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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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    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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    Frank Arrigo's new girl

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    It's official now, I'm Frank Arrigo's new girl. It's very exciting to be part of the greater technical evangelism team, working alongside the developer/IT Pro evangelists such as Coatsy , Chuck , Kleefy , Jeff , Dave and Dave ! So the first thing...
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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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    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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    Software development as an engineering discipline

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    I'm currently working out at a customer site in Parramatta (a small city about 25 km west of Sydney). I happen to live in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney, so been spending 2 hours in traffic daily... this means I've had a lot of time to myself - listening...
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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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    Person to Person Lending online

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    I came across these new ways of borrowing and lending money online via Prosper and Zopa from John Devadoss's blog . It's the perfect example of my theory of " It's the end of the Enterprise as we know it ". Just a quick glance at any young 'User Experience...
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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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    Change is Good - Change Challenges

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    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...
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    IT Screen Goddess Wannabe

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    I want to be on this IT Screen Goddess Calendar . I wish I could be miss May - Lucy Liu lookalike in the Charlie's Angels poster. Anyway - failing in being a Calendar Goddess, I could always try out David Lempher's idea - going on a roadshow to speak...
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    International Women's Day Luncheon

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    Over 350 people joined together to celebrate the success, leadership and influence achieved by women in the Australian ICT industry on International Women's Day 8 March 2006. Photographs of the event are available on the FITT website http://www.fitt.org...
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    Spending a Beautiful Spring Day in Canberra

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    I went to Canberra today, to host a CardSpace workshop with my colleague Nils. I noticed a few things: beautiful cherry blossoms, it felt like April in Japan Canberrans are lovely people, laid back and friendly! no traffic jams, 10 minutes scenic...
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    TechEd Sydney: My 10 passions

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    Frank posted the TechEd Sydney attendees’ passions , and the ones he shares. Here is my list of top 10 passions: Software Architecture Film Festivals Babies Iron Chef Shopping Chocolates Tropical island holidays Meeting intelligent people...
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    Watch Nerds FC Live

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    This email arrived my inbox today - it's from my cousin - the famous Astro Nerd from Nerds FC Season I . "Its that time again where I need your support. Nerds FC will be playing once again against some hectic opponents. If you are able to come, I would...
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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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    Enterprise Architecture lessons learnt

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    The Sydney Architect Council is a quarterly event that I run that consist of a close-knit community for knowledge sharing for Sydney based senior IT architects. We engage in proactive dialogues with each other - on how to better architect business critical...
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    Call for Management and Reporting System/Process ideas

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    Frank Arrigo just announced our new team structure , so far it's been great fun being part of the big family. One challenge Frank has given me as part of our career discussion recently is: " I would like to have Anna assist in putting some structure...
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    Research meets Practice

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    I'm giving a feature presentation on Software Factories at the 2006 Australian Software Engineering Conference (ASWEC) 18-21 April Sydney Australia. This conference aims to bring practitioners and researchers together in the one place, to discuss and...
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    PC Mechanic

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    Wow, can't believe it's been 2 months since I last blogged... time simply flies when you're having fun working on customer sites. Like I said to my good friends Josh Lee (The FinServ Guy) and Jim Webber , I've become a 'One Blog Wonder'! Anyway, over...
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    My First Blog!

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    Blogging for the first time, all the way from TechEd Australia 2004! It's wonderful atmosphere here, you should all be here!
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    My first TechEd Australia presentation!

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    I wish I had a lot more time to spend at TechEd... the dreadful thing was due to existing customer work commitments, I had to fly into Canberra Thursday, give my presentation on Realising Service Oriented Architecture, and fly out! I didn't even have...
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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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    FY07 Microsoft Australia Company Meeting

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    I spent the last two days at the Microsoft Australia FY07 Company Meeting at Star City Sydney, meeting a few more of the 600+ colleagues I have in Australia. It was the best Microsoft Company Meeting I’ve been to, and possibly the best company meeting...
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    August Sydney Architect Council - Kim Cameron on Identity 2.0

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    Kim is paying us a visit in Sydney on 3rd August - he'll be addressing the Sydney Architect Council, and hopefully we'll all have a very stimulating conversation about Identity Management on Web 2.0. For a recording of the last Sydney Architect Council...
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    Large Enterprises Fail in Online Mission

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    This article from Sydney Morning Herald provides some great insight into why some large enterprise websites (eg. Online banking) fail in its mission.   expect to see a good body of ‘Online User Experience Design’ best practices/guidance to come out...
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