Join Me at Microsoft TechEd to Talk DevOps, Cloud Application Architecture

April 30, 2014

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In a couple weeks, I’ll be invading Houston, TX to deliver a pair of sessions at Microsoft TechEd. This conference – one of the largest annual Microsoft events – focuses on technology available today for developers and IT professionals. I made a pair of proposals to this conference back in January (hoping to increase my […]

Call your CRM Platform! Using an ASP.NET Web API to Link Twilio and Salesforce.com

April 17, 2014

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I love mashups. It’s fun to combine technologies in unexpected ways. So when Wade Wegner of Salesforce asked me to participate in a webinar about the new Salesforce Toolkit for .NET, I decided to think of something unique to demonstrate. So, I showed off how to link Twilio – which in an API-driven service for […]

Posted in: .NET, Cloud, Salesforce.com

Co-Presenting a Webinar Next Week on Force.com and .NET

April 10, 2014

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Salesforce.com is a juggernaut in the software-as-a-service space and continues to sign up a diverse pool of global customers. While Salesforce relies on its own language (Apex) for coding extensions that run within the platform, developers can use any programming framework to integrate with Salesforce.com from external apps. That said, .NET is one of the […]

Posted in: .NET, Cloud, Salesforce.com

DevOps, Cloud, and the Lean “Wheel of Waste”

April 7, 2014

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I recently finished up a graduate program in Engineering Management and one of my last courses was on “Lean and Agile Management.” This was one of my favorite courses as it focused on understanding and improving process flow by reducing friction and waste. My professor claimed that most processes contain roughly 95% waste. At first […]

Posted in: Cloud, DevOps

Using SnapLogic to Link (Cloud) Apps

March 24, 2014

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I like being exposed to new technologies, so I reached out to the folks at SnapLogic and asked to take their platform for a spin. SnapLogic is part of this new class of “integration platform as a service” providers that take a modern approach to application/data integration. In this first blog post (of a few […]

Windows Azure BizTalk Services Just Became 19% More Interesting

February 21, 2014

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Buried in the laundry list of new Windows Azure features outlined by Scott Guthrie was a mention of some pretty intriguing updates to Windows Azure BizTalk Services (WABS). Specifically, this cloud-based brokered messaging service can now accept messages from Windows Azure Service Bus Topics and Queues ( there were some other updates to the service […]

Richard’s Top 10 Rules for Meeting Organizers

February 18, 2014

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Meetings are a necessary evil. Sometimes, you simply have to get a bunch of people together at one time in order to resolve a problem or share information. While Tier 3 was a very collaborative environment where there were very few meetings and information flowed freely, our new parent company (CenturyLink) has 50,000 people spread […]

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