Office Developer Conference 2008 Post-Conference Resources

Thanks to everyone who attended the Office Developer Conference this year! It was great seeing so many familiar faces and enthusiastic Office developers gathered once again.

I have a couple links and resources that I want to share with everyone:


Bill Gate's Keynote Video

It was such an honor to be there and watch Bill Gates deliver a keynote about Office development. He said that he likes Office and developers. He was delighted to see Office + developers together :). Watch this video.

Bill Gates: Backstage at the Office Developer Conference

Watch this Channel 9 interview during which Bill Gates shares the history of Office as a developer platform, some hints on the future of Access, how he personally uses Office 2007, if he still writes code, and his view on whether Office has hit the productivity plateau.

Funny Videos from ODC 2008

See Mike Walker's blog for a collection of funny videos played before the keynote presentations.

OBA resources

There were several key piece of developer guidance announced at Kurt DelBene's keynote:

1. OBA Sample Application Kits for SAP and PeopleSoft

These Kits are comprised of two new exciting pieces of guidance for Office developers: the OBA Sample Application Kit for SAP v2 and a "Sneak Peak" of the OBA Sample Application Kit for PeopleSoft. They highlight Office 2007 and SharePoint with Visual Studio 2008 Professional and Visual Studio Tools for Office v 3.0. Each kit shows a model Office Business Application but specifically, the OBA for PeopleSoft shows a Human Resources Recruiting scenario and the OBA for SAP shows a Business Travel Package Management scenario.

All Office Developer Conference received a CD of the kits. Download information coming shortly.

2. OBA Platform Scenarios for Customer Service Request Management and Sales Proposal Management

Two important scenarios, Customer Service Request Management and Sales Proposal Document Management, to give Office developers, architects and the sales field the guidance they need to think about the Office platform in terms of collaborative, BI-driven enterprise applications. Both scenarios are built on Office 2007 and SharePoint using Visual Studio 2008 Professional with Visual Studio Tools for Office v 3.0 making use of features such as Open XML, Excel Services, Enterprise Search, the Business Data Catalog, UI customization, Forms Services and more.

3. Financial Services OBA Component Library

The Financial Services(FS) OBA Component Library is large set of  OBA components that aim to solve industry concerns in the Banking, Insurance and Capital Market verticals. All OBA components are based on both common financial schemas and standard web service protocols. These production grade OBA components accelerate both custom development and partner purchased solutions as they are in line with FS business process payloads.

Mike Walker has a great blog post where he shares the details.

4. OBA RAP for Loan Origination

This OBA Reference Application Pack (RAP) for Loan Origination Systems in Financial Services is a reusable loan architecture factory. The goals of this RAP are to simulate bridging the gap between disparate business capabilities across a heterogeneous banking environment, centralize business rules decoupled with computation logic, and a scalable and robust lending platform. 

5. OBA Composition Reference Toolkit

The OBA Composition Reference Toolkit brings to surface the underlying composition capabilities of the 2007 Microsoft Office system. It integrates seamlessly with the Microsoft Office 2007 System to enable a prescriptive application composition experience for Information Workers to build and deploy Office Business Applications (OBAs) using semantically related OBA Components like Workflows, SharePoint document libraries and lists, SharePoint Pages, Web Parts, VSTO Office Client Add-ins, BI Reports, BI Dashboards etc. The  toolkit comprises an OBA Composition Server and an OBA Composer. The OBA Composition Server implements metadata and provisioning services to enable cataloging OBA components, defining semantic relationships between components, defining the bindings between components and LOB systems, and to support deploying OBAs composed by users. The OBA Composer is a WPF application that consumes and uses the services of the OBA Composition Server to enable a rich client and prescriptive user experience for composing and deploying OBAs.