We’re Hiring! – Duet Enablement Group Architect

Duet, SAP April 25th, 2007

We’re hiring a new architect for the Duet Enablement Group.
Duet is a groundbraking collaboration between SAP and Microsoft designed to revolutionize how Information Workers interact with enterprise applications.
We’ve released the first version last year and won the ComputerWorld Horizon award and it’s going to be even more exciting this year with the recent announcement of SAP and Microsoft extending their Duet partnership.

I’ve pasted the job description and requirements below. Feel free to contact me if you’re interested…

General Description

  • Take part in the definition of Duet platform architecture
  • Report to the OSP Duet Enablement development manager
  • Be part of the platform architects forum lead by the platform architect

Job Description

  • Lead architecture related activities within the OSP Duet Enablement group.
  • Be responsible for the technical quality and completeness of the design of the sub systems under the group responsibility
  • Identify new infrastructure components which are part of the group’s domain and promote their implementation
  • Be involved in defining and applying development standards
  • Work with other SAP parties (internal customers and suppliers).
  • Participate in the strategic discussions on the future directions of the product

Job Requirements

  • More then 6 years of development experience, of which at least 3 years proven experience in software design / architecture definition in large scale development projects
  • Deep & Wide Knowledge of Microsoft Technologies
  • Experience in the complete development lifecycle
  • Experience in working in a global environment
  • An academic degree in Computer Science
  • Experience in User Interface development – Advantage
  • Knowledge in J2EE technologies – Advantage
  • Excellent interpersonal + communication skills (Hebrew and English)

Duet at Sapphire

Duet, SAP April 24th, 2007

Today at Sapphire SAP & Microsoft announced the extended roadmap for Duet 2.0 and Duet 3.0.

The key messages of this roadmap are:

  1. Microsoft and SAP will extend their Duet partnership with two more major versions aligned with the next generation of Microsoft’s Office and SAP’s Business Suite.
  2. Planned Duet features for Duet 2.0 and 3.0:
    1. More advanced Duet scenarios to enable all information workers in the enterprise
    2. Enhanced Duet tools and platforms package to enable customers to develop their own scenarios for Duet.

For more information check out the press release at http://www.sap.com/company/press/press.epx?pressid=7607.


image In addition, together with HP, SAP and Microsoft also announced Duet Appliance – a pre-installed and configured Duet solution based on HP servers. You can see http://www.sap.com/company/press/press.epx?pressid=7577 for more information.






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Shai Agassi’s Missing Presentation and New Blog

SAP April 21st, 2007

Shai Agassi, former SAP executive, shares details from the keynotes presentation he was supposed to give in SAPPHIRE.
It also turns out Shai has a new blog at http://shaiagassi.typepad.com (also known as http://www.thelongtailpipe.com)

This one goes straight to my reader’s subscriptions list…

Track your Duet Leave Request\Report

Duet, SAP April 21st, 2007

Stefan Schwing posted 2 new blog posts that describe how to track the process of a leave request and report creation throughout the Duet landscape.

Check these posts out:

Microsoft’s 3$ Software Plan

Technology April 20th, 2007

In Beijing this morning, Bill Gates announced Microsoft’s plans to offer a package of Windows, Office and other software for $3 to government programs that subsidize PCs for students to use at homeschool. The “Student Innovation Suite,” to be released later this year, is part of a new push by the company to increase access to computers around the world, and in developing nations in particular. (See full story).

I think its a blessed initiative and I do hope governments will take advantage of it (even here in Israel…)

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Tipping Point: When its cooler to leave a company than to stay

Technology April 20th, 2007

Google is just another big (Evil?) cooperate entity like the rest of them.

Check out this post from the founders of Dodgeball that was acquired by Google.

It’s no real secret that Google wasn’t supporting dodgeball the way we expected. The whole experience was incredibly frustrating for us – especially as we couldn’t convince them that dodgeball was worth engineering resources, leaving us to watch as other startups got to innovate in the mobile + social space. And while it was a tough decision (and really disappointing) to walk away from dodgeball, I’m actually looking forward to getting to work on other projects again.

ps: Clear your calendar for this Saturday (April 21). A whole crew of us are dj’ing to celebrate our escape. (details + invite coming soon!)

is this a tipping point in how Google is perceived?

Growing up is hard… It seems that Google’s management are trying to get a handle on the chaos that is Google but in doing so it is killing some of its own innovation and what made it attractive to entrepreneurial developers.
Big companies have some trouble getting small new ideas. The challenge is to maintain a company culture that tries to avoid this as much as possible…

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Corporate Data Slips Out Via Google Calendar

Technology April 18th, 2007

Dial-in numbers and passcodes for company meetings are just one example of what is now available on Google thanks to the Search Google Calendar feature, added to Google’s Web-based calendar service last November.

As PC Magazine finds:

The data is out there thanks to the Search Google Calendar a feature added to Google’s Web-based calendar service last November. Google bills it as a cool way to discover interesting events, but a few quick searches show that it can also be used to turn up sensitive corporate information that was inadvertently made public using Google Calendar.

Launched last year as part of Google’s effort to develop a series of Web-based productivity applications, Google Calendar gives users the choice of keeping calendar entries private or publishing them for the world to see, but some Google Calendar users appear to be sharing their calendar information without realizing it.

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Controversy Over Microsoft’s “Silverlight” Name

Programming, WPF April 18th, 2007

Microsoft recently replaced the “WPF/E” codename with the name “Silverlight”.
I don’t get it… It sounds like the opposite to me…

While “Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere” is a name that actually conveys some sort of a meaning. “Silverlight”, on the other hand, just don’t mean a thing…

What do you think?


Compared to the complex examples, Silverlight is seemingly genius and truly inspired—and it’s the right approach if Microsoft wants to go after Adobe’s Flash.

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Windows Media Player on Firefox

Uncategorized April 18th, 2007

The Windows Media Player team announced a new plugin that enabled watching Windows Media Player content on Firefox:

Have you been itching to enjoy your media content on Firefox?  The Windows Media Player team put a lot of work into evolving media playback on Windows Vista through the new Media Foundation pipeline, and has also been actively monitoring feedback on WMP and playback in general.  While commentary has been mainly positive for Web playback through IE, we’ve noticed that there’s still work to be done to make Firefox users able to enjoy their media content on Windows…


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WPF/E=Silverlight. Expect More Surprises at MIX…

Programming, WPF April 17th, 2007

Microsoft used the National Association of Broadcasters conference this week to announce the new name for WPF/E – Silverlight.

I know there are some other pretty cool announcements on this topic waiting for MIX. Here’s a teaser from Tim Sneath:

I can’t reveal this yet – there’s a big surprise up our collective corporate sleeve that will be announced at MIX. I hate to hold back on you, but anticipation is part of the pleasure, as my mother used to tell me as a child when I was waiting impatiently for Christmas to come!

Read some more about Silverlight at

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