Microsoft Outlines App Integration Plan in Tech Ed Keynote

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2006-06-11 Email Print this article Print

Updated: Microsoft executives clarify its vision for an end-to-end portfolio of IT products that it claims will help developers build better solutions more quickly.

BOSTON—Microsoft is using its annual Tech Ed developer conference to stress the tight integration of its applications and how this will allow developers to build better solutions more quickly.

The opening keynote address was delivered here by Bob Muglia, the senior vice president of Microsoft's server and tools business; Chris Capossela, the corporate vice president of the Information Worker Product Management group; and Ray Ozzie, the company's chief technical officer.

They all took the stage to elucidate Microsoft's vision of the infrastructure for the People-Ready Business, which is what Microsoft sees as an end-to-end portfolio of IT products, technologies, services and resources that the company hopes will empower IT professionals and development teams across the IT lifecycle.

Click here to read a list of the most significant announcements expected at Tech Ed.

In line with its theme of people and partners working together, Muglia rolled a video from multinational consumer product manufacturer Unilever during the keynote which showed how this happens in the real world.

Unilever wants Microsoft to help move its business forward, and regards information as the most important thing to the company after technology, with complexity "not the challenge but the enemy," the company said in the video presentation.

Unilever also wanted technology to be less about the back-end and more about getting products in front of the consumer. People were the enabler of business success, and the technology was critical in enabling those partnerships, the company said.

In an interview ahead of the keynote address, Bob Kelley, the general manager of infrastructure marketing at Microsoft, told eWEEK that "we believe that there is great value in building an integrated stack, where there is one framework that has many workload solutions within it.

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Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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