Sogeti and Software Architects

As you likely know if you read this blog, I'm employed by Sogeti as a Principal Consultant.  I'm part of the Microsoft Practice and focus on BizTalk and overall "Connected Systems" architecture.  Living in the Dallas area, the name I most often hear after "BizTalk" from a clients mouth is "SARK"."SARK" or Software Architects as they are properly named is a 500+ employee consulting firm with a large Dallas area contingent.  They have alot of BizTalk brain-trust working for them.  I've worked with some of their consultants for a short time at CitiFinancial Auto when I was an independent and was impressed.  I've said before that if I ever were to leave Sogeti that SARK would be high on my list of companies I'd like to work for.Well I was thrilled the other day to hear the announcement that Sogeti has purchased Software Architects!  This is nothing but incredible for everyone involved, it brings the Microsoft Practice in Texas alone to over 300 consultants.  I'm thrilled to have the guys I know from SARK join the Sogeti family.  So Mike, Jonathan, and Ben welcome!

'System.String' must be Xml serializable

Several people have begun to encounter a problem compiling projects after installing BizTalk Server 2004 SP2.  Fortunately this problem has been encountered before and there is a Windows HotFix which solves it.  Despite the name, this fix will work for SP2 just as well as SP1.  You can find it here.

Upcoming Presentations

I've got several talks coming up in the next month, if your interested in learning more about any of these subjects I encourage you to check these out.Scott Colestock's BizTalk Deployment Framework - January 10th, 2006 - Dallas BizTalk User GroupThis talk will be an overview of Scott Colestock's excellent BizTalk Deployment Framework.  This is a tool for automating BizTalk deployments built in NAnt.  If you're working with BizTalk and don't have this tool, you're simply working to hard.Black Belt XML - January 11th, 2006 - Little Rock .NET User GroupThis will be the same talk I recently presented to the Dallas .NET User Group, but this time in for the great folks of Little Rock, AR.