Look who’s talking now

Microsoft TechDays is an annual knowledge event for IT professionals, software developers, and for anyone with a passion for technology. With dozens of sessions TechDays offers many opportunities to learn about the latest technological developments in your field. I have again  the honor to present there as a speaker! I will do a talk in the last slot of the 2nd day, just before beer or other drinks 🙂


Hope to see you tomorrow!

Avanade Netherlands now Top ICT Employer 2014

I knew this already for quite some years, but now we are officially recognized as Top Employer! And you have also the possibility to work for this top employer, right now we are looking for a Mobile User Experience Designer. Do you want to design mobile apps for Windows, iOS and Android? http://vacature.monsterboard.nl/Mobile-User-Experience-Designer-Vacature-Almere-Flevoland-Nederland-131787992.aspx

Avanade Top Employer

Avanade Top Employer

We beat the competition!

Windows Azure has best performance of cloud service providers

OneToWatch video on cloud platforms

David Chappell delivers a great overview in this presentation on cloud platforms as they exist in the market today! Definitely worth watching.

Next Biztalk User Group meeting at our office

Together with the people of Dutch BizTalk user group I am organizing the next meeting on the 29th of June at our Avanade office in Almere.

Be there!


17e bijeenkomst van de Biztalk User Group Nederland op 29 juni 2011 bij Avanade, Almere


De BTUG-bijeenkomsten zijn voor architecten, engineers en projectmanagers die interesse en ervaringen hebben met het werken met MS BizTalk Server.  


De BizTalk User Group (BTUG) heeft tot doel een netwerk van bedrijven te creëren waarbij elkaar inspireren en kennisuitwisseling centraal staan. Het doel van de BTUG is ook het versnellen van het leereffect over het toepassen van nieuwe technologie en de consequenties voor de organisatie. De BTUG biedt een platform om kennis en ervaring tussen gebruikers uit te wisselen en de mogelijkheid tot het leggen van informele contacten.
Actuele informatie over BTUG en het programma van deze bijeenkomst kunt u vinden via onze LinkedIn-pagina: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2078809

De presentaties van de vorige bijeenkomst staan op: http://cid-047dcef5a85d84eb.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/BTUG


14:30 uur Ontvangst
15:00 uur Presentaties

20:00 uur Einde


Voor deze bijeenkomst hebben we reeds de volgende, zéér interessante, sprekers gestrikt:

Jeroen Boiten           BizTalk-project bij de Gasunie

Steef Jan Wiggers       integratie SalesForce met BizTalk

Saravana Kumar  BizTalk 360


Avanade Netherlands

Versterkerstraat 6, Almere


Inschrijven kan deze keer via de LinkedIn-events:


Ook niet-leden zijn van harte welkom

Avanade survey confirms that users will adopt the cloud even if IT doesn’t

Article published in Dutch .NET magazine

Recently my article on BizTalk Server AppFabric Connect for Services was published in the first Microsoft .NET magazine of this year. It is also posted online for the website of the magazine and can be downloaded in PDF format as well.


BizTalk Schema Build Error

During my current project I ran into a annoying and kind of misleading error message when building Biztalk schema’s with BTS 2010 in combination with TFS 2010. The errormessage is similar to “MySchema.xsd.cs’ could not be opened (‘Unspecified error ‘)”

The reason and a possible solution is explained in this blogpost http://pofox.blogspot.com/2010/08/biztalk-schema-build-error.html But unfortunately that solution didn’t work for me:(

After that I also tried the registry hack mentioned by Charles Young: http://geekswithblogs.net/cyoung/archive/2005/01/22/20633.aspx

And also the solutions proposed on this blogpost http://blog.biztalk-info.com/archive/2010/09/29/Could_not_open_Schema.xsd.cs_fileunspecified_error.aspx

But all with no luck!


After trying a rebuild I suspected it had something to do with rights, so I started to investigate the folder structure. Then I had my lightbulb moment.

TFS put the read-only flag on my workspace folder. After removing the read-only flag from the folder I was able to build again. So in the end it’s just another solution to an already known problem in blogosphere 🙂

The exam 70-583 Designing and Developing Windows Azure Applications is now available!

When 2011 started I formulated a couple of personal goals for this year. Two of them were:

1) Write an article for the Dutch .NET magazine. I finished writing my article last week and it will probably be published in the March edition of the magazine.

2) Develop more knowledge on cloud computing and take the Windows Azure exam. I noticed that the exam is LIVE now. A good preparation is the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit. I will take the exam somewhere in the near future and I will let you know the outcome, which is hopefully “passed” 🙂


Details on the exam can be found here!