In this third article on building Microsoft MEAP, I’ll show you how to Shard your SQL Server 2012 database using Replication to create a Shared Nothing data architecture to support Internet-scale mobile solutions. In the previous article, I discussed Gartner’s Enterprise Application Integration Tools (EAI) critical capability for building a Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP) using Microsoft technologies.  Tying into multiple backend packages and data sources is an essential CIO requirement for moving enterprise data out to mobile devices and SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) performs this task beautifully. Like virtually every enterprise and Internet based application or website, the database is the heart of the system.  This is also true for MEAP

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In this third article on building Microsoft MEAP, I’ll show you how to Shard your SQL Server 2012 database using Replication to create a Shared Nothing data architecture to support Internet-scale mobile solutions. In the previous article, I discussed Gartner’s Enterprise Application Integration Tools (EAI) critical capability for building a Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP) using Microsoft technologies.  Tying into multiple backend packages and data sources is an essential CIO requirement for moving enterprise data out to mobile devices and SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) performs this task beautifully. Like virtually every enterprise and Internet based application or website, the database is the heart of the system.  This is also true for MEAP

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In this second article on building Microsoft MEAP, I’ll focus on implementing Gartner’s Enterprise Application Integration Tools critical capability using SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) to connect to back end systems. As I mentioned in the Introduction article, one of the top priorities for CIOs today is extending critical data from their backend systems out to the wireless devices used by employees.  This can often be easier said than done.  If your backend ERP, CRM, and other bespoke systems provide efficient, resilient, wireless-friendly connectivity and mobile client apps for smartphones, tablets, and laptops, then you’re in good shape.  Similarly, if your organization has spent the last decade building a mature Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)

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In this second article on building Microsoft MEAP, I’ll focus on implementing Gartner’s Enterprise Application Integration Tools critical capability using SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) to connect to back end systems. As I mentioned in the Introduction article, one of the top priorities for CIOs today is extending critical data from their backend systems out to the wireless devices used by employees.  This can often be easier said than done.  If your backend ERP, CRM, and other bespoke systems provide efficient, resilient, wireless-friendly connectivity and mobile client apps for smartphones, tablets, and laptops, then you’re in good shape.  Similarly, if your organization has spent the last decade building a mature Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)

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After years of showing you how to integrate the principles of Gartner MEAP into your organization’s mobile strategy, it’s now time for me to show you how to roll up your sleeves and actually build the Microsoft Mobile Enterprise Application Platform. I’ve travelled all over the world assisting Chief Information Officers in the development of their end-to-end mobile strategies.  Time and again, these CIOs inform me that pushing corporate data from their backend systems out to the wireless devices used by their employees is a top priority.  This makes perfect sense because of the productivity and efficiency gains an organization accrues when employees are allowed to work anytime from anywhere. That timely information from backend systems empower employees to

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After years of showing you how to integrate the principles of Gartner MEAP into your organization’s mobile strategy, it’s now time for me to show you how to roll up your sleeves and actually build the Microsoft Mobile Enterprise Application Platform. I’ve travelled all over the world assisting Chief Information Officers in the development of their end-to-end mobile strategies.  Time and again, these CIOs inform me that pushing corporate data from their backend systems out to the wireless devices used by their employees is a top priority.  This makes perfect sense because of the productivity and efficiency gains an organization accrues when employees are allowed to work anytime from anywhere. That timely information from backend systems empower employees to

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Over the summer of 2012, Microsoft announced support for SQLite on both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. This is exciting news because it allows developers to build enterprise and consumer apps that utilize the world’s most widely used embedded database engine.  We all know that there’s no such thing as ubiquitous wireless connectivity and therefore mobile apps must have an offline data store so users can keep working in the absence of a wireless network.  While apps with limited data requirements can serialize data offline as JSON or XML, certain enterprise line of business apps need a true mobile database to meet their larger data requirements. For those of you

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Over the summer of 2012, Microsoft announced support for SQLite on both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. This is exciting news because it allows developers to build enterprise and consumer apps that utilize the world’s most widely used embedded database engine.  We all know that there’s no such thing as ubiquitous wireless connectivity and therefore mobile apps must have an offline data store so users can keep working in the absence of a wireless network.  While apps with limited data requirements can serialize data offline as JSON or XML, certain enterprise line of business apps need a true mobile database to meet their larger data requirements. For those of you

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In my ‘Consumerization of IT Collides with MEAP’ article last week, I described how to connect Android smartphones and tablets to Microsoft’s On-Premise infrastructure. In this week’s scenario, I’ll use the picture below to illustrate how Android utilizes many of Gartner’s Mobile Enterprise Application Platform Critical Capabilities to connect to Microsoft’s Cloud services in Azure: As you can see from the picture above: For the Management Tools Critical Capability, there is no Cloud-based device management solution, policy-enforcement, or software distribution solution from Microsoft for Android. As I mentioned in last week’s post, consumer software distribution comes from the Android Market and the enterprise equivalent is facilitated via internal web servers and

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In my ‘Consumerization of IT Collides with MEAP’ article last week, I described how to connect Android smartphones and tablets to Microsoft’s On-Premise infrastructure. In this week’s scenario, I’ll use the picture below to illustrate how Android utilizes many of Gartner’s Mobile Enterprise Application Platform Critical Capabilities to connect to Microsoft’s Cloud services in Azure: As you can see from the picture above: For the Management Tools Critical Capability, there is no Cloud-based device management solution, policy-enforcement, or software distribution solution from Microsoft for Android. As I mentioned in last week’s post, consumer software distribution comes from the Android Market and the enterprise equivalent is facilitated via internal web servers and

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