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  • Blog Post: Change is Good - Change Challenges

    I've resigned from Microsoft, and will be taking up an A/Professorship in Services Engineering at the University of NSW . To quote one of my favourite blogger - James Hamilton - 'Change is good, change challenges, change forces humility, change teaches'. I am looking forward to the new challenge and...
  • Blog Post: Application Architecture Guide 2.0 Final Release

    J.D.Meier announced it - it's here - Application Architecture Guide 2.0 Final Release ! Very kind of the team to acknowledge me when I really have only made some contribution towards version 1 years ago! Hopefully in my next job I will be able to create more IP again!
  • Blog Post: My Dilemma at PDC and Sydney Film Festival

    The dilemma I always have at PDC and the Sydney Film Festival is - there are so many wonderful concurrent sessions - which one do I go to? this year - I think I've worked out a great formula that suits me - I'm sticking to the Advanced or Expert sessions. And so far, not a single dissapointment. Short...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft R&D Job Opportunities

    This note came in from HR, looks interesting - hope to see some of you there! Venue: Microsoft office, 1 Epping Road, North Ryde, 2113 Date: 3rd October, 2008 Time: 1:00pm – 3:30pm (Seated by 12:50pm) Agenda: 12:20pm -12:50pm – Guest arrival and registrations 1:00pm – 2:20pm – Presentation by Enwei Xie...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2008 Sessions Sneak Peak

    https://sessions.microsoftpdc.com/public/sessions.aspx great sessions, great speakers lineup - why on earth did I give my complimentary PDC pass to Michael ?
  • Blog Post: My Official Duties at TechEd Australia and New Zealand

    From the TechEd Speaker portal: GEN003 Women in Technology Luncheon 03/09/2008 13:15-14:15 Bayside Terrace ARC203 Understanding Software-Plus-Services: A Perspective 01/09/2008 14:15-15:30 NZ Room 2, SkyCity ARC203 Understanding Software-Plus-Services: A Perspective 03/09/2008 10:15-11:45 Parkside Auditorium...
  • Blog Post: Reflecting on the last 12 months

    In the last 12 months, I did a lot more business planning and management than creating architectural IP. I learnt many new things from my team, and I thank them for their patience and support - such a previlege to work with this team of extremely talented and committed individuals: Michael , Shane ,...
  • Blog Post: Newest Additions on my Book shelf

    I know, in this web 2.0 age, books seem to be incredibly old fashioned! I must admit I succumb to wikipaedia a lot more nowadays than the good old library... but every now and then, I get a gem! Nick has already picked up one recent addition - this is a great present from Greg . Half way through it already...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Architect Journal Reader

    Simon tells me that the Architecture Journal Reader is coming soon: In his own words: "At the Strategic Architect Forum (SAF) this week we released the new Architecture Journal Reader . Based on the WPF NewsReader SDK, the Architecture Journal Reader delivers an visually exciting, immersive, and searchable...
  • Blog Post: Jorke Odolphi - The Web Platform Architect

    Jorke is our newest member of the team, and is our deeply technical 'hosting geek'. He's been busy with preparing for this training course - all about Windows Server 2008 and IIS for hosting . Get in early - seats are limited!
  • Blog Post: Finally - Darryl is Blogging too!

    Darryl Chantry is one of my all time favourite story tellers, just so happens he's also a great software architect from Kiwi land!!
  • Blog Post: "Place To Space" Revisited, Framework for thinking about Next Web Business Models

    Michael convinced me to skip a Saturday with the family, and instead, going along to Barcamp 2 , meeting, chatting to tech brains and generally hanging out at the Sydney Web 2.0 start up scene. Thanks to Beat , I was also equipped with some nice visual schematics (based on the book Place To Space ),...
  • Blog Post: My Interview Style

    I've been doing lots of interviews recently, whilst building up the core team. There are still quite a few more open positions - that I'm in the loop for interviewing. Interviewing people is something that takes good practice and good preparation. Good preparation definitely pays off - highly evident...
  • Blog Post: Looking to The Year 2012 as My Next Challenge

    The ICT industry is at an inflexion point. My career is at an inflection point. Looking at the various enterprise challenges of application integration, business process orchestration and management, services governance, etc there is no doubt still an abundance of interesting architecture problems to...
  • Blog Post: Some more interesting facts abuout MSCOM

    thanks to Martin, I thought these were interesting facts! "MSCOM is made up of more than 20,500 URL's and hosts 16 million pages and is available in more than 30 languages. According to available metrics, http://*.microsoft.com received 35.4 billion page views in FY06. On average http://*.microsoft.com...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 Live on www.microsoft.com

    this great story just arrived my inbox: "...we’re extremely proud to announce that the www.microsoft.com site is running 100% on our next generation web platform!!" For those of you curious about the scale and availability of www.microsoft.com : - Availability YTD – 99.83% (Measured by Keynote Systems...
  • Blog Post: Career Opportunities at Windows Live

    Someone asked me about Microsoft's commitment in Live Services today. Watch visitmix.com for the exciting announcements. and check out the career opportunities at Windows Live .
  • Blog Post: Empowering the Individual

    Now that Frank is no longer my direct manager, I can only pick his brain over lunch hours. I asked him about his lessons learnt on being an award winning people manager one lunch time this week. His response was: "invest in the people, make sure they have a career path, make sure they are happy, empower...
  • Blog Post: Female Techies at Microsoft on Channel 9

    Following on from my blog post on " Where are the Women Architects ?", I've received some interesting interview requests - but more about that later... In the meantime, Jennifer just sent this through - Channel 9 has launched a show that is 100% dedicated to featuring cool, smart, inspiring, successful...
  • Blog Post: More Notes on Strategic Architect Forum

    Looks like some of my colleagues have also been blogging about SAF. Here is a great one from Simon Guest - Nathan Shedroff on Achieving Value through Great Design .
  • Blog Post: Sea Bass, Dungeoness Crab, Giant Scallops and Fatty Salmon!

    Yes, for my indulgence in some of my absolute most fav yummy pacific northwest seafood, I'm paying for it in bucketloads now... got a dose of bad seafood poisoning! Luckily, thanks to my extended Microsoft family - Arvindra and Beat - they looked after me well and made sure my rash was suppressed with...
  • Blog Post: Where Are the Women Architects?

    Yet another architect at SAF commented on this today... "Where are the women architects? geez this is a very 'blokey' event!" Totally right, I've not yet spoken to a single female since I arrived at SAF. Do you have a theory? I've no idea... I must admit I've been having so much fun at SAF I haven't...
  • Blog Post: The Architectural Last Mile and Internet Singularity

    Day 2 of SAF just wrapped up. I'm now back in my hotel room, thinking back on the exciting day I've had: Norm Judah kicked off with his presentation on "The Architectural Last Mile", he focused on the key challenges around getting good user adoption and operational excellence, in the context of how the...
  • Blog Post: Strategic Architect Forum (SAF) kicks off with a Bang!

    Ray Lane delivered his opening keynote at SAF, discussing 'The Personal Enterprise', and of how for the new world of services to succeed, there must be value for the individual or the group. Charles Fitzgerald is now on presenting on the Microsoft vision on 'Software + Services'. He emphasises that the...
  • Blog Post: Sleepless in Seattle

    just flew into Seattle Tacoma international airport. Wow, despite a relatively hassle free travel for the last 24 hours, my head is pretty cloudy right now... staring at the pretty snow outside is all my head is good for right now! let's hope I'll have a good sleep tonight before the action at Strategic...
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