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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: 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: 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: A Cloud of Confusion!

    It really amazes me that there is still so much confusion about cloud, and maybe it’s just a result of having spent far too much time involved in the subject, such that I have separated the “wheat from the chaff” and to me it all looks quite simple now (ish) or maybe its to the tribute of so many marketeers...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: SaaS as a Disruptive Technology?

    At long last I've finally got the report I produced with Dr Steve Moxey of Manchester Business School published on MSDN . In short the report concludes that SaaS as a general concept is being seen as a "radical incremental technology" more than being "disruptive" which makes sense given that SaaS...
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