Announcing the PHP SDK for Windows Azure

      Microsoft continues to enhance the interoperability of the Azure Service Platform with the announcement of the availability of the PHP SDK for Windows Azure. Announcing PHP SDK for Windows Azure… and much more! The goal of the SDK is to provide high-level abstractions that enable PHP developers to interoperate readily with Windows…

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Microsoft a Service Provider FINALIST – TM Forum Best Practices Excellence Awards

Microsoft Online Services was selected as a Finalist by the TM Forum for this year’s Best Practices Excellence Awards 2009.  The awards were recognized at the TM Forum’s Management World event held in Nice, France from 6-9 May 2009.  Traditionally one might expect Microsoft to be entered in the category of a supplier rather than…

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Nomination for TM Forum 2009 Service Provider Excellence Awards

A nomination for TM Forum 2009 Excellence Awards has been accepted under the Service provider category.  The winner of the award will be announced at Management World in Nice on May 6th. Microsoft used TM Forum standards such as the NGOSS reference architecture, Service Delivery Frameworks, Architecture Harmonization, and Business Performance Metrics to design and…

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Just Back from TM Forum’s Management World Americas

Just came back from the TM Forum’s Management World Americas event in Orlando, Florida held 16-20 November 2008.  The theme was Create, Deliver and Monetize Digital Services. For the past several years, we have talked about how Microsoft technology can help other service providers with Service Enablement and build BSS/OSS applications.  At this event, Microsoft…

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Focusing on an S+S "Management Framework"

For those of us thinking about the practical aspects of implementing and managing Software + Services offerings, including Service Syndication, perusing the link below may prove interesting.  Telecom service providers have been working in the S+S paradigm for years: they just don’t call it that.  But if you think about it,  today millions of disparate…

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Office Open XML file formats receives necessary votes for approval as an International Standard

An important enabler of the Microsoft Software + Services (S+S) strategy are Office Business Applications (OBA). They are made possible by key platform capabilities, called OBA Services, in the 2007 Microsoft Office system. These consist of: workflow, search, the Business Data Catalog, a new, extensible user interface, Microsoft Office Open XML Formats, and the Web Site and…

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MSDN Architecture Center adds new Software + Services Section

Software + Services (S+S) is a major initiative at Microsoft.  S+S, as opposed to the more limited concept of SaaS, is all about combinations of local software and remote services interacting with one another. Local software leveraging remote services can create a better overall experience than either are able by themselves.  The S+S architecture brings together the best of both worlds, maximizing choice, flexibility and…

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Commerical Content Delivery is not a "Gimme"

Recently I seem to have been involved in multiple ongoing discussions that revolve around the impact of greater than 100 Megabits per second wireless data service (via 4G / Long Term Evolution (LTE)) and the apparently increasing ease of creating rich digital media experiences.  All of sudden there is talk about service providers and even wireless…

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Microsoft the Service Provider

Last week, the TeleManagement Forum (www.tmforum.org) held its Management World Americas event in Dallas, TX. Walking through the exhibit areas and reviewing the two Catalyst Projects that Microsoft contributed to, I began to think about how Microsoft has evolved into a Service Provider over the past several years.  Microsoft has been viewed by this industry as primarily a software or platform…

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