New Version of the Microsoft ESB Guidance Released

Check out the new version of the Microsoft ESB Guidance. The overview page ( will provide you with all the necessary high-level information such as download links, architecture overviews, future plans and requirements. The Microsoft ESB Guidance now extends the functionality of the recently released BizTalk Server 2006 R2. The guidance provides a range of…


TechReady Nuggets

Posting has been a bit slow this week as I am at an internal Microsoft event all week called TechReady. I have been meeting with  a ton of folks all around the world and seeing the great stuff we are doing. Here are some of the more interesting nuggets. Business Architecture What is currently known…


Calling in the EA Troops

This past week seems to be the week for the call to action for Enterprise Architects to start blogging. James McGovern called out that there should be more EA blogger’s. More blogger’s came into the fold such as Brandon Satrom who would like to see more on how EA’s address some of the latest IT…


UPDATE: Microsoft ESB Guidance

In October of 2006, we announced the preview of the Microsoft ESB Guidance at Microsoft SOA Conference in Redmond. This consisted of the following which enabled Microsoft partners and customers to build large and small-scale ESB solutions: Sample code built on BizTalk Server 2006 Architectural guidance, patterns and practices Reusable BizTalk Server ESB and .NET…


Looking for Microsoft ESB Guidance?

Here is a sneak peek at our thoughts on ESB until the final release of the guidance on MSDN. The Microsoft ESB Guidance provides architectural guidance, patterns, practices, and a set of BizTalk Server and .NET components to simplify the development of an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) on the Microsoft platform and to allow Microsoft…


The Microsoft Lending Message Bus

The lending message bus (LMB) provides messaging services for the lending processes. This made sense to since there are many touch points in the process. Both internally and externally there are points that need management and consolidation. The LMB follows Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) practices it can also integrate well with in the enterprise ecosystem….


Using Windows Mobile with OR-LOS

In my discussions when I discuss the OBA RAP for Loan Origination Systems with folks at conferences and other speaking engagements they usually see a slide that shows the extensibility aspects of the lending architecture.   After the talk I usually hear, mobile, really? Lender can use this technology with field bound loan officers or…


OBAs Deliver SOA to the People

The OBA RAP for Loan Origination Systems further solidifies Microsoft’s thought leadership in both the SOA space but in Financial Services. By exposing OBAs and the MOSS services as atomonimous composite applications. OBA surface all the hard work that SOA architects have been striving to expose. The OR-LOS solution shows core SOA principles of service…


Announcing the OBA Reference Application Pack for Loan Origination Systems (OR-LOS)

I am happy to announce that the Office Business Applications Reference Application Pack for Loan Origination Systems (OR-LOS)! See the MSDN OR-LOS Page at: On the OR-LOS page on MSDN you will find a set of technical resources to guide the development of a new class of business applications called “Office Business Applications” (OBAs)….


Microsoft Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) Update

I get the ESB question a lot here lately when I talk to financial services organizations. Traditionally we have felt that ESB’s are not products they are how you compose a set of technologies to create a message bus that spans across multiple disparate systems providing message oriented management and routing for an enterprise. Microsoft has…