So what is Surface 2?

At CES in January Microsoft launched Surface 2.  While it did receive a lot of attention from the press and bloggers, I don’t think the attention was anywhere near the attention that was deserved for such a game changing and revolutionary product. Make no mistake – Surface 2 is just as innovative and even more game-changing than the original.  It isn’t just a minor update – it is a complete, deep rethink of the concept.  More importantly, this rethink has addressed all of the ‘issues’ with V1 that we see great potential for the product.  This means that as a … Continue reading So what is Surface 2?

Enterprise Futures Forum

I’m talking at the Enterprise Futures Forum on Tuesday 17th on strategies for adopting SOA and the Cloud.  Here’s some information on the conference and a 2 for 1 offer that the organisers have running at the moment: We are addressing the latest issues:   ·                     1. With the flurry of recent acquisitions (eg BEA, Peoplesoft, SUN, (SeeBeyond & MySQL), Stellent, Siebel, iflex) Oracle has become a major software supplier for most local enterprises.  As a local enterprise professional, it makes sense to stay up to date with their software capabilities and strategy – come along and see what Matt … Continue reading Enterprise Futures Forum

Selecting a Wiki

In the presentation on “Challenging the Role of the Architect” I talked about the need for a team Wiki where the lower-level details of the system documentation should be published.  Some people have asked for more information about this – what wiki do I recommend.  This is a very intersting question because it is a little like asking ‘what source code repository should I use?’ in that the answer is quite clearly ‘it depends’.  Let me take a stab at a piece of logic though and we’ll see if that helps: If you are working with resonably recent version of … Continue reading Selecting a Wiki

Architect Knowledge

I’ve recieved a few questions from people along the lines of “I’m a Developer and I’m about to work as an Architect” or “I just got put in an Architect role and I’d like to know what I need to know to be a good Architect”.  This is obviously a big and complex question, and so I am writing a big and complex set of answers.  Trouble is that this is taking me ages though and I know that everyone is waiting for something to start on, so I have pulled out a few things that I suggest that you start … Continue reading Architect Knowledge

Virtualisation Maturity Model

Here’s an interesting article by Peter Koen that refers extensively to the Virtualisation Maturity Model that Peter Richardson and I invented for Edition 18 of The Architecture Journal.  Lots of fun to see that we are being quoted, even if I wasn’t aware that the article existed until today:  It is quite a good read though, so I recommend you go and have a look.

Waxing Lyrical About Cloud

At Tech.Ed is this year I spent most of the time talking about challenging the role of the Architect, but I did get some time to sit down with Darryl Chantry from Object and talk about another area that I’ve been spending a fair bit of time analysing of late – clould computing.  In a wide ranging discussion we talked about a comparrision of the different cloud platforms, the issues for organisations chosing a platform and moving to the cloud and the role of the Architect in cloud.  The video of the discussion is available from the Tech.Ed site here.

Slides from Tech.Ed 2009 Now Available…

The talk for this year’s Tech.Ed was ‘Challenging the Role of Architect’.  The talk is about the fundamental gap that exists between the approach and skills that Architect’s commonly display and what is needed from them to effectively deliver projects.  To do this I discuss the outcome of the late 10 years of CHAOS reports produced by the Standish Group and use this to point out just how badly we are doing as an industry.  From here, and with a clear understanding of what a project actually is and how pure Agile is not a suitable approach for the development … Continue reading Slides from Tech.Ed 2009 Now Available…

Tech.Ed 2009

I’m presenting in the Architecture Track at Tech.Ed Australia again, and maybe also Tech.Ed New Zealand for the first time.  Here’s what I was thinking of talking about: Challenging the Role of the ArchitectThere are as many definitions of the role of the Architect as there are organisations, and current shifts in approaches like Agile are further pushing the boundaries.  Do we even need Architects?  Many would suggest not.  In this talk, long-time Architect and Solutions Architect MVP Kevin Francis from Object Consulting will challenge the audience with his views on Architecture and Architects, covering areas such as: The role … Continue reading Tech.Ed 2009

BA World Slides Available

I have made the slides from the BA World presentation on ‘Business Analysts v Architects’ available on Slideshare.  Please let me know what you think, and if you would like me to come at present it in person at your organisation or user group please let me know.  I’m always happy to come and present this topic or any of the other topics that are listed here.

Office 2010 – The Movie – LoL!! [:)] Clippy?  Is clippy going to make a return?  I would seem so. I love this idea.  I was (apparently) one of the few people that liked the Office Assistants (although Clippy wasn’t the best).  I thought they did an excellent job of ‘humanising’ what is a fairly bland set of software products (sorry Office Dev team – it does look nice, but only as cool as a productivity suite can be).  It got me thinking though about the whole concept, and while I don’t know what the team is planning, and I can see a nightmare … Continue reading Office 2010 – The Movie