Calgary Offering 1 Day EA Course

The Canadian IT Architecture Connection blog posted about a one day EA course that may be interesting to folks in that area. See below for details: Phil Unger, from the Calgary Enterprise Architecture Forum, is organizing a one-day course focused on developing the skills Architects require in their day to day work. The course will…

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Taking the Data Center to Sea

A interesting post from Michael Bullock talks about Google’s new patient approach to put data centers on ships. This was also covered in Time as one of the best inventions of 2008. Like Michael, I think that this is somewhat problematic. We will have to see if this actually becomes a reality. Briefly, I see…

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Reducing the Cost of IT

I ran across a good post by Ed Carroll called “Reducing the Cost of Engineering/IT” on the CIO forums. He outlines 4 Areas to Reduce Cost. Below are the 4 ways to reduce cost in IT: Simplify the operating structure of the department by focusing on role specialization Reduce cost by simplifying the architecture Reduce…

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Two New Walker’s Join the World

I am excited to announce a new Microsoft employee product, two new Walker’s. On Thursday January 22nd the proud mom and dad (me) delivered two healthy baby boy twins.   As some of you may of noticed, my blogging has dropped significantly over the past two months. My wife (wonder woman) had a really tough…

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Forrester: Leadership in IT Planning and EA Tools Report

If you would like a free version of the report from Forrester Troux is giving away a limited number of copies. See the details below from their promotional mailer: We’re delighted that Troux’s market leadership in IT Planning and EA Tools has been recognized in the New Forrester IT Planning/EA Wave vendor comparison. To celebrate,…

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The Enterprise Architecture Center of Excellence (EACOE)

There is a lot of EA events happening in the next few weeks. The Open Group is having an event that looks to be the most significant in years. They are launching two other practitioner conferences in conjunction with the architecture practitioner conference. The launch of the 1st security and enterprise cloud summit. They will…

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Leadership Qualities of an Enterprise Solution Architect

Gabriel Morgan really hit the ball out of the park with his post on Enterprise Solution Architects and Leadership. He did a great job of decomposing and translating concepts from Emotional Intelligence (EI) into something that all architects will be able to understand. It’s well worth the read. Below is only one example of the…

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Microsoft’s Generation 4 Data Center Vision – the Architects’ Perspective

I ran across an interesting post and interview on the MS Data Center Blog on the infrastructure architecture aspects of the new Microsoft datacenters. If you are in the infrastructure world, it is worth a read. The goal of Gen 4 is to modularize not only the server and storage components, which a number of…

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Presentations Uploaded

As followers of my blog know, I do many speaking engagements. Often times I get requests for those decks from the conference or event. Instead of sharing with a select few I thought I would share with everyone. You can find some of the major presentations under my Slideshare profile: http://www.slideshare.net/mikejwalker Here is a quick…

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Pragmatic Enterprise Architecture Framework (PeaF)

Another EA framework player emerges in 2009, the Pragmatic Enterprise Architecture Framework (PeaF). I did skim and let me stress that I didn’t do a detailed analysis of the framework. Below is the overview of the framework in their words: PeaF has been formulated over a large number of years by understanding what works and…

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