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Windows Azure Lessons Learned: CCH

In this episode of Lessons Learned we talk with Jones Pavan and Gurleen Randhawa of CCH about tax and accounting!  No wait stick around, that stuff can be exciting too.  Yes, really!  🙂 The good folks at CCH (a Wolters Kluwer company) have built an interesting service on Windows Azure.  The solution we discuss here… Read more

Windows Azure Lessons Learned: Active Web Solutions

There are not many solutions that can claim to have saved lives.  In this episode of Lessons Learned I chat with Richard Prodger of Active Web Solutions about the Windows Azure project they’ve been working on that tracks fishermen in real time.  It monitors not only their location but also their status so as to… Read more

Windows Azure Lessons Learned: GoGrid

One question that is often asked is how hosters can benefit from the Windows Azure Platform.  While the platform can be used to deploy many types of web apps we expect many partners including hosters to develop on top of the Windows Azure platform infrastructure.  In this episode of Azure Lessons Learned I chat with… Read more

Windows Azure Lessons Learned: Invensys

In this episode of Windows Azure Lessons Learned I chat with Paul Forney, System Architect for Invensys and Aleksey Savateyev, Senior Architect in Microsoft’s Global ISV group working with Invensys.  Invensys is well known for industrial automation and control systems.  They’ve been working to develop a system for the power industry to manage the large… Read more

SQL Azure Lessons Learned: Embarcadero

Database tooling is important for many developers and DBAs as they manage numerous databases across the enterprise and the cloud.  In this episode of Azure Lessons Learned I chat with Scott Walz, Sr. Director Product Management at Embarcadero Technologies responsible for the DBArtisan product. Scott walks us through the DBArtisan product to show how SQL… Read more

Windows Azure Lessons Learned: Outback Steakhouse Facebook App

I’m back with another episode of Azure Lessons Learned.  In this one I discuss building apps that need to be able to scale very highly very quickly.  Jim Zimmerman, the CTO and Lead Developer for Thuzi, walks me through the Facebook application his team built for Outback Steakhouse. Thuzi specializes in building social media applications… Read more

Windows Azure Lessons Learned: Quark Software

In this episode of Azure Lessons Learned I chat with Stephan Friedl, Chief Architect at Quark Software.  Quark (of Quark XPress fame) has been built a new business called Quark Promote for small and medium business to design and print high-quality collateral (brochures, business cards, postcards etc) to promote their business.  In and of itself… Read more

Windows Azure Lessons Learned: Kelley Blue Book

As I mentioned, over the past few months I’ve been working on a number of activities related to the Windows Azure Platform.  In particular, I’ve been working with several partners as we prepared for the PDC’09 conference.  While we were preparing for the conference we welcomed a few partners to a deep-dive event in Redmond… Read more

Dynamics CRM Blogs

I had been maintaining a list of Dynamics CRM-related blogs that I tried to read on a regular basis.  I thought I’d make that list available to folks in the community as I’m sure others will find that interesting.  I haven’t been maintaining this since I moved out of the Dynamics world a few months… Read more

Catching Up and PDC’09: So many sessions; so little time

I’ve been busy.  For the past 5 months or so I’ve been working on something completely different.  I moved out of the Dynamics world 🙁 and into the Azure world 🙂 . In July I was asked to help out with the PDC planning.  David Aiken’s team were doing a great job with technical evangelism… Read more