Although you hardly needed another reason to attend the MSDN Developer Conference (MDC) in Boston on Jan. 22nd, seeing how I’m one of the speakers, but now we’ve got late-breaking news that Roger Sessions of fame will be participating, as well!  He’ll also be speaking at the IASA New England Chapter meeting (the night before the MDC).

Lately Roger has been talking about simple architectures for complex enterprises.  In fact, that’s the title of his talk:

Simple Architectures for Complex Enterprises

It is common to hear of massive IT failures; projects that are over budget, late, poorly aligned to business needs, or all of the above. Often, the resulting losses are in the hundreds of millions of dollars. The cause is almost always the same: uncontrolled complexity. The solution to complexity is simple — or more specifically, simplicity.

We need to understand what makes systems simple with as much critical reasoning as we do what makes systems fast, secure, or reliable. This talk is about the mathematical models of complexity and the methodologies needed to control it. Complexity is the most insidious problem facing IT architects. Control it, or it will bury you! This talk will be thought provoking and open new areas for exploration.

I hope you’ll take advantage of this fantastic opportunity.