Enterprise Grade vs Web Grade

The SPARK discussions continue. Jeff Schneider posted recently (here and here) on the issues we discussed at SPARK. He follows on from a post by Dare Obasanjo who argues that Enterprise Architects often propose overly complex solutions to relatively simple problems, and that it is possible to create robust global-scale IT systems using the Web…

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SPARK!

The weekend before last (the weekend before Mix06) I attended the Microsoft ‘SPARK’ conference at the Venetian in Las Vegas. SPARK was billed as chance to explore and discuss the issues in the evolving architectural landscapes of Web 2.0, SOA and Software as a Service (SaaS). The tag line behind SPARK was that it was…

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SPARK

The weekend before last (the weekend before Mix06) I attended the Microsoft ‘SPARK’ conference at the Venetian in Las Vegas. SPARK was billed as chance to explore and discuss the issues in the evolving architectural landscapes of Web 2.0, SOA and Software as a Service (SaaS). The tag line behind SPARK was that it was…

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Software’s The Bottleneck…

Hardware and software advances go hand in hand of course, but it’s generally accepted (and natural) that software lags hardware. In particular, current software (tools, frameworks, infrastructure, etc) is lagging somewhat in its ability to fully leverage the advances in hardware capabilities.   A case in point is the recent advances using hyper-threading and multi-core…

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New Year, New Team, New Stuff To Think About…

It is quite an exciting time to be involved with smart clients at Microsoft. Late last year I moved from my role in the Architecture Strategy team to the Windows Forms team to look at our future smart client platform strategy. Now of course, Windows Forms is not the only technology that is relevant to…

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