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  • Blog Post: Azure – Practitioners Guides

    I think that this post by Bill Zack is pretty useful. The post lists resources for everyone who wants to learn more about Azure and the Microsoft “Platform as a Service” strategy.  Please feel free to share the link.
  • Blog Post: Should IT run “like a business” or “like a non-profit?”

    Why is it so hard to run IT like a business?  Because, I can choose to be a customer of a business, and I can choose not to be a customer.  Businesses don’t mind because there are usually lots of potential customers, so getting a market share of 1% can lead to a great deal of success. IT does...
  • Blog Post: Want the Software Quality Attributes of a service? -- ask the customer!

    Nilesh starts blogging, and his first post is of such high quality that I have to rave about it here. Nilesh Bhide, a trusted colleague of mine and a terrific architect, brings forth a tidbit of information too often overlooked: we can learn a great deal about the expectations, and therefore requirements...
  • Blog Post: Standardization works with a limited, and rational, scope

    I've been on a roll lately, calling for the creating of a standardized approach to the partitioning of Line-of-Business apps . One reader commented that we are a long way from "plug and play" integration. The real answer is more subtle than that. Not all business are alike. Therefore, one standard...
  • Blog Post: The battle for the net-top heats up

    Sometimes, in a long struggle, a goal that was strategic one day, becomes unimportant later. This happens when some underlying assumption is challenged, when some previously secure resource becomes unavailable, or when the behavior of large groups of people shifts. (Caveat: my views are my own, and may...
  • Blog Post: Focusing on Customer 2.0

    There's been talk, for years now, about concepts like Enterprise 2.0 and Web 2.0. We are all so enamored with technology, we sometimes forget that it is about the customer. There is a Customer 2.0 in here, and I'd like to speak to her. Have you met Kai? Kai is the name that we (the MS IT EA Team)...
  • Blog Post: How do I fix the broken stuff?

    No organization is perfect. We each can look around and say "stuff is broken here." So, how to fix things? First off, why fix things? After all, if I am a lowly programmer, it is not up to me to fix things, right? After all, they pay executives, don't they? Shouldn't an executive earn their salary...
  • Blog Post: The Unimportant SOA Catalog

    Have you ever woke up in the morning with an idea in your head that you simply have to write down? I just did. Here's the idea: Everyone talks about how important the catalog (or repository) is to Service Oriented Architecture. It isn't. The reason everyone wants a catalog is simple: If I create a...
  • Blog Post: What is the REST high-order bit?

    Harry Pierson asks a great question in his post on REST ( A REST Question ). I'll summarize his excellent post this way: what makes something RESTful? Is it the protocol or is it the constraints in the architectural style? My take. Rest is succeeding where SOAP has had a hard time. Clearly, the...
  • Blog Post: Web 2.0 vs. the IT department

    Michael Platt posted a set of observations recently that offered up some troubling conclusions. In his post , which you should read, he noted that most of the folks interested in creating Web 2.0 sites were not talking to their IT departments to make them happen. These creative and interested business...
  • Blog Post: IFaP : Middle Out Architecture

    There is some discussion these days about "middle out" architecture. The key idea in "middle out" is that it is neither top down nor bottom up. So what does that mean? Top down architecture means to take the entire enterprise and create a model with large, vague, blocks of functionality. The architect...
  • Blog Post: Internet-wide Services Integration Architecture needed now!

    As I mentioned in a prior blog entry , the lack of a single consensus mechanism for different Software-as-a-Service apps to integrate with each other and with enterprise-oriented software applications (like SAP, Dynamics, Baan, Siebel, Oracle, Clarify and others) is a clear obstacle to the success of...
  • Blog Post: The roadblock to Software As A Service

    Prediction for 2007: The market for Software as a Service is going to peak soon, and then fall off. In a year, existing players will stabilize and consolodate and one or two players will be profitable, while the rest fall away. The promise of Software as a Service (SaaS) is the same as that of the...
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