Archive for the ‘Strategic Architecture’ Category

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SPARK

February 9, 2006

Buzz is starting to build over SPARK. Microsoft has put togetherĀ a strategic workshop that brings together very senior architects and thinkers to discuss the things that matter most as the worlds of SOA and Web 2.0 and SaaS all start to collide. It is invite only, so don’t start looking for a place to sign-up. But, the output of SPARK will be presented at a MIX session the next day.

The team at Microsoft is calling this the EDGE. Interesting things are going on around the EDGE (and Microsoft).

FYI — I am the business owner of SPARK, so naturally biased.

I hear that a SPARK blog is coming up real soon.

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SOA, Web 2.0, & the EDGE

February 7, 2006

John deVadoss of the Microsoft Architecture Strategy Team gave an awesome presentation at VSLive last week. He really hit home the need for some bridge between the old and the new.

Yes, I work with John. Darryl Taft of eWeek thought it was pretty hot also. Guess there is some consensus around the need for a broader perspective.

Part of the need for that broader perspective is driven by the reality of Web 2.0 and associated ideas moving into the enteprise space. Enterprise architects learned in the first Internet wave not to trust every start-up with a cool name when it came to running their business. Larry Ellison once said of companies from Web 1.0 that they were a feature, not a company. The enterprise needs to turn to companies that understand how to run their business — Microsoft, IBM, SAP, Oracle — as the broader context in which they try new technologies. That is the reality of the EDGE.