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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Architect Insight Conference breakout videos now live!

    Finally after much angst the breakout sessions from AIC09 are now live here !
  • 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: Bletchley Park Architects Council Part 2

    The Microsoft UK Architect Council Meeting 8 & 9 June 2009 Bletchley Park , Milton Keynes On the afternoon of the second day the Council broke into 3 groups to discuss interoperability in the context of Security & Identity Standards SOA The groups were asked to consider the following questions...
  • 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: Announcing the 4th Microsoft Architect Insight Conference

    After much effort by a great many people I'm delighted to say that we'll be holding the 4th annual Architect Insight Conference this year!!! The format has changed to reflect the new world but the quality bar is still set as high as before:)!!! Microsoft Architect Conference May 8th, Microsoft...
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