Software plus Services [S+S] vs Software as a Services [SaaS] "The Battle"

Just finished creating a SharePoint site for some international collaboration work and meanwhile Google launches Google Sites. Not that I'm thinking to switch to Google sites. But it's getting more and more interesting what's happening in the Cloud. On one hand we've got S+S, some services in the cloud and some services on-premise, and on the other hand you got SaaS, everything in the cloud. Not that exciting. Although, when you start reading all the comments people make why they want to use on thing over the other, it's getting interesting. For example a post from Phil Wainewright called Microsoft’s software-plus-Yahoo! play where he uses the old "Microsoft buys everything" ideas aroun... [More]

Off from some quality time and a lot of traveling

While everywhere around the world the launch events {HEROES} are taking place, I'm preparing myself for some traveling around the globe. In the Netherlands {Heros} will take place on the 6the of March and in Belgium the 11 till 13 March [funny: every country has a different site]. I'm not attending but will be present with the Team Architect case study. Last Monday I had a whole day video shooting in Brussels for the launch video in Belgium/ Luxembourg and a peer is going to give the Team Architect presentation in the Netherlands. Don't feel sorry for me, I'm going to have some really good quality time with my family in the Alps, finally I can use my K2 Mnt. Bakker telemark skies again. ... [More]

How To Collect Data from the Application Diagram to create WSSF Service Models

Post #02 of a collection of posts with some more technical details about the creation of richer implementations with Visual Studio Team Architect. This is post 1: How To Fire a Guidance Package Recipe from the Implement Application Feature of Team Architect. [Dynamic System, Lorenz attractor] First you have to understand System Definition Model (SDM). SDM is part of the overall Dynamic Systems Initiative (DSI) from Microsoft. The Dynamic Systems Initiative (DSI) is a commitment from Microsoft and its partners to help IT teams capture and use knowledge to design more manageable systems and automate ongoing operations, resulting in reduced costs and more time to proactively focus on what i... [More]

ALM Definitions

Always interesting what the different organizations say about a topic.   The coordination of development life-cycle activities, including requirements, modeling, development, build, and testing, through: enforcement of processes that span these activities; management of relationships between development artifacts used or produced by these activities; and reporting on progress of the development effort as a whole. Source: The Changing Face of Application Life-cycle Management - Forrester August 2006     Application lifecycle management (ALM) regards the process of delivering software as a continuously repeating cycle of inter-related steps: definition, design, developme... [More]

Finally the GAX/GAT February 2008 Final Release

GAX/GAT February 2008 Final Release The Guidance Automation Extensions (GAX) expands the capabilities of Visual Studio by allowing architects and developers to run guidance packages, such as those included in Software Factories, which automate key development tasks from within the Visual Studio environment. The Guidance Automation Toolkit (GAT) is a guidance package which allows architects to author rich, integrated user experiences for reusable assets including Software Factories, frameworks, and patterns. The resulting Guidance Packages, composed of templates, wizards and recipes, help developers build solutions in a way consistent with the architecture guidance. In order to use the Gu... [More]

Amazon Services, the Service Model

Trigger by Steve Clayton post about "Amazon - Where Do You Want To Go Tomorrow?" A while ago I made a demo with Amazon Web Services, just to show what the limitations are when using models or how models can help to make better designs. Anyway I used the Web Service Software Factory Modeling Edition and Visual Studio Team Architect capabilities to generate the service models and service agents. This is the application diagram where we have the existing Amazon services with two endpoints, the AWSECommerceService and the MechanicalTurk, and a Windows Client application which consumes them. For this demo I used the conform endpoint to WSDL functionality, but you can also use the Add Existing Ser... [More]

Engineering World: A unique congress with Microsoft, Oracle and IBM

Saturday I joined a congress organized by Sogeti Netherlands and here most important partners "Microsoft, Oracle and IBM". It happens not that often that they join the same congress. Although, it was the first sunny day within weeks and it was on a Saturday, there where about 130 till 150 people attending the congress. The program was great with Scott Ambler and the Playlogic Game Factory as keynote speakers and  during the day topics like: Modernizing of Enterprise Applications Business Intelligence out of the box Java en Concurrency Second Life Scripting Language EGL, new kid on the block? Uniface, the 4GL language Secured Application Development MS Visual Studio Team Syste... [More]

Use Groove for easy document management within SharePoint

The default SharePoint interface is a little bit time consuming for heavy users, for example I must make at least 5 clicks to add a new folder, the same amount for uploading a document and login two times if I want to edit a document. (and don't forget all the work you must do when adding a new blogpost with pictures... I use Windows Live Writer ;-)   When you use Groove's functionality to synchronize workspaces with SharePoint libraries, you only have to: Right click "add folder", right click "add document", "double click open document"... and after you are finished editing, adding, etc... just click synchronize and your done. Works almost the same as your Windows Explorer..! And w... [More]

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