Are you a UK company selling applications that work great on Windows 7?

A few years back I was the technical owner for SQL Server 2005 readiness in the UK with Independent Software Vendors. One of the things we did at the time was put together a detailed catalogue of UK developed applications that worked great with SQL Server 2005. My marketing buddy at the time was Ian…

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Azure Webcasts and plenty more from isvinnovation.com

My former role was working with ISVs. ISVs get their own site, http://www.isvinnovation.com/ which contains some great online webcasts. If you are a developer and you are new to Azure Services Platform,then there are five great Webcasts to take a look at. Part: 1 Azure Services for Developers: Fundamentals Part: 2 Azure Services for Developers:…

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Are you an ISV in the UK who could benefit from a free design review with Microsoft?

You may recall that my previous role was working with Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to help them explore and adopt the latest technologies from Microsoft. In that role I introduced something called a Technology Roadmap Review. Many years on and we have a more public offering for UK ISVs  – a FastTrack Architecture Review. It…

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Top 5 questions in my last year working with ISV early adopters

As I get ready to transition role, I find myself increasingly thinking "what happened in the last 12 months that would be useful to take into the next 12 months". One of the great bits about my current role is I spend a lot of time 1:1 in day long, two day long, three day…

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Microsoft HPC Pack Beta 2 Released

Whoops – nearly forgot this one. We released Beta 2 of the HPC pack earlier this month. I am a fan of HPC – even if I have no dev skills in it 🙂 Head over to the connect site (and sign up if necessary) to gain access to the download.

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Enterprise Library 4.0 – May release

I have mixed emotions about the Enterprise Library. When I was last doing development (a few years back) I concluded it was: Big. Which meant it took a lot of time and effort to understand and benefit from it. Inconsistent. The library was a "collection" of code samples and approaches with different heritages. Not always…

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More bits and bobs – just for partners

The following need a little air time – enjoy! A lot of partners have shown interest in CRM Live (Which is really called Dynamics CRM Online – which isn’t quite as catchy). You can try it out free for 30 days at http://offers.crmlive.com/thirtyday I know a lot of smaller partners subscribe to the Actions Pack…

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UK ISV interested in a half day 1:1 technology review?

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…

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Are you a UK ISV writing .NET applications in Visual Basic?

Then I would like to hear from you. We are trying to a) better understand how UK ISVs are deciding between C# and Visual Basic and b) I am personally interested in exploring how we can give some recognition to UK ISVs using Visual Basic rather than C# for their .NET development. Please send me…

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