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  • Blog Post: Architect Journal WPF Reader - Beta available!

    I've always been a fan of the high quality articles available in the Architect Journal. Of course you've always been able to subscribe or view articles online but now there is a better way to read, search and share articles. Simon Guest and co. have just released a beta version of the Architect Journal...
  • Blog Post: Adelaide Bank - Enterprise Architecture and Motion

    We were fortunate enough to have Glenn Smyth, Chief Architect of Adelaide Bank present at the Canberra Architect Council last week. Many folks that have been around the traps in Canberra for a number of years will know Glenn from his days at ATO and also DEWR. He is a great presenter and a colourful...
  • Blog Post: ARCast in OZ - TFS for mainframe COBOL ... oh and .NET too

    Ron Jacobs of ARCast fame just sent me an email to let me know that the ARCast he recorded at TechEd 2007 Australia is now available. Checkout his ARCast from downunder (2.5 mins into the video) which has an interesting interview with an organisation I've done some work with. The interesting thing is...
  • Blog Post: Public Sector and Forms

    The two go hand in hand don't they? How many different forms do people need to fill out for the requirements of different government departments? It seems that every department has a process and a bunch of forms that require automation. It'd be fair to say that Forms in the Public Sector are a recurring...
  • Blog Post: SOA Workshop for Architects - Webcast series

    Webcast series that discusses SOA and the Microsoft platform pieces that can make SOA real. Great to see that User Experience is seen as a important enabler of a successful SOA strategy. SOA Workshop for Architects: Messaging & Communications SOA Workshop for Architects: Business Process & Workflow...
  • Blog Post: "SOA seems to have come and gone quicker than a $50 hooker"

    Murls wrote an interesting comment on my last post about Dr. Don Fergusons presentation at the last architect council. Murls writes " .... To me it seems like I have seen so much come and go over the years and SOA seems to have come and gone faster than a $50 hooker. And my belief is confirmed through...
  • Blog Post: Canberra Architect Council - Dr. Don Ferguson

    Last week we were fortunate to have Dr. Don Ferguson in Australia. Don is a Microsoft Technical fellow and fairly new to Microsoft after many years at big blue. During this time he visited Canberra and presented at the Canberra Architect Council and shared some interesting thoughts on SOA, ESBs, Web...
  • Blog Post: Architect Journal 10 - Composite Applications

    The latest issue of the Architect Journal has some great articles including some interesting ones on composite applications. Foreword Composite Applications: The New Paradigm Context-Driven Access via Microsoft Office Building Office Business Applications Architecture...
  • Blog Post: Building Composite Applications using ..... what?

    Wikipedia defines composite applications as "... a perspective of software engineering that defines an application built by combining multiple services. A composite application consists of functionality drawn from several different sources ..." What the composite "container" might be could, vary from...
  • Blog Post: Comm Bank Case Study published

    Just returned from annual leave and in catching up, I see that the CommSee case study has been published on MSDN! This is a meaty, 63 page technical case study that examines the solution architecture, technical project details, and best practices employed to get CommSee successfully rolled out to 30...
  • Blog Post: Canberra Architect Council - Software as a Service

    Yesterday my colleague, Nigel came to Canberra to present at the Canberra Architect Council. The topic was "Software as a Service – Catching the Long Tail". I have seen the presentation before but the interesting thing about this delivery was that it was to a public sector audience. Is SaaS even relevant...
  • Blog Post: Informa SOA conference

    Last week I attended the Informa Service Oriented Architecture. In addition to presenting, I also had the pleasure of chairing the second day of the conference which basically involved introducing the day, keeping the other speakers to the scheduled time and most interesting was moderating the panel...
  • Blog Post: SOA for Real! Comm Bank video interviews and resources

    You might have seen some talk of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) CommSee project. Its a highly successful SOA implementation with many interesting aspects (incremental delivery approach, Service design, .NET Smart client, large scale project, mainframe integration, user centric etc etc). ...
  • Blog Post: CardSpace / Identity Metasystem Resources

    Today I had the opportunity to present to a large group of folks from some of the government agencies based here in Canberra on one of my favourite topics -CardSpace and the Identity Metasystem! Of course, CardSpace addresses the problem of storing those passwords in odd places But this topic...
  • Blog Post: WOW! Softricity - Software delivered like electricity!

    I remember the first time I saw a virtual machine running. It was many years ago on a early version of VMware. My reaction was WOW! I immediately recognised the problems it could solve and the opportunities virtualisation could provide. Think about virtualisation at the next level ... what if we were...
  • Blog Post: SOA and the Reality of Reuse

    Their are many purported benefits of taking a service oriented approach to building systems and integrating with existing systems. Some of these include: Abstracted - services abstract us away from the underlying implementation Relevant - functionality is presented at a granularity meaningful to the...
  • Blog Post: Ron Jacobs - Patterns and Anti-Patterns for Service Oriented Architectures

    Last Wednesday, 30th August we ran a Technical Architecure briefing at the Canberra Microsoft office. Ron Jacobs from the Architecture Strategy Team based in Redmond did an excellent presentation on Patterns and Anti-Patterns for Service-Oriented Architectures. You can find the slides from Ron...
  • Blog Post: Cardspace is a conceptual leap

    Last Thursday, my colleague Anna Liu came down to Canberra. It was a beautiful spring day. We spent some time in a workshop with some Federal sector customers discussing Cardspace and potential scenarios of how this might work across different government agencies and serve citizens more effectively...
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