George awarded MCA

I have just been notified that I have sucessfuly passed the architecture board, and I am officially a Microsoft Certified Architect.  I have to give many, many thanks to my mentors Lewis Curtis, and Allen Stewart, without whom I would not have made it. I will blog on my MCA experience soon….

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Rights management tension

A comment to a recent post to my blog regarding rights management: “Sounds like an innovation your customers don’t really want/need. Stronger integrated rights management mainly benefits content owners, and allows the imposition of unreasonable limitations on content use. I am in particular talking about, for example, buying a song, and having it only be…

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Warfighting and Architecture

In his book Blink, Malcom Galdwell discusses the experience of Paul Van Riper in creating structures for spontaneity.  In 2000, Van Riper was given the task of leading the opposition force for a wargame called Millennium Challenge ’02.  Van Riper’s approach contains some key leanings for infrastructure architects. Under the Millennium Challenge scenario, a rogue…

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Secret Code, Part 2

The second pillar that Microsoft believes in is the idea of integrated innovation. Integrated innovation means that developments on one part of the platform are leveraged across the rest of the platform. Microsoft spends close to $7 billion on research and development each year. Integrated innovation allows us to capitalize on this spend across all…

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Microsoft’s secret code revealed!

I am often asked by architects to explain “Microsoft’s strategy” on some piece of software. “What is Microsoft’s strategy on Mainframe computing?” “Are you going to move exclusively to Terminal Server?” “Are you going to port Active Directory to Linux?” In order to answer these questions, you need to understand Microsoft’s business strategy. I am…

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What is infrastructure architecture?

architecture    The fundamental organization of a system embodied in its components, their relationships to each other, and to the environment, and the principles guiding its design and evolution. architect:    The person, team, or organization responsible for systems architecture.                IEEE Standard 1421-2000 “IEEE Recommended Practice for Architectural Description of Software-Intensive Systems”    When talking with customers, a…

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DSI Core Principles

Check out the DSI core principles at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/dsi/dsicore.mspx  

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