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 a lot of their reports in the solutions /…

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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 solutions architects at customers is that many are really…

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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 I can read…

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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 to use interchangeably, probably incorrectly, so I went to look up…

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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. After a week of coming up with architectural…

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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 a set of  top down ideas which…

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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 lot of expertise in these areas but want to discuss what the infrastructure that supports…

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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 is a collection of components organized to accomplish a specific function or set of functions. The architecture of a system is the…

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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 area? I have a good idea what I mean by the term but…

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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 technical blog but…

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