April, 2006

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About Anna Liu

Anna Liu is currently an Architect Advisor at Microsoft Australia, where she works with the community of architects involved in enterprise and application architecture. Her goal is to understand enterprises' IT challenges, and to help them with building successful systems through the use of architecture patterns, proven best practices, and reusable frameworks. Anna has extensive experience in the financial services industry and specialises in designing high performance and highly scalable distributed systems.
 
Prior to joining Microsoft, Anna was a Senior Researcher and Project Manager at CSIRO, where she led the Middleware Technology Evaluation project. Her group evaluated various middleware technologies through rigorous benchmarking studies and provided middleware acquisition advice to various Australian Government agencies and the Financial Services industry.
 
Anna holds a PhD (Computer Science UNSW) and a BE (Computer Engineering UNSW). She has also held various academic appointments including a senior lectureship at the University of Sydney, and a visiting scientist position at the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. She is also a frequent speaker on software architecture and distributed systems topics at International Conferences including OOPSLA and ICSE.

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    Best industry experience report award at ASWEC

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    Kevin Francis - MVP solution architect won a best industry experience report award at ASWEC . Kevin's presentation was on " Large-scale Integration Design and Management ", way to go Kevin! Check out the other pictures from the conference here ...
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    Essential Software Architecture

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    I had the privelege to write a book forward late last year. The book is called " Essential Software Architecture ", authored by Professor Ian Gorton . This is the forward I wrote: " Architecture is so mething of a black art in the IT world. Architects...
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    Kai and Liam

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    At ASWEC, people wanted to see my babies' photos. After seeing them, everyone says that I should put this one up on the blog site! This picture was taken when Kai was 3 years old and Liam 6 months old.
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    Software Factory automates Software Product Line

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    Linda Northrop's Software Product Line keynote at ASWEC set the scene perfectly for my presentation on "Software Factory" . In her presentation, she pointed out a few key impedences and issues related to the adoption of Software Product Line: cost...
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    Industrializing Software Development Practice

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    Linda gave an outstanding keynote titled "Reuse that makes business sense" at ASWEC this week. She talked about the Software Product Line approach for achieving reuse at large. In a nutshell, the Software Product Line approach aims to achieve economies...
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    Building Partitioned Enterprise Architecture Iteratively

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    This article on Enterprise Architecture is written in the usual witty Roger Session style, full of wonderful analogies. Fundamentally simple wisdoms, but how often we forget to practice these basic rules! For those of you deep into the Enterprise Architecture...
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    Buy versus Build

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    I had a very interesting meeting with some customer architects recently, who are in the middle of evaluating packaged applications for running their core business. Essentially their requirement is to store/operate upon/retrieve realtime information about...
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    Chinese Jabberwocky

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    Patrick just reminded me of this funny poem I wrote a few years ago for a party we went to... It is based on Lewis Carrol's Jabberwocky , I translated it into a Chinese version of Jabberwocky based on sound, and then, translated that Chinese version...
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    Web 2.0 Beta software - Is 'good enough' really good enough?

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    There seems to be a new trend of releasing Beta software onto the web, and then sit back, watch the emergent bahaviour unfold on the Web. Some examples of such software I recently came across include 'Blogbeat' - see Frank Arrigo's recent post , and...
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    Get early access to MS Architect Journal issues

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    I just got MS Architect Journal Issue 7 in my inbox this morning! way before they are released publicly on MSDN . The theme for issue 7 is Workflow, and some of the highlights include: Build Applications on a Workflow Platform The Amazing Race...
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    Chatting to Gianpaolo

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    Gianpaolo is on holidys in Sydney at the moment. He was very nice to pop by my office to chat for an hour even in the midst of his busy holidaying schedule! I really enjoyed the stimulating discussion, we chatted about the future of enterprise , Software...
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    the end of the 'Enteprise' as we know it

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    Web 2.0 will change the shape of the Enterprise, and it will bring about the beginning of the billion 'one-person enterprise'. Yes, that's my controversial theory for the day. I really think the working world is changing, not only the networked technologies...
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