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…


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…


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….


Pragmatic Approach to Describing Solution Architectures

I just published a new article on the Microsoft Enterprise Architecture Center entitled, A Pragmatic Approach to Describing Solution Architectures. In this article, we will explore how architectures traditionally have been designed and described. By understanding where we have come from, we then can understand how to improve and change fundamentally how the architectures are…


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…


Just Released: Acceptance Test Engineering Guide

Microsoft patterns & practices announced today the latest addition to the p&p library of software architecture guidance: Acceptance Test Engineering Guide (BETA 1)   Quick Links – Codeplex site: – Project announcement: – Community Forum: Common Scenarios – How to Plan for Acceptance Testing – What Kinds of Acceptance Tests to Run…


Interview with GM for the Microsoft Cloud Services Data Center

This is a great web cast for all those infrastructure architects out there wondering what happens behind the scenes in gigantic data centers at Microsoft. These are the same data centers that surface all of the Microsoft Software + Services (S+S) and Live applications such as: Live Mail, Messenger, Office Live, Red dog, etc. Lewis…


The Numbers Behind Organizational Change

In a fairly recent whitepaper from IBM, global services did a worldwide survey across various roles to see how difficult it is to change an organizations behavior.  The article shows some solid numbers around the friction that exists when trying to change an organization. I talk about this quite a bit but usually don’t have…


IEEE on Software Architecture Podcast

There is a new architecture podcast out from IEEE that will be hosted by Grady Booch. If you do not know Grady he is recognized internationally as an industry luminary  for his innovative work on software architecture, software engineering, and modeling. He was chief scientist of Rational Software Corp. from its founding in 1981 until…


Microsoft Patterns and Practices Application Architecture Guide

I ran across an interesting post on J.D. Meier’s Blog that describes the Patterns & Practices project called the Application Architecture Guide Project 2.0. Hosted on this project aims to take guidance from Microsoft and marry it with the CodePlex community. In the projects own words: The App Arch guide provides design-level guidance for…