Wednesday, September 26, 2007

This Week I Have Mostly Been Listening To...


Air Traffic - Fractured Life

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Developing with MDM

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There has been some recent announcements on Microsoft's acquisition of Stratature that have begun to solidify their approach and roadmap for Master Data Management. The MDM tools, as most people had previously guessed, will be very much aligned with the Office toolset and made part of the SharePoint. Personally I think the key thing about this is how this data will be accessed in my day to day job pulling data from here and putting there for user consumption.

Jamie Thompson has a video on YouTube (embedded below) detailing how to consume web services in SSIS 2008. Couple this with Bulldog's (Microsoft's name for absorbing Stratature's EDM+ product) ability to expose the master data and meta data as web services and all kinds of pre-built SOA components become possible.

Although possible with the existing set of tools in SSIS, I would be surprised if a data source component didn't appear at some point for SSIS 2008 that was specifically designed to retrieve master data from Bulldog. After the constant battles I've had getting master data out of organisations due to the cost of managing and maintaining it, having a tool that looks after the work flow and provides simple generic interfaces to the data will be very beneficial indeed.

Bring on the CTP next year....

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

The Last Month or so I Have Been Mostly Listening To...

Our Love to Admire

Interpol - Our Love To Admire

The Young Knives Are Dead... and Some

The Young Knives - The Young Knives Are Dead... and Some

Girls and Weather

The Rumble Strips - Girls and Weather

Because of the Times

Kings of Leon - Because of the Times

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Extended Absence.....

After what appears to have been an eternity of non posting (which coincidently seems to occur every August, holidays, V festival etc.). I shall attempt to make up for lost time.

So lets ease into this gently with music posts first....

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