CIO: Put Business Technology Maturity In 2010 Plan

CIOs: Put Business Technology Leadership Maturity In Your 2010 Strategic Plan Technology is business and we can’t run our companies without it. Business Technology (BT) is the largest single technology-management transition you will face over the next 5-10 years, as BT redefines IT’s operating model in your firm. BT is pervasive technology use, increasingly managed…


A live, mission critical, Silverlight 3 RIA at launch

Continental Airlines Revolutionizes Their Call Center With Silverlight 3.  This shows Silverlight’s maturity and that is has evolved from media engine to a full fledged application platform.  Continental didn’t take the Silverlight seriously until v2.  With v3 they are placing big bets.  Out of browser deployment and web service connectivity tipped the scales. Microsoft launched…


Survey Finds BPM Projects Lack Architecture

Organizations embarking on business process management need to bring in IT architects earlier in the process, according to a report released last week. Only 52 percent of organizations classified as leaders have enterprise architecture teams leading their BPM efforts, a Web survey of 135 enterprises, showed. Of those described as followers, only 31 percent had…


Windows Azure Official Pricings

During the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2009 yesterday, we announced the business and partner model for the Windows Azure platform including service level agreements and support programs: http://blogs.msdn.com/windowsazure/archive/2009/07/14/confirming-commercial-availability-and-announcing-business-model.aspx


Hybrid architecture based on SOA and ROA

ARCast.TV – Implementing a Hybrid Architecture Based on SOA and ROA in the Enterprise In this interview, Kevin Israel, Visual Studio Team System MVP, shares with Zhiming Xue his thoughts on implementation of a hybrid architecture based on SOA and ROA in the enterprise space. Kevin explains what Resource Oriented Architecture (ROA) is and, through…


Study Paris to improve your IT architecture

  The IT architecture of a typical company is an aging maze of applications, hardware, and networks that undermines rather than promotes corporate strategic goals. Senior IT managers should study another complicated set of systems—the infrastructure of a modern city—to learn how underlying principles and physical assets can unify an organization. Paris, with its wonderful…


The architect profession according to Forrester

Forrester: Inquiry Spotlight: Developing Architects, Q2 2009 Abstract Whether you’re an architect yourself or you have architects reporting to you, you’ve probably wondered: What does it take to be an architect? We analyzed more than 60 inquiry questions from Forrester clients related to the topic of the architect’s role and found that they fall into…


Bing vs. Google: do the test

Ever since Bing’s launch, there’s been a lot of talk about which search engine is doing a better job. Can Bing compare to Google? Does it do a better job? Or does it do well with some queries and not others? If you’ve had trouble making up your mind about this, there’s a new site…


7 July release of the new .NET Services CTP

On 7 July we will release the new .NET Services CTP. As part of this update, the workflow service will be (temporarily) removed. Key Points – The .NET Services and the .NET Services portal will be unavailable on 7 July between 9am and 3pm PST for maintenance – The workflow service will be removed (replaced…


P&P : Acceptance Test Engineering Guide

Microsoft patterns & practices is excited to announce the latest addition to  the p&p library of software engineering guidance: Quick Links – Codeplex site: http://codeplex.com/TestingGuidance Common Scenarios – How to Plan for Acceptance Testing – What Kinds of Acceptance Tests to Run – How to Create and Run Acceptance Tests – Defining What “Done” Means…