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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: 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: Are you ready to experience SQL Server 2005?

    Announcing the launch of the SQL Server 2005 Virtual Hands on labs. In these labs, you will get to experience many of the new features in SQL Server 2005 including CLR integration, XML support and deep business intelligence integration. Just follow this registration link and experience SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the UK IASA Birmingham Chapter

    Well after many months of threatening that this would happen we’ve now established our second IASA Chapter in the UK, Birmingham! The first public meeting of the Birmingham chapter is scheduled for 25th May which will include a talk from Dr Richard Grimes. http://www.richardgrimes.com/ Agenda 18...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Architect Forum slide decks

    The slide decks used at the last architect forum can now be found at the new location: www.microsoft.com/uk/architectforum Hopefully this will be the location for all future events!
  • Blog Post: TechED 08 Announcements

    Well it’s been a while since I was last at TechEd. IT was 1998 in fact, in Nice, but enough said of that! So here I am as a speaker this time! Who let him in I can hear you say. However, enough of all that. I guess by the time you read this all the announcements during Soma’s keynote will be old hat...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Strategic Architect Forum Session Material available

    Never heard of SAF? You're an important Microsoft Customer and you've been invited before? Well you need to sort that out! It's about the best thing we do when talking about architecture in my opinion (besides Architect Insight of course!). Well either way it's worth checking out some of the sessions...
  • Blog Post: The Goldfish bowl!

    So back to the highs at insight and the goldfish bowls in particular. So what are they? Well simply put you set up a number of chairs in a large circle facing inwards and in the middle you set another circle of typically 5 chairs also facing inwards. The organiser of the goldfish provides the context...
  • 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: 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: 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: PDC 2008 - Save the Date!

    OK - probably old news - in which case so why didn't anyone tell me? So if you've got as many mates as I seem to have then book mark October 27 – 30, 2008 in Los Angeles and keep an eye on http://msdn.microsoft.com/pdc2008 !
  • Blog Post: Architect Insight 2007 Registration Live!

    Ok, so I've been quiet of late, but that's not to say I've been lazy! I have two focus' at present the first of whihc has been to get a motley crew of influential architects together to run a series of workshops at the Architect Insight Conference that is scheduled for 5-6 March. The main site...
  • Blog Post: The Ox, The Jam Jar and the Architect

    Back in 1906 at the age of 84, Francis Galton came across an Ox weighing competition at the West of England Fat Stock and Poultry Exhibition. The fair goers were asked to guess the weight of the Ox after it was slaughtered and dressed with the nearest guess winning a prize. Galton, always wanting to...
  • Blog Post: Software + Services Architect Forum

    Slide decks are now (finally available) from the recent S+S Architect Forum we held at UK Microsoft Campus. http://www.microsoft.com/uk/msdn/events/postevents.aspx MS Strategy for Software + Services Technology Innovation and the Changing Software Landscape Software as a Service in Finance...
  • Blog Post: Office Business Applications Architect Forum

    Thanks to everyone who took part in a really great architect forum yesterday! It was our first forum at the new Microsoft London offices and so there were plenty of teething problems including the light switch which kept on getting pressed descending the audience into darkness! Not to mention the...
  • Blog Post: Running the .NET track at QCon

    I've just been invited to run the .NET track at QCon next year (10-14 March 2008) which is a great honour and responsibility I guess! I was invited to attend as an IASA sponsor last year and was amazed at the quality of the speakers and people who were there. This is a must visit conference to get a...
  • Blog Post: OBA Architect Forum Slide decks available

    You can download all the slides from the recent OBA forum at the following location: OBA: Unlocking the Business Value of IT Does Microsoft Understand Business Integration? Drill Down of OBA Technologies (see David Gristwood's post for more information) The Microsoft Vision for Unified Communications...
  • Blog Post: .NET: Client, Server, Cloud @ Qcon

    Been a bit of fun but I've finally submitted the .NET track agenda for QCon (well it's 90% complete)! The line up I've organised from my colleagues at Ms UK is the best I've seen for a while! http://qcon.infoq.com/london/tracks/show_track.jsp?trackOID=97
  • Blog Post: Enterprise Library events 21st April

    We are also running 2 ½ day sessions on Enterprise Library (with Ron Jacobs ) on 21 st April, one for customers (AM) and one for partners (PM) . Enterprise Library Overview Session The patterns & practices Enterprise Library is a library of application blocks designed to assist developers with...
  • Blog Post: Agile, DSLs and XP2005

    At the DSLs workshop the other week Alan Wills said he'd be at XP2005 and I thought I'd pass on the message about the workshop he's doing with Steven Kelly of MetaCase, on June 20, "Agile development with Domain Specific Languages". They're looking at how DSLs might be used to help agilility, and in...
  • Blog Post: Software Practice Advancement (SPA) Conference 2005

    I've been at SPA for the past few days and had planned to blog a bit while here but really there's been really little time to do so! I really had no idea what to expect when I got here, but finally, got my eureka experience of what SPA actually means midway through day 2 when I realised that the session...
  • Blog Post: Operations and Management Forum 15th March 2005

    Yesterday was our latest Architect Forum at TVP and judging by the feedback it was a great success. The audience were very interactive and not shy in asking those difficult questions! So thanks for that as without this interaction the day would not have been half the success it was. As content owner...