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Mit der Verfügbarkeit von Microsofts Lumia 950xl Ende 2015 unternahm ich meinen zweiten Versuch, von Apples iPhone Abstand zu gewinnen. Nicht weil ich  muss, eher weil ich möchte und im Kontext einer Microsoft-nahen Beratungsfirma Microsoft-Produkte ausprobiere und mir selbst ein Bild mache (“eat your own dogfood”-style).

Nach den ersten, wenigen Wochen der Nutzung sind folgend ein paar Verbesserungsvorschläge für das Windows Phone aufgeführt, die ich aus meiner Sicht (aViewOnIt) mit hoher Priorität erwarten würde.

Entsperren des Bildschirms:

Ein geräteunabhängiges Entsperren (Wo ist der Knopf, auf welcher Seite, zum Aktivieren des Bildschirms?) über ein dreifaches Tippen auf den Bildschirm halte ich für sinnvoll und kommt der button-less Bedienung von mobilen Geräten entgegen.
Update 15.02.2016: Es scheint Gerätebedingt zu sein, da Win10 generell dieses Feature bereits vorsieht, beim 950XL jedoch  nicht vorhanden ist.

Deutsche Bahn-App:

Die Bahn-App für WinPhone ist mindestens aus 2014 (“Info über …”), eventuell auch aus 2013 (App-Startbildschirm).
In jedem Fall sollte die App auf den aktuellen Stand gebracht und mit den Features aus der iOS- und Android-Welt aktualisiert werden. Den größten Mehrwert würde im ersten Schritt eine Offline-Funktionalität für Bahn-Fahrkarten bringen.
Update – 25.02.2016: Die Win-App “bahnticket” erlaubt den offline-Download von gekauften Tickets.


Cortana und eine lange Akkulaufzeit passen nicht zusammen. Cortana ist aus diesem Grund auf meinem Windows Phone deaktiviert, so dass dieses Feature leider nicht zum Einsatz kommen kann. Bei aktiviertem Cortana kann ich einen Ladezyklus für ca. einen halben Tag verwenden. Mit ausgeschaltetem Cortana gibt es eine deutliche Verbesserung. Im Flugmodus verliert das Windows Phone über Nacht (23 – 7 Uhr) ca. 6% Akku, mit eingeschaltetem WLAN und Bluetooth gern auch über 30%, je nach Standort und Umgebung.

Automatische Helligkeit:

Das Feature “Anzeigehelligkeit automatisch anpassen” ist in dunklen Räumen meines Erachtens noch nicht sensibel genug und sollte noch etwas weiter heruntergedimmt werden können.


Leider ein No-Go, zumindest so lange ich durch den Wecker in nicht kontrollierbarer Lautstärke geweckt werde. Am Abend vorher stelle ich die Lautstärke auf 1 während ich in der Wecker-App bin, werde aber am Morgen bei 5 (von 10) Lautstärkeeinheiten geweckt.
Zusätzlich wünsche ich mir von der Standard-Wecker-App ein ansteigenden Weckerton … auch wenn Weihnachten gerade erst vorbei ist 😉

Frohes Neues!

There we go – just created my first web site on Azure.

No content, just testing.
Took a little bit of configuration (web site, storage, etc.).

Dachthema „Managing Trust”

via Ralph Haupter kommentiert CeBIT-Eröffnung – MicrosoftPresse – Site Home – TechNet Blogs.

Leider ist der Blogeintrag von Ralph Haupter nicht wirklich zufriedenstellend, da auch hier die Antwort auf das Thema “Managing Trust” fehlt.

Die Aussage

‚Managing Trust’ bedeutet für uns auch, unseren Kunden selbst die Kontrolle über ihre Daten und Privatsphäre weitestgehend zu ermöglichen.

gibt leider auch keinen Aufschluss über Microsofts Vorstellung.

the following comments were made on Evolve 2012: TechnologyOne invests $200m in new Cloud platform – TechnologyOne, amazon, Adrian Di Marco – Computerworld 

Following some thoughts and questions:

1. I am wondering why not staying on Amazon’s infrastructure.

2. In case of dedicated data centers, any plans for getting to Europe?

3. What type of business apps are high priority?

BYOD – Bring Your Own Device

Posted: 21. February 2012 in consultant, thinker
  • click link to read blog post on  BYOD – Bring Your Own Device

    blog post commented: Tue, 21 Feb 2012 14:48:14 +0000

    Thanks for the good post, very wide ranged covering a lot of aspects to be considered for managing employee devices.

    I agree, Buy your own device is a good step forward, but still not the situation skilled people are seeking for. They really want to bring in their own device, and expanding the selection of available devices would be leading to “but, what about this and that device – I am missing it on the list”.
    Furthermore, all listed cons are more than valid.

    However, in case companies go for “Buy your own device” they shouldn’t allow any device. In case of low quality devices the amount of time people are not productive might be increasing due to replacing not working devices (however, there is no statistics available, yet).

    A device consultancy could be an option there:
    In order to get from a long list of potential devices to a short list of really useful devices a consultancy could help, i.e. an employee must seek consultancy from someone, who understands the employee’s job and also provides best practices. This consultant also can rate the employee’s experience and knowledge on choosing what’s best for him.

    In case of providing users with cash the company shouldn’t be too narrow-minded in terms of “loosing” money. Differences between devices or left cash over the years is rather low compared to the time spend setting up rules and money transfer mechanisms.

    VDI seems to be THE option.
    Only, a stable and fast internet connection is required, e.g. drawing a PowerPoint presentation requires bigger bandwidth than just typing emails.
    Furthermore, storage and exchange of large file information are two things to be thought through.

    Anyway, from an overall company’s perspective a preferred way of IT consumeration.

CCAS | Cloud Computing Advisory Services.

This article about the come back of integration as an important matter in regards to cloud computing reflects my thoughts from the bottom of my heart.

Integration is key … more than ever!

IT in previous times was considered as complementary entity having one task – supporting business processes, whereas today IT is rather the foundation business processes rely on.

Still business drives IT and IT follows business, however IT’s capability to integrate business processes across functions and business lines is not just a nice to have, it is a must.

Layer 8: Gartner: 10 key IT trends for 2012.

Extracted from the link above I’d like to add on the following:

 9. Cloud computing While cost is a potential benefit for small companies, the biggest benefits of cloud computing are built-in elasticity and scalability. As certain IT functions industrialize and become less customized, such as email, there are more possibilities for larger organizations to benefit from cloud computing, according to Cappuccio.

To add on Cappuccio’s statement: In regards to cloud computing big companies also require automated processes in order to really take advantage of cloud computing. Provisioning, which is about automated delivery of services, is key to automated processes from an end-to-end perspective.

Based on integration principles provisioning handles multiple input channels for receiving requests from customers, their shops or any kind of interface.
SPML, which is Service Provsioning Markup Language, is just one way to get customer requests standardized for any service offered. SPML defines the container for data delivery only, and not the message content itself (which is also a rather good think in order to keep flexibility).

One of the major advantages of a provisioning platform is, it hides the complexity of the services hosted in the cloud and their interdependencies to each other.

… but these are topics for further posts and would blow up the “I’d like to add on the following” idea.

Test Post via Email

Posted: 2. February 2012 in consultant

This post is created via Outlook email client and sent to my secret WordPress “Post by Email” Email address.

Cloud Provisioning using SPML

Posted: 31. August 2011 in consultant

SPML understood as Service Provider Markup Language is a Standard. It allows service requestors and service providers offering mainly ICT features to exchange provisiong request relevant information within a given framework.

If you’re not familar with the standard yet, just google for it and you will find information on the OASIS side including a well defined specifiction. This allows to implement a service provider or service requestor as it describes the request ans the response for defined capabilities and operations of both sides. Hence, you know what to send and how to react on request.

SPML does not define the services itself, but provides the carrier to transport the data for CRUD operations with.
This really make sense as this on the one hand side provides the frame, but also allows to flexible define the data structures fitting to the actual service requirements / offerings and the technological constraints.

One of the most important advantages of implementing SPML for cloud service provisioning is, that as a service provider you do not have to care who actually is requesting something from the cloud. The contract or as it is called Profile needs to be aligned once at the beginning. From that moment on the requestor can use one or many systems to send requests to the service provider.
The rest comes with the operation listsTargets, which provides in WSDL/XSD language all the capabilities and operartions offered by the service provider.

One of the rather pain points is, that a requestor won’t get notified on provisioned requests when the execution mode is asynchronous instead of synchronous.
The SPML Standard offers a statusRequest operation, which allows the requestor to get information on whether the request’s execution is still pending, successfully provisioned or aborted due to failure. The requestor needs to pull the information until the request has been provisioned successfully or has been aborted with failure.
This brings some senseless load on the provider’s system. It is recommended to spend a notification, i.e. The provider informs the requestor that the request has been executed.

There is more good things coming with SPML and implemented properly it can make service provider and service requestor lifes easier in the long run as reusability and standardization are not too far away from it.

Design work is required on targets, PsoID, PSOs and their attributes and the customer specifics, e.g. Two different passwords for one PSO intead of one which might lead to enhancements of the setPassword operation.

The last note on SPML for today – spend some more time on designing the inner stuff properly. Although it is a Standard some things need to be done and they need some time to be thought through end to end.

One way to organize Emails

Posted: 16. May 2011 in consultant

15 words statement: Sort all emails into two categories and use desktop search. Do not forget backup.

It’s mainly two types of emails you have to deal with in your life:
1. Private emails
2. Business emails

For both kinds the number of emails is rather increasing and you should at least spend one singlenthought on how to deal with it.

This post focuses on the Business emails. However, this could be applied to private emails, as well.

Basically, it does not matter how many emails you get. It is the first step to decide whether you want to or need to save your emails for any situation coming after you sent or received an email.

In order to quickly find an email or an email thread I found the following very usefull:
1. Do not delete emails
2. Sort your emails by max. two criteria (e.g. Month & In/Outbox)
3. Have a desktop search for searching across the two sorting criteria
4. Backup your email folders and test restoring

I used to categorize my emails per topic or project or initiative or line function. This gave me a good chance of finding the email I looked for very quickly. However, that was true only for the starting phase as the number of folders increased and, hence, the time for searching across all folders as well.

As for private emails not sorting at all is an option I am checking out since some time.
Obviously, my account’s mailbox size is increasing a lot, which is btw. one of the constraints to be considered in a business environment where the size of mailbox stores is limited to some hundreds of megabyte.

Please, share you view on this matter. Would be great to find a better way of organizing emails.