Jon Udell joins Microsoft

I come back from vacation and see that a whole group of people I admire and have been reading for a while are joining Microsoft.  This of course makes me feel good, some are longtime Microsoft advocates like softwaremaker (http://www.softwaremaker.net/blog/MovingOnAndSwallowingTheRedPillFinally.aspx) and others are industry leaders (http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/2006/12/08.html#a1574).  For those that aren’t already reading Jon Udell, he writes…

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(Beta) Launch of Gulf Skyscrapers

As I have mentioned previously on this blog, I’m looking to build an architect community in the Gulf region.  After many discussions with architects in the community we are preparing for our (beta) launch of the Gulf Skyscrapers community at GITEX. http://www.gulfskyscrapers.com/   See the site for the details, and join us live at GITEX on…

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Architecture is Magic!

That seemed to be consensus of some very long discussions with Udi.  In essence, I’d like to have a way to make architecture more concrete, have a roadmap for how someone can become an architect, have some way to rate how good architects are, and make our profession more understandable for others and was looking…

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TechEd Developers 2006 Barcelona

I just came back from my first ever TechEd in Barcelona.  It was a great event and I had a chance to meet some very smart people and discuss architecture.  Many long discussions around what is an architect and how do you become one (which I’ll write in a seperate post) and what role should the…

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SOA Presentation from the MSDN Roadshow

We’re now about a third of the way through the MSDN Roadshow, thanks to everyone who attended the events in Oman and Dubai.  I’m posting my presentation for those who attended and want to review it on their own.  There was as usual too much information and not enough time (espcially in Muscat), sorry guys…

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MSDN Roadshow in the Gulf

We’re very excited to be having the first ever TechNet & MSDN Roadshow in the Gulf.  We’ll be coming to a city near you to talk about everything from Systems Center, Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft Office system, SOA (of course) and more!  You can sign up online and see the full agenda.  Please join us…

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New releases of IE7 for public use

IE7 public release candidate 1 is now available!  I’ve been using IE7 for a few months and I have to tell you it’s great, a huge improvement over IE6.  The tabbed browsing (if you haven’t already used it, you will be amazed) will clean up your workspace.  It looks great and runs fast, you get…

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Microsoft Virtual Earth

In my previous post I mentioned 2 great uses of mashups for business.  The wow factor in both of those applications is based on Microsoft’s Virtual Earth.  This mapping technology is great and easy to use.  Anyone can incorporate the maps into their site or create their own mashups.  If you’re using Atlas you can…

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Mashups for business

John L. Scott, and Coldwell Banker Bain real estate companies in the Northwest United States have some of the most impressive applications to take advantage of the mashup concept.  They make great poster children for Web 2.0 being used in the business world.  We’ve all (well, those of us looking for apartments in a major US…

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Entry #1

My name is Pooya Darugar and I’m the Architect Evangelist in Microsoft Gulf.  That’s Gulf as in the middle east, not gulf as in Houston 🙂 I’ve started this blog to share some of my findings and thoughts around Architecture, SOA, SaaS, Web 2.0 and any other buzzwords you can think of.  You’ll also see some…

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