Monday, November 26, 2007

Links for 2007-11-26

Interesting links gathered from all over the Internet

EPF Composer Downloads - EPF Composer Downloads (tags: tools enterprise architecture)

Agile Enterprise Architecture - This is an Enterprise Architecture Practice - Operational Process. It follows the best of the Agile, Adaptive and Iterative principles that modern Software development follows, but also aligns closely to the concepts of TOGAF and other Enterprise Architec (tags: enterprise architecture tools)

The Protégé Ontology Editor and Knowledge Acquisition System - Protégé is a free, open source ontology editor and knowledge-base framework. (tags: enterprise architecture tools)

SharePointPedia - is a web site where people discover and share useful content about SharePoint and SharePoint related products and technologies. It’s a social computing application built on top of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. (tags: sharepoint KM knowledge)

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Links for 2007-11-25

Interesting links gathered from all over the Internet

Enterprise Architecture: Home - Many organisations today are establishing an Enterprise Architecture (EA) business function. However the knowledge about enterprise architecture concepts, framework and processes within many organisations is still quite limited and at a low level of matu (tags: enterprise architecture)

COBIT Mapping: Mapping of TOGAF 8.1 With COBIT 4.0 - This document contains a detailed mapping of TOGAF 8.1 with COBIT 4.0 and also contains the classification of the standards discussed in this paper as presented in the overview document COBIT® Mapping: Overview of International IT Guidance, 2nd Edition. (tags: cobit architecture enterprise togaf framework)

MSDN Blog Postings » Posters, posters and again posters... - Here is a list of technology posters you can download (tags: posters diagram architecture)

CRM Watcher: Update WordMailMerge for Microsoft CRM 3.0 - The new version 2.64 of WordMailMerge for MS CRM 3.0 has some great new features in it. (tags: sharepoint crm)

Enterprise Architecture Overview Zachman framework - Enterprise Architecture Overview Zachman framework (tags: architecture framework zachman overview)

Putting Application In Offline Mode Using app_offline.htm - The Code Project - ASP.NET - has a feature that makes an application in the offline mode. In offline mode, does not serve any request made to the application. Instead it returned an error message, which can be customized, to the user. This feature uses a file called a (tags: offline error)

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Links for 2007-11-24

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Solutions Using the Microsoft Office System - Learn how to use the Microsoft Office system to solve your business scenarios. (tags: sharepoint solutions architecture)

Windows SharePoint Services TechCenter - ISP hosting of Windows SharePoint Services sites This Visio diagram shows how an Internet service provider (ISP) hosts Internet and extranet sites based on Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 for their customers. (tags: sharepoint architecture visio)

SharePoint - Architecture - Office SystemArchitecture (tags: sharepoint visio)

Maxime Bombardier - SharePoint Architecture & Development : Visio Stencils for SharePoint 2007 sites and servers - Visio Stencils for SharePoint 2007 sites and servers (tags: visio sharepoint architecture)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Links for 2007-11-21

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Mauro Cardarelli : Knowledge Management and MOSS - One of the areas that MOSS really shines (from a business perspective) is Knowledge Management. (tags: sharepoint MOSS2007 KM)

Displaying Microsoft CRM Business Data in SharePoint Web Parts - Learn how to build portals and dashboards in SharePoint sites by using Web Parts that display Microsoft CRM data. This article accompanies a sample Visual Studio .NET solution that contains sample Web Parts for a Customer Service Portal. This article incl (tags: sharepoint crm microsoft)

Developing Custom Applications by Using Excel Web Services in SharePoint Server 2007 - Excel Services is a new server technology included in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. This shared service enables the ability to load, calculate, and display Microsoft Office Excel 2007 workbooks on Office SharePoint Server 2007. (tags: microsoft sharepoint)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Links for 2007-11-19

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Cutter Consortium :: Sample Our Research - The Enterprise Architecture Online Resource Center provides you with unlimited searchable access to many information sources, including electronic copies of all Consortium Enterprise Architecture Executive Reports, and Executive Summaries, Executive Updat (tags: architecture soa)

