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It was once said back in the early ‘90s that “Client/server computing is a little like teenage sex – everyone talks about it, few actually do it, and even fewer do it right.  Nevertheless, many people believe client/server computing is the next major step in the evolution of corporate information systems.” Can the same be said about cloud computing, today? It is evident that cloud computing is the next major step in computing, in general.  But is it the next major step in the evolution of corporate information systems?  Everyone is certainly talking about it; but who is actually doing it? According to Pew Research, anyone with a Gmail or YouTube account is participating in the cloud computing revolution.  Perhaps I need to change my perspective about cloud computing in order to agree with them.  The Pew report focuses on end-user adoption of cloud-based services, o... (more)

The Importance of Abstraction in Cloud Computing

Windows Azure at Cloud Expo My colleague, Peter Palmieri, just penned a blog post about Microsoft’s recent announcement that the Azure platform will offer extensive and familiar relational database features via SQL Data Services (SDS). In his post, Leveraging Skills, Peter discusses the fact that .NET developers will be able to leverage their existing SQL Server database skills when developing against the Azure platform. In doing so, he has touched upon what I think is Microsoft’s most strategic advantage in the realm of cloud computing. Microsoft has a ready-made ecosystem and d... (more)

Code Contracts in .NET Help Distributed Software Development Teams

Microsoft’s Research in Software Engineering (RiSE) team is on to something.  Luckily, for developers around the world, they have released it to the public.  I’m talking about Code Contracts in Microsoft .NET.  Code Contracts are very useful under any circumstance; however, they are particularly useful in helping distributed software development teams increase team efficiency, improve product quality, and mitigate against risks associated with team dispersion. The notion of design-by-contract programming has been around for quite a while.  In fact, Bertrand Meyer (founder of Eif... (more)

Hyundai schools us on Relationship Marketing

Hyundai has produced commercials to create awareness about its new Hyundai Assurance Program. I don’t watch much television, so the fact that I’ve seen these commercial a few times is indicative of a strong marketing campaign. When visiting its web site, Hyundai let’s you know that “WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK”.  The Hyundai Assurance Program, in a nutshell, lets the purchaser or leaser walk away from a new vehicle with no strings attached if they lose their income within one year of the purchase.  This is certainly a giant leap away from “you and us” towards “we”; which hints that Hyun... (more)

Architectural Fidelity with Globally Distributed Software Development Teams

Software businesses that engage in offshore outsourcing face a number of risks.  Of particular importance to the software architect, is the risk associated with the architectural fidelity of the company’s software products.  Small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) and ISVs face greater levels of difficulty than do their large enterprise counterparts when it comes to managing offshore outsourcing.  To deal with this issue, I have developed a context model that can be used to help the small company find the right resource mix; enabling it to maintain an appropriate level of manag... (more)