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  • Blog Post: Software Security: have we nailed it?

    Ok, so one last blog before I go … but this is important ! Software security has and continues to be a top line issue for most organisations, yet software and IT teams still continue to produce and deploy insecure code and applications with serious consequences for the brand, reputation and, of course...
  • Blog Post: So long and thanks for the fish … leaving Microsoft

    So after 5 great years at Microsoft UK it’s time for me to say so long as I move on to new things although I fully expect to remain part of the Microsoft ecosystem and still haunt the corridors of the UK Campus from time to time! So what does a Microsoft Architect do after Microsoft? Well more architecture...
  • Blog Post: White papers from Matt Deacon

    Doing a little housekeeping and thought I’d put a list together of the white paper’s I’ve produced or contributed to over the past few years over. It’s interesting to see that even the one’s I produced back in 2006 on SaaS as a Disruptive Technology are still valuable and relevant today. http://mattdeacon...
  • Blog Post: SOA: A square peg in a round hole?

    Check this out on my new blog: www.mattdeacon.com/2010/09/15/soa-a-square-peg-in-a-round-hole/
  • Blog Post: A new blog for Matt Deacon ...

    I've decided to branch out a little and have kicked off a new blog to replace this one ... It's an easy URL: www.mattdeacon.com so please drop by and take a look:)! I'll run the blogs in parrallel for a while ... hope to see you there some time:)!
  • Blog Post: How to handle the press (or your boss)!

    I get to meet some great people in my line of work and there are none more interesting and fun than the GreyBeards ! GreyBeards is comprised of Martin Banks and David Tebbutt , both seasoned journalists and technology writers who offer a range of strategic consulting and training courses focused in...
  • Blog Post: Azure Architectural Guidance Part 1 Review: Migration

    I once had the chance to move over to Redmond to deliver architectural guidance for Azure with the patterns & practices group so you can imagine my interest in seeing what they managed to produce in my absence, despite it taking quite a while to get this out there. Where to get it Documentation:...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Architect Guidance

    I got chance to organise an analyst briefing last week at Microsoft to cover the architecture capabilities of Visual Studio 2010. It was a great session as there’s such a strong and exciting story growing for Microsoft in their support not just for architects but right across the Application lifecycle...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft names IASA CITA-P to replace Microsoft Certified Architect for Infrastructure and Solutions

    In their recent newsletter IASA have reported that Microsoft will end it's Microsoft Certified Architect Program for Infrastructure and Solutions and cover the cost to transfer existing MCA holders to CITA-P. Here's the full press release below: Austin, TX, (PRWEB) May 3, 2010 -- In a conference...
  • Blog Post: Appfabric: the gateway to the cloud, an easyjet story.

    A year ago, easyjet would not have predicted the level of cloud adoption it has seen across its core IT assets. At Architect Insight last year, Andy Caddy, Head of Enterprise Architecture gave an account of their IT cloud strategy explaining that easyjet was a £2.5 billion business whose revenue nearly...
  • Blog Post: Architect Insight - presentations now live!

    After quite a bit more pain than it needed, the slides for AIC2010 are available on the event website. www.microsoft.com/uk/aic2010
  • Blog Post: IASA: Becoming Certified

    At the next UK IASA meeting we will get the chance to hear directly from one of the first UK IASA Certified IT Architect Professionals, Wayne Filin-Matthews. The first official CITA Board will sit on 26 and 27 June and the first IASA Foundation training course will take place on the week of the 28th...
  • Blog Post: Why we need Certification for IT Architects

    We all know the world of IT is changing rapidly and the need to do more with less has never been more significant. But as we emerge from these economically challenging times business is re-awakening and seeking new opportunities and to drive innovation once again. However, increasingly this just highlights...
  • Blog Post: Interactive Tracks @ Architect Insight 2010

    Finally, I have built out the content for the interactive tracks at AIC2010 and here’s a sneak preview before the details go live :)! Day 1 & 2 plus abstracts!!!! Day 1 09:30 Welcome Microsoft Executive Keynote Terry Smith, Senior Director, Partner Technology Unit, Microsoft Ltd Convergent Architecture...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise IT and Maintaining the Innovation Edge

    Excerpt from Outlook: partly cloudy with sunny spells to follow written by myself and Dan Scarfe (publised soon) It is pretty hard to envisage an enterprise today, that is not wholly reliant on their IT to function, and this has been true for some considerable time. This is irrespective it seems of the...
  • Blog Post: Architect Insight – Abstracts now available

    Finally we have the abstracts available on the Microsoft Architect Insight Conference Portal! www.microsoft.com/uk/aic2010
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Architect Insight Conference 2010 – registration open!

    The 5th annual Microsoft Architect Insight Conference is now open for registration! This year we’re moving back to the full 2-day, 3-track format of previous years but with the flexibility to choose whether to attend one or both days. Day 1 will focus on Architecting Today: From Cost to Innovation...
  • Blog Post: IASA Slides: Software Design Principles in Practice

    Here are the slides used by Eoin Woods, Nick Rozanski and Chris Cooper-Bland at the UK IASA meeting the other week!   You can see my thoughts on Anti-Principles here.   Next UK IASA meeting will be from Simon Brown from www.codingthearchitecture.com entitled “Where do you start?” on March 9th...
  • Blog Post: When’s a principle not a principle? When it’s an Anti-Principle!

    “When’s a principle not a principle?” was what I muttered to the person next to me at the UK IASA meeting earlier this week. But I think I do “an anti-principle!” About 30 people turned up at the Onalytica offices to enjoy pizza supplied by Microsoft and to take part in a great workshop on applying design...
  • Blog Post: Next UK IASA Meeting: Applying Design Principles in Practice

    With Christmas fast approaching I thought I’d grab a moment to remind you of the busy year ahead at IASA so you can put placeholders in your diaries! Next IASA Meeting: Applying Design Principles in Practice Tuesday, January 12, 2010 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (GMT) Please note that there is a slight change...
  • Blog Post: Talking Architects with Jason Zander

    Jason Zander, GM for Visual Studio talks openly about Visual Studio 2010 and what's in store for developer architects with UML support etc. but what about wider out across the lifecycle? What about Enterprise Architecture and architecting the Lines?
  • Blog Post: Talking Architects with Roger Sessions

    According to Roger Sessions in his recent white paper " The IT Complexity Crisis ", the worldwide annual cost of IT failure is over $6 trillion a year and what’s worse is it is on the increase. The culprit, Roger believes, is complexity, which itself is directly related to function; increase...
  • Blog Post: Talking Architects with Angela Yochem

    Angela Yochem is an executive architect with a leading multinational organisation and an IASA fellow. Her public role and passion for architecture is incredible but it is her clear business focused approach that really sets her apart from the rest. We constantly strive to align more closely with the...
  • Blog Post: Talking Architects with Neil Ward-Dutton – Do architects love the cloud?

    Well, maybe they don’t actually ‘love’ the cloud but according to the research by MWD Advisors in partnership with the IASA it appears that they are cautiously optimistic which came as quite a surprise. Neil, Research Director from MWD talked to me recently about their involvement with IASA and what...
  • Blog Post: Talking Architects with Len Bass – new series on Channel 9

    Talking Architects is a UK channel 9 series that I’ve just launched to reach out to prominent people within the Industry to discuss the issues that architects face. If you think I should talk to you or to anyone you know especially in the UK then drop me a line!   First up is Len Bass , co-author...
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