Michael Platt's WebLog

Computer Engineering

August, 2005

  • Gartner Real Time Infrastructure and Infrastructure Maturity Model

    Back in January I went to some internal Microsoft training (called Envision) in Seattle and had the privilege to go to a session by Tom Bittman, a VP and distinguished analyst with Gartner. Now in general I am not overkeen on Gartner having looked at...
  • Infrastructure career progression.

    My manager asked me a question late last night (he's very sad [:)] ) about infrastructure architects which I came up with my answer for but would like to get feedback on so I thought I would blog about it. He asked: My takeaway from interacting...
  • Architects Journal no 5

    I have just got my printed copy of the Architects journal number 5. I know it has been on the web for a while, its just that I don’t like reading articles on the monitor so I haven't got around to looking through it. The other advantage of print is that...
  • Integration and Interoperability

    Someone asked me a really good question via my blog yesterday: What is the difference between the terms interoperability and integration when it comes to software? This is something I haven't really got a good definition for and that I tend...
  • Transparent IT

    Some time back I was fortunate to sit on one of the Microsoft Architect Certification Boards with Chip Wilson from Geniant. One of the nice things about sitting on the board is that you meet some really smart architects, both in front of and on the board...
  • Service Oriented Infrastructure feedback

    So I have a ton of feedback from a number of people about my SOI blog . There are a couple of key points that I think I have not been clear about: This blog is not the answer to life, the universe and everything in Infrastructure... yet :). Its...
  • Service Oriented Infrastructure

    I've been asked to present to a major financial institution which has bought into Service Oriented Architecture in a big way. They have a number of projects underway based around web services, Service Orientation and Orchestration. They clearly have a...
  • Architecture, A definition

    Jon Arce emailed me that in my earlier blog I should have included the IEEE standard definition of Architecture: IEEE Std 1471-2000 IEEE Recommended Practice for Architectural Description of Software-Intensive Systems Which defines: A system...
  • Infrastructure Architecture

    As I mentioned in my last blog my new job makes me responsible for Microsoft’s strategy and guidance on Infrastructure Architecture. The first question I have to answer is what is Infrastructure Architecture, that is what is a formal definition for the...
  • New Job

    So I haven’t blogged in ages because I have taken on a new job and moved to the US which has involved a huge amount of visa / house renting / car selling and buying / moving / phone and PC reconfiguring etc activity, none of which has much place on a...