The iPhone SDK: A Great S+S Proof Point

Apple announced that they would be offering an SDK next year that lets developer build applications with local code for iPhone.  Given that the application model for iPhone started out as entirely as browser-based, this is a big move from a pure Service approach to a Software + Services approach. Some advocates of pure services…

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Security experts: time to look for greener exploit pastures than Microsoft

In a recent article, InfoWorld reports that industry security experts are facing a new challenge: finding security flaws in Windows and Office is now so tough, they will need to move on to software from other companies to support their security business. One well-known researcher who goes by the name Halvar Flake called Vista “arguably…

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Microsoft SOA/BPM Roadmap leads to Oslo

The vision I am currently attending the our 5th annual SOA & Business Process Conference where we unveiled the future direction of our SOA and business process platform with the public announcement of Oslo. Oslo is a set of technology investments across our Application Platform for building service oriented and model driven applications. We will…

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Master Data Management

The pain that organizations are experiencing around consistent reporting, regulatory compliance, strong interest in Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), and Software as a Service (SaaS) has prompted a great deal of interest in Master Data Management (MDM). Four months after the acquisition of Stratature, the Microsoft Master Data Management (MDM) team has grown and is busy planning…

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Positioning Silverlight, WPF, AJAX.NET, Windows Forms, Expression Suite…

Microsoft puts a lot of attention this days into UX (User Experience) technology, which currently results in a burst of new UX related  technology and tools like WPF, Silverlight, AJAX.NET, Expression Suite etc. While this is all great technology and hence in principle good news for architects, this also causes a problem (sorry about that…

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RIA battlefield: and the winner will be….?

This very interesting “Joel on Software” (non-MS) article looks back at the lessons of PC history to determine what the critical success factors will be for the winner in the RIA space. The author shows that all the same dynamics and forces are in place now, for RIA, as is was back then with for…

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Microsoft and SOA Software Announce Integrated SOA Governance for BizTalk

SOA Software products provide a comprehensive closed-loop SOA governance solution (Workbench), and a high-performance, scalable SOA security, mediation, and management (Service Manager). SOA Software’s Service Manager and Workbench products enhance Microsoft’s Governance capabilities on both IIS and Biztalk platforms. The Workbench provides an integrated Service Management, Registry/Repository and Policy management solution, allowing Microsoft to respond…

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