I recently became the editor-in-chief of Perspectives of the IASA.

Perspectives of the IASA is the official print and online journal for the International Association of Software Architects (IASA).  IASA is the premier association focused on the architecture profession through the advancement of best practices and education while delivering programs and services to IT architects of all levels around the world.  IASA is committed to improving the quality of the IT architecture industry by developing and delivering standards, education programs and developing accreditation programs and services that optimize the development of architecture profession.  IASA membership consists of over 70,000 members in well over 50 countries.

Perspectives of the IASA is a quarterly magazine supplying news, opinions, research, and other information for software architects around the world.  Perspectives of the IASA strives to provide a diverse forum for ideas, research and practical applications of software architecture via timely, high-quality information written by and for software architects.    All submissions must address topics of relevance and professional value to the IT architecture industry. 

While each issue of Perspectives of the IASA will showcase a specific software architecture topic, general submissions are always welcome.  Topics of interest include, but are not necessarily limited to:

·         The Software Architect profession

·         Software architecture techniques, frameworks, tools and methodologies

·         Leadership and negotiation skills – communicating your vision

·         The role of soft skills such as strategy, negotiating  and political awareness

·         Risk mitigation

·         Value proposition and software architecture

·         Case studies/lessons learned

·         Architectural assessments

·         Security

·         Virtualization

·         Enterprise architecture vs. software architecture vs. other areas of IT architecture

·         Business/IT alignment - pragmatic enterprise architecture

·         Cloud computing and its impact on traditional software architecture

·         Architectural design patterns

·         Designing for operations

·         Solution scalability and reliability

·         Regulatory compliance issues

·         Agile methodologies and software architecture

·         Book and conference reviews

Author Guidelines for Perspectives of the IASA are available at http://drop.io/iasa_guidelines (Note: this is a temporary location until we finish upgrading our website.) 

Special Issue of Perspectives of the IASA: The Architecture Value Proposition        

The next issue of Perspectives of the IASA will showcase articles and research related to “The Architecture Value Proposition”.  You can see the look and feel of the magazine here: http://www.iasahome.org/web/home/blogs/-/blogs/331490?_33_redirect=%2Fweb%2Fhome%2Fblogs.

Debates around the value of architecture and its relationship to business strategy have been raging since the start of the IT profession well over fifty years ago.   Solution Architectures can deliver value to the enterprise through individual projects while   Enterprise Architecture (EA) may ensure these projects are aligned with a broader business strategy.  Regardless of its scope, architecture must provide a meaningful value proposition to the enterprise. 

For this issue we are interested in featuring multiple perspectives on this very difficult concept.  How have you communicated the expected value of an architectural design or concept?  What are the best practices for tracking and communicating value to enterprise stakeholders?    

Prior to submitting your proposal(s), please consult our Author Guidelines at http://drop.io/iasa_guidelines (Note: this is a temporary location until we finish upgrading our website.) 

Authors retain all rights to their submissions.  IASA requests that authors sign a release form permitting IASA to reproduce their submission in print and online.    

Proposals for this special issue of Perspectives of the IASA must be received by June 14, 2010.  Proposals received after this date may be selected to appear in a future issue.

Proposals should be structured as follows:

·         An abstract describing the objective of the article.  This will typically be one to four paragraphs in length.

·         Reader Return on Investment - This is a list of two or three bullet points describing your value proposition (e.g. why should a subscriber read this article and what will they get out of it?)

If your article is already written do not send it as your proposal - use the format described in the two bullet points above. 

Proposals should be sent to jevdemon@iasahome.org. Please use one of the following formats for your proposal:

·         Plain text

·         HTML

·         RTF

All proposals will be reviewed by the Editorial Advisory Board and will be considered on the basis of relevance and value to IASA’s members and the software architect profession. 

All proposal submissions will receive a response.  If your proposal is accepted we will contact you with a timeline for writing and submitting your article for publication. 

If your proposal is not accepted we will explain why and in some cases work with you to help flesh out your ideas. 

Thank you in advance for your interest in Perspectives of the IASA.  We look forward to hearing from you soon!