Something we have been looking at recently is taking an approach we use frequently with our managed ISVs and make it more broadly available - with a twist. I am speaking of technology reviews - half day 1:1 technical sessions. During a technology review we try to build a detailed picture of how an ISV is currently delivering a solution (strengths, weaknesses, gaps, business drivers, future development plans etc). Once we have a good understanding we begin to explore how Microsoft technologies could help. The goal is to create a roadmap of how (and why and when and where!) the ISV could benefit from exploring and adopting newer technologies and products.
As for the twist. We are planning to write up the technology reviews and publish them in the hope that other ISVs will recognise similarities and hence benefit from the recommendations we made during the review.
Early days but David has completed two write ups and we would very much like your feedback on how useful you find them in this format.
- Zylog/Fieldpower - Workflow Foundation, BI, Virtual Earth, SQL 2008 all came up
- Smartpoint Solutions - All things UI!
If you would like to be considered for a future technology review, check out the detailed description and pop the team an email with your details.