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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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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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…

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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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Cloudy Future for the Enterprise and most likely for ISVs too

As I mentioned previously, the study of clouds (cloud computing of course) is becoming a very popular topic in the software industry. In the last couple of weeks alone, I read tens of articles on the subject. I found many of them proposing various type of taxonomies for cloud computing, utility computing, PaaS etc. even…

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You liked LitwareHR v1, You loved LitwareHR v2, You are going to die for LitwareHR ‘cloud storage’ edition :)

More seriously… Eugenio just announced and released on Codeplex the latest drop of LitwareHR. Although the application UI was treated with a welcomed ‘facelift’ (we were told that LitwareHR UI was "too 1990s"), the main effort for this release was to move from local storage infrastructure (SQL Server) to ‘cloud storage’ in the form of…

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Consumerization of IT: an example

Over the last 2 years or so (here and here for example), I have been discussing how consumer grade IT services might/will be used as part of enterprise IT, Gartner even says that Consumerization Will Be Most Significant Trend Affecting IT During Next 10 Years. Today, Eugenio pointed me to a blog entry from our…

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S+S Architecture Site on MSDN

Yesterday, we released (here) on the MSDN Architecture center a section dedicated to Software + Services (S+S). We realized that depending on whether you are a large enterprise, an ISV, a hosting company or trying to establish yourself as a trusted marketplace for software services, you will have a different perspective on S+S. This site’s…

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