Migrating Financial Services Applications to the Azure Public Cloud

Our Microsoft finserv team is seeing a major uptick in financial services firms and partners looking to leverage Microsoft Azure public cloud offering. Windows Azure and the cloud offer a paradigm shift in computing where a company can outsource all aspects of running their software except for their application logic and data. Windows Azure is…


Leverage SharePoint to Orchestrate Insurance Business Processes

Many insurance customers have SharePoint, but most customers don’t fully grasp the rich collaborative features that can solve line of business workfow problems, which is a particular need in the insurance industry. I demonstrated the capabilities in an insurance context at the ACORD 2009 retail show. In this presentation, we utilize SharePoint to implement a new business…

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CRM in the Insurance Industry

One of the hidden gems from Microsoft for enterprise business solutions is a product called Dynamics CRM. Turns out Dynamics is a lot more than just customer relationship management, you can configure (without code) complex insurance solutions right through this product! In this webcast, we explain the relevancy of CRM within the insurance industry, but…


Windows Azure, Cloud Computing, and the Insurance Value Chain

Curious how ISV insurance partners can leverage Windows Azure to run parts of their business?  Software as a Service and Cloud Computing represent new opportunities for the Financial Services industry, and in this webcast, we show customers how they can quickly adopt new business capabilities with minimal to no hardware and software investments.  In this webcast,…

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Collaborative Straight Through Processing Webcast

Interested in the advanced features of SharePoint?  Here’s an Insurance and Technology sponsored webcast where Bill Hartnett and I demonstrate how to build an underwriting system on top of Microsoft SharePoint 2007 (with Windows Workflow Foundation and Office products). We call this Collaborative STP. Enjoy.  http://links.e.techwebresources.com/ctt?kn=2&m=33896298&r=MzEyMzkzNjk4MAS2&b=2&j=NTY5MjQ1MTgS1&mt=1&rt=0 .     


ACORD organization standardizes on Microsoft Unified Communication platform

Great case study that shows how ACORD uses Microsoft Unified Communication and SharePoint both internally and externally to manage their large membership community. The platform is leveraged for document management; instant messaging; telephony; and voice, video, and web conferencing.  Read the details here.  http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=4000005219 .


Silverlight 3, SSL, and ClientAccessPolicy.xml

If you’re new to Silverlight 3, there seems to be some required changes to the infamous clientaccesspolicy.xml to enable cross domain webservice calls. The typical clientaccesspolicy file that’s worked fine in SL2 would not work for us with SL3. Couple that with the requirement of SSL, and this gets kind of tricky.  We beat our heads against…

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ACORD Forum 2009

Hi. Our team just returned from the ACORD forum this year held in Orlando Florida. Microsoft had a great presence at the forum and we showcased some fantastic industry solutions ranging from SharePoint (collaboration in insurance), Silverlight (next generation user experiences within in insurance), Surface (Life insurance Surface demo), Tellme, and Virtual Earth.  More information can be…


Laptop Configuration for Hardcore Demos

I showcase a lot of industry scenarios to customers (live demo presentations), and I build a lot of demonstrations myself; so I need a fast demo environment for customer meetings as well as a top-notch developer environment for writing code. I need a platform that both performs and is flexible to vast array of different…


Media Center extender fails when joined to a domain controller

I have a home Windows 2003 Server with an AD domain controller.  I also have a Vista Ultimate Media Center with two XBOX 360’s MC Extenders hanging off (note: i don’t like or play video games — just use them as MC extenders).  Previously, my MC was not a member of my home domain controller,…

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