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For a while now several us have thought “there oughta be an Enterprise Integration-oriented user group in the NY/NJ area“.  Luckily we've bumped into one another and “I oughta” has turned into “we're gonna“.  The “we“ includes myself (leader of the NJ DotNet Architecture and Development User Group) and Andrew Brust, Stephen Forte, and Bill Zack, the moderators of the NY DotNet Developers Group, so we're not just whistling Dixie.

We've got strong support from Microsoft here in NYNJ and in Redmond.  This will mean a meeting space at the NYC Microsoft office, occasionally speakers from the product teams in Redmond, and hopefully lots of SWAG.  We are modelling the group after the Northwest Connected Systems User Group, which was started a few months ago in Seattle.

The topics of discussion will include platform-agnostic topics such as architecture and design principles, patterns and best practices, etc.  Along the lines of the Enterprise Integration Patterns book.  The focus will be broad enough to include SOA, EAI, B2B, and BPM.

When we get down to code and tools the focus will be on the Microsoft platform covering BizTalk Server, Windows Workflow Foundation, Windows Communication Framework, WSE, Host Integration Server, Commerce Server, in about that order of emphasis, depending on the interest of the group membership of course.

We are pushing to hold the first meeting by the end of February.  Drop me a line if you are interested in participating in the group.

Posted on Thursday, January 5, 2006 5:50 AM SOA , BizTalk , Development Methodology | Back to top


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