Guidance and sample for secure, scalable, available and interoperable WebServices using .NET platform…Oslo approaching

StockTrader 2.0 and Configuration Service 2.0 now live on MSDN! .NET StockTrader 2.0 and Configuration Services 2.0 Home Page Executive Summary Last May, we released the .NET StockTrader 1.0 as guidance for building service-oriented, enterprise-ready applications using .NET.  We’ve just updated it with new features to show expanded capabilities of what you can do with…

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SaaS Penetrates the IT Department

Cutter Consortium: SaaS Penetrates the IT Department While software-as-a-service (SaaS) has gained plenty of attention and acceptance within the business units of a growing number of companies of all sizes, IT managers and their staffs have been apprehensive about the operational and organizational implications of SaaS. As a result, many IT departments have resisted SaaS…

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Comparing Megavendors IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP in SaaS

  Shift in application architecture over the years A critical shift in the concept of an “application” is well under way. Once end users stopped creating their own monolithic applications, applications became vendor-constructed monoliths — mass-market-focused bundles of black-box or opaque functionality delivered on a vendor-specified release schedule. With the advent of new technical capabilities…

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S+S Architecture Site on MSDN

A new section released on the MSDN Architecture center a section dedicated to Software + Services (S+S). We realized that depending on whether you are a large enterprise, an ISV, a hosting company or trying to establish yourself as a trusted marketplace for software services, you will have a different perspective on S+S. This site’s…

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"FedEx QuickShip" shows Office as a platform (OBA)

At the Office Developers Conference 2008 last week, FedEx SVP David Zanca joined BillG on stage and announced the public launch of FedEx QuickShip.  FedEx QuickShip is an easy way to use FedEx tools and services from within Office.   Zanca also showed how FedEx is thinking very broadly about using Microsoft Office as a platform…

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The BizTalk® Adapter Pack for the masses

The BizTalk® Adapter Pack provides a single solution to easily and securely connect to Line of Business (LOB) data from any custom-developed .NET application, SQL Server-based business intelligence solution, or an Office Business Application (OBA).  The three adapters available in this release are Siebel, SAP and Oracle DB.  For clarity for OBA’s:  the adapter pack…

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Just because it’s SaaS doesn’t make it good…

Interesting article in “The Register” that does a practical reality check that relativates the sometimes religious beliefs that “if it SaaS then it must be Good” versus on “if it on premise software then is must be Evil”… Some paragraph are copied below, they sum it up pretty well… “…The prevailing view among SaaS evangelists…

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The end of the desktop is near?

SaaS is without discussion a very important trend in the ICT industry.  A perception that often is associated to SaaS (fed by a number of bloggers, analysts, reporters, company executives) is that this implies a browser-only interface and hence the days of the desktop are numbered. The vision that MS has in this area is…

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Observations on SaaS and S+S (Software+Services)

John Dvorak (well known columnist at PC Magazine) has written an interesting article that depicts some of the downsides of the pure SaaS model.  An extract of that article below: “To analyze the illogic of certain trends, I like to employ a trick I call the “reverse timeline.” I ask myself, “What happens if the…

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Software + Services: strategy, business model, case studies

Interesting whitepaper about S+S. It provides a summary of the S+S strategy and explains the impact and opportunity for our large partner base – both VARs who traditionally make money from on-premise installs + maintenance and ISVs who traditionally sell on-premise. The case studies describes how real companies are approaching S+S today.

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