IFX Meeting in Boston

There will be another face-face meeting on November 5th. I was on the web services working group but I switched over to the architecture group at IFX. We are doing some really exciting things with the standard. We are in the process of moving from the legacy 1.0 standard to the future 2.0 standard. We…

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Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP is ready!

Today we are making the English version available as a free download.   Other languages will be available in the coming weeks.   To help our customers become more secure and up-to-date, we will begin distributing Internet Explorer 7 as a high-priority update via Automatic Updates in November.  In addition, Internet Explorer 7 (with protected mode capability)…

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Mobile Phone Security Threats?

Mobile technology is great. I personally have a T-Mobile MDA and absolutely love it. I check all my e-mail on it, from personal account(s) to my professional account. I especially like being on a plan and answering my e-mails on my Windows Mobile Phone rather than reaching under the seat and bringing out my bulky…

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What in the world is Vishing?

Vishing, the latest in phishing attacks but over voice networks is getting some attention in the press more and more. The word vishing which is is short for “voice phishing” is a relatively new term. In this new twist, identity thieves are sending spam that warns victims that their bank account or PayPal accounts were supposedly…

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FSTC Enterprise Architecture Workgroup Session Update

The FSTC Enterprise Architecture workgroup session by far has been the most interesting and enlightening session I have attended regarding enterprise architecture in the past year. It was great having the agenda set by real enterprise architects, not the analyst community nor vendors. Since I previously came from a bank as an enterprise architect, I…

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JUST RELEASED: MSDN Banking Industry Center for Architects

The new site MSDN Banking Industry Center will provide prescriptive architecture guidance addressing current and emerging challenges the industry faces. Customers, partners, and system integrators will be able to view webcasts, whitepapers, blogs and podcasts that address banking concerns.

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MOSS 2007 Resource Links Rollup (Microsoft Office SharePoint Server)

Mark Kruger created a comprehensive rollup of resources for MOSS based technologies. Links include: Architecture Guidance Podcasts / Webcasts How-To’s Operational Management Guidance and much more…  Check out the links here: http://www.sharepointblogs.com/mkruger/archive/2006/05/25/7570.aspx  

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Aircraft hits New York Building!

This isn’t technology related but shocking! I’m in NYC right now at the FSTC Annual Meeting so it’s relavent to me…   Aircraft hits New York building The crash sent flames pouring out of the buildingA small aircraft has crashed into a building in New York City’s affluent Upper East Side, causing a fire. TV…

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Serivce Oriented Architecture in Banking

I was recently saw a post on the MSDN forums about SOA and Banking. I thought I would share my response: That’s a good question. Service oriented solutions are great candidates in the Banking space. There are many reasons for this. Listed below are some of the key reasons (this is not an all inclusive…

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Microsoft ESB Architecture Guidance

At the SOA/BPM conference we announced that we are providing ESB architecture guidance. This will come in the form of: Pragmatic or “Real World” approaches to ESB Architectures that show a more iterative approach rather than the prevalent “Big Bang” approach that is often promised. Patterns Reusable Code Implementation Guides So what does this mean…

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