June, 2008

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    Microsoft Dynamics Platform Adoption Stories: Scribe Software

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    In this Microsoft Dynamics Platform Adoption Stories series, I will continue to share success stories of my managed ISVs, highlighting their platform adoption experience, their Aha moments and advice to newer ISVs to be successful. Enjoy the next one… Click here for my conversation with Peter Chase Founder & EVP and Tom Williams, VP BDM of Scribe to discuss their experience of adopting Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Platform to provide a Software + Service based Data Integration/Migration solution...
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    New Site Focuses on Environment, Sustainability

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    A new site shows how software can technology can help people and businesses foster environmental sustainability. The site, Microsoft Environment: Innovating to Improve Our Planet , includes a white paper showing Windows Server 2008 power savings, a video to help make energy-conscious decisions about personal computer purchases, and more. A page on technical guidance describes Microsoft data center best practices, and how power management, virtualization are used to help the environment. The Make...
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    Cloud-Based Services Added to Health Plan Consumer Reference Architecture

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    For developers who write software for in health and life science ISVs, you'll be interested in V4 of Consumer Engagement Reference Architecture (CERA) and how you incorporate HealthVault , Windows Live, and other online services. HealthVault helps consumers collect, store, use and share their personal health information in a security-enhanced environment. CERA v4 is composed of a working demo and documentation, as well as soon-to-be released guidance, architectural blueprints and freely available...
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    Microsoft Dynamics Platform Adoption Stories: SalesCentric

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    In this Microsoft Dynamics Platform Adoption Stories series, I will continue to share success stories of my managed ISVs, highlighting their platform adoption experience, their Aha moments and advice to newer ISVs to be successful. Enjoy the next one… Click here for my conversation with Joe Stuckey, CTO and Eivind Sandstrand, VP Product Marketing of SalesCentric to discuss their experience of adopting Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Platform to provide a Software + Service based Relationship Charts...
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    Hyper-V Servers Go Into Production

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    The server you are accessing at Microsoft may already be virtualized. So far, about 25% of the production servers are running on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V . About 80% of all new servers at microsoft.com and others will be virtual. This includes about 350 production servers using Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V with another 300 being ramped up in the next few months. In fact, when you use MSDN or TechNet, you're already on a virtual server. For more infomration about how that system is being rolled...
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    Microsoft Dynamics Platform Adoption Stories: Proscape

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    In this Microsoft Dynamics Platform Adoption Stories series, I will continue to share success stories of my managed ISVs, highlighting their platform adoption experience, their Aha moments and advice to newer ISVs to be successful. Enjoy the next one… Click here for my conversation with Derek Pollock, Co-founder and President and Steve Chin, VP Business Development and Alliances of Proscape , to discuss their experience of adopting Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Platform to provide a Software + Service...
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    Integrated Identity Management CTP Offers Opportunities for ISVs

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    The public beta version of Identity Lifecycle Manager (ILM) “2” was unvelied at TechEd. ILM “2,” the codename for the successor to ILM 2007, delivers an integrated identity management (IdM) solution that extend new identity management capabilities to IT professionals, end users and developers. ILM “2” is built on a .NET and WS-* application programmer interfaces (APIs) that enable you to build more customized and extensible solutions. ILM "2" builds on the metadirectory, certificate, and smart...
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    Innovation Fuels Next-Gen PC Design

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    Industrial designers have been competing for the Microsoft-sponsored Next-Gen PC Design Competition. Inspiration for the award-winning design separates the interface from the PC. And it looks like a napkin holder. In popular imagination, the humble napkin is, of course, much more than an absorbent piece of tissue for dabbing one’s mouth between the main courses of a restaurant meal. It’s an impromptu idea pad for sketching out business plans, design blueprints and other creative endeavors over...
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    Business Resources Support Adoption of Windows Mobile in the Enterprise

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    Many ISVs are asking me for more details about how to support the business decisions to go with Windows Mobile. And there are several resources available that can help an ISV in making the case to your enterprise customers. You can start with the Windows Mobile Business Resource Center . You'll find dozens and dozens of articles, white papers. You'll fild strategy for mobile application development, security answers, industry-specific needs, return on investment. In particular you might want to...
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    Security Development Lifecycle Resources Help ISVs

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    It turns out that less than 10% of vulnerabilities disclosed through June 2007 were targeted at Operating Systems. More than 90% of vulnerabilities targeted at the application layer. In his blog entry How Vulnearable are Software Applications? , S. Somasegar , Senior Vice President at Microsoft's Developer Division, addresses the Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) as a way softwae companies can address the threat. He says, "All software development organizations need to really think about security...
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    Five Things the Boss Should Know About LINQ

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    I found an interesting article, Five Things the Boss Should Know About Microsoft's LINQ , written by John Paul Mueller who talks on CIO about LINQ from the developer manager point of view. LINQ provides general-purpose query facilities that have been added to the .NET Framework apply to all sources of information, not just relational or XML data. This facility is called .NET Language-Integrated Query (LINQ). Muller puts forward five points and looks at how they may save your developers time...
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    Microsoft Dynamics Platform Adoption Stories: Metaphor Software

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    In this Microsoft Dynamics Platform Adoption Stories series, I will continue to share success stories of my managed ISVs, highlighting their platform adoption experience, their Aha moments and advice to newer ISVs to be successful. Enjoy the next one… Click here for my conversation with with Jesper Kehlet , Co-owner and VP Business Development & Technology of Metaphor Software , to discuss his experience of adopting Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Platform to provide...
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    Contributions to Silverlight Community Recognized

