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  • 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: How Secure is your cloud?

    http://mattdeacon.wordpress.com/2010/09/21/how-secure-is-you-cloud/
  • 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: 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: The Pig, The Banker and the Cloud

    A story of cloud awareness This is the story of the Banker and the Pig. It is not based on any specific single reality but on the collection of many factors. It’s based on the presentation I prepared called Unbundling the bank. ”Oh no!”, says the (fictional) Banker (not related to any actual banker I...
  • Blog Post: Unbundling the Bank @ CloudCamp

    The other night I tried my hand at a 5 minute cloudcamp presentation which was mad and to be honest didn’t go according to plan! But hey I’ve put all that down to life-long-learning now and in probably talking to the wrong audience! Below is the deck I presented and for some most baffling reason, that...
  • Blog Post: Unbundling the bank

    Just over 2 years ago I first wrote the post entitled “ unbundling the bank ” and hear I am finding myself planning a talk at CloudCamp next week entitled the same! The title, I thought, came to me earlier this week when I had chance to visit a team of Enterprise Architects at a large UK bank. I was...
  • Blog Post: Service Centricity

    There is a shift happening but it’s been happening longer than many think and its effects may be larger and more significant than we at first expect. This shift is business driven, as it strives to maintain its innovation edge ensuring that costs are reduced and ensuring it moves to a more lean and efficient...
  • Blog Post: The true nature of Clouds

    Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO made the statement back in April that “ We’re All In ” when it comes to the cloud. He mentioned that over 70% of the $2.5billion Microsoft R&D budget is now focused on cloud innovation and that this will head to 90% over the next year. This is a major indication of the...
  • Blog Post: The Economics of Cloud Integration

    I met up with an integration partner the other day and we talked about how cloud could impact their business. He talked about the typical integration project and that it was quite an investment for the customer. Phase 1: Partner builds out integration solution Phase 2: Initiates technical training for...
  • 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: The Pre-Manufactured Data Centre

    Neat video that describes Microsoft’s data centre evolution from “Generation 4 vision” towards the pre-manufacturing of every part of the data centre: the IT, mechanical and electrical components as part of Pre-Assembled Components that they call an “ITPAC”. Take a look at the video here
  • 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: Talking at EAC this June!

    I’ve reached new heights and have been accepted (after much scrutiny it must be said) onto the agenda at the Enterprise Architect Conference in June! Here’s my fully vetted and grammatically corrected abstract for you to savour:)! Implications of cloud computing for enterprise architects The “Cloud”...
  • 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: Dave Chappell on Azure and other cloud offerings

    been out a while but here’s a great interview* between Dave Gristwood and Dave Chappell on the value of Azure in comparison with other cloud platforms like AWS, Google AppEngine and Force.com well worth the time to watch! * Ok, so when I say great video – I did the filming so am to blame for the “headless...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming North Eastern Cloud Events

    Quick note before going on leave to make sure you are aware of the following cloud events in Newcastle on the 29th July. Both Simon Davies and I will be there but if that's not enough then there will be loads of other great talks on ... CloudSeminar How 'the cloud' can help your IT operation Date: Wednesday...
  • Blog Post: Implications of the Cloud

    This March I met with 30 senior architects for two days to discuss cloud computing and what impact this might have on enterprise. Sessions were delivered from Industry trade associations, industry analysts, early adopters of cloud computing plus sessions covering what Microsoft are up to in this...
  • Blog Post: Architect Insight Slides now live!!!

    Finally, after much delay I can confirm that the slide decks and keynote video are now available for download at: http://www.microsoft.com/uk/aic2009 Additional breakout videos and additional podcast interviews should follow soon!!!!
  • Blog Post: The Cloud, the architect, IT and the great disruption

    Here's the deck I presented to Accenture technical consultants. Bit of fun and got a chance to give my view on what's happening to IT. Here's what I was asked to cover ... What’s cloud computing? What’s the industry trend, projections, opportunity and client value? What does this mean for...
  • Blog Post: What ISVs should know about hosting/building on cloud/PaaS

    I had the pleasure of talking at an IBM hosted SIIA event yesterday and thought it worth sharing some thoughts. It was hosted by Phil Waineright ( http://blogs.zdnet.com/SAAS/ ) a well known commentator on SaaS and comprised of a series of 5 minute "lightening talks" (as popularised by Cloudcamp ) from...
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