MIX Hangover and the Beauty of Choice

MIX Hangover… Wow.  By show of hands, who was at MIX?  Virtually or physically it doesn’t matter.  Regardless, I am sure most of you (who haven’t been in a cave) were there vicariously as the buzz around Silverlight has beckoned your interest.  The announcement about .NET integration in Silverlight (v1.1) was surprising…  I knew it…

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MIX it up!

So, if you haven’t heard of MIX, check this out: http://www.visitmix.com It’s not an acronym, it’s a conference and a very unique one at that (for Microsoft, it is unique).  Microsoft is making a big play into the world of interactive design a space completely dominated by the likes of Adobe/Macromedia.  Why?  Well, customers demand it. …

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How Rich Is YOUR Web App?

I have had to hold my tongue for a while on this one…  The first glimpse was given at SeeWindowsVista and it left a lot of people thirsty for more.  Check this out: British Library: Turning the Pages and to learn more about the project go here.  Now, be aware, this application makes heavy use of graphics…

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Get Office 2007 and Groove FREE!

Ready for a ‘New Day’?  How about this…  Ready for a free copy of Office 2007 Professional and Groove 2007?  I thought so. Now that I have turned my blog into an advertisement (without the benefit of Affiliate revenue) I will tell you how…  It’s really simple: Register for a Windows Vista and Office 2007…

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Strategic IT

  Alright…  By show of hands, how many of you work in IT organizations that are considered strategic assets of their respective businesses?  Wait, I said strategic.  Okay, let me re-phrase that…  How many of you are considered a cost and constantly struggle to prove your worth?  How many of you feel  like IT custodians? …

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WPF/E Is Coming…

For those who haven’t noticed, check out: https://channel9.msdn.com/playground/wpfe/.  Now, WPF/E stands for Windows Presentation Foundation “Everywhere”…  However in light of what is coming, I think it is more appropriate to consider it as the Windows Web Presentation Foundation because the impact could be enormous. Windows Presentation Foundation is a powerful technology to delivery rich user…

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SaaS Acceleration: Go Virtual!

Software as a Service (aka Software + Services, or SaaS for short) is pretty much the hype du jour as of late.  Not without reason.  From an architecture perspective, SaaS provides some interesting considerations one of which is multi-tenancy.  The most common analogy for multi-tenancy is an apartment complex: multiple autonomous apartments, each isolated with…

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A Web Architect ?!?!

We all know that architecture in an IT setting has many definitions and explanations which inevitably means that those calling themselves architects come in just as many flavors as their role descriptions.  Given the rise of web-native software in the Web 2.0 space, could we see the emergence of a specific Web Architect role?  If so,…

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Hyper-Competition and Differentiation

It is an inevitable side-effect of globalization: hyper-competition.  Markets are no longer limited to geographically-focused distribution channels; the internet and the rise of e-commerce has enabled companies, big or small to produce products and services that compete at a truly global marketplace.   Now that I’ve stated the obvious, I’ll get to the point of…

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Redefining What ‘Service’ Means to the Web

Usually when someone hears the words ‘web’ and ‘service’ used together, they tend to think of ‘web services’ as in ‘XML Web Services’ or a ‘Java Web Service’.  The web services paradigm gave rise to one of the latest architecture styles referred to as service-oriented architecture or SOA.  The emergence of web services undoubtedly had…

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