How long is a piece of string?

A raging email thread on one of our internal aliases led me to an old blog entry about self-locking kangaroos. We have the same kind of thing in architecture.  I am often asked “What is the best way to…” or its logical corollary “Take a look at this architecture and make sure there is nothing…

Web 2.0 thoughts from the boss

Dan has written a great post on Web 2.0 and why young(er) folks seem to “get” it more easily. I’ve learned two things: 1) I am old.  Thanks, Dan.  🙂 2) I’ve often said that technology is much more a reflection of sociology then anything else.  That’s why so many problems in the enterprise are…

Enterprise Authorization

My colleague Curt Devlin has written a great article on enterprise authorization.  This is a really thorny problem that is going to get worse as enterprises become more and more virtual.

Sun to sell Windows

I never thought that I would see the day that Microsoft and Sun would have become so close, but Sun is going to sell servers pre-installed with Windows. It’s good to see…I’ve always thought Sun was a great company.


Death of the Datacenter

I’ve believed for a long time that the “Datacenter” as it exists today is a doomed entity, which needs to become a logical construct rather than a physical construct. Apparently, Forrester agrees. I agree with the first part of the conclusion, that pervasive networking will be a key driver going forward. I’m not so convinced…

First MCA board

I recently got the opportunity to serve on my first MCA board in Atlanta, GA.  Congratulations to all of the candidates that achieved the certification. One thing that stood out for me….we need to find a way to better prepare candidates.  We had several folks who were very close to the bar, and I think…


Green Datacenter Initiative

One thing that has been on my mind lately…how can folks reduce the amount of power that they are consuming in the datacenter.  Very few architects look at power efficiency as a first-class system quality. In my mind, this is something that is going to take a while to solve.  It is roughly analogous to…


MSDN Financial Services Industry Center

Check out the MSDN Financial Services Industry Center, run by Mike Walker.  Excellent content!


Windows PowerShell…

…has relased to the web! Download is available here: