Architecture type definitions

Following on from the comments on my previous Blog I updated the architetcre types; ·         What are the types of architect? Whilst architects need all of the above skills the technical depth skills and experience level that they have make them fall into one of three main architectural categories: 1.       Enterprise Enterprise Architects work on…


Architecture and Architects

What is architecture? IT architecture is the use of models, levels of abstraction and relationships in IT systems and processes to manage complexity and simplify communication.     Why do we need architecture?   Over the years IT projects have grown in size, scope, complexity, expense and criticality….


Architecture roles

  Following on from my definitions of what the different types of architect do here is an excellent description of the infrastructure and software architects roles:



Just been to another meeting where there was confusion over what an infrastructure architect does in comparison to an application architect. I cant understand this, its so obvious to me:   An infrastructure architect provides models and technology for the whole business (networks, mail, web ect). They have a budget allocated by the corporation.  …


Infrastructure Architects and Business Value

  I have had a go at defining infrastructure architecture and the feedback seems to have been: Ok, so what about infrastructure architects and the business value of infrastructure rather more than the details of what categories exist within infrastructure architecture. There also has been significant pushback on coining terms so I wont do that…


Managing Connected Systems Guidance

  Of interest to anyone who is working on Infrastructure Architecture based around SOA is the Managing Connected Systems set of whitepapers just released on the Microsoft Architecture Series website.   This set of whitepapers uses a typical enterprise scenario to examine the business architecture, solution design, solution deployment, management architecture and operational architecture. It…


Zapthink on ESB

  I read a fair amount of the analysts reports, probably not as many as I should, but I like some of Zapthinks stuff, especially the wackier ones so it was no big surprise that I read their latest one on “The seven things that your SOA teams shouldn’t say“. I particularly liked the second…


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 /…


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…


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…