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Microsoft Unveils Vision and Roadmap

At its annual SOA & Business Process Conference last month (Oct. 29-31) Microsoft laid out from soup to nuts its vision for simplifying the process of designing, building deploying and managing composite applications across organizations. What appears to be at the heart of this vision is a serious commitment by Redmond to model-driven programming.

While Microsoft has been talking about and dabbling in model-driven programming, it's clearly deepening its commitment this time around. The re-doubled effort is part of a multi-year, multi-product effort called "Oslo," the code name for a set of technical investments that will help IT shops crystallize this vision.

Microsoft officials see the technical innovations part of Oslo furthering its Software plus Services (S+S) strategy by supplying extensions to the application platform to help developers bridge on-premise and off-premise projects. The company plans to make new tools available to help IT shops take advantage of "real-world SOA" opportunities as they exist today.

"One of the big bets we're making with Oslo is around model-driven development. I think it will be the anchor for a new generation of application development. It will take model-driven development techniques and take them mainstream. We think it will help quicken IT's clock speed so it can keep up with the pace of its business organization," says Burley Kawasaki, director of Microsoft's connected systems division.

Microsoft will deliver Oslo enhancements in five areas, including upcoming products such as BizTalk Server 6, BizTalk Services 1, .NET Framework 4, Visual Studio 10 and Microsoft System Center 5.

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Ed Scannell is the editor of Redmond magazine.

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