Will Microsoft <pick a server> scale or perform for my line of business app or my mission critical app?

I hear this question still today a lot from several customers, when looking at using Microsoft technologies like SQL Server, IIS or Windows Server for building their line of business application and some applications that are really mission critical.  Let’s look at question from a few angles. It would seem like every application being developed…

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How to manage Windows SharePoint Services 2003 (WSS)

The number one question I get from IT departments is, how do I manage all the WSS sites popping up in my organization? There seems to be a lot of frustration because many customers have not been in able to get a ahead of the WSS team site sprawl and manage the solution correctly.  At…

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Move over news.com engadget is the new cool.

Yes, I already no engadget has been around for a long time now, and by no means should it be considered new.  However they are a breath of fresh air from sites like C|Net’s news.com who has held been one of the pillars of tech news (reviews and other related information) for so long time…

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Focus Microsoft! Focus!

I know Microsoft is large and has a lot of resources;  I am pleading that we as a company can focus on something that would have more impact than creating another MP3 player.  I am referring to our new strategy to take on the iPod (again) outlined on news.com.  This just seems like a another distraction…

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Where did Pat Helland go?

Pat Helland where are you? Ok Pat you kept audiences entertained and captivated for years with your songs and views on architecture and building big systems.  Unless I have missed something we have not heard you weigh in on SOA, ESB’s, AJAX, or any of the other industry buzz going on over the past few…

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If InfoPath is so great why isn’t everyone doing it?

Perception is king, too bad it is often misled!  If we take a minute to really examine the large majority of line of business applications that we spend time creating, deploying, and monitoring. Many of these applications are designed around the same core requirements which include providing your customer with the ability to capture, retrieve, edit…

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The "I wanna…" trap

Here a few ommon “I wanna…” and “we need a…” statements I hear customers make in requesting a solution from IT or a vendor: “We need a…Portal” – This does not mean they want SharePoint (or Oracle Portal or IBM Websphere portal). “I wanna…Blackberry” – This does not mean they want a Blackberry! “I wanna…iPod”…

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Sound Off: Enterprise Architecture (EA) are they relevant to Software Engineers?

I have seen many enterprise architects across many customers and companies, and there is one consistent theme that I can pull out across the vast majority of them; what does the Enterprise Architecture (EA) team actually deliver and how is it relevant to my day to day job?  The question almost comes from software engineers 99% of…

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IE7 – Public Beta

So we are releasing a public beta of IE7.  I have been using IE7 for a few days via an internal build and so far, I think, we have done a pretty good job from an end user point of view.  The RSS feature is pretty good, it gives me a usable RSS reader, I…

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Installing Pinnacle Studio Plus v10 or v9

Does anyone out there know of a KB article for installing Pinnacle Studio Plus v9 or v10?  I have tried both versions on XP Service Pack 2 and they both hang at 100% refusing to complete the install.  In particular v10 hangs on Disc 2 trying to install the DVD recorder.  I can not get…

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