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An entrepreneur’s journey into grid computing and partnering with Microsoft, by John Powers

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Gold No More

February 2nd, 2010 · 2 Comments

As has been widely reported, Microsoft is ditching the “Gold” designation for its partners.  We’re OK with that — in fact, we thought we’d get ahead of the curve and ditch our Gold certification now. It’s time to renew our Microsoft partner program membership (always an adventure, although somewhat easier than it used to be).  […]

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Digipede on Channel9

July 1st, 2009 · No Comments

I went to Microsoft’s Mountain View office last week, where I did an interview with William Leong, Microsoft ISV Evangelist.  We talked about Digipede’s market, products, and the need for grid computing in businesses of all sizes.  We even talked about IronPython, and how a last-minute addition to a recent version of our software has […]

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Tags: Grid applications · Partnering with Microsoft · Presentations · Press coverage

Improvements in Microsoft Partnerland

January 30th, 2009 · No Comments

I have blasted Microsoft (more particularly, the Microsoft Partner team) about their Partner Web site in the past, and was particularly vocal about the problems with the process of renewing our membership as a Gold Certified Partner in January, 2008.  (You can see my rant here, and my follow-up rant here.)  In the spirit of […]

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Microsoft Azure — Looks like a winner

October 27th, 2008 · No Comments

Now that the big announcements about Microsoft’s cloud computing platform are out at PDC, I can finally talk about stuff formerly under NDA. All I can say is — wow.  The Microsoft transition from cloud-absent to cloud-giant has begun.  There have been hints and leaks and guesses for quite some time now, but the announcements […]

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Tags: Cloud computing · Events · Partnering with Microsoft

Good Night, AdCenter

October 13th, 2008 · 3 Comments

After two years of testing the promises, wishes and hopes of the Microsoft AdCenter team, and thousands of dollars spent to no avail, Digipede is done with Microsoft’s online advertising. I, CEO of a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, do hereby proclaim my opinion, based on firsthand experience, that Microsoft AdCenter is entirely without value to […]

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Tags: Partnering with Microsoft · Usability

Good article on Dan’l Lewin in (gasp) the SF Chronicle

June 27th, 2008 · No Comments

The San Francisco Chronicle is not exactly the planet’s leading source of technology news and analysis.  So many of you probably haven’t yet seen Deborah Gage’s excellent article today about Dan’l Lewin, Microsoft’s ambassador to Silicon Valley.  Dan’l is among our most important contacts (and favorite people) at Microsoft, and despite his high-visibility role, many […]

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Tags: Entrepreneurship · Growth · Partnering with Microsoft · Press coverage · Startup Life

Digipede and Velocity

June 9th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The world is indeed getting smaller — and quicker, and better connected. And you might as well talk about what you’re doing, because smart well-connected people will figure everything out immediately anyway. Case in point: Marc Adler’s recent post about Velocity, in which he says: . . . It is no secret that the most […]

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Grid Today connects the dots on Velocity and Digipede

June 9th, 2008 · No Comments

I can’t believe I still haven’t had a chance to write about Velocity, Microsoft’s recently announced in-memory cache.  I think  this is just further proof that I have an endless backlog of topics about which I should be writing. In any case, Derrick Harris of Grid Today has done a great job of connecting the […]

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Tags: Grid applications · Partnering with Microsoft · Press coverage

It works in the lab — now what?

June 9th, 2008 · No Comments

Digipede CTO Robert Anderson is blogging about a recent experiment we’ve conducted in our lab, assessing what it would take to get the Digipede Agent running on Mono. (For those of you who don’t know, Mono is a cross-platform implementation of .NET, developed as an open-source project led by Miguel de Icaza, and sponsored by […]

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Tags: Compute Cluster Server · Grid applications · Partnering with Microsoft · Usability

Digipede Network V2.1 — Beyond the Press Release

June 5th, 2008 · No Comments

Releasing software is hard. Sure, the individual steps like specifying, developing, testing, documenting, and planning support for new software features are difficult enough — but the discipline of knowing when to STOP adding features, and to focus instead on finishing a complete, polished, release-ready product is tougher than it sounds to those outside the industry. […]

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