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Beantown .NET Meeting 11/1/2007: Michael Stiefel

Beantown .NET is meeting on November 1.

For our November meeting we have Michael Stiefel presenting “Yet Another Application Paradigm: Software as a Service”.

As always, our meeting is open to everyone so bring your friends and co-workers.  If you’re planning to come, please send me an RSVP using the contact form — — by 3pm on 11/1 – and let me know if you want free pizza.

Our new location (75 State St) has tighter security than our old location so please RSVP in advance in order to make your security check in process as smooth as possible. 

Future meetings:

• December 6 – Josh Smith (New York Times) on WPF


Beantown Meeting Details

When: Thursday, November 1, 2007, 6:00 – 8:00pm


Hollister, Inc.

75 State St., 9th Floor

Boston, MA




Yet Another Application Paradigm: Software as a Service


Many applications are now being built to be centrally hosted and accessed via web services. Since this model eliminates the need to support installations with different configurations and platforms, this model is especially attractive to small and medium sized business. It allows their applications to reach a much larger audience than they would otherwise be able to support.

In this talk, Michael will talk about the architectural and technological challenges in building applications of this type. He will also discuss which Microsoft technologies are relevant to implementing this type of architecture.


Michael Stiefel, principal of Reliable Software, Inc. is a consultant on software architecture and development, and the alignment of information technology with business goals. His current work involves:

· Distributed application development, software best practices, in .NET, Web services, Windows Workflow Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation, and SQL Server.

· Advising on IT strategy and planning, including budgeting, hiring, and growth management, including the appropriate use of Agile development

· Design and implementation of service oriented architectures including SaaS (Software as a Service)

· Requirements analysis, project plan development, and design document development.

· Training in Windows Workflow Foundation

· Expert Witness for intellectual property cases.

He is currently a member of the OASIS Technical Committee developing a core SOA Reference Model and related Reference Architectures.

In July 2006 Stiefel was named a Microsoft Visual Developer – Solutions Architect MVP.

Stiefel was a Principal Software Engineer for Prime Computer, developing a mechanical CAD/CAM database system. He also worked for Microsoft assisting their Fortune 500 clients in developing client/server solutions.

He is a Lecturer in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where his research and teaching focus is understanding how people build mental models in order to solve problems. He is also interested in how to bring an understanding of engineering to high school students. As Adjunct faculty, Stiefel has taught graduate and undergraduate software engineering courses at Northeastern University and Framingham State University.

Michael Stiefel’s education is from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a Interdisciplinary Ph.D degree in Nuclear Engineering, Political Science, and History of Technology; M.S. in Nuclear Engineering; and B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He is an active member of the IEEE Consultants Network.



One response to “Beantown .NET Meeting 11/1/2007: Michael Stiefel”

  1. Spencer Day Avatar
    Spencer Day

    Many thanks to Michael Stiefel for an enlightening and even amusing overview of SOA and SaaS concepts and constraints. Somehow he managed to do all this within a 1hr 45min period of time! Every day there are more examples of newly-launched SaaS offerings. For one example that illustrates how SaaS is being marketed & delivered (and uses a pricing model that Mike described -subscription, etc.), see . For a description of SaaS, go to .

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