Crikey… I am moving to Australia

In a few weeks, I will be packing all my goods in Redmond and board a big Qantas Airbus A380 to Sydney Australia !! My 4 and 1/2 years in Redmond have been a blast, I’m looking forward to more of those down under. (for those interested) here is more info about my new job….

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PDC is over, it was awesome! Now, off to Sydney

What a week at the PDC! With the CTP release Azure Services Platform I don’t think that anyone is doubting anymore about Microsoft ability to understand and execute on "the cloud". But PDC was not only about the cloud, there was tons of stuff on the "this side of the cloud" i.e. the client with…

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Head in the cloud, Feet on the ground: an article about the cloud

My brother in arms Eugenio and I wrote an article a few weeks back discussing the opportunity that "the cloud" offers in terms of IT optimization. Of course this is not the only opportunity that "the cloud" will offer, but it is likely to be one of the most used, at least initially and especially…

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Cloud Services Architecture symposium

As indicated in various press articles and blog entries in the recent weeks, PDC will be Microsoft’s ‘coming out’ party for its cloud services platform. These additional platform assets will create a vast array of new possibilities, but at the same time introduce new architectural elements that architects and developers will have to master. Remember…

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So, I have been tagged…

Over the week end, my good buddy Vittorio a.k.a. the man who knows more about identity than it is mentally safe, started a new game and tagged me. Now, time to fire up a meme. There are super smart guys out there, and I’d be really curious to know what are the books that had…

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A little English lesson for cloud lingo lovers…

Being a non native English speaker I regularly make pronunciation or grammar mistakes and I usually don’t mind. There is one thing I learned today though that I found amusing mostly because it is a small mistake that is commonly made by pretty much everybody (English native speakers included). It is the usage of ‘on…

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Multi Tenant Data Access (MTDA) Blueprint

Although cloud storage fabrics are very cool, a lot of multi-tenant applications will be build against a database. Based on some work we did on our super famous sample application LitwareHR , we just released a blueprint providing guidance on writing a SQL Server based, single instance, multi-tenant data access layer. (thanks Michael for the…

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Software + Services for Architects Webcast

A couple of weeks ago, I recorded a webcast (~1hour) going through some of the architectural challenges faced by ISV architects in building S+S solutions, as well as the ones faced by architects in large enterprises consuming S+S solutions. Below a couple of slides from the webcast: The Enterprise Perspective (Big Pharma) The ISV Perspective…

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Make a movie on S+S and win a trip to Macau!

A couple of months ago I wrote an article providing a high level explanation of the basic concepts of S+S, now my friends in Asia Pacific need your help visualizing this article through a great video. Anyone can participate – whether you’re a student, IT pro, architect or someone with movie-making talent.   The winner…

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I can’t believe we are still talking about whether saas == multi-tenancy…

I was reading Why multi-tenancy matters and Many degrees of multi-tenancy today and honestly, I am still surprised that there is still a debate around whether multi-tenancy is a prerequisite for SaaS. Multi-tenancy is a provider view of things, if you are a buyer of SaaS IT DOES NOT MATTER. It is equivalent to asking…

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