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In my last two articles I wrote about how to Use BizTalk Performance Counters and how to Analyze Adapter and Pipeline Performance. In this final article I focus on Orchestration and calling external services. Step 4: Analyzing Orchestration Orchestrations can be as simple as reading a file from a file system, transforming it and writing it out to a different file. They can also be much more complex such as calling external web services depending on certain conditions in the incoming messages, taking the response of these services and calling other services or writing a transformed version of the response to a file or the database. The following screenshot shows a rather simple Orchestration taken from one of the examples that ships with BizTalk: Orchestration Example showing a message flow including a call to an external service The process starts by receiving a file... (more)

New Microsoft Dynamics CRM Partners in Telecommunication

"It is exciting that partners recognize Microsoft Dynamics CRM can help them optimize their business and operational support offerings for telco customers, helping to deliver greater efficiencies and address new market opportunities," said Brad Wilson, general manager, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Product Management Group. "As telcos look to transform their business, innovations in billing and outstanding customer service can make all the difference. These partnerships are a testament to the familiar, intelligent and connected experiences that Microsoft Dynamics CRM provides and that t... (more)

Google Takes on Microsoft Windows

Who knows if Google can transform its strengths in handling megatraffic into the ability to develop a mega-OS? Google today is primarily an IT company. Yes, it is quite annoying that this public company won't publicly discuss where it keeps its servers, let alone give a hint to the secret sauce that powers them. The fact remains that the company has achieved astonishing technical competence in developing and managing a hive intelligence that will be the subject of historical analysis centuries from now. The question is whether it can turn its expertise outward and deliver an applic... (more)

SQL Data Services Rebranded to ‘SQL Azure’

Microsoft announced the rebranding of SQL Services to SQL Azure. SQL Server is the data platform of Windows Server so it made sense to align the name of the relational database platform of Windows Azure, SQL Azure. SQL Azure is built on the SQL Server technology foundation which delivers relational database capabilities in the cloud. The next CTP of now SQL Azure will be in August. You can, however, get started today with SQL Express. Over the next days there will be more details about SQL Azure, including posting the first round of SQL Azure Database documentation to MSDN. Also ... (more)

Microsoft Starts Open Source Foundation

Well, I never. Microsoft has started a 501.c6 non-profit open source foundation, a bipolar strategy greeted by suspicion, hoots, catcalls, defamation and virtual mooning by the open source set. It's called the CodePlex Foundation, which is not to be confused with Codeplex com, Microsoft's version of Sourceforge hosting a reported 10,000 projects. Microsoft is kicking in a million dollars to meet the organization's first-year expenses. After that other folk, who haven't been recruited yet, are supposed to contribute to its maintenance. Imagine a kinda halfway house where propriet... (more)

ASP.NET Membership Provider in the Cloud

Azure Cloud on Ulitzer Let's take a look at this pretty common scenario. You're building an ASP.NET application (MVC or otherwise) and you intend to publish it in the cloud and you're using Azure Storage (not SQL Azure) for your underlying data store. You've already hooked your app up with the sample Azure-based Membership provider that comes with the Azure SDK and everything is running along nicely. Your application has quite a bit of administrator-only functionality so, after you've been using it locally for a while you put in some safeguards to block access to the admin area... (more)