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 developer community from which to
draw its consumer innovators and early adopters.
And I believe it plans on leveraging that advantage to vanquish the
competition. The sheer breadth and depth of these cloud consumer first-movers
may prove to be game-changing.
From my perspective, abstractio... (more)
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
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
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
“Money makes money and the money that money makes makes more money”.
I think I like this guy.
Photo credit kimberlyfaye.
The FACT Act requires that the FTC improve the accuracy of consumer records
and make improvements in the use of, and consumer access to credit
information. It says as much in the first paragraph.
The FTC has devised a methodology that requires experts and consumers to work
together to audit CRAs for accuracy and completeness. It has also devised a
program around this methodology and a plan to roll it out nationwide.
This is in stark conflict with the Valentine’s Day gift that we will all
receive from Experian on 2/14/2009. Experian says that it is no longer
going to make credi... (more)