Software Pulse
January 26, 2011

Charles SeyboldConfessions of an Old Software Designer

A veteran explains the factors driving design today and the five guidelines all software designers should follow to deliver successful products.

By Charles Seybold, LiquidPlanner

I began my career designing software at Microsoft. Back then, our products typically involved a three-year development cyclea deadline unheard of in today’s software R&D space. Back then, the long development period meant there was no real sense of urgency involved in the process. We all had three years to defend our designs – and three years before you could correct any mistakes that crept in during the prior three years.

Software design operates in a whole new world today – and good design remains as critical and as difficult as ever. There are a new set of drivers dictating product functionality but I believe the guidelines for software design leadership are the same as ever.


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Microsoft's Cloud Strategy Revisited

Kamesh Pemmaraju

The recent exec shakeup in Redmond has the industry abuzz. Kamesh Pemmaraju shares his two cents on Microsoft's future in the cloud, including an interview with Microsoft's GM of Azure in this post to his Blog “Leaders in the Cloud.”

“My Employees Want an Enterprise App Store”

Eric Peters

Eric Peters of Mendix says enterprises must improve accessibility and management of apps if they want to really “consumerize” enterprise technology in this post to the Blog on Enterprise Social Networking.

Beyond Paid Media: Marketing's New Vocabulary

Changes to the way consumers perceive and absorb marketing messages will force marketers to change not only their thinking but also the way they allocate spending and organize operations. Read why in this article from The McKinsey Quarterly.

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