Troubleshooting Application Insights

The preview for Application Insights is going well. We are signing up new customers and learning a lot about what works and where we need to improve. We still need to add many features, but it is satisfying to know that customers are making good use of our product even at this early stage.  We…

Application Insights Preview

Yesterday, Brian Harry and the Visual Studio team announced the availability of Visual Studio Online and with it two cool new projects – Monaco and Application Insights.  I am working on the Application Insights project and am excited about sharing ideas and experiences now that we are in limited public preview.  Keep an eye on Brian’s blog…

Azure Web Sites update

Wow… I really do love Azure Web Sites.  The integration with the new version of visual studio and the ability to do continuous delivery… awesome! I know this has been possible for a while, but you got to hand it to the Azure and VS teams. When they get the scenario nailed it is really great….

Why Use Yammer?

Yammer is actually pretty cool. I have started to use it today. It is kind of like Facebook for an enterprise.  It is an interesting fusion of email, feeds, groups, sharepoint – get the real product overview here. So, why use it?  Because if you start to use it as a group or team, it can…

Pilot Thinking (part 1)

This Marketing Pilot announcement got me thinking about something pretty simple yet very important to any business.  This thing should be understood and appreciated by developers… especially in a start-up but also in the enterprise. It is “The Funnel.” Wow, I can see you are impressed. (wait …  there’s more)

So what is a funnel (part 2)

Okay, so you may not be super impressed.  However, appreciating the funnel and how the flow of customers works in our application and especially in our customer acquisition process is really, really important.  When you mention The Funnel, most people think about ecommerce. This is a good example.  You search for a new Nokia 920…

Funnel’s are for other people (part 3)

Really funnel’s really are for all devleopers (or for all developers that have humans or other systems actually use their application.) Consider something like a simple task you yourapplication. Say, changing your password.  This seems pretty simple. You have a simple goal of the customers –change the password.  However, you realize you need to take…

Microsoft Dynamics CRM

Microsoft is continuing to build up the capability in Dynamics CRM.  While you hear a lot about Sale Force, there is actually a lot going on in Dynamics. They just acquired a marketing optimization company with a lot of financials and analytical capability. Looks very interesting… can’t wait to see what is next.

Azure Web Sites

Trying out a cool new capability in Azure.  It is in preview, and is a great direction IMO. I am impressed at how easy it was to get started.  Here is an example post: I haven’t decided how best to use these new tools, but I am excited about the possibilities!

Vista and Windows XP Upgrade to Windows 7

I am definitely not an expert on Windows 7.  I have been using the beta and it is working well for me.  I noticed this post from a several weeks ago about the upgrade thinking.  Ars Techinca: Upgrading to Windows 7: what XP and Vista users need to know On a related note, I have…