arcstream announcement - Desktop/Web Convergence and User Experience


Desktop/Web Convergence and User Experience

The next arcCouncil meeting is just around the corner. Please join us on December 11th at the local Microsoft office for presentations and discussion on the topic of Desktop/Web Convergence and User Experience

Scott Jamison will be on-hand to discuss Composite Application Architectures Using 2007 Office System and noted author David S. Platt will share with us his perspective on Why Software Sucks – The User Experience. It should prove to be an interesting day.

All attendees to the arcCouncil will receive a copy of David Platt's book 'Why Software Sucks'. Lunch will be provided and attendees will have the opportunity to win an XBox 360 – just in time for the holidays.

Also, consider joining us at the end of this month for one or more arcCasts – virtual web cast for architects. This is an excellent way for you to gain insight and background on the topics to be covered at the next arcCouncil meeting.

Background details, scheduling and registration links for the arcCouncil and arcCast can be found at



Nov 28, 2006 - Why User Experience Matters

Nov 29, 2006 - Composite Application Architecture

Nov 30, 2006 - A Lap Around Windows Presentation Foundation

Dec 5, 2006 - Impact of Leveraging Office for Customized Solutions


Dec 6, 2006 - Workflow Enabled SharePoint Server Solutions


Dec 7, 2006 - Office Server System in the Data Center





Desktop/Web Convergence and User Experience

Date & Time: 12/11/2006 10:30am – 3:30pm


10:30am – 11:00am arcCouncil Kickoff

11:00am – 12:15pm Composite Application Architectures using the 2007 Office System
The 2007 Office System isn’t just a great set of products; it’s a tremendous application platform that supports industry standards and provides key application and integration services.  Learn how the features in Office Enterprise 2007 and Office SharePoint Server 2007 enable great solutions as part of an overall composite application architecture.  This session will cover common architectural patterns and the core services provided by Office and SharePoint.

Speaker Bio:  Scott Jamison is an Information Worker Architect in Microsoft’s Northeast District.  Scott works with large customers to help define their IW strategy and helps them design composite applications based on the 2007 Office System.

12:15pm - 1:00pm Lunch

1:00pm – 2:15pm Why Software Sucks – The User Experience
Software sucks because developers forget (or never knew) THE bedrock principle of software development – KNOW THY USER, FOR HE IS NOT THEE. The talk will show good and bad examples from commercial software and web sites, those that understand and help their users, recognizing and enhancing their humanity, versus those that treat users with contempt. It gives specific strategies for convincing your managers to prioritize the user experience. Learn  how blindness will improve your vision.

Speaker Bio:  David S. Platt teaches software development at Harvard University Extension School and at companies all over the world. He is the president of Rolling Thunder Computing (, an education and consulting practice. He has more than twenty years of experience as a programmer, and is a popular speaker at conferences. He is the author of ten  books, including Why Software Sucks ... and What You Can Do About It, Introducing Microsoft .NET, Third Edition, The Microsoft Platform Ahead, and Understanding COM+, as well as many journal articles and newsletters. Microsoft designated him a Software Legend in 2002. Dave lives in Ipswich, Massachusetts.  

Check out David Platt's new book Why Software Sucks (and What You Can Do About It) at

2:30pm – 3:30pm - Application Management - Now that I’ve deployed it, how do I know it’s okay?

This session will cover the tools and technologies available to monitor the health and availability of a given application or service.  We will focus on how the knowledge in a Developer’s head about how an app should be configured, how it should behave, etc. can be turned over to operations in a constructive fashion.  Using Microsoft tools, one can bring together the developers and the system administrators, such that the application knowledge in a developer’s head is readily available to the ops team.  We’ll focus on how to bring these two “sides of the house” together in a very pragmatic way.

Speaker Bio: David Hanna will be presenting in Farmington, CT. David has been working for Microsoft as a Technology Solutions Professional since January of 2005.  In this role, David works with Microsoft's customers to provide in-depth technical information, architectural designs, and proof-of-concept environments.  David has broad infrastructure experience including; directories, systems management, messaging, high availability, identity management, application integration, database, storage, web, and disaster recovery solutions.   David is an MCSE in Windows 2003, is ITIL Foundations Certified, and is a Six Sigma Green Belt.

Speaker Bio: Rich McBrine will be presenting in Waltham, MA and broadcasting to Rochester, NY.Rich McBrine is a Microsoft Windows Specialist, focusing on management and monitoring of systems.  Rich's twelve years of industry experience has provided him with a solid background in managing heterogeneous systems in the data center.  This experience, coupled with his broad understanding of Microsoft's management tools, enables him to help customers match solutions to their respective needs.

3:30pm Xbox 360 Giveaway