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I just want to issue Microsoft a simple challenge that could revolutionize their software development process and quality control, make their apps integrate better, and make a world of difference to customers and implementation partners the world over: 


Get your shizzle together, and start building common modules all your enterprise products can leverage.

A great example of what I'm talking about is User Profiles. MOSS 2007 has a very robust User Profiles engine. Commerce Server 2007 has its own somewhat robust User Profiles engine (even if the UI is built as an MMC snap-in). The .NET Framework has its own clunky User Profiles provider that half the .NET apps in the world use. I'm not sure about Dynamics CRM yet, but I'm guessing it has 2 profile engines, one for users, and the other for customers. Do you get where I'm going with this? With all the brain-power at Micrsoft, why can't they make 1 and only 1 all-encompassing User Profile engine based on an Entity Attribute Value (EAV) model (similar to the MOSS implementation), and build it into the .NET framework, similar to what they have attempted to do with WCF, WPF, and WF? I can't imagine the millions of man-hours that would be saved worldwide if all their enterprise software was built with some of these basic modules in mind.


I was ranting to my father about these completely siloed produts once not long ago. As an aerospace engineer for the last 40+ years, his simple response was, "Don't those people have a boss?" How many man-hours were wasted building X different crappy and just OK profiles engines, then figuring out how to integrate solutions across them compared to how long it would've taken a much smaller group of people to write one good engine?


I hate Apple, but I use iTunes and have 2 iPods for a reason. I'm starting to wish they developed enterprise software, too.

Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 9:29 PM Random SharePoint Thoughts | Back to top

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Check out java. MS has done nothing for the last 10 years but throw away their shareholders cash and ruin I.T.
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