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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.
17 Mar 2010
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...
5 Mar 2010
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...
13 Feb 2008
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...
5 Feb 2008
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...
11 Dec 2007
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)...
23 Nov 2007
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...
3 Jul 2007
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...
26 Jun 2007
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...
6 Jun 2007
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...
23 Mar 2007
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...
8 Feb 2007
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...
20 Dec 2006
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...
19 Dec 2006
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