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Links for 2007-11-18

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Real World SOA | David Linthicum | InfoWorld | How Much Will Your SOA Cost? Here Are Some Guidelines. | November 19, 2006 05:57 PM | By Dave Linthicum - With most organizations at the initial stages of their SOA project, the first step seems to be is to figure out how much this SOA will cost. Thus, you can budget appropriately, and obtain the funding. (tags: soa estimate costs)

The Business Case for XML Web Services - This paper removes the veil of confusion that has been created by the tech-talk and hype shrouding XML Web Services and drills directly into the corporate bottom line. Using cases studies and personal experiences from corporations, academia and recent res (tags: architecture webservice soa)

Cutter Consortium :: Special Offer: What It Takes to Be a Great Enterprise Architect - Properly empowered, enterprise architects are in a position to make extraordinarily high-impact contributions to their organizations. By the same token, they can sink extraordinary resources if they focus attention in the wrong place. At any rate, with en (tags: architecture)

A Practical Approach to Enterprise Architecture

A Practical Approach to Enterprise Architecture
  1. Leverage and reuse existing investment in Microsoft Technologies and content.
  2. Quick start and minimal training required (a tool for the business).
  3. Introduce standards and metamodel gradually in line with Architectural maturity.
  4. Choose a framework: Zachman, TOGAF, ITIL, Cap Gemini’s Integrated Architecture Framework (IAF), or create a custom framework.
  5. Establish AS-IS and evolve the TO-BE architecture (baselines) within the same Repository.
  6. Provide multiple views, entry points, and user perspectives.
  7. Perform impact analysis and advanced search on information (including metadata) in the artifact library
  8. Generate HTML Portals for stakeholders and collect feedback online
  9. Import artifacts from a wide variety of external data sources and tools

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Microsoft all the way

I found the following figures. Indeed eating your own dogfood!

A week ago I was at the EBC in Redmond and got a presentation about Microsoft Internal IT.
I can't recall seeing/hearing these figures.

Microsoft internal IT:

600k connected devices
10,000 Servers
3 Datacenters 1 operations center
11% is virtualized in Microsoft Datacenters
330 of 385 servers run Windows Server 2008 (RC0) plus all 85 servers
11 clustered systems
30,000 users in Redmond domain (50,000 with vendors)
NAP reporting 140K clients, 90 clients deferred mode

The Redmond Active Directory domain is running in Windows Server 2008 mode since last Thursday (Nov 1st)

Microsoft Email:
6 million internal emails per day
20 Million emails from Internet
97% rejected as spam
99,999 uptime

140,000 end users
550 buildings
98 countries
1/3 of the sites are connected over Internet only
2300 Line of business applications
1 single SAP instance (5 Terabyte database)

Windows Live Services:

130,000 servers online
435 Million unique users
280 Billion pageviews daily
12 Billion emails daily
6 billion Instant Messages daily

Remote connect:
1 million VPN sessions per month
80,000 unique OWA users
Remote app portal
TS gateway 20,000 users
Direct Connect pilot figures:
55,7 million unique users, #4 overall site in US
280,5 Unique users worldwide #6 site worldwide
15,000 request a sec

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Links for 2007-11-10

Interesting links gathered from all over the Internet

How to: Enable incoming/outgoing email for SharePoint 2007 (tags: sharepoint exchange microsoft)

Free Help Desk Software - A new version of Ilient's SysAid Free Help Desk Software is now available. This version is completely free, with no trial period, and no ads. SysAid Help Desk Software offers efficient, web based help desk. (tags: free helpdesk itil)

Blueprint, Process Mapping | Lombardi Software - Don’t draw workflow diagrams, manage updates through email, or have structure-less documentation. Leave the hassles of documenting behind. Blueprint helps you document your processes fast and leverage your documentation across your whole company. (tags: bpm SaaS)

