Archetype

Ryan Plant's rants on the 31 flavors of architecture...

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My name is Ryan Plant and I am a Strategic Architecture Advisor with the Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE) group within Microsoft.  As an Architecture Advisor I work with CIOs, CTOs, and Architects in helping them understand and establish strategic architecture within their businesses.  I cover the Desert Mountain district which encompasses Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Las Vegas (and Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming).

I have 12 years experience in the Information Technology industry working as a Solutions Architect and CTO of major retail, travel, and telecommunications companies in North America.  I am one of the first Microsoft Certified Solutions Architects to acheive the Microsoft Certified Architect credential and actively participate in mentoring, board reviews, and program administration/strategy.

My special interests and expertise lies in areas of Service-Orientation, EDGE architectures, Software-as-a-Service, Enterprise Architecture and IT Governance, .NET and J2EE application platforms, Business Intelligence, Dynamic Systems Initiative and various IT-related methodologies and frameworks.  I seek to apply my knowledge and experience in these areas to customers who seek to establish an architecture strategy that aligns with the business.

If interested in the Microsoft Certified Architect program, strategic architecture in general, or anything else - please contact me.

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    MIX Hangover and the Beauty of Choice

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    MIX Hangover... Wow. By show of hands, who was at MIX? Virtually or physically it doesn't matter. Regardless, I am sure most of you (who haven't been in a cave) were there vicariously as the buzz around Silverlight has beckoned your interest. The announcement...
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    MIX it up!

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    So, if you haven't heard of MIX, check this out: http://www.visitmix.com It's not an acronym, it's a conference and a very unique one at that (for Microsoft, it is unique). Microsoft is making a big play into the world of interactive design a space...
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    How Rich Is YOUR Web App?

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    I have had to hold my tongue for a while on this one... The first glimpse was given at SeeWindowsVista and it left a lot of people thirsty for more. Check this out: British Library: Turning the Pages and to learn more about the project go here . Now,...
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    Get Office 2007 and Groove FREE!

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    Ready for a 'New Day'? How about this... Ready for a free copy of Office 2007 Professional and Groove 2007? I thought so. Now that I have turned my blog into an advertisement (without the benefit of Affiliate revenue) I will tell you how... It's really...
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    Strategic IT

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    Alright… By show of hands, how many of you work in IT organizations that are considered strategic assets of their respective businesses? Wait, I said strategic . Okay, let me re-phrase that… How many of you are considered a cost and constantly struggle...
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    WPF/E Is Coming...

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    For those who haven't noticed, check out: http://channel9.msdn.com/playground/wpfe/ . Now, WPF/E stands for Windows Presentation Foundation "Everywhere"... However in light of what is coming, I think it is more appropriate to consider it as the Windows...
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    SaaS Acceleration: Go Virtual!

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    Software as a Service (aka Software + Services, or SaaS for short) is pretty much the hype du jour as of late. Not without reason. From an architecture perspective, SaaS provides some interesting considerations one of which is multi-tenancy. The most...
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    A Web Architect ?!?!

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    We all know that architecture in an IT setting has many definitions and explanations which inevitably means that those calling themselves architects come in just as many flavors as their role descriptions. Given the rise of web-native software in the...
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    Hyper-Competition and Differentiation

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    It is an inevitable side-effect of globalization: hyper-competition. Markets are no longer limited to geographically-focused distribution channels; the internet and the rise of e-commerce has enabled companies, big or small to produce products and services...
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    Redefining What 'Service' Means to the Web

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    Usually when someone hears the words 'web' and 'service' used together, they tend to think of 'web services' as in 'XML Web Services' or a 'Java Web Service'. The web services paradigm gave rise to one of the latest architecture styles referred to as...
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    Adobe Releases Next-Gen RIA Platform

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    Beta News article and Dr. Dobbs article talk about Adobe's recent release of the Flex 2 development platform and the client-side Flash Player 9 for rendering of Rich Internet Applications. I have always been impressed with Flex back when it was called...
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    Portability Anyone?

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    When describing the various systemic qualities of a system to-be developed, one of the least-mentioned is that of portability. I am referring to portability as the need to port one application on one platform to a different platform. So, the question...
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    Controversy and Paradigm Shifts

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    Well I finally gave my TechEd presentation 'Bits to Bolts: Bridging the Gap between the Solutions and Infrastructure Architecture' and I got exactly what I wanted out of it: controversy. There were some things that I would do differently of course to...
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    Interesting Analogs

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    While meeting with a customer I realized that there is a nice analogy going on that is on topic for my presentation at TechEd... There are a lot of divisions between IT disciplines. There is a division between Solutions and Infrastructure architecture...
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    Bits to Bolts

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    I am giving a presentation at TechEd 2006 in Boston on something fairly obvious in our industry: the pain and suffering resulting from developed applications not being designed for operations. The title of my presentation is Bits to Bolts: Bridging the...
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    Server Architecture and Standards

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    In my view, an element of Infrastructure Architecture (as a whole) is Server Architecture: the space that governs the strategy and roadmap of the computing infrastructure within a data center. Things such as standards come to mind when tasked with owning...
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    Why Ad infinitum?

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    In architecture, whether it is building architecture or IT-related architecture, context is everything. In the late 19 th century, there was a famed building architect who made his reputation in the Southwestern United States for his ability to...
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