At the end of January the SOA & BPM conference was in held in Seattle . I intended to go there but I didn’t get authorisation to go there from my boss unfortunately. There was a lot of information on BizTalk 2009, Dublin, WCF & WF.
Lucky for me and I guess for a lot of other people that couldn’t attend the conference all content was recorded. So now you can grab some chips and start viewing the sessions that you believe are interesting.
Here is the link: http://soaconference2009.spaces.live.com/default.aspx?wa=wsignin1.0&sa=828988900
And the link to the powerpoint slides: http://cid-00fa6fc7f5db1c07.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/.Public
When asked about the high points of his career at Microsoft, Bill Gates answered Windows 95 and Sharepoint Portal Server(MOSS). We all know that MOSS is selling massive! The MOSS platform has some workflow features built into the product, but they are somewhat limited. On the otherhand K2 has Blackpearl, a great full blown Business Process Management suite. A lot of companies have already MOSS or are going to the MOSS platform and in every company there are workflows. But a lot of companies want to start small with implementing workflows. So I think there is….. uhhh, was a gap between MOSS and doing BPM. I guess the guys from K2 recognized this gap and the potential of workflows/BPM within Sharepoint. They released BlackPoint! There is already a demo video on the site.
BlackPoint is a subset of K2 Blackpearl features and tools. SharePoint users now have the ability to build workflows and process-driven applications quickly — without code, without complexity! I’m looking forward to try it out on a real project. With Blackpoint the MOSS platform gets even more powerfull!