Dynamic Business Applications

Changes are so dynamic in this world, in our environment and in business. They say “Change is the only constant”. I say “Change is a dynamic constant”. We the human race, race to control this change to our convenience constantly. that is our heritage. building business applications in this tradition is a natural transiton that has been the trend in IT with different degrees of success. Looking at bits of […]

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The power of simplicity

When we look at business process automation, in most cases, we are talking about electronic forms automation. That is the human side of BPA. Most business applications have forms and reports (what more is there from a user perspective? 🙂 If we can get users to build these applications (they know what forms/reports they want) and make it simple and a satisfying experience then we can get IT to focus […]

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Buy or Build

The “Buy vs Build” argument is an age old one. It is still a very important one that we encounter in our lives many many times. some times the decision is easy, simple and very clear. at other times it is not. when you can make the decision and see the pros and cons clearly it is just natural. such as do you make a sandwich or buy one from […]

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Composability is a paradigm shift – Chris Keyser on The Architecture Journal

Chris Keyser the lead architect for Microsoft’s Global ISV team wrote an article on the MSDN architecture Journal 10 on composite applications. the full article is here: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/arcjournal/bb266335.aspx He wrote business process application assembly capability will be demanded by end users. And this will have to be delivered. We will see vendors bringing these features in the products. I am a fan of application orchestration. As a lazy coder I […]

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TechEd 2006 Australia

At TechEd 2006 I saw the increased focus on workflows… there were many sessions covering windows workflow. Sharepoint, Biztalk and the dedicated workflow foundation sessions, all covered the different aspects. All in all it has opened many opportunities for the workflow technology in windows environments. developers now have better support for building workflow into their applications and bulding workflow applications for sharepoint, biztalk and the rest of the microsoft stack. […]

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more basics

If we look at windows workflow foundations or WF as an example, the capabilty provided is mainly for developers. It is an API that will allow coders to leverage the unified workflow API for windows. There is some great tooling available from within VS.NET to support easy assembly of workflow maps. It has integration with debugging and distributed development capabilities and team systems features. It is still a developer toolkit […]

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the workflow wave

Microsoft will be embeding more and more WF based capabilities in to its product suite. We have seen the formal announcement for the BTS 2006 R2 where the Human workflow component in BTS will be implemented as WF. eventually, one would expect BTS2008/2010 will fully incorporate WF. However the BTS product is an EAI server. bundling Human workflow into it may not completely make sense. MS may not produce a […]

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