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NCC to represent Members at Microsoft’s global Interoperability Executive Customer (IEC) Council

The NCC has accepted an invitation to represent its members in Microsoft’s global Interoperability Executive Customer (IEC) Council, “to share ideas and shape the development of solutions for some of the enterprise’s biggest interoperability challenges”. This adds to our existing participation in their equivalent UK Interoperability Council and is welcome recognition of the importance of our collective end-user perspective on such issues. http://www.microsoft.com/interop/featured/IECCouncil.aspx

Microsoft is an important supplier to NCC members, so this is undoubtedly a significant opportunity to have your views and concerns about Microsoft- and cross-platform-related interoperability issues raised at the highest level. (See the NCC website article Perceptions of Interoperability for the most recent interoperability activities.)

In the run up to the next Council meeting on 25-26th May, we’ll be asking you to flag up where you think something needs to be done (email andy.hopkirk@ncc.co.uk).

We don’t know the detailed agenda for this meeting yet, but the IEC Council presently has workstreams focusing upon:

Work Stream Major Topics
Office Productivity and Collaboration Tools Office file formats; Office programmability and automation; portal, document, and content management servers; back-end and line-of-business application integration; unified communication; etc.
Systems Management IT operations management; deployment and patching of software; virtualization environments; etc. IT operations want to optimize the management of heterogeneous enterprise environments while providing top-notch service to users based on their service-level agreements.
Identity Management Identity federation scenarios for providing partners and customers with encrypted access to internal resources; single sign-on (SSO) techniques; user-centric approaches to identity management through third-party providers and relying parties; and Active Directory–Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) integration.
Developer Tools and Runtime Use of different development tools in a distributed environment; robust and high-performance interoperability between .NET and Java/mainframe applications; interoperability with open source languages and tools; consistent implementations of standard cryptology algorithms; etc.
Business Process Modelling (BPM) and Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) Facilitating design, development, and management of business processes to run across multiple platforms and systems using multiple, interoperable frameworks and tools for architecture and modelling.
Public Interoperability Policy Guiding Microsoft in its approach to the Interoperability Principles and related initiatives, and informing Microsoft’s public policy positions for interoperability, intellectual property, privacy, and security.

 


NCC Weekly News 19 Mar 2010

 

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