Is the pervasiveness of information making us stupid?

There is a great article from Nicholas Carr that is worth a read called "Is Google Making Us Stupid?". There is a similar article on the New York Times site as well called "Literacy Debate: Online, R U Really Reading?" There is a common thread here, and that is information overload. Is this good, bad…

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Creating a Enterprise Asset Roadmap Strategy

Recently I was asked to chime in on how to setup a global enterprise asset roadmap strategy. This was a fully loaded question and also a tricky one to answer. It is not an easy task as there is a number of forces at play and are extremely dynamic based on organizational culture, dynamics, structure…

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Can you Easily Compare EA Frameworks?

Have you ever tried to compare EA frameworks? How do you compare and are all frameworks the same. The reader digest version of the answer is: No… Not all frameworks are the same but rather have there own definitions of what they are to deliver. I have in the past and I have found it…

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19th Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conference: Day 1 Highlights

For those who didn’t get the updates. Here is a summary of the activates at the Open Group Conference in Chicago. The Open Group’s 19th Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conference kicked off on Monday, July 21st in Chicago.  Industry leaders from near and far convened at the historic InterContinental Chicago Hotel to share their insights on…

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Microsoft Strategic Architect Forum 2008

For those interested, the 2008 Microsoft Strategic Architect Forum (SAF) will happen again this year. Each year my team organizes this conference so that top architects from around the world can get together to collaborate on key challenges in the industry. This year, it will be held in downtown San Francisco instead of back at…

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Open Group SOA Ontology

The Open Group has recently released a draft version of a SOA ontology. They have been developing a formal ontology for SOA for some time now. You can find the ontology described in OWL-DL also. This should give the ontology a more complete level of description. Open Group explains the benefits as: 1. It defines…

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Seven Cloud-Computing Security Risks

In a recent article on Network World they highlight security issues with the cloud. Jon Brodkin extracts his thoughts from a Gartner report titled “Assessing the Security Risks of Cloud Computing.” If you had seen my last post on Challenges moving to the Cloud you can see many synergies with our thoughts. Key Nuggets in…

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Microsoft Architecture Journal Issue 17 – Call For Papers

As a new member of the Architecture Journal Board I would like to let everyone that reads my blog that the upcoming Architecture Journal is accepting articles from you. If you haven’t seen or heard of the journal it’s worth a look. For the most part we get articles from architects outside Microsoft. Check out…

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EA & ITIL Getting Closer Aligned?

Great post on Jeff Adkin’s blog, Service Oriented Abstraction. As many of you know I have talked about this too (ITIL moving towards EA & Making Sense of EA Standards). This is further evidence that these disjointed enterprise functions are starting to come together. Finally! Check out "Intersection between Enterprise Architcture, ITIL and the SOA…

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What is Global Enterprise Architecture?

Recently the term Global Enterprise Architecture has been floating around. I find myself wondering if this is yet another fluffy EA term.  Is it the same as Enterprise Architecture or is there something special about it? Well, yes and no. We are hearing more and more about Global EA with the continuing globalization efforts. Mergers…

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