There aren’t many Commerce Server – based blogs out there, but we’ve got one now from Vinayak Tadas, a Microsoft developer. His entry about virtual catalogs caught my eye. Thanks, Vinayak. I must admit that I did not know about the materialization of virtual catalogs. Very cool. The best part is that now I get to use the Commerce Server category for an entry of mine! 🙂
Well, it’s good to have another version of the Microsoft Solution for Internet Business available. This one has been anticipated for a while, now.
The link to download is here.
MSIB addresses emerging business models that have evolved from relatively simple structures of linked HTML pages to complex, feature-rich applications. MSIB provides content management, automates business processes such as selling and purchasing, and facilitates personalization and data collection for analysis. MSIB supports a range of deployment scenarios, ranging from government tourism portal sites with multicultural content to transactional corporate portal sites, complete with personalization, authentication, content management, structured catalog data, analysis, and retail checkout.
Updates for the new version include:
- Prescriptive guidance for deploying on Windows Server 2003
- Prescriptive guidance to also include BTS 2004 installations
- Support for recent Service Packs for underlying products (CMS, CS, SPS, BTS)
- A search provider for SPS 2003
- MOM packs for CMS and CS
Very interesting history and perspective.
Let’s talk about Word
Word Myths and Feedback
In the second article, I think, you’ll find one possible origin of the belief that Microsoft will try to “Lock people In” to their file formats, etc.
Thinking of BizTalk Server as a “business process platform” provides a context for success such as this. BizTalk is not your grandfather’s ETL app!
I was speaking with a customer today about the Visio add-in for BizTalk and this topic of open Visio schemas came up. Then, I read that the schema definitions were released 5 days ago! This reminded me of one of my favorite movies, “Hunt for Red October”… where the hunter-killer sub captain receives his orders to chase down Ramius, and he is complaining, “These Orders are 6 @#$^* hours old!” Classic.
Here’s the press release if you missed it…
Tech Ed 2004 links… San Diego, May 23-28, 2004. I attended last year, in Dallas, and the place was packed. Intense exposure to MS products and technology. The Hands-On Lab areas were large, and provided opportunities to touch and feel and learn about almost every product and technology. Oh, yeah. I’ll be there again this year…
- TechEd Website
- TechEd Agenda
- TechEd Sessions
- TechEd Bloggers site – grab an OPML file of blogs related to TechEd sessions and topics, or track related blog feeds.