Summary of SPARK UX

Software Architects have a tough job.  They need to be experts in mapping business needs to technology, understanding the IT organization, and domain specific areas such as service orientation, workflow, security etc. One of the areas that often gets overlooked however is User Experience (UX).  If many software architects were building architects we’d have structurally sound buildings,…

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What do you need to know to be an IT Architect?

Update:  This post has moved to here.    My team has been spending a fair amount of time recently asking this question “What is it that you need to know to be an IT Architect?”.  What you should be reading? What skills should you be honing? Who should be following? Recently, I had the opportunity…

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Call For Papers: Architecture Journal Issue #10

Microsoft’s Architecture Journal is a quarterly magazine, providing a world-class forum for the publication of unique articles on how good architecture can help create great implementations. Microsoft’s Architecture Journal is available as a printed subscription (you can order your own here) and also online here With Issue #9 almost complete, I’m looking for abstracts and ideas…

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SPARK UX 1 – 3 Oct, Half Moon Bay, CA

  SPARK UX the two faces of design   A FORUM TO EXPLORE THE INTERSECTION OF ARCHITECTURE AND EXPERIENCE DESIGN   Too often today, software products and interactive experiences fall short of their potential because the user experience does not serve the interests of its users. The engineering side of software architecture often fails to…

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Call for Papers: Architecture Journal Issue #9

Microsoft’s Architecture Journal is a quarterly magazine, providing a world-class forum for the publication of unique articles on how good architecture can help create great implementations. Microsoft’s Architecture Journal is available as a printed subscription (you can order your own here) and also online here Now that TechEd is out of the way, I’m looking for…

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ARC202 – Slides from TechEd 2006

I’ve now uploaded my slides (hosting space courtesy of Mark) from my user experience presentation at TechEd 2006 this week.  You can find them here: PowerPoint 2003 Format (60Mb) PowerPoint 2007 Beta 2 Format (20Mb)  *** Update – Fixed link (again) ***

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ARC202 – Putting the User Back into SOA (TechEd)

Thanks to all that came to my session today (ARC202 – Putting the User Back into SOA) at 10.45am. I really enjoyed putting the talk together and appreciate all the feedback (yes, I know the title of the talk needs changing for next time). For those looking for the PPT, I am working on it!…

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Putting the User back into SOA – my first ARCast!

After the US NAF (National Architect Forum) last month, I sat down with Ron Jacobs to record my very first ARCast.  The topic was “Putting the User back into SOA” – you can listen to it here.

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Architecture Journal – now in 8 languages!

Issue #7 of the Architecture Journal is now available in 8 languages (English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Simplifed Chinese, Japanese and Korean).  To access these in PDF format, visit http://www.architecturejournal.net and select the lanuage from the top menu.  Enjoy.

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Cliff Atkinson / Beyond Bullet Points

Cliff Atkinson is my new hero.  For those that don’t know, Cliff put together an MS Press book called Beyond Bullet Points.  In the book, he describes a new way of compiling and putting together presentations using PowerPoint (without bullet points!).  I used this style in a recent keynote I did at the US NAF…

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