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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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    Catch Don Ferguson again - at the BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Launch

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    via Andrew and Dave , here is the BizTalk Server 2006 R2 launch event - you'll find plenty of gems in this agenda , and can even catch Don Ferguson if you missed out on seeing him last time . The event registration link is at http://www.microsoft.com...
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    "Place To Space" Revisited, Framework for thinking about Next Web Business Models

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    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...
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    My Interview Style

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    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...
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    My Free Intellectual Property Sold Online?

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    This came through to my inbox today via an alert service: " British Library Direct: Rigorous Evaluation of COTS Middleware ... Rigorous Evaluation of COTS Middleware Technology . Author. Gorton, I. Liu, A. Brebner, P. Journal title. COMPUTER -IEEE COMPUTER...
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    International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2008) CFP

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    Call for Papers, Workshop Proposals, Tutorial Proposals 30th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) May 10-18, 2008 Leipzig, Germany http://icse08.upb.de/ DRIVING WORLD BUSINESS The International Conference on Software Engineering is...
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    Launching your product in a new country

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    Austrade has this great resource . You'll find a set of country profiles on technology markets catering for the Australian startup/exporter!
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    Web 2.0 Traffic Demand on Broadband Infrastructure

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    I attended an AIIA luncheon recently, where Sol Trujillo CEO of Telstra was the guest speaker. Sol's presentation topic was "Creating the Future" abstract: "Sol Trujillo will talk about how life is changing in the Web 2.0 world, the opportunities for...
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    Looking to The Year 2012 as My Next Challenge

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    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...
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    Nerds FS Charity Match

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    this arrived in my inbox today from my famous cousin : "Hi Everyone, Just letting you know, Ners FC will play a charity match. All the details are below. If you can make it, that would be awesome. Watch how the nerds have improved and support a great...
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    Some more interesting facts abuout MSCOM

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    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...
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    Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 Live on www.microsoft.com

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    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...
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    Warren Centre Innovation Lecture 2007 - Dr Chris Nicol

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    I attended the Warren centre 2007 Innovation lecture given by Dr Chris Nicol. I've known of Chris for 15 years, right from the UNSW days at the VaST lab, I think I still have his lecture notes on VLSI design on my shelf somewhere! Chris delivered an inspiring...
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    Nerds FC II is now on SBS

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    Season II on SBS again, we firstly watched my cousin Johnny Truong (AstroNerd) from Season I , followed by the new series, where Chris Anderson , albeit a 28th year old, made it through the audition... Chris tells me that he found out about the audition...
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    SOA Workshop Series for Architects

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    this notice came through my inbox today: SOA Overview Tuesday, June 12, 2007 8:00am (GMT-8) Pacific Time (US & Canada), Language: English-American Learn how the Microsoft Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) vision and technology can help you realize...
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    ReMIX Australia 2007 Registered Attendees

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    This is the event that Shane , Scott , Michael , Dave , Frank , Nick and Nick have all blogged about. Monique (who unfortunately doesn't yet blog) just sent through some data on who is attending the event, and it's exciting to see this list of job titles...
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    Australian Architecture Forum 2007

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    A number of great architects in the community pulled together this rare solution architecture event . Looking at the agenda , there should be a lot of best architectural practices and lessons learnt shared amongst peers, and guidance from some great luminaries...
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    FITT Mentoring Program - Expression of Interest

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    this arrived in my inbox today: FITT is delighted to announce a new trial Mentoring Program. This mentoring program supports two of FITT’s primary objectives: Inspire women in the industry to achieve their personal aspirations and potential AND Assist...
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    SBS respects Web 2.0 Phenomenon

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    One of my all time favourite "The Movie Show" from SBS has not been on air for a while, and a quick look up online reveals this: nice to see SBS acknowledges key web 2.0 characteristics: 'Consumer becoming Producer of Content' and 'Merging Brand Experiences...
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    Beijing 2008 Olympics Torch Relay Map

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    Love the look and feel of this Silverlight application on the Beijing Olympics site ... time to get in touch with my distant Chinese relatives and figure out how to get some Olympics tickets!
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    Career Opportunities at Windows Live

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    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 .
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    Innovation from BizTalk Lab

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    Dave blogged about the exciting Internet Service Bus from the BizTalk Labs , I can't wait to see some really interesting process orchestration to happen on the internet now with this cool technology. Also nice to see I can log in with my Information Card...
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    Mobile Interface Innovation from HCI and Data Visualisation Researchers

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    It's wonderful to see the research results from the HCI and data visualisation research communities coming together and through to fruition through such a wonderful product innovation. Check out the demonstratrion video . I can't wait to have it on my...
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    CardSpace Authentication going Live!

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    Daniel Bartholomew has been working hard on various CardSpace projects . He shares his experiences, thoughts and lessons learnt on this post . Good to see he's built the CardSpace DotNetNuke module ready for testing ! I'm off to help him out...
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    Reference Application Pack for Loan Origination Systems

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    Mike Walker has been doing some great work in packaging up some great guidance on building Loan Origination Systems : In the loan origination business, there are many business drivers for banks: process consolidation, regulatory compliance, and faster...
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    Virtual Earth MasterClass

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    This invitation arrive in my inbox today - "You’re invited to attend a Virtual Earth Seminar, including a masterclass with Johannes Kebeck! Never before has it been so easy to track your assets, find your customers, manage your mobile sales force &...
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