My Blog has Moved

I just moved my blog to www.MikeTheArchitect.com . The RSS should still be the same so if you have linked to my blog through the blogs.msdn.com/MikeWalker address you will need to update your links.

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Finally Made it to the Top

A teammate and I were chatting about search ranking and I was telling him about how I am battling it out (maybe battling out is a bit of an exaggeration) with other Mike Walker’s in the world especially the one from the National Enquirer.  I am happy to announce I have done it! After many…

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Microsoft Green Computing Commitment

There has been some really great announcements coming from Microsoft in terms of Green IT and Sustainability here in recent months. One big one is the Environmental Sustainability Dashboard. Watch Environmental Sustainability Dashboard Demo Top down support is coming from Steve Ballmer as today he sent out a corporate responsibility letter to the company outlining…

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Mapping Current State Architectures across the Enterprise

All the time I get the questions about how to do current state architecture or “as-is” architecture at executive briefings (EBC), at events or through our customers. Recently I was asked about this in regards to an effort a large enterprise that is undergoing an effort to map out what their current architecture. As with…

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The Value of Wisdom

As you can see I am playing a bit of catch up as TED has been over for awhile. Barry Schwartz makes a passionate call for "practical wisdom" as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help…

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The Nemesis of Software Architecture

I had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine that resulted in some disagreements on root issues architects face. The topic of the Architect Nemesis came up. Where some of assertions were accurate it was still founded on a fundamental belief the we should correlate software architecture to the architecture of structures. So what…

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Infosys’ Enterprise Architecture Survey 2008 – 2009

Last week Sohel Aziz’s Enterprise Architecture (EA) team at Infosys released there annual EA survey from their very large customer base. You can download the comprehensive report of the EA survey from their Enterprise Architecture Services portal. Also if you have a chance check out their EA Blog. There is some really good information there…

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Open Group merger with the Global Enterprise Architecture Organization (GEAO)

  There is more big news on the Open Group front these days with the just announced a merger with the Global Enterprise Architecture Organization (GEAO) that will affect the worldwide Enterprise Architecture (EA) professional community. The union between the Association of Open Group Enterprise Architects (AOGEA) and the GEAO forms the largest professional body…

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Massive P&P Compile of Resources for Architects

As some of you may know I aided with the Application Architecture Guide 2.0 materials which will soon be a blue book this upcoming year. J.D. Meier who was the brains and the mass orchestrator of the guide has put together a great compile of his works over the past few years. Check it out….

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Extended Enterprise Architecture Framework (E2AF) Template

Mike Kavis posted a high level cheat sheet for the Extended Enterprise Architecture Framework (E2AF) on his blog today. Here is the description from his post: I Basically took all of the topics from the E2AF matrix and built a document with bullets representing each topic. It is organized by the six key questions (Why,…

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