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Nigel Watson, an Architect Advisor at Microsoft, based in Melbourne Australia.

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  • Blog Post: Architecture Forum site is now back up and running.

    Minor glitch I think, but the AAF site was back online this morning. Register away - only a few days to go before we kick off in Melbourne!
  • Blog Post: Software + Services Architecture Round-tables

    This week, I've been helping host my good friend and colleague Gianpaolo Carraro at a number of round-tables discussing Software + Services. We're half-way through; yesterday we conducted a session in Melbourne, and this morning we were in Canberra. As I write this, I'm at Canberra Airport waiting for...
  • Blog Post: Slides from last week's Architecture Council - Glenn Smyth, Chief Architect Adelaide Bank

    Last week Glenn Smyth, Chief Architect from the Adelaide Bank presented for us at the Melbourne Architect Council. Ostensibly, this was a talk about SOA, and how you can use capability modelling (ala Motion, now called MSBA ) to guide some of your decisions about implementing service oriented architectures...
  • Blog Post: Only a few days to go before the Australian Architecture Forum - its not too late to register!

    It's hard to believe that it's only a few days until the inaugural Australian Architecture Forum . But don't despair, there's still time to register for the event if you haven't had a chance to yet. I've been looking at the agenda today, and it looks like it'll be a really interesting conference. Some...
  • Blog Post: Australian Architecture Forum - register now!

    Just a reminder, for those of you that haven't seen an invitation yet - time is ticking away to get yourself registered for the Australian Architecture Forum , which runs in Sydney and Melbourne in a couple of weeks time. This is a truly unique event; IBM, Microsoft, Object Consulting, ThoughtWorks...
  • Blog Post: ASWEC2007: Unloading can be cathartic!

    I'm an Industry Track paper reviewer for the 2007 Australian Software Engineering Conference , being held in Melbourne in April this year. The venue is booked ... the track committees and chairs selected ... sponsors are being charmed ... and now all we need are people to share war stories, ideas, and...
  • Blog Post: Australian Architecture Forum: Raison d'etre...

    Chuck and I - in conjunction with Object Consulting and the ACS - are working on catalysing a community architecture event for next year, which he blogged about last week here and here . I wanted to chime in on some of the underlying thinking behind why we think this event will be important, and what...
  • Blog Post: Web vNext ARCast, and... what is Web vNext again?

    While I'm on the subject of ARCasts, Check out Ron's audio ARCast ( part1 , part2 ) of the Tech.Ed 2006 Web vNext Panel with Rowan Simpson (of tradme.co.nz fame), George Moore (GM of Windows Live), and Scott Guthrie (GM for .NET). Great discussion, captured in front of and featuring questions from the...
  • Blog Post: CommSee architectural v-ARCast up on SkyScrapr

    While Ron was visiting Australia in August, he spent a day chatting - on video - with the Commonwealth Bank's CommSee architecture team. I'm pleased to report that these conversations are now available online at SkyScrapr as an ARCast . It's well worth a look if you are interested in the design and architecture...
  • Blog Post: Next IASA Melbourne meeting (Thur Aug 31st) An Evening with Ron Jacobs

    The next IASA Melbourne meeting is a combined event with the Victoria.NET Dev SIG (formerly VDNUG). We're taking the opportunity to get Ron down to Melbourne to redeliver one of his Tech.Ed sessions, which looks at architecture from the perspective of someone interested in taking the next steps in their...
  • Blog Post: ...and the mystery guest at on the Aus Tech.Ed Web vNext panel is...

    None other than Ben Barren , Web vNext entrepreneur , and a frequent speaker and commentator on driving Web vNext in Oz. I went along to his (and John Allsop's ) talk at the WebDirections seminar in Melbourne last week. It was a great session, and it's good to see that there is a thriving community in...
  • Blog Post: Say! What a lot of phish there are!

    With apologies to Theodor Geisel ... Looks as if IE7's anti-phishing filter thinks MS Corp's Outlook Web Access entry point is suss... But seriously, I'm copping 2-3 phish attempts a week in my junk mail folder, and I'm happy that IE7 now has this functionality built-in. Still, I can't wait until...
  • Blog Post: Web vNext panel discussion at Tech.Ed - questions, topics?

