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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Live Mesh: Possible Futures with Dynamics

Now that we have had time to look through and talk about the new Live Mesh offerings I posted by yesterday, lets now delve into the possibilites that await us with Live Mesh and Dynamics.

Like I said yesterday, security is something that will need to be better understood, for corporate data, etc. But let's put that aside for now, and come back to that at a later date.

Instead lets look into the future, and see what we could possibly do with this. What about an Advanced Meshed Product Configuration for Dynamics? Or Host bits of a clients CRm instance? What about the next level of EDI that could be accomplished between companies with such an offering as Live Mesh?

The last one there is more of an udner the sheets type of thing, but you could see were such offerings could benefit customers. Before we continue on though, in thinking of possibilties for the a Live Dynamics Mesh offering, lets really look at what is trying to be accomplished with this new offering.:

synchronization and collaboration

That is the "theme" of these current offerings. The nature of a mesh though is to offer a 'fabric' if you will, of allowing that buzz word of 'cloud computing' to be in acted. Still the current "theme" is the focus, and so if we start with Collaboration first. Collaboration, for a clients internal users. Collaboration, for clients external users. Collaboration, for a clients Customers / Vendors, outside entities that would want to Collaborate with a given client instance.

So think of Collaboration based needs... live virtual meetings, white boards, shared projects with both public, semi-private, and private parts to them. In these terms, we could easily see applications that could be developed, or should I say Live Mesh Experiences that can be put together that cater to such offerings. Building on that, then you could see a step into Dynamics AX / CRM for having that Live Mesh Experiences to feed from and too a Customers Dynamics AX / CRM instance. And the Live Mesh Experience could be hosted with you the Vendor, with Microsoft, with the Client or split depending on what all makes that Live Mesh Experince up.

Take the next part of the theme, synchronization. From this theme angle, the theory of decoupled computing, with the ability to work offline / online and allowing the Live Mesh Exp. worry about the in-between could really open a lot of doors for users that need to be on the go, but still need access to data and feeds either while disconnected from the cloud, while connected and then back after being disconnected and having their offline world always synced with their online world. This theme angle, takes a 'middle man' apporach in that is lives behind the scenes and becomes a part of a Live Mesh offering. So you can take the Collabrative Mesh you created, and make sure that is works where ever a user is, offline or on.

In the real world, the sync part is something that will still not always be there. But if the ability exists for a user to continue and pick back up with correct updating, and so forth, the the cloud can really become more of a reality and the hosting of each of the different parts of the Mesh are unknown to the User Exp., and should not care. The Mesh Exp. should take care of this for the user, and allow the hybrid hosting of the future to truly work.

Alright, I believe we have opined enough on the new Live Mesh offering. As you can see though, most exciting possibilities, that are not that far from the Dynamics realm of reality.

Check back soon!

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