Everything about REST Web Services - what and how - Part 1 - The Code Project - Design and Architecture - Want to design a REST web service? Need to know what REST is and how to go about it? What are the differences between a traditional web service and a REST one? This article starts with the basics, assuming you know nothing of REST and shows you how to end (tags: webservice rest)

How to detect a duplicate entry in Microsoft CRM 3.0 - The Code Project - C# WebServices - CRM systems are great but they are very prone to human error, the ease of data entry is sometimes counterproductive especially if you want to keep your data clean. In one of my projects the client required that CRM be up to date with all the latest dat (tags: crm microsoft)

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Links for 2007-11-07

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Whitepaper-OSCI-all-up-CoreIO-FY08.pdf - Infrastructure Optimization Model (tags: microsoft infrastructure optimization)

Microsoft voor managers - Productiviteit - Dynamics Snap (tags: microsoft vision)

Overview CRM Connector to SharePoint, MOSS, SharePoint web part solutions - - KWizCom CRM Connector to SharePoint, now supports MOSS 2007 - enables users to better manage documents linked to any CRM entity (Account, Lead, Product etc.). (tags: crm microsoft sharepoint)

Governance Information for SharePoint Server 2007 - Governance is the set of roles, responsibilities, and processes that you put in place in an enterprise to guide the development and use of a solution based on SharePoint Products and Technologies. Effective governance can: Protect the enterprise, such (tags: microsoft sharepoint)

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Links for 2007-11-04

Interesting links gathered from all over the Internet

OpenSocial - Google Code - The web is more interesting when you can build apps that easily interact with your friends and colleagues. But with the trend towards more social applications also comes a growing list of site-specific APIs that developers must learn. OpenSocial provide (tags: google opensocial api)

Bill Gates: SharePoint Conference 2006 - Remarks by Bill Gates, Chairman and Chief Software Architect, Microsoft Corporation "Connecting People, Process and Information" SharePoint Conference 2006 Bellevue, Washington May 15, 2006 (tags: sharepoint microsoft)

People-Ready Business Home - People _ready. Having the right software and tools can empower your people to work more efficiently, minimize costs, and create a competitive edge for the company. (tags: people_ready microsoft)

Microsoft Office Live Small Business - Microsoft Office Online (tags: free microsoft office live)

Business Productivity Infrastructure Optimization: Technologies - Solutions for Business Productivity Infrastructure Optimization are based on Unified Communications and Collaboration and Enterprise Content Management technologies. Read how these technologies can help your business meet the demands of the new world of w (tags: microsoft people_ready infrastructure optimization io)

The Future of Information Work - Personal Space of Daniel W. Rasmus, futurist at Microsoft (tags: architecture future vision microsoft knowledge KM)

Are you People_Ready ?

New World of Work is Microsoft's Vision on the new way of working. It's not about processes but about people.

A Dialogue About Education in the
Global Knowledge Economy

The Next-Generation Workforce and Project Management

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Links for 2007-11-03

Interesting links gathered from all over the Internet

Joel Oleson's SharePoint Land : Warm Up your SharePoint Servers... - Warm Up your SharePoint Servers... Avoid that COLD, SLOW request that baffles users... (tags: SharePoint2007 warmup vpc)

How to Create a MOSS 2007 VPC Image: Part 18 - SharePoint Reporter Blog - This time, we'll look at how to install a set of "warm-up" scripts which will help improve the initial performance of the MOSS 2007 virtual machine after boot-ups. (tags: sharepoint warmup scripts virtual pc vpc)

Brettjo :: Microsoft Exchange Messaging - Learn about how things should be done and what's coming up in the not too distant future in the Microsoft world of Messaging. (tags: microsoft exchange unified communications)

Common MS CRM performance problem - When loading forms the list of which reports are relevant and so on, are also loaded from the Reporting server. This can, in some cases, take some time, and in some bad cases, really afect the load time of forms. MS created a hotfix for this, that can (tags: crm microsoft)

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Team Blog : My Favorite Features in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 - SmartNav - Features in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 - SmartNav (tags: crm microsoft)


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