Michael Stephenson

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February 2012 Entries

Rescuing a BizTalk Project – What are the common problems
I've been reflecting on some of the occasions over the years where I have had to step into projects and get them back on track. I've had these kind of situations in different fashions such as a customer I work with has asked me to move to another project because they were having problems or a new client who has contacted me specifically because they have ran into difficulties on their project and need some help. I tend to find that these kind of projects fall into two types. The first is where the ......

Posted On Sunday, February 26, 2012 2:06 AM | Comments (1) |

Considering the behaviour of your dependencies and not just the interface to them
I have been wanting to talk for a while about the approach we take to analysis of an application we are about to integrate with. In the past I have seen a lot of cases where analysis is undertaken by looking at the interface specification documents from an application vendor and then taking their contract (which hopefully is standards based) reading them numerous times and then we plough into the development. The big problem with this is that we make a number of assumptions about the application ......

Posted On Thursday, February 23, 2012 1:11 PM | Comments (0) |

BizTalk Amazon S3 Adapter
A few days ago I read an article by Richard Seroter comparing the different cloud storage options and comparing Windows Azure and Amazon S3. I commented on his blog about how Id like to see companies use these more and more for B2B data exchange when you have a batch file rather than the traditional solutions using FTP and the painful infrastructure piece that often goes with this kind of project. The normal challenges include: Who hosts the FTP service or do we both What kind of security do we use ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 22, 2012 2:07 PM | Comments (0) |

Seeing the ROI in action on our BizTalk BDD initiative
Ive recently really seen some of the benefits in action from the work we have been doing to introduce Behaviour Driven Development techniques into our BizTalk development process.A couple of months ago one of the members of our team was unavailable and he was the expert with one of the BizTalk Applications we had developed. The team was small and we have a lot of processes and this particular application was quite complex and no one had the level of experience that this team member had with the business ......

Posted On Saturday, February 11, 2012 11:44 AM | Comments (2) |

Migrating Custom Lists with Attachments from OLSB to Office 365
Before I get into this I am not an Office Live Small Business or Office 365 expert but I have used Office Live Small Business for number of years as a light weight way of managing some parts of my business. I now need to migrate to Office 365 and one of the areas which concerned me was around custom lists which had attachments. I had a number of these with lots of rows and I had been waiting for some information on how these would be migrated and hoped they would just be migrated for me automatically. ......

Posted On Friday, February 3, 2012 11:05 AM | Comments (2) |

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