Events, Events Events!

So looking through my calendar for the next couple of weeks I have a ton of presentations to give and events to attend. First of all tomorrow at 2pm BST I am giving my Integration and Interop presentation, latest version, as a webcast which should be interesting. I have given this presentation as a 2.5…

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Ivory Tower Architects

I read this really interesting article about architects in the CIO magazine http://www.cio.com/archive/030105/blueprint.html  I also had a long discussion with the CIO of a major investment bank in the city about his perception of architecture. It is pretty clear that there is a feeling that architects sit in an ivory tower and come up with…

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IT Practitioners Architecture Conference

I noticed an interesting conference by The Open Group on architecture (the IT Practitioners Architecture Conference) on the 25-27th April in Dublin. It says that they will be focusing on the role of the IT Architect and the IT Architecture as a profession which anyone who is sad enough to have been reading my Blog…

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Software Factories

There is an interesting discussion with Steve Cook on software factories in this month’s DNJ online. I understood most of it, the bit I didn’t get was about how patterns are a modeless software factory. I have always been puzzled about the relationship between patterns, DSL’ and software factories and I’m afraid this did nothing…

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Security Architecture Discussions

The day before yesterday I was lucky enough to be invited to a Security discussion with some very senior security people in the UK. I introduced myself as an architect which led to some fairly “interesting” views of the role of the architect. There was clearly a lot of feeling that people starting off with…

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Patterns and Practices Summit

Keith Pleas et al are running another patterns and practises summit this year in both the US and in Oslo following on from the very successful events last year. They have very kindly asked me to keynote again however I am doing the UK technet Roadshow and the SPA 2005 event around then so I…

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Interop Technet event post mortem

So last Thursday I did my first Technet evening interop event based on Simon Guests Interop slides. It was a small and select audience and went reasonably well (I hardly ever feel things go very well). As always I was worried about not enough material and as always there was far too much. In fact…

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Organsational Mapping Technologies

A month or so ago I blogged about an area of infrastructure architecture I feel is very important; mapping of organisations to infrastructure . The snag is that you have to understand a lot about both the organisation and the infrastructure support. Whilst there is not much I can do about the organisation structure I…

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Microsoft to Buy Groove

WOW! Microsoft are buying Groove: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2005/mar05/03-10GrooveQA.asp and  http://news.com.com/Microsoft+to+buy+Groove+Networks/2100-1014_3-5608063.html?part=rss&tag=5606366&subj=news I have used Groove in the past and was very impressed by the way it worked both as a Peer to Peer system and also as a offline / online engine. In fact it provided a wonderful basis for a whole new way of working that I…

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REST vs SOA or HTTP vs SOAP?

There has been a huge amount of controversy over the whole REST vs SOA debate which seems to have settled down to the conclusion that REST is base for outside the firewall and SOA inside (whilst I realise this would be violently disputed by both camps it seems to be what is happening). I have…

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