Product Line Architecture (PLA) Team Blog for Exchange, Lync and SharePoint launched


Over the years, we have developed hundreds of incredible products and technologies starting with the early days of the Windows through today with Office 365. We have also had teams across the company helping customers of all shapes and sizes deploy, support and use each of these technologies on a daily basis. As you can imagine, we gained a significant amount of knowledge through these efforts, but we seem to always hear one common theme – “How would Microsoft deploy this technology?” or “how would Microsoft do it?” It was from this simple question that the PLA was born.

The PLA is designed from its core to help address this fundamental question by combing the collective knowledge of Microsoft Products Groups, Services and Support Organizations in a consistent, repeatable and cost-effective manner.

The following Productivity based technologies are available for customers today and can be deployed through leveraging a PLA:

  • SharePoint 2013
  • Exchange 2013
  • Lync 2013

What exactly is a PLA

The PLA at its most fundamental level is a prescriptive, well-defined architecture that provides variability through boundaries that are provided in the form of rules or constraints. It is built with an underlying framework in mind and takes a “configure first” versus customize approach to ensure deployments are consistent, repeatable and supportable. Think of it as a “directed-design” that encapsulates the collective Microsoft knowledge into a format that delivery teams can leverage to reduce the complexity and increase the delivery quality.


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Until later,
Henrik Walther

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