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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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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: UK IASA leadership strengthened!

    Last night was the UK IASA AGM which proved to be a great success and I am delighted to welcome 4 new faces to the IASA leadership committee as a result. We also took time to review the IASA plans to launch certification which were also well received by the group. So here's to an exciting year ahead...
  • Blog Post: Mind the architect gap

    I’m fortunate to know and work with a great many really influential architects both within my organisation and outside through my work as UK chair of the International Association of Software Architects (IASA). However, it has become increasingly apparent that for some the role of architects/architecture...
  • Blog Post: Next UK IASA Meeting ...

    A date for your diaries ... Netuitive: Taking Guesswork Out of IT Performance Management Tuesday, March 24, 2009 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (GMT) Based on nine patented technologies, Netuitive software uses an advanced mathematics analysis engine to understand and self learn the normal operating behaviour...
  • Blog Post: IASA UK Meeting: Mapping the Architecture of Applications

    The UK IASA Chapter is pleased to announce the next UK meeting will be sponsored by SCL and Lattix : Mapping the Architecture of Applications, Frameworks and Databases with a Dependency Structure Matrix Dependencies are key to managing Software Architecture Learn a new approach to representing...
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