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Lets Design for Accessibility When Solidsoft was engaged on the Tell Us Once project for the UK government one of the many key requirements was to meet all the accessibility requirements. At the time this was a bureaucratic edict couched in values expressed in research from pre-2006. Yet another tick box or accreditation for us to meet. What transpired is the first steps towards thinking about embracing accessibility not merely meeting a government edict. Strangely enough the new Government Digital ......

With Microsoft BizTalk Server 2009 about to hit the streets I ask are you paying too much for your EAI solution? Every organisation in the world is forced to evaluate every £ spent. Have you looked at how much you spend on your EAI/Middleware Server/platform and associated services to deliver it? At Solidsoft we know how to make every £ count. By using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006/2009 combined with the best EAI architects and solution developers in the business we can help make those pounds count ......

Move it: MSIT group has just released a whitepaper on moving from BizTalk 2004 2002 & 2004 to BizTalk 2004 2006. It goes into quite a bit more technical detail than our typical case study particularly in regards to their consolidation onto 64bit hardware. http://www.microsoft.com/te... ......

Can you feel it: What is REST? The following has been abstracted from Roger L. Costello;s article REST is a term coined by Roy Fielding in his Ph.D. dissertation [1] to describe an architecture style of networked systems. REST is an acronym standing for Representational State Transfer. Why is it called Representational State Transfer? The Web is comprised of resources. A resource is any item of interest. For example, the Boeing Aircraft Corp may define a 747 resource. Clients may access that resource ......

Something: Facilitating joined up government with federated security This article examines the benefits of creating a federated security environment. http://www.valuefromitingov... ......

I'm Free!: Virtual Server 2005 R2 Enterprise Edition for Free The full software for 32-bit and 64-bit versions is available as a free download !!! This is the full Virtual Server 2005 R2 Enterprise edition available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. This is not a trial or limited version ! Virtual machines created today with Virtual Server will be able to migrate into our hyper visor based Windows virtualization. http://www.microsoft.com/wi... ......

Day 2 built on the excellent start of day 1. Good business view of SOA kicked of my day, followed by the SQL workshop with Keith and Eric and then a fine BizTalk 2004 Session from John Plummer and Kevin Smith (both of MS). In the afternoon I enjoyed an excellent presentation from Martin Fowler (Thoughtworks not Eastenders!) Lots of networking and hob knobing before winding my weary way home! Overall and excellent 2 days. Well done the two Matts! ......

Location : Celtic Manor - http://www.celtic-manor.com/ Agenda: Good in parts Best Session of the Day: Eric Nelson's SQL Server 2005 Application Architecture. First 15 mins very funny... Introduced 7 new products: 1. SOA Server 2. XML server 3. Application Server 4. ETL Server 5. OLAP Server 6. Diamond Reporting Server (SIC) 7. Deep Thought Server Guess what only sold as a suite of programs, and every copy gets a free SQL 2005 license....think about it. Intresting stuff today on SoBI, MSF 4, Indentity, ......

I will survive: 1. Hardware firewall. For small-office Wi-Fi networking, the most affordable secure firewall is the Linksys Wireless-G WRT54G router (left, about $60 USD street), which also offers four ports for wired Ethernet. If you wish to install third-party Linux firmware, get the WRT54GL ($70). To cover more than a few adjacent rooms, consider the Linksys WRT54GX ($160), which doubles the usual "g" range. Be sure to enable WPA or WPA2, either of which provide strong Wi-Fi security. The WRT54G ......

Walking on the moon: Developing a solid foundation for delivering transaction services Andy James, Chief Technology Officer, describes Solidsoft’s approach to delivering a common architecture for creating end-to-end business processes – the Solidsoft Solution Foundation http://www.valuefromitingov... ......

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