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    We are pleased to introduce the Silverlight Community Recognition Program for the Silverlight Developer site. In the Silverlight community we have a number of people whose contributions help developers from all over the world. As the site continues to grow, we want to recognize each person’s contribution to its success. The program gives points for community participation. And if you've been participating, we've already awarded points for your activities. Visit the Hall of Fame page and view the...
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    Windows HPC Server CTP Scores High Marks in NCSA Tests

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    We're very excited to share with you the news of a huge achievement for the Microsoft’s HPC program using Windows HPC Server 2008 when competing with the worlds-fastest super computers. The HPC Performance Team recently completed a Top500 run on the fastest Linux HPC cluster at National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). This specific cluster had previously established a Top500 entry at 62.7 Tflops and 70% efficiency ranking #14 on November 2007 Top500 list. NCSA offered to submit...
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    Microsoft, Partners Unveil Architecture For Health & Human Services

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    An alliance of partners has joined Microsoft to unveiled a comprehensive, multivendor connected health and human services (HHS) technology architecture. The architecture connects disparate state and jurisdictional human services systems to give providers one comprehensive view into citizen/customer needs. The group supports version 2.0 of the Microsoft Connected Health and Human Services Framework, which presents a flexible, individual and family-centered approach for addressing the challenges...
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    First Embedded Operating System Optimized Specifically for Portable Navigation Device (PND) Manufacturers Introduced

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    Windows Embedded NavReady 2009 has released Microsoft’s first embedded operating system designed specifically for OEMs building handheld portable navigation devices (PNDs). Windows Embedded NavReady 2009 delivers innovative technologies to help developers and OEMs quickly bring to market smart, connected, service-oriented PNDs that easily connect to online services, mobile phones using Bluetooth, Windows-based PCs and the Internet. Based on Windows Embedded CE, Windows Embedded NavReady 2009 builds...
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    Open XML Software Developer Kit

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    The first version of the software developer kit (SDK) for Open XML has been released to the web. The Open XML document standard is awaiting publication by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The SDK is designed to help you produce code in your applications to create, access, and manipulate Open XML documents. The SDK includes an application programming interface (API) for simplifying the creation of code for searching documents, creating documents, validating document parts...
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    New journal and a new forum "The Architect Role"

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    There’s a Microsoft Architecture Journal available, and this time looks like the team wanted to generate some synergy with the community. They launched a new forum, whose subject is the Journal topic: The Architect Role Instead of the regular discussions on topics such SOA, design approaches, platform comparison, etc, this forum is a place to talk about the soft skills an architect must observe. Definitely check it out. It's a nice change to the typical flow of the MSDN Forums.
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    SQL Server Data Services and LitwareHR

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    As many of you know, Microsoft has been working on a new version of LitwareHR that uses SQL Server Data Services instead of SQL Server as the store. This was first presented in MIX by SSDS Architect Nigel Ellis (see session here ). Microsoft hasn't released the code, as SSDS is not widely available to the public yet. Those of you familiar with LitwareHR will also notice that Microsoft updated it’s look & feel with a more modern UI. Eugenio Pace has written a series of blog posts that describe...
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    Distributed Caching Architecture = Codename "Velocity"

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    Microsoft project code named "Velocity" provides a highly scalable in-memory application cache for all kinds of data. By using cache, your application performance can improve significantly by avoiding unnecessary calls to the data source. By using distributed cache, your application can scale to match an increasing demand with increasing throughput. "Velocity" distributed cache is provided in the form of a cache cluster, simplifying your application code by managing the complexities...
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    Great Screencasts on ADO.NET Data Services

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    As one of my colleagues put it, "We all struggle to stay up to date on our new technologies." To that point, he let me know about a goldmine resource for learning ADO.Net Data Services quickly: Great Screencasts ADO.NET Data Services - Surfacing Data ADO.NET Data Services - Querying with URI's ADO.NET Data Services - A Basic .NET Client ADO.NET Data Services - A Basic AJAX Client ADO.NET Data Services - A Basic Silverlight Client ADO.NET Data Services - Querying with LINQ ADO.NET Data Services...
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    CodePlex Process Template for TFS

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    I recently had a couple ISV's that wanted to leverage Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) and Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server (MOSS) together to implement their own internal CodePlex ( www.codeplex.com ). My ISV's wanted to be able to share code between disparate development groups, have discussions, and ultimately drive reuse of valuable solutions to software related problems. CodePlex is great for the community, but it's not targeted at users within an organization. Being that CodePlex...
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    IT Pros Explore SharePoint Administration Tools

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    SharePoint inventory assessment for the enterprise will be getting easier a SharePoint assessment tool for IT Pros that has entered testing phase of development. This is important for you ISVs building and deploying efficiently to enterprise sites. IT administrators are often responsible for ensuring that SharePoint sites comply with both internal company policies and external regulations, but this can be difficult to do given that the product is easily deployed, even at the department level,...
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    Patent Filed for Digital Manners Policy

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    Mobile devices can help people become more respectful when a patent filed by Microsoft comes to cell phones near you. Digital Manners Policy (DMP) address some of the security and privacy concerns resulting from mobile devices, such concerns ranging from unintentional rudeness to critical security and privacy matters. The patent abstract states: The present invention includes methods and technologies for defining and administering device manners policy ("DMP"), propagating DMP, reception and...
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    Create, Process Open XML Documents Server-side Using PowerShell

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    You can script documents and spreasheets creation and proecessing on the server. A new open source project, PowerTools for Open XML , is now up on Codeplex. Processing Open XML documents server-side using PowerShell is a powerful approach for creating, modifying, and transforming Open XML documents. PowerTools for Open XML are examples and guidance that show how to do this. They consist of PowerShell cmdlets, and a number of example scripts that demonstrate the use of the cmdlets. Examples...
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