The Architecture Journal is an independent platform for free thinkers and practitioners of IT architecture. New editions are issued quarterly with articles designed to offer perspective, share knowledge, and help you learn the discipline and pursue the art of IT architecture.
The is one of several resources which you can find on the MSDN Architecture Center which is maintained by the Microsoft Platform Architecture Team.
Here is a summary of the recent Architecture Journal publications:
Mapping Applications to the Cloud, by Darryl Chantry
A Language for Software Architecture, by J.D. Meier
Developing Parallel Programs, by Ranjan Sen, Ph.D.
Enterprise Social Computing, by Kendrick Efta
A Pragmatic Approach to Describing Solution Architectures, by Mike Walker
Toward an Enterprise Business Motivation Model, by Nick Malik
Theme of this issue, “Green Computing”
Environmentally Sustainable Infrastructure Design
Green Maturity Model for Virtualization
Application Patterns for Green IT
Architecture Journal Profile: Udi Dahan
Profiling Energy Usage for Efficient Consumption
Project Genome: Wireless Sensor Network for Data Center Cooling
Green IT in Practice: SQL Server Consolidation in Microsoft IT
Considerations for Designing Distributed Systems
Architectural Patterns for Distributed Computing
Head in the Cloud, Feet on the Ground
Architecture Journal Profile: Microsoft Robotics Group
On Distributed Embedded Systems
Using Events in Highly Distributed Architectures
Caching in the Distributed Environment
Distributed Applications in Manufacturing Environments
The Evolving Role of the Identity: From the Lone User to the Internet by Fernando Gebara Filho
A report on how identity technologies have evolved to accommodate current needs, and what the challenges are from here to the future.
Federated Identity Patterns in a Service-Oriented World by Jesus Rodriguez and Joe Klug
A sequence of strategies intended to make applications trust each other. How scenarios challenge the real success of each strategy and what can we do to address those challenges.
Managing Identity Trust for Access Control by Gerrit J. van der Geest and Carmen de Ruijter Korver
A reference architecture for the management of Identity Trust within the context of Identity and Access Management.
Kim Cameron is an Identity architect at Microsoft Corp. Learn what the founder of “the Laws of Identity” has to say about his career.
Federated Identity and Healthcare by Mario Szpuszta
A real-world example of federated identifi cation implemented in the Austrian National Healthcare System.
Claims and Identity: On-Premise and Cloud Solutions by Vittorio Bertocci
How the lessons learned from current efforts on federated identities are determining upcoming trends in cloud-hosted applications.
Enterprise Identity Synchronization Architecture by Mike Morley and Barry Lawrence
A case study on smart provisioning strategies for controlled and legacy environments.
We Don't Need No Architects by Joseph Hofstader
This article presents a defense of the practice of architecture in software development, and examines widely held perceptions of architects and some of the mistakes that they make that contribute to negative perceptions.
Becoming an Architect in a System Integrator by Amit Unde
In this article, the author attempts to crystallize the wisdom that he has gathered from his work in a program in which he grooms aspiring architects into full-fledged architects.
Paul Preiss is the founder of a nonprofit group called IASA (International Association of Software Architects). Read about the goal of the organization, as well as some of Paul's thoughts about the profession.
The Open Group's Architect Certification Programs by Leonard Fehskens
How do you know if someone is really an architect? This article describes The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF); the TOGAF certification program; and certification levels, programs, and process.
The Need for an Architectural Body of Knowledge by Miha Kralj
This article covers why an Architectural Body of Knowledge (ArcBOK) is an important building block in professionalization of IT Architecture, and how the Microsoft Certified Architect community drives the creation of an ArcBOK through its Special Interest Group.
A Study of Architect Roles by IASA Sweden by Daniel Akenine
In this article, we examine the need for IT architects, describe a study by IASA Sweden to better understand IT architecture, and discuss four architect roles that IASA Sweden recommends for a typical organization.
The Softer Side of the Architect by Joe Shirey
This article outlines a framework that the author developed for defining "soft skills" and strategies for the architect, based on his experiences and interactions with architects that he admires.
An A-Z Guide to Being an Architect by Mark Bloodworth and Marc Holmes
These days, an architect has a lot of diverse responsibilities. In this article, the authors provide a handy A-Z guide to being an architect, and wish that all your architectures be "n-tier".
Architectural Considerations for a World of Devices by Atanu Banerjee
Explore the architectural aspects and considerations in designing applications for mobile devices.
Best Practices: Extending Enterprise Applications to Mobile Devices by Kulathumani Hariharan
Discover best practices and recommendations for extending enterprise applications to a mobile platform.
Connected Consumer Experience in Automobiles by Christoph Schittko, Darryl Hogan, and Jon Box
How can the automobile be extended to support more advanced software capabilities?
Explore a scenario and architectural considerations for creating connected consumer experiences.
In our first external architect profile, we chat with Faisal Waris about his role, thoughts on mobile devices, and general architectural trends.
Mobile Data Architecture by Rodney Guzman
What are the data challenges associated with occasionally connected mobile applications, and how can you overcome them?
Test-Driven Development and Continuous Integration for Mobile Applications by Munjal Budhabhatti
Learn how test-driven development and continuous integration can help increase the reliability of applications, and how both approaches work for mobile applications.
Case Study: Support Technicians on the Road by András Velvárt and Peter Smulovics
Investigate a case study of how support technicians on the road in Hungary benefit from a state-of-the-art mobile application.