RIP Netscape

It has been a long road towards the end of Netscape.  Every worthy competitor deserves an honorable farewell.  Now that Netscape has announced the end of support for the Netscape browser, as of February 1, 2008, it is time to sound the bugle and offer the 21-gun salute. Netscape is being laid to rest.  Good…

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Measuring Risk in Application Portfolio Management

I decided to take a few minutes of my vacation time to catch up on my reading, and I read through Mike Walker’s article on MSDN on APM and EA.  It is an interesting and useful article. (I’d give it a B-). One thing that I’d like to highlight in the practice of application portfolio…

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Measuring the agility of a SOA approach

I’m thinking about the business case for integration again… (still).  We talk about SOA providing a benefit by being more agile.  In other words, if you have a SOA infrastructure, you can change to meet the needs of the business in an agile way. Here’s how to prove it. Step 1: create a metric Step…

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The battle for the net-top heats up

Sometimes, in a long struggle, a goal that was strategic one day, becomes unimportant later.  This happens when some underlying assumption is challenged, when some previously secure resource becomes unavailable, or when the behavior of large groups of people shifts. (Caveat: my views are my own, and may or may not be shared by my…

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Fitting SOA+BPM into the software lifecycle

I have a SOA view of the software development lifecycle.  And, in that SOA view, BPM fits nicely. First, a comparison: Waterfall looks like this:Waterfall: Plan –> Envision –> Design –> Develop & Test –> DeployAgile: Plan –> Sprint –> Sprint –> (occasionally) Deploy –> Sprint –> Deploy A SOA SDLC looks more like this:…

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Get BPM into IT project funding

One challenge that we run into: having a software developer design the business process.  Now, that’s no slam on software developers.  There are some very smart cookies out there writing software… but if you want to develop a business process, you need to make sure that the business likes the process before you write the…

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Alignment through "honeypot" funding

How do we take EA governance from a “push” model to a “pull” model?  In other words, how to we create a system where people want to do the same things that EA wants them to do, without calling it governance, and without the political battles that ensue? I have an idea, and it relates…

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IT Funding Processes

Like many corporations, Microsoft has many business units, and many IT groups.  Enterprise Architecture has a lot to keep track of.  The big win, for EA, is in helping to decide what projects are funded.  Once a project is funded, the opportunities to guide, direct, and influence the project drops dramatically.  So let’s talk about…

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What’s in your wallet?

Capital One has repeated that phrase to me so many times, it’s amazing.  The fact that I cancelled my Cap One card after they charged me 10 times the fees of any other card means that this phrase now has another meaning… what should NOT be in my wallet. Applying that to architecture… One cool…

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All bloggers are Customer 2.0, but not every Customer 2.0 is a blogger

I’d like to draw a distinction that I should have drawn before.  I had an interesting discussion in e-mail after my previous blog post on EA and Customer 2.0.  I suggested that Kai, our persona for Customer 2.0, learned how to write code and develop mashups in school, but she doesn’t need to use that…

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