MSDN Enterprise Architecture Site Launched

Enterprise Architecture has become a common practice for large IT organizations. For the first time there is a methodology to encompass all of the various IT aspects and processes into a single practice. However, realizing the full potential of Enterprise Architecture (EA) can be challenging. There are many aspects to EA, including architecture planning, governance, taxonomies and ontologies, all of which impact its success. Without the right guidance, tools, frameworks and methodologies EA can quickly become unwieldy.

Come and check out the latest addition to the MSDN Architecture Center. You will find resources to help you with your EA efforts.


Mega-Compile of Productivity Resources

I ran across this great compile on ZenHabits blog. Below is a snipit of what you will find there.

The Books


Other resource lists

The Blogs

Online tools

Offline software

Analogue Tools

Tools for Mobiles & PDAs

Mailing Lists & Forums

Charts, Diagrams, Checklists, etc.

Best Zen Habits GTD Posts

Zen To Done (ZTD)

Other Great GTD Articles

My Enterprise Architecture Session at TechEd 2007

Mike Walkers Enterprise Architecture Session at TechEd 2007 Enterprise Architecture Tooling Categories      Entprise Architecture Abstract


I did a fourth of my presentation in PowerPoint to set the stage with a common set of vocabulary since there are still no clear definitions on all the EA perspectives. So I gave my interpretation. We spent the rest of the session whiteboard what an EA tool would look like if it was built on the Microsoft stack. I took into account the categories that you see above.

Essentially we wrapped 7 – 10 different tools into one architecture! I will share this architecture through a series of blog entries.

A big thank you to all that attended and participated in my session!

Financial Services San Francisco Architect Roundtable

The Financial Services San Francisco Architect Roundtable was held in San Francisco on the 30th of May. This is the first of potentially many more vertical focused architecture events. If your an architect and you think that this may be valuable to your organization please add a comment to this post. That way I can gauge the interest of the community.

A big thanks to Dave Wright, who organized the event. The purpose of this event was to get some of the top architects in the area together to discuss their challenges and see how Microsoft can help. All who were surveyed said that the event was very valuable.

There were top IT technical decision makers in the represented Financial Services organizations. Roles included Enterprise Architects, Directors of Development and a VP of B2E Development.

It was very clear from the conversations that there were some core themes. Enterprise Architecture came up a bit because the crowd has realized that without a good EA function SOA would be hampered. There is a real interest in EA. One of the biggest challenges is that there is a lack of consistency across the IT community as a whole. Given my EA background I will be focusing more on Enterprise Architecture to help both Financial Services and the other IT verticals at large.

Office Business Applications Architecture Talk With MCS Colin Cole

The following conversation is a conversation with Microsoft Financial Services Sr. Architect Colin Cole discussing Office Business Applications (OBA). This is a new type of blog post for me and a Drowning In Technical Debt first. …