Public Case Study Visual Studio 2008 Team Architect and Software Factories

Microsoft publisched a case study about the project we've been working on at Sogeti. It's a real marketing story. In early 2007, a global financial services company turned to Sogeti Group, a market-leading IT firm, to develop an application that would increase workflow efficiency by enabling employees to quickly access and enter customer account information through a Web-based interface. Sogeti sought to reduce development time and improve overall application life-cycle management on this new project—without trading speed for accuracy or quality. For more technical details read this blog.

Model Service Agents with the Service Factory

A Service Factory Modeling Edition Extension To Enrich Team Architect’s Application Diagram Feature “Implement Application” A service on the Application Diagram can have a one or more .NET Service Endpoints which are service providers, they expose operations. These "Service Providers" can be/ should be implemented with the Service Factory, but what about the other endpoints a service can have? A service must gets its data from somewhere, from a database, from an excising service or from a “not yet excising ”service. So called "service consumers". A connection with a database is easy, just a connection string in the configuration fi... [More]

Bad writing day, mind block our better writers block.

I have to write a bunch of articles about our TAP project for internal use, external use, for developers for managers… but couldn’t focus myself today. So, what did I do instead of using Words, I played with some thoughts, some scenarios about Application Lifecycle Management and the major role Team Architect is going to play [is playing ] in it. For example when you read my previous post about Health Modeling, DFO, Team Architect and the Factories. That would really be a benefit for the ALM strategy. While Microsoft is mainly focusing on VSTS and TFS as THE ALM Tool [watch this webcast], ALM is much bigger, you also must think about operations, design for operations, you a... [More]

Some Rosario Team Architect and Factory Platform Information

Due to NDA I’m not able to openly talk about the Rosario plans according to Team Architect and the Software Factories… but I can point to some information about it. This is what Mark Groves wrote in a forum post: At a high level we are planning on providing greater designer functionality and rich integration with Software Factories, including Domain Specific Languages. That would be great, the integration between the Distributed System Designers and the P&P factories is not very easy at this moment, but it can be done ;-) and it really adds value to the application lifecycle, but for example at this moment it’s not possible to capture shape... [More]

Announcing the *European* Service Factory Customization Workshop! (held 14-15-16 November in The Netherlands)

Get your hands dirty with the Factory tools... [from]: If you get your hands dirty, you become involved in something where the realities might compromise your principles. It can also mean that a person is not just stuck in an ivory tower dictating strategy, but is prepared to put in the effort and hard work to make the details actually happen. details can be found here.

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It’s all about Viewpoints.. DSI – ALM – DFO -SDM and Communication..!

Microsoft is talking for a long time about their Dynamic Systems Imitative [DSI], I think March 2003 they announced it and lately there is some more talk about Application Lifecycle Management [ALM] and Design For Operations [DFO]. For a while Visual Studio 2005 Team Architect Edition [VSTESA] and Microsoft Operations manager 2005 [MOM] where the only “technical” visible products from Microsoft with their SOAP based SDM language who implement this DSI/ALM vision from Microsoft. But with the current release wave of new products [SCCM2007, SCOM2007, Visual Studio Team System 2008], the work from the Patterns and Practice group and the ability to customize them this vision of D... [More]

Model Driven with a Pen Tablet

Bought a Wacom Bammboo Pen Tablet yesterday. Actually only for presentations, some drawings and ink notations in reviews [works really nice in Office 2007].   But, after some playing around [practice my eye hand coordination with train drawings for my son] I opened Visual Studio and started to use it with the Distributed System Designers and the DSL’s… that works really great! I mentioned my last post that I did some presentations lately, and a comment from a attendee was that you would get RSI from all that dragging around of the shapes… this is the solution, it goes fast without any pain :-) I must mention that I’ve got a CAD background, w... [More]

Crafts Labor

I gave allot of talks and presentations lately about the Software Factories I’ve been working on. One observation from an attendee [an enterprise architect] I liked. During the break he came to me and said: “I didn’t know that software engineering is that a crafts labor, that you are still busy inventing this”. First I was happy, because he liked the talk and the work we are doing, but on second sight I thought he’s right we are still crafts men. I often ask during presentations to the audience [when I talk to software engineers] who is using notepad as there development tool. It really shocks me over and over again when about 5% of the people... [More]

WSSF Modeling Edition Sept. Doc. Drop

P&P just released the WSSF Modeling Edition. I think they where in a hurry when you look at the abbreviations in the title :-) Don't forget to unblock the chm file... I always forget it. The roadmap is interesting... The Service Factory for Visual Studio 2007 will be released on MSDN at the end of this year. It will include features that help you work with the Web Client Software Factory such as response caching, type sharing and mapping, service address resolution, offline detection and request queuing, and reference data caching, as well as proxy generation and health management and instrumentation guidance. UPDATE: The roadmap is old. It will be ... [More]

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