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  • Blog Post: Architects and the Environment

    I held the latest meeting of the UK Microsoft Architect Council this week and this was a meeting with a difference entitled "The Council and the Environment". This time round the aim was to discuss our role in relation to the UK Industry. First off Jon Collins presented the research he and MWD have...
  • Blog Post: Biztalk Services

    Ok so you'll all tell me that you've tried this out already but I had to mention specially given I've spent the last week with 18 of the lead program managers and architects from the Microsoft Connected Systems Division. This stuff is certainly gaining centre stage at Microsoft! For those of you in...
  • Blog Post: Acropolis CTP 1 Released!

    What's “ Acropolis ”? Well basically, it's a set of components and tools to help build client .NET applications and is part of the wave of “.NET Client Futures”. Check out the video - great voice over:)!
  • Blog Post: Names at Insight!

    I'm very pleased with myself because after much effort by many people it's my pleasure to anounce that Jack Greenfield , the co-author of the now legendary " Software Factories " book will be providing the closing plenary at the Microsoft Architect Insight Conference on March 5-6 this year. However...
  • Blog Post: SecPAL v1.1 Now Available

    For those of you at the last Architect Forum Jason Hogg has just announced an update to SecPAL on his blog.
  • Blog Post: Unbundling the bank

    “Technology is the primary business driver in the banking industry” or so Craig Heimark said during his session at QCon today, not that the business is really aware, all they see is the changes in the competitive landscape. However, as he argues this change is driven (although enabled might be a better...
  • Blog Post: An interview at last;)

    Got my first blog interview for partner perspectives the other day which was kinda fun ...
  • Blog Post: Service Oriented Architectural Layers

    I mentioned in an earlier blog that I’d talk about SO layers at some point. Well, given that they featured in my presentation the other day I guess that now is as good a time as any to do so. S OA as I've said previously is more than just a distributed technology; it is a decentralised technology...
  • Blog Post: WAX Workshop

    On Tuesday I ran WAX ; a Workshop to discuss the intersection of existing and emerging architectures including SOA, Web 2.0, SaaS etc. with 24 guys from a diverse set of backgrounds including Analysts, Vendors, Enterprises and Web 2.0 companies (see the WAX site for names). The day was split into...
  • Blog Post: SaaS: For dummies

    SaaS is a continually evolving mix of existing and emerging technologies and business models and as I have suggested seems to be best described in terms of the following six characteristics (although I am sure there are more). Application Licensing Location Management ...
  • Blog Post: Service Oriented Anti-patterns; a road map for Service Oriented Anarchy

    I’ve had bloggers block (or is it bloggers droop?) for a while now. I’ve wanted to write something about SOA, but the thoughts just wouldn’t coalesce into anything I could relay in any legible form. That is until know I guess, unless I get a response saying anything to the contrary of course J ! ...
  • Blog Post: Architecture, Gaps and Dark Matter!

    Yesterday I listened to a talk about the operational architect and was struck by the parallels with that of enterprise architecture. An interesting point was made on the topic of gap analysis that got me to thinking… When investigating a problem we are all pretty well versed in the disciplines of gap...
  • Blog Post: 1. SaaS: Application

    Today a SaaS application is most readily recognised and associated with user interactive web applications accessed directly over the internet (eg. the web application). Already synonymous with the SaaS phenomena is the likes of the infamous Salesforce.com for example. However, SaaS as a concept caters...
  • Blog Post: Guidance Automation Toolkit

    I’ve been following the work by Tom Hollander and Wojtek Kozaczynski from patterns and practices closely for some time now and been lucky enough to get an early view on their work on the Guidance Automation Toolkit. Well, they’ve now gone public and produced a webcast which gives you a great idea of...
  • Blog Post: 4. SaaS: Management

    SaaS applications are characteristically completely managed by the vendor . The implementation of management tasks and responsibilities is opaque to the subscriber and Service-level agreements (SLAs) govern the quality, availability, and support commitments that the provider makes to the subscriber ...
  • Blog Post: Early thoughts on SPA

    I’m just back from SPA and still haven’t had time to really properly unpack my thoughts. However, my desire to get some thoughts off my chest seems to be preventing me from sleeping – so here I am at 2:44am (silly idiot) and apologies in advance for any gibberish that follows – comments as always are...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Architect forums at Reading

    Given my role at Microsoft, I thought it a good idea to share the following events with you. The second event will be my first opportunity to speak at and on behalf of Microsoft so you can guess I am particularly excited. I'm talking about Software factories and DSLs, the initial wave of tools being...
  • Blog Post: 6. SaaS: Reach

    The final and perhaps all encompassing characteristic of SaaS is described in terms of reach or rather the size of the new global markets into which these products instantly play. This is an obvious draw but with significant side effects. The fact that you are ‘instantly’ global can work in two ways;...
  • Blog Post: Connected Systems Architect Forum 16th June

    Registration is now available for the next UK Architect Forum on Connected Systems on 16th June. This'll be a great follow on from the Interoperability Forum that runs on the 26th of this month.
  • Blog Post: 5. SaaS: Community

    Another common characteristic of SaaS at present is the emergence of the online SaaS developer communities that typically surround a particular application often extending the platform capabilities, providing integration solutions etc. These often arise out of the early adoption community and can prove...
  • Blog Post: Service Modelling Language Talk

    If you're interested in hearing about the latest developments in the roadmap towards building self-managing dynamic systems then I've been invited to do a talk to the BCS SPA group about the new SML specification announced at the end of July. Click here to register .... http://bcs-spa.org/cgi-bin/view...
  • Blog Post: Architect Insight Conference: Save the date!

    Insight the two day Microsoft Conference dedicated to architecture that I've run for the past two years will take place again next year on the 28-29 April so save the date! The theme this year is " The Future of IT " where we're looking out at next generation architectures. What's 'Oslo' all about...
  • Blog Post: Does Microsoft get Enterprise Architecture?

    Good question ... Well Mike Walker from Microsoft is charged with finding out and it should be an interesting journey one which I have always pushed for the need to work hand in hand with Industry. I'm about to launch my own campaign on the enterprise too so it'll be interesting to see where we...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the World of ME!

    The following diagram provides a view of the user significant business drivers that were identified during WAX . The power of 'ME' when measured in millions is an extremely significant force .... welcome to the "World of Me"!
  • Blog Post: Six characteristics of SaaS

    The world of IT doesn’t stand still and never has this been truer than it is today. SOA and related concepts are still riding strong on the wave but a new contender is starting to make its way through into the mainstream; this being the concept of Software as a Service (SaaS). SaaS is a very nebulous...