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 […]

Posted in: General

Upcoming Speaking Engagements in London and Seattle

February 12, 2014

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In a few weeks, I’ll kick off a run of conference presentations that I’m really looking forward to. First, I’ll be in London for the BizTalk Summit 2014 event put on by the BizTalk360 team. In my talk “When To Use What: A Look at Choosing Integration Technology”, I take a fresh look at the […]

Using the New Salesforce Toolkit for .NET

January 16, 2014

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Wade Wegner, a friend of the blog and an evangelist for Salesforce.com, just built a new .NET Toolkit for Salesforce developers. This Toolkit is open source and available on GitHub. Basically, it makes it much simpler to securely interact with the Salesforce.com REST API from .NET code. It takes care of “just working” on multiple […]

Posted in: .NET, Cloud, Salesforce.com

Data Stream Processing with Amazon Kinesis and .NET Applications

January 9, 2014

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Amazon Kinesis is a new data stream processing service from AWS that makes it possible to ingest and read high volumes of data in real-time. That description may sound vaguely familiar to those who followed Microsoft’s attempts to put their CEP engine StreamInsight into the Windows Azure cloud as part of “Project Austin.” Two major […]

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