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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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    The Architectural Last Mile and Internet Singularity

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    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...
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    Buy versus Build again!

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    Over the Strategic Architect Forum dinner tonight, this topic came up again, so I'm going to just point to my previous post on this topic , and leave it at that.
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    Strategic Architect Forum (SAF) kicks off with a Bang!

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    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...
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    Sleepless in Seattle

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    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...
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    ozCHI 2006 Wrapped up!

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    I wish I had more time to spend at ozCHI 2006 - the best I could do was to spend a day there after I gave my presentation in the morning. I spoke about the great divide between software engineering and user centric design. Our Shane was also there - he...
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    Research and Fabricated Complexity

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    I had the privelege to meet Willy Zwaenepoel on Thursday at a USyd seminar . He is one of the distributed systems engineering legends that I really looked up to during my PhD research days, and heavily referenced his great works. He was not only an inspirational...
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    What a week!

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    What a week it's been... I've a huge backlog of blog posts I want to do, and I simply have been having too much fun meeting all sorts of people this last week to have a free moment to sit down and blog about some of these wonderful experiences... So I...
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    Use Case Modelling, Scenario Based Engineering, User centric design

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    If you are a software architect, human computer interface/interaction design specialist, business analyst, these would be familiar techniques that you would be using on a regular basis. These are proven techniques that help us get a concrete understandig...
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    Photosynth Tech Preview is Live

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    I've been watching Photosynth for a while, and I've been eargerly waiting for the day that I can tell the world it's available for the public to play with too, finally, here it is! http://labs.live.com/photosynth As an aside though, somehow I am never...
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    Virtual Earth 3D Launches

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    Check out the VE3D innovation, and imagine the mashup potential...
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    How to Audition for Nerds FC Season II

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    Due to popular requests for auditioning information from my previous blog on " Nerds FC - Audition for Season II " Thanks to the AstroNerd: You can find out more about how to audition for Nerds FC Season II here . It's a pity that no girls are invited...
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    Jim Webber's Sydney ACS Web Services Special Interest Group Talk

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    Jim is presenting on "Message-oriented Web Services" tonight at the ACS Web Services SIG . He'll be using WCF as the demonstrator technology, and knowing Jim as a great presenter, this should be a great evening! ps. I'm sure the 'toutology in the presentation...
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    Nerds FC - Audition for Season II

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    I received an email from my cousin Johnny Truong - his claim to fame is as the Astro Nerd on Nerds FC . "Hey all, Thankyou all for your support for me on Nerds FC. It was absolutely fantastic! And if it were not for you guys, there would be no way for...
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    Visual Studio Code Name "Orcas" October Community Technology Preview (CTP) is now available

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    Check out the various new advancements including ADO.NET 3.0, LINQ over XML, Multi-targeting, improved 64bit application working set etc with the "Orcas" October CTP now! Enjoy!
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    My 100th Blog Post

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    I guess a compilation of the 'Most' list would be appropriate to celebrate my 100th Blog Post! So, here it is: - Most commented blog: Buy versus Build - Most thumbs up on Techtalkblogs : Frank Arrigo's new Girl - Most controversial blog: The end of the...
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    Where are the Girlie Gadgets?

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    As a mother with 2 young children who is also not all that into sport, I really don't care much for the various Sports scoreboard gadgets, nor do I have time for many of the games gadgets. There are however two gadgets from the Gallery that I absolutely...
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    My Visited Countries

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    via Bernard , this is a cool little thing that shows which countries I've visited. create your own visited countries map not much coverage in South America and Africa yet, must work on that one!
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    Architecting CommSee - Commonwealth Bank of Australia SOA and UX Project Lessons Learnt

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    Finally, the long awaited indepth case studies and interviews of the various architects/developers/testers on the CommSee team . Find out from then directly how they designed and implemented service oriented architecture and great user experience for...
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    X Factor or Geek Factor

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    I finally met up with Yuhong in person today. We collaborated through John Grundy years ago, and produced an ASE2001 best paper on " Generation of Distributed System Test-beds from High-level Software Architecture Descriptions ". Half way through our...
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    Presenting at OZCHI 2006 in Sydney

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    Looks like I'll be presenting at this year's OZCHI conference . Especially excited since it's in my hometown this year. An extract from the conference program : thursday november 23 9.30 – 10.40 industry case studies: managing large organisations (1)...
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    Holding Crucial Conversations - when stakes and emotions are high

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    I just completed the training course " Crucial Conversations " last week, and thoroughly enjoyed it! What did I learn? - Get Unstuck: how to spot the conversations that are keeping us from results, and get unstuck with not only changing the content, but...
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    WS-Trust Under The Hood: on Channel 9

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    I have been doing a fair bit of Identity MetaSystem and CardSpace conversations with many of our enterprise customers lately, and while most people are keen to understand the various business scenarios enabled by this powerful architecture, there is always...
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    Software Architecture Research Topics of relevance to Practitioners and the Community at Large

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    I often get asked by the research community this question: "what are the hot topics and promising research possibilities in the area of software architecture?" From the perspective of a practicing software architect, these are three typical pains of enterprises...
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    Semantic Web, Microformats and Live Clipboard

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    I've had a long interest in semantic web , having a researcher background and all... but I must admit that the pragmatic software architect in me gives me a more comfortable, confident feeling of firm foundation when I look at Microformats ... Something...
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    New Skin

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    following my neighrbour JeffA's footstep, after the upgrade of our Community Server , I thought I'd also upgrade the look and feel of my blog - do you like the new Paperclip - Summer look? That's how I feel! really looking forward to spending a nice long...
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