So long and thanks for the fish … leaving Microsoft

So after 5 great years at Microsoft UK it’s time for me to say so long as I move on to new things although I fully expect to remain part of the Microsoft ecosystem and still haunt the corridors of the UK Campus from time to time! So what does a Microsoft Architect do after…


Visual Studio Architect Guidance

I got chance to organise an analyst briefing last week at Microsoft to cover the architecture capabilities of Visual Studio 2010. It was a great session as there’s such a strong and exciting story growing for Microsoft in their support not just for architects but right across the Application lifecycle that also reaches out to…


The Pig, The Banker and the Cloud

A story of cloud awareness This is the story of the Banker and the Pig. It is not based on any specific single reality but on the collection of many factors. It’s based on the presentation I prepared called Unbundling the bank. ”Oh no!”, says the (fictional) Banker (not related to any actual banker I…


Unbundling the Bank @ CloudCamp

The other night I tried my hand at a 5 minute cloudcamp presentation which was mad and to be honest didn’t go according to plan! But hey I’ve put all that down to life-long-learning now and in probably talking to the wrong audience! Below is the deck I presented and for some most baffling reason,…


The true nature of Clouds

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO made the statement back in April that “We’re All In” when it comes to the cloud. He mentioned that over 70% of the $2.5billion Microsoft R&D budget is now focused on cloud innovation and that this will head to 90% over the next year. This is a major indication of the…


Appfabric: the gateway to the cloud, an easyjet story.

A year ago, easyjet would not have predicted the level of cloud adoption it has seen across its core IT assets. At Architect Insight last year, Andy Caddy, Head of Enterprise Architecture gave an account of their IT cloud strategy explaining that easyjet was a £2.5 billion business whose revenue nearly alls comes through easyjet.com. …


Interactive Tracks @ Architect Insight 2010

Finally, I have built out the content for the interactive tracks at AIC2010 and here’s a sneak preview before the details go live :)! Day 1 & 2 plus abstracts!!!! Day 1 09:30 Welcome Microsoft Executive Keynote Terry Smith, Senior Director, Partner Technology Unit, Microsoft Ltd Convergent Architecture – beyond SOA David Sprott, CEO, Everware-CBDI…


Mind the architect gap

I’m fortunate to know and work with a great many really influential architects both within my organisation and outside through my work as UK chair of the International Association of Software Architects (IASA). However, it has become increasingly apparent that for some the role of architects/architecture is clear while for others it is not. For…

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Bletchley Park Architects Council Part 2

The Microsoft UK Architect Council Meeting 8 & 9 June 2009 Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes On the afternoon of the second day the Council broke into 3 groups to discuss interoperability in the context of Security & Identity Standards SOA The groups were asked to consider the following questions: What does interoperability mean and what…

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