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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: 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Anatomy of Software + Services

    I was asked to talk to some people the other day about Software + Services and what it meant. For some reason I started to draw out a mind map. After a little tweaking here's where I got to after the chat. One bit I particularily liked were the architectural principles. Be interested in feedback here...
  • Blog Post: The shrinking Enterprise

    For the majority of my time I work away from the main Microsoft office and the one thing that really gets to me is the need to RAS in. The VPN connection is always going up and down and if I want to access an external web site then the speed has halved as all the traffic now goes via the corporate network...
  • Blog Post: SQLServer in the Cloud?

    ** URLs fixed** Yesterday at MIX we announced SQL Server Data Services which is a set of data storage web services and query capabilities hosted on our datacentre infrastructure. This provides another element of the cloud infrastructure services layer that Ray Ozzie has been talking about as part...
  • Blog Post: UK Services Revolution Architect Forum

    We held a great forum in the UK last week on the future of software and services and finally I have got the slides posted up on to the web! Download "Software + Services: An Architect Perspective" as a PPTX document Download "LitwareHR v2: An S+S Reference Application" as a PPTX document ...
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