arcstream announcement – Composite Application Architecture and User Experience


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Composite Application Architecture and User Experience

The next arcCouncil meeting is just around the corner. Please join us on December 11th at your local Microsoft office for presentations and discussion on the topic of Composite Application Architecture and User ExperienceScott Jamison will be on-hand to discuss Composite Application Architectures Using 2007 Office System and noted author David S. Platt will share with us his perspective on Why Software Sucks – The User Experience. It should prove to be an interesting day.

All attendees to the arcCouncil will receive a copy of David Platt's book 'Why Software Sucks'. Lunch will be provided and attendees will have the opportunity to win an XBox 360 – just in time for the holidays. If you are interested in attending please follow the appropriate registration link below.

Also, consider joining us at the end of this month for one or more arcCasts – virtual web cast for architects. This is an excellent way for you to gain insight and background on the topics to be covered at the next arcCouncil meeting.

Background details, scheduling and registration links for the arcCouncil and arcCast can be found at  Also, please help us recognize the East Region Architect Community by identifying yourself as an Architect during the registration process.



Nov 28, 2006 - Why User Experience Matters

Nov 29, 2006 - Composite Application Architecture

Nov 30, 2006 - A Lap Around Windows Presentation Foundation

Dec 5, 2006 - Impact of Leveraging Office for Customized Solutions


Dec 6, 2006 - Workflow Enabled SharePoint Server Solutions


Dec 7, 2006 - Office Server System in the Data Center



Composite Application Architecture and User Experience

Date & Time: 12/11/2006 10:30am – 3:30pm


10:30am – 11:00am arcCouncil Kickoff

11:00am – 12:15pm Composite Application Architectures using the 2007 Office System
The 2007 Office System isn’t just a great set of products; it’s a tremendous application platform that supports industry standards and provides key application and integration services.  Learn how the features in Office Enterprise 2007 and Office SharePoint Server 2007 enable great solutions as part of an overall composite application architecture.  This session will cover common architectural patterns and the core services provided by Office and SharePoint.

Speaker Bio:  Scott Jamison is an Information Worker Architect in Microsoft’s Northeast District.  Scott works with large customers to help define their IW strategy and helps them design composite applications based on the 2007 Office System.

12:15pm - 1:00pm Lunch

1:00pm – 2:15pm Why Software Sucks – The User Experience
Software sucks because developers forget (or never knew) THE bedrock principle of software development – KNOW THY USER, FOR HE IS NOT THEE. The talk will show good and bad examples from commercial software and web sites, those that understand and help their users, recognizing and enhancing their humanity, versus those that treat users with contempt. It gives specific strategies for convincing your managers to prioritize the user experience. Learn  how blindness will improve your vision.

Speaker Bio:  David S. Platt teaches software development at Harvard University Extension School and at companies all over the world. He is the president of Rolling Thunder Computing (, an education and consulting practice. He has more than twenty years of experience as a programmer, and is a popular speaker at conferences. He is the author of ten  books, including Why Software Sucks ... and What You Can Do About It, Introducing Microsoft .NET, Third Edition, The Microsoft Platform Ahead, and Understanding COM+, as well as many journal articles and newsletters. Microsoft designated him a Software Legend in 2002. Dave lives in Ipswich, Massachusetts.  

Check out David Platt's new book Why Software Sucks (and What You Can Do About It) at

2:30pm – 3:30pm - Panel Discussion

3:30pm Xbox 360 Giveaway

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