Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Microsoft Hosting Days

Microsoft are once again at a "World" tour (Except for Denmark and Iceland where I'm currently delivering four HMC Architectural Design Sessions). It's called Microsoft Hosting Days and the agenda is primarily around Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and the new capabilities in upcoming versions of WBH/HMC -

.. learn how to capitalize on the growing demand for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). This multi-track seminar will give you the knowledge and tools you need to expand your business whether you are a pure Hoster, Telco, Independent Software Vendor (ISV), Reseller (VAR), or System Integrator.
  • The latest news about the growing opportunities for SaaS on Windows technology.
  • A wide range of business opportunities available with Microsoft Hosting solutions, including Windows-based Hosting for Applications, Hosted Messaging and Collaboration, and Hosted CRM.
  • Aligning your business with Microsoft’s product roadmap – so you can maximize benefits from the planned testing, release and availability of Microsoft products and services, especially with SharePoint 3.0 and IIIS 7.0.
  • Using best practices to sell SaaS offers or business-class e-mail to small and medium-sized businesses.

1 comment:

David said...

So I wanted to drop a comment in here since you're talking about hosted messaging.

I'm an editor working on behalf of Microsoft to manage the development of a commissioned whitepaper about hosted messaging entitled "The Advantages of a Hosted Messaging Security Solution" by Osterman Research.

The whitepaper has been posted online as a wiki ( - Head over there and you'll see my photo. :) ) and it argues that paying a hosting company to manage your messaging costs less or the same as if you were to build and manage your own messaging system. Especially for mid-sized businesses.

The whitepaper is highly opinionated and bases its pro-hosting argument on its belief that the last year has been a critical year for messaging and that it's only going to get worse from here on in.

You can check out the discussion section of the Executive Summary of the wiki to see where else people are discussing this topic (

Anyway, I'd love it if you and your readers, a million of your closes friends obsessed with messaging and anyone else would jump in and throw in your two cents on the topic.