What do I mean by hostable LOB application?

At the risk of upsetting a few people, I’m going to take a shot at defining what I think a hostable line-of-business application platform might look like. Those of you familiar with the CRM platform will recognize quite a few of the concepts.   First, by hostable I mean an application and platform running as…

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Poking my head out of the sand

Wow, it’s been a long time. I kept trying to come back and write something, but between working on new projects and trying to figure out what I could actually write about, well…   So, anyway, just to catch up. I left the CRM team at the beginning of the year to work in an…

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Been very quiet around here

It’s been really quiet around here, well if we define “here” as this blog. It has been decidedly not quiet at home. As many of you know I finally graduated from Seattle University in the middle of June. I also packed up all the crap that was in my temporary apartment and moved it back…

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Multiple forms per "entity"?

Why not? I was just thinking about yesterday’s post and had one of those disturbing thoughts that I get when I want to make software do something that its authors didn’t intend (well, maybe, sorta, kinda).   Let’s say I want to create multiple forms per “entity” (note the quotes). One way I might do…

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Dealing with many 1:M CRM relationships

I while back I mentioned in the CRM newsgroups that it was possible to create multiple relationships between two entities. For the most part this is true, but there are some hoops to jump through and each of those hoops is ringed in fire. More specifically, using this approach to solve the “many relationships” problem…

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What does SaaS mean to MBS?

Let’s forget for a moment the weird ad-based revenue models that don’t make sense for a software development company. Let’s focus instead on how we create value for our existing customers using applications that they’ve already invested in. Let’s focus on how we rely on and extend our core competencies to create products and services…

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Comment moderation on for a while

This sucks. That’s all I can say. I know my blog isn’t that widely read, and I don’t mind that. But damn it all if the spammers give a rip. Somehow they found my blog and as a result I got slammed this morning with crap spam comments. I can deal with the clean-up and approval…

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There is a light at the end of the tunnel

Today, after 8 quarters (2¾ years if you’re counting), I went to school and did something “fun”: I picked up my cap, gown, and hood. It’s been a very long time since I last did that. The last time I went through two schools (not because I got kicked out of one, but because the…

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Any uptake on the RSS connector for CRM?

Is anyone actively using the RSS connector CRM? If so, how are you using it and did you customize it any way? If not, what are the reasons for not using it?   This is really for my information. The CRM team might watch this space and have some desire to use the information, but…

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Web services and objects revisited

Jim Whitescarver replied to a very old post I made  while ranting about distributed software, SOA, and object-oriented development. I wanted to post this directly instead of letting it disappear in the background that are blog comments.   Let me preface this by saying that I think we’re talking about different aspects of the same…

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