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October 21, 2005

The end for MBF as Microsoft shuffles team?

Posted by David Hunter at 12:06 PM ET.

Elizabeth Montalbano at InfoWorld:

Microsoft has shuffled members of the team responsible for its Microsoft Business Framework (MBF) because the technology itself has been parsed out to several different products, a Microsoft executive said Thursday.

Satya Nadella, corporate vice president of Microsoft Business Solutions, said about 200 people who were developing the framework, which was initially intended to bring model-driven development to Microsoft’s business applications, were affected by the change. Model-driven development is a way of designing software that aims to boost developer productivity by emphasizing thorough application modeling before any actual coding begins.

While some of that was intended with MBF, I believe the basic idea was to provide a framework of basic business functionality that application developers could use to avoid serial reinvention.

About half of the MBF group remained where they were in Microsoft’s Platform Products & Services Division, while the others were transferred to Microsoft’s Business Solutions group within the larger Microsoft Business Division, he said.

In their new roles, the former MBF team members will continue developing their framework technology for different product teams, Nadella said. Though Microsoft originally conceived MBF as its own entity, several products, including Microsoft’s Visual Studio toolset and Microsoft Office, will now include components of the framework.

The next generation of Microsoft’s ERP (enterprise resource planning) and CRM (customer relationship management) applications, the Dynamics family of products, also will include technology originally intended for MBF.

MBF has had a checkered history because of its tight dependency on Vista, WinFX, and WinFS with the concomitant delay. Some background is in an older report from Joris Evers at Techworld and a blog post by Tim Brookins.

Update: Mary Jo Foley has more.

Filed under Dynamics, MBF, MBS, OS - Client, Office, Office 2007, Technologies, Tools, VS 2005, WinFS, WinFX, Windows Vista

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