Last Wednesday Avanade aquired Quadreon, a Belgium company specializing in Microsoft Dynamics AX(not really my type of sport). Due to this aquisition Avanade Belgium is doubled in terms of people! Avanade is well on-track to become the worlds nr 1 Business Solutions Partner.
Funny thing to note is that one of the most important customers of Quadreon is Studio 100. This Belgium Entertainment company creates things like K3 and Kabouter Plop, which are really famous among Dutch children and also their parents(including me….Plopper de Plop haha). So know we @ Avanade are doing K2[Blackpearl] and K3 with Dynamics, what’s next?… 🙂
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!
From Todd van Nurden:
Hi BizTalk Fans,
Its finally Spring here at BizTalk Hotrod HQ and Issue 4 has finally been put to bed! In this issue you’ll see that we’re continuing our expansion into WF (Windows Work Flow) and WCF (Windows Communications Foundation). Why, you ask, would we do this? Well BizTalk is the future! And we want to bring our .NET friends into the BizTalk fold and as you’ll see BizTalk continues to expands its process server capabilities across the Microsoft platform. We’ve also expanded our coverage to include folks new to BizTalk Server so check out Sal’s “In the Beginning” article
As always we’re looking for new ideas and new authors so if you’re interested please contact us.
Oh we’re also considering a BizTalk Hotrod Resource issue that would include articles by BizTalk software partners as well as links to all the coolest BizTalk Content on the web. So if you have content that we should link to or publish let us know.
As always thanks for the support!
One of my best viewed(over 750 views!) posts of last year was my post around the sessions on the Microsoft Developer Days.
Within a week from now, the Microsoft DevDays 2009 will take place in The Hague. Tickets are still available! I’ve already got mine.
I’ll try to make a nice agenda again, which has got everything in it. From great speakers till cloud computing and from Sharepoint to practical knowledge sessions which you can leverage immediately.
Thursday May 28:
The key-note(9.00-10.30 AM) of this year will be done by someone who I personally really admire, David Chappell! He is a great speaker and very knowledgable on the Microsoft era, as well as the Java world. We start the day with some Cloud perspective. David will tell you why this “cloud thing” isn’t just a hype.
Session 1(10.50-12.00 a.m.): I would like to hear what David’s opinion is around the Microsoft platform, that’s why I recommend to go for the session of David Chappell. If your interest is in WCF I would go for the session of Aaron Skonnard and if you really like ASP.NET I would opt for Ingo Rammers session.
Session 2(1.30 – 2.40 p.m.): Personally I’m very interested In Biztalk 2009 and the ESB guidance. Both are products we use at Avanade to help our customers create an Enterprise SOA. Other interesting session might be ‘A lap around VSTS 2010 Team Foundation Server’ because if you are a Microsoft developer you will need it in the future, that’s for sure.
Session 3(3.00 – 4.10 p.m.): This timeframe is full of great sessions! David Chappell on Geneva, Tony Krijnen on Windows 7, Gert Drapers on Declarative Database Development. So it’s hard to choose. But these subjects are all future stuff. Dennis Mulder, my ex-colleague and former career manager will do a talk on ALM for Biztalk developers. Very practical, which you can use immediately on your projects. I think I will support him and go see his session.
Session 4(4.30 – 5.40 p.m.): I’ve seen some whitepapers and blogposts from Aaron Skonnard, but I’ve never met him in real life. In this timeframe he will do a session on .NET Services: Moving .NET to the Cloud. I t
Tomorrow I will unveal the agenda for Friday also!
This will be my first post on K2 [blackpearl] and certainly not my last one! I really like the product and I see more and more demand around the globe for the product.
At the end of last year and the beginning of this year I did a project with K2 [blackpearl] for a major energy and petrochemicals company. During that project I came across some issues with K2 [blackpearl]. I’ll post the issues and the solutions over here so that other people can benefit from it.
Issue 1: When trying to deploy I received the following message:
You need to define an Environment for this project before you can deploy. Please define one before you deploy.
I did run the config manager again. After that I couldn’t open new or existing projects.
Message: The project file *.k2proj cannot be opened. The project type is not supported by this installation..
Solved by re-installation of K2 components.
Issue 2: I received the following message: SmartObjectServer Exception: Error Receiving Buffer
workaround: open the main Project file (.kprx) with a plain text editor (like Notepad) and look for lines
in the “Datafields” area where the <Description> tag spans over more than one line and please
correct them by putting the whole tags and content in a single line, example:
Following the workaround caused the deployment wizard not to start occasionally. Rebooting the
system helps, but takes time.
Due to the fact that it was about 27degrees yesterday my girlfriend, daughter and I went to a recreational lake in the Centre of Holland called Henschotermeer.
The sky was blue and no clouds, but suddenly there was some kind of tornado a few honderd meters away from us. Some airbeds went up into the sky about a mile high.
Introduction to Microsoft’s ESB Guidance
The Microsoft ESB Guidance uses Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 to support a loosely-coupled messaging architecture, and extends the functionality of BizTalk Server to provide a range of new capabilities focused on building robust, connected, service-oriented applications that incorporate itinerary-based service invocation for lightweight service composition, dynamic resolution of endpoints and maps, Web service and WS-* integration, fault management and reporting, and integration with third-party SOA governance solutions.
This webcast will be an introduction to Microsoft’s ESB Guidance. The goal of this session is to explore the architecture of Microsoft’s ESB Guidance 1.0, and explain how it can be applied to create ESB-based business solutions. We will examine the core components of the ESB Guidance, as well as the built-in extensibility points.
· Business drivers behind an ESB (Why do I care? Why do I want to do this?)
· Architectural overview (What’s in the box? How does it work?)
Friday May 9, 2008, 1:00-2:15pm Pacific GMT -8 (75 minutes)
Call for audio: 866-500-6738 or +1-203-480-8000, passcode: 221223#
For years I used Killerblog the blog engine created by Alex Thissen. As Alex decided to stop with further development of Killerblog, I decided to switch to another blog engine.
I switched to bloggingabout.net because that suits my needs best. I want to thank Alex for his support throughout the years! And I want to thank Dennis van der Stelt for helping me get up and running with Bloggingabout.net
My blog here @ Bloggingabout.net will have focus on K2 Blackpearl, BizTalk, SOA, RFID, general .NET stuff and also my personal journey through life.
As follow up on my previous post regarding the new capabilities in BizTalk Server 2006 R3 the following question may rise:
What’s with UDDI, doesn’t Windows server 2008 have UDDI?
As part of this next BizTalk Server release, Microsoft will be transitioning the packaging/distribution of Microsoft’s UDDI capabilities from Windows Server over to BizTalk Server. Given the close relationship of web service registries with metadata repository technologies, it makes sense to more closely align the distribution and evolution of Microsoft’s registry/repository functionality. As a result, Microsoft will be deprecating UDDI v2 services out of the next major version of Windows Server, and offering an enhanced registry (UDDI v3 compatible) with BizTalk Server’s next release. (Current UDDI v2 customers will be receive guidance on how to move to UDDI v3 capabilities in a straight-forward manner.) This enables a core foundational element of your SOA infrastructure, and helps prepare for some of the forthcoming modeling and repository investments planned in the “Oslo” wave of products.
More details on investments Microsoft has made in this new version: