Corrado Iorizzo - MindDump


My TechDays 2011 Bern slide deck

I attended a great TechDays event in Bern and I also had the great opportunity to take a talk.

The Recording of my session is available here.

The slide deck, as usual, can be download from by skydrive space here.

I also recall that my friend and colleague Benjamin Soulier had 2 talks. Here the links too:


ISACA Event–Cambridge Technology Partners

I just did with my great friend Benjamin a demo on Amazon EC2, Azure and O365 at the ISACA meeting sponsored by CTP.

The slide we used are available on my skydrive space here.


Partner of the Year

I am very pleased to announce that Cambridge is the 2011 Microsoft Partner of Year in the category Future of Productivity.


The award is in recognition of the outstanding work that has been done in Switzerland , in the delivery of Portal and Collaboration projects on top of Microsoft SharePoint

In particular Microsoft has rewarded the “SharePoint Business Accelerators” for Enterprise Social Collaboration as most innovative and leading edge solution of the year.

Congratulations to the delivery team (Alan, Charles, Bastienne, Fabrizio, Benjamin)  that make this possible!


TechDays 2011–Bern

The 21st October I’m more than glad to have the opportunity to run a session at the Switzerland Techdays in Bern about the customization of TFS (through plugin and eventing service) to allow the integration with external platforms (ticketing systems or ppm tools).

More details on the event agenda here:


Geneva SoftShake and other local events

Next week in Geneva it will take place the second edition of the Soft-Shake conference that I strongly recommend (…even though if I cannot attend since I’ll be in Anaheim for the SharePoint Conference).

We have 2 speeches here:

SoftShake is not the only upcoming event, since we’ve many initiatives around the cloud.

I’ll be directly involved in this ISACA session on Cloud computing and Swiss Market Trends where I will do with Ben a kind of Jam session on IaaS and PaaS.

Below the agenda:

18:00 Welcome and Greets
18:30 Swiss Market Trends in Cloud computing - Anees Qureshi, CTP Nyon
18: 50 Understanding the cloud computing better – Issues, Threats and solutions, with real life case analysis on various offerings
- Corrado Iorizzo, Senior Architect / Benjamin Soulier, Manager, CTP Nyon
19:50 Q and A Session
20:05 Networking Apero


Cambridge Technology Partners, Chemin de Precossy 27, Nyon.


TFS 2010 Web Access - Project Collections don’t showed

This morning I’ve lost a couple of hours with an enterprise customer with a very annoying problem.

  • We’re using different Project Collections to segregate permission and delegate administrations among different countries/departments/sand-boxed environments;
  • Since a couple of days, when I add a new Project Collection, it doesn’t showed on the Project Selection window of TFS Web Access


  • Indeed Visual Studio 2010 worked perfectly, showing all the expected Project Collections accordingly to the granted permissions.
  • After having checked (and forced) all TFS permissions, logs and web-configs what I did had just forcing an option on TFS Web Access web.config


  • I had to change the following option:
   1: <tfServers>

   2:  <!-- <add name="http://server:8080" /> 

   3: -->

   4: </tfServers>

  • First I removed the comment, forcing to connect to the TFS server DNS URL (

  • This wasn’t working too so I forced Web Access to connect to a specific Project Collection URI ( and unexpectedly this worked!

    • I don’t know why but almost probably specifying a project collection uri force TFS to enumerate the root collection.

  • I’d like to remember that this option is used when you need to decouple TFS Web Access from TFS Application Tier, splitting the module on two different servers.

Balsamiq Templates Collection

Balsamiq is an excellent tool that I use to design application storyboards, mockups and functional specs, and I’ve to admit that since I’ve discovered it, I prefer it rather than Microsoft SketchFlow. It’s also interesting the company behind the product and the philosophy of the founder (…one of the few italian guys running a startup).

Anyway for whom is working with Balsamiq I’m landed on a must-link site providing for free additional templates that can be used to enrich the Balsamiq library to support different sketch style (as example SharePoint 2010 and iPad). Take a look to: