent of cloud services, this is big. Today, we released BizTalk Services “R12” Community Technology Preview (CTP). Just as a refresher : “BizTalk Services” is the code-name for an incubation for our SOA platform-in-the-cloud offering from...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Adapter Pack 2.0 announced at WPC

    This week I returned to my home state of Texas to attend the Worldwide Partner Conference. Returning to my home state didn’t get me back to speaking in my southern-drawl, but it did get me speaking with partners about something we are both excited about. The news may not be as big as the state of Texas...
  • Blog Post: IDS Scheer announces the release of ARIS for BizTalk

    June has been an active month for the Business Process Alliance . In a recent post, I shared some thoughts on how several cutting edge technologies—SOA, modeling, SaaS and virtualization—are beginning to converge. Recent product announcements show that it’s already beginning to happen. That said, you...
  • Blog Post: .NET StockTrader 2.0 Demo at TechEd IT Pro

    For those that missed it and those hungry to see it again - check out this video from TechEd IT Pro last week in Orlando. Greg Leake demo’d his .NET StockTrader 2.0 during Bob Muglia ’s keynote with industry partner, WS02, highlighting our commitment to interoperability. .NET Sto ckTrader 2.0 demo...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Developer & "Oslo" Wrap Up

    What a week! TechEd is always one of my favorite shows. Not just for learning, but also for the connection to developers- the heart that keeps the blood pumping. Just wanted to do a quick post to wrap up the show this week and a brief glance toward this week’s activities. For me, one of the most...
  • Blog Post: Convergence - SOA, SaaS, Modeling, Virtualization

    Last year at TechEd we talked about deploying technologies in a blended way – both on premises and in the cloud. We also talked about a framework for thinking about which applications might benefit the most from the blended world. Specifically, applications can be grouped in two buckets – core and commodity...
  • Blog Post: Enhancements to BizTalk B2B functionality

    I have two things to be excited about today. First, we’ve finally had some sunny spring days in Seattle (which means I had plenty of dry time outside this week). Second, there’s more great news about our B2B technology . Today, we’re announcing another important update for our customers—we’ve come to...
  • Blog Post: Composite Applications and Distributed "Service Networks"

    For those that have managed to avoid the pitfall of SOA for SOA’s sake, composite applications are one of the biggest driving forces behind deployments. The reason for service enablement in the first place is so that you can compose them into new applications more easily and richly. As a byproduct, you...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Server Platform Updates

    Over the past few months we’ve seen an incredible wave of new platform products and technologies including Windows Server 2008, .NET Framework 3.5, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008. You may remember that in the past BizTalk Server has updated features to support the most recent platform releases...
  • Blog Post: Have you met Greg?

    This is a question I find myself asking my colleagues often. And they typically reply with something like, “Who's Greg?” or "Greg in accounting??". Not quite what I was getting at… Greg Leake is a guy who works for me in the Connected Systems Division. He spends most of his time in a self-created...
  • Blog Post: Announcing…another new ‘edition’ to the BizTalk family

    Today at the RFID Journal Live conference in Las Vegas, we announced Microsoft BizTalk RFID Mobile -a light weight application that works on mobile RFID devices, and will enable delivery of relevant information from these devices to central business process systems. We'll deliver this to our customers...
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