Customer 2.0 is here and she has a major impact on business models and system architecture

One of the major tasks on my plate is understanding the impact of business systems to support the explosion of Software as a service business offerings, such as Exchange Hosted Services, Windows Live offerings and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Live. These business offerings all stem from the ‘Subscription’ business model built to support our overall Software…

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SWABOK, Archipedia, Uber Architecture Framework, xyz?

Nick Malik wrote blog post “The culture of art vs. the culture of engineering” that described the problem of architects and developers being caught up in invention rather than reusing software system definitions and concepts. I wholeheartedly agree with Nick. We’ve all struggled with this problem it seems. The situation I observe is when I point…

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Service Delivery Platform (SDP) for the Enterprise

I’m noticing a lot of great improvements in Enterprise Architecture Frameworks, namely FEAF, TOGAF, Gartner EAF and ITIL (Yes, I see ITIL as an EAF now). They are embracing similar improvement themes like Business Strategy linkage, enabling agile business via Service-Oriented Architecture approaches, iterative delivery processes, federated team models, and process, information and system complexity reduction….

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Adoption, rather than Architecture, is the high order bit for Architects

Over the years I’ve noticed a strange phenomenon, sometimes the most logical decision isn’t the decision made. Have you ever witnessed an unbelievably strong argument to build system infrastructure with all the right scientifically backed architecture documentation, ROI analysis, market analysis and compelling innovation forecasts only for it to be rejected? I have and wonder,…

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The formula for Agility

Months ago I published a blog about how to implement system quality attributes (found here). In that article I asserted that Solution Architects should deliberately design systems for high quality and I provided a means for doing this. Because the point of software, or so I assert, is to automate business processes and protect data…

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Enterprise Architect vs Solution Architect

What exactly is an Enterprise Architect versus a Solution Architect? I’d like to chat about the difference because I’m not confident everyone understands this well. It’s actually quite simple. I propose that a Solution Architect is a project team role that is responsible for the system quality of the solution being delivered to the business. I…

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Skills from different experiences – Well rounded is King

I currently sit in Microsoft IT and get to share experiences and learn with some of the most interesting folks in the world. My role encourages me to generate good ideas for the company and work with others through natural alignment to build great products for Microsoft. This is good fun. I’m recently noticing more…

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How SaaS, S+S impact an Enterprise Architect

Mike Walker wrote a great thought-provoking blog post on the implications SaaS has on Enterprise Architecture. Although he noted some very interesting points, I thought I’d extend this a bit and describe the impact of my life as it pertains to SaaS because coincidentally, I’m an Enterprise Architect and am personally tasked in an initiative…

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Enterprise Architecture Mapping Artifacts – They are very powerful so be very, very careful

I wrote a blog (found here) describing the relationship from Business Strategy to other Business Architecture concepts and several IT concepts. I also introduced a few new concepts to the traditional view; Business Capabilities, Solution Domains and Data Facets that are fundamental to manage larger enterprise organizations. I’d like to reference that blog and the…

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Traceability from Biz Strategy to Application to Data to Hardware…

Recently, I’ve had a number of conversations with folks regarding concepts at the enterprise-level mostly focused on traceability from some architecture concept to Business Strategy. After all, if someone asserts an architecture concept and it isn’t traceable to a Business Strategy there is a natural reflex to question its purpose. Here’s a view of a…

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