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Microsoft Seeds The SaaS Development Community

The Microsoft CRM review on CRMsearch.com is out. It's thorough, it's well done and its independent. I'll be coming back to this, but now, lets talk ISV community.

Microsoft's SaaS seeding of their ISV and partner community seems to be showing some signs of progress as measured by new product announcements. About a year ago, Microsoft introduced the service provider license agreement, expanded MSDN subscriptions, created a hosting software core competency and provided a number of well done technical guidance documents which all promoted SaaS software development (of course using Microsoft tools and technologies). The Microsoft Emerging Business Team want a step further in seeking out venture funded ISV (Independent Software Vendor) startups for additional financial investment along with software architectural guidance, advice and input. Perhaps the most coveted partner benefit was support from Microsoft's marketing machine once new products are ready for prime time.

Fred Chong and Gianpaolo Carraro are two smart Microsoft guys that work in the Architecture Strategy Group and provide great SaaS architectural advice. In fact, they are going much further and creating a portal of shared knowledge and best practices. Fred is creating the SaaS architecture guidance book on his blog and providing insight for highly relevant items such as tenant management, security, programmable software services, metering, configuration management and SaaS scalability. I recommend a review of this site for all SaaS ISVs leveraging Microsoft technologies.

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This blog is focused on hosted, on-demand or software as a service (collectively SAAS) business solutions. To qualify as a SaaS solution, the service should be offered on a subscription (pay as you go) purchase price, housed in a multi-tenant data center and delivered remotely over the Web to web browsers. Business applications include about any front office or back office business system. Frequently cited business applications include Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems, Sales Force Automation (SFA) systems, Enterprise Resource Planning(ERP) systems, Supply Chain Management (SCM) systems, Manufacturing Systems and Human Resource (HR) systems.