PDC registration just opened

The Professional Developers Conference, PDC 2008 just opened for registration at http://www.microsoftpdc.com! If you wonder what the PDC conference is I can best describe it as the “precursor” to something big. This is not an annual conference, Microsoft only arranges it in preparation for a new technology launch. About every second year is what you can expect, and the theme is always different. Looking at the agenda, it is clear that Could Computing has a big role at the event. This is bound to be an exciting occasion for anyone loving developer technologies!   You can even...

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Interoperability and smaller IT providers

I recently completed a piece of research on how smaller development companies make platform decisions. One fact caught my attention, and I wasn’t surprised: More than 50% of small IT companies work in a multi-platform world. That is, their customers have more than one platform of Windows, Linux, Unix, OSX, and on top of that there are differing document standards, database standards, communication protocols etc – and they have to make it work together.   Fortunately I have colleagues who are in better touch with the market than I and who have thought quite a lot about it. Here is...

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More on the MIX08 Partner Resources presentation

See Paul Laberge’s blog for more details on the presentation:  http://blogs.msdn.com/canux/archive/2008/03/06/summary-of-the-partner-program-session-at-mix08.aspx  

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Microsoft Partner Resources

The MIX session went really well. We presented 6 different programs, from the broadest to some very specific. You can see and listen to the presentation [here]. Here is a summary of the programs and resources: Program Resources Comments Microsoft Partner Program Visit http://www.partner.microsoft.com/web Microsoft’s core partner program. Embraces all types of partners through "competencies". "Web" is addressing development today. "Design" is being added. Mercury Visit http://mercury.visitmix.com/ Request membership: “Mercury Program Information” Form WW...

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Partnering with Microsoft – MIX08 presentation

Today I need to complete the MIX08 presentation that I am co-presenting with Bill Vlandis (my SMSP counterpart) next week. Our topic is "Understanding Microsoft Partner Programs for Designers, Developers, and Agencies". The title is hopefully self explaining.   The fact is that if you start looking you will find almost a dussin "programs" for partners to join, a couple of dussins of website with resources and many many products and technologies. In fact the offerings from Microsoft are so many you don’t see the forest for all the trees. Doh!   Microsoft is a big...

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