    One of the sessions in the architecture tracks at Tech.Ed Aus and NZ is a panel discussion tackling the architectural implications of Web 2.0. Hosted by Ron Jacobs, the panels will run in New Zealand and Australia, with panelists George Moore (GM for the Windows Live Developer Platform), Scott Guthrie...
  • Blog Post: ...but is there life after Tech.Ed?

    Of course there is! For a start, Nigel Watling (CardSpace Technology Evangelist from MS Corp) is down in Melbourne presenting a one-day hands-on developer lab on CardSpace on Tue August 29th. This is the same session that he's presenting in Sydney the previous day (see Anna's blog ). If you are interested...
  • Blog Post: Nigel = 1..n(busy) where n=mucho

    I've been absolutely hammered over the last few weeks, which has meant I've kind of been neglecting my blog. One of the things that is keeping me up at night is Tech.Ed, where I'm coordinating the Architecture track . For me, one of the best parts (apart from the socialising) of Tech.Ed. has always...
  • Blog Post: Kim Cameron Architect Council Session - Slides and Audio now available

    As discussed previously , we were very fortunate to have Microsoft identity gury Kim Cameron in Australia last week, where (amongst other things) he presented at our architecture councils in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. I recorded an audio stream of the event in Melbourne, which you can download for...
  • Blog Post: Get it while it's hot - Journal 8 is out

    This issue deals with Data in the enterprise: Welcome to our latest issue of the Journal. This issue focuses on Data. Our authors this month tackle such issues as the importance of reliability for data when designing connected systems. Hear how the data integration was designed for the MSDN TechNet...
  • Blog Post: Kim Cameron is coming - shall we record his session?

    As Anna points out , we are incredibly fortunate to have Kim Cameron (identity uber-guru ) coming out to Australia to present at the Architect Councils in August. These are pretty low-key events - somewhere on the order of 30 people attend each one. We don't really have the space (nor the desire) to...
  • Blog Post: What's on your wishlist for Enterprise Library for .NET 3.0?

    Tom Hollander sent out a note this morning soliciting input for the next version of Enterprise Library. So, what would you like to see in EntLib going forward? New blocks or changes to existing blocks to take advantage of some of the new capability in .NET 3.0? Improved performance? New providers? Better...
  • Blog Post: WinFX + .NET 2.0 = .NET 3.0

    Late last week, Soma posted the news that we're harmonising the naming for .NET and WinFX under one umbrella: .NET 3.0. Note that this doesn't actually mean there's a new version of the CLR or class libraries being released. Rather, it means that WCF, WPF, WF and WCS (Windows CardSpace, formally known...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Motion

    I was at the Gartner ADIWS summit in Sydney earlier this week, and while on the MS booth fielded several questions about Motion. In case you haven't heard of it, Motion is an approach to building a business IT architecture that focuses on identifying business capabilities (i.e. bill customer), and...
  • Blog Post: Dr Gordon Bell Architecture Council audio/slides available online

    During May, industry legend and DEC Vax inventor Dr Gordon Bell spoke at the Microsoft Architecture Councils in Australia and New Zealand. Gordon is a senior researcher in the Microsoft Silicon Valley Center’s eSciences group, San Francisco, CA., and a Visiting Professor at the Macquarie University Institute...
  • Blog Post: Architect Profile: Kevin Francis

    In every edition of the Microsoft ANZ Architecture newsletter, we’ll be profiling a prominent industry architect about their role, their thoughts on architecture, and their views on working in the industry. This month, we meet Kevin Francis , a Microsoft Solution Architecture MVP (Most...
  • Blog Post: IASA Melbourne Meeting

    The inaugural meeting of the Melbourne IASA (International Association of Software Architects) chapter is this Thursday. What is the IASA, I hear you ask? From the IASA web site: --snip-- We started the IASA to deal with some major issues facing IT architect's today: Experience isnt portable...
  • Blog Post: New architecture site: Skyscrapr

    skyscrapr , quietly launched last week, is a new architecture blogging site designed to make architecture accessible to all. The basic premise of the site is that while plenty of people are interested in IT architecture, not everyone understands what architects in the industry do, nor do they understand...
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