D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

June 2012 Entries

Surface and the Uphill Battle to Win Over iPad Users (Namely: Me)

I went away this past weekend and decided to bring along the Windows 8 tablet from the Build conference last year – y’know, to give Windows 8 a try in a typical scenario. I also brought our iPad 2 along since I figured my wife would want to use that. I’d love to tell you how I found using my Windows 8 tablet but I can’t – I used the iPad exclusively the entire weekend. It was during this that I realized what Microsoft needs to do to win me over as an iPad user. As you’ll see, I’m left wondering what ......

Why I’m *NOT* Attending MOSOConf

It’s my daughter’s birthday on Saturday, she turns 10! Lot’s of party planning to do this week! What, you thought this was going to be a rant post? Hope everyone has a fantastic time at MOSOConf and congrats to the organizers for putting on another fantastic event! Btw, if you’re looking to get even more mobile and web development goodness, come check out Prairie IT Pro & Dev Con in Regina this October – we just announced our current session/speaker line-up and we’ll be adding more sessions over ......

The True Cost of a Solution

I had a Twitter chat recently with someone suggesting Oracle and SQL Server were losing out to OSS (Open Source Software) in the enterprise due to their issues with scaling or being too generic (one size fits all). I challenged that a bit, as my experience with enterprise sized clients has been different – adverse to OSS but receptive to an established vendor. The response I got was: Found it easier to influence change by showing how X can’t solve our problems or X is extremely costly to scale. Money ......

Changing Focus on my Blog

I try to limit these types of blog posts – the ones where I communicate some change as if I have a loyal subscriber base that will be somehow affected. Still, I think its of worth if for nothing else than to document for myself an acknowledgement that my career is evolving. For the last who knows how long, I’ve had this as my banner: It’s funny how technology focuses change over time. 3.5 – 4 years ago I was wanting to immerse myself in BizTalk. Then I shifted, focussing on Silverlight. I even started ......