Windows 7 Release Candidate

Early in the new year, we announced the release of Windows 7 Beta and encouraged you to take part in testing this product. The response from the Microsoft community has been overwhelming. In just 16 weeks, over 62,000 of you have installed Windows 7.

Thank you for your help. Today we reach the next milestone in our journey to deliver the highest quality release of Windows ever. We announced the delivery of Windows 7 Release Candidate coupled with the delivery of the Release Candidate of Windows Server 2008 R2. 

Windows 7 RC is now available to our TechNet/MSDN subscribers, and on May 5th will be available at http://www.microsoft.com/windows7 for partners, IT pros, and tech enthusiasts to pilot Windows 7 RC at work and at home.

This is an important day for Microsoft and the industry. The RC milestone signals that Windows 7 is heading into the final phases of testing. For businesses and IT Pros in particular, this is the milestone where we encourage them to evaluate the product and see the advancements Windows 7 brings to user productivity, security, and PC management – all of which saves customers money.

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Work from home, save the world…

Great article from the McKinsey Quarterly on IT’s carbon footprint. As you will read, it’s not just in consolidation of server environments that are causing the problem but rather all around us. I think the biggest issue with implementing this isn’t the technology but a cultural problem.

Here is what the article had to say:

Computers, data storage, and communications devices are propelling a rapid rise in greenhouse gas emissions. By 2020, McKinsey research suggests, the manufacture, distribution, and use of such equipment (including laptops, PCs, and mobile phones) will generate 3 percent of the world’s GHG emissions. Yet our research also shows that information and communications technologies might abate far more emissions than they produce. In fact, they could eliminate 7.8 metric gigatons of greenhouse gasses annually by 2020—five times what they emit—according to McKinsey’s four-sector analysis of the opportunities, such as telecommuting and optimizing energy productivity. The exhibit below shows the trade-off.

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IT Architecture is not Enterprise Architecture

Excellent write-up from Serge Thorn on how IT Architecture (Solution Architecture) is not Enterprise Architecture.

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One of the key areas I think is most relatable to architects as a way to identify the differences is if you as an architect have a seat at the table in out-of-band SDLC  processes. Serge calls it pre-project activities. I don’t like associating those activities with projects because it seems to me that these are not projects, they are very specific processes for governing, IT and business planning and operating our IT assets.

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Those are just my thoughts. Like I said this post is a must read.

 

More: IT Architecture is not Enterprise Architecture

 

ArchiMate 1.0 from Open Group, first global language for modeling

It’s official, ArchiMate version 1.0 under the control of the Open Group will be released at the London event in a week. It looks like that is when all the materials will be released publicly online.

Press Release: http://www.opengroup.org/press/21apr09.htm

ArchiMate NEW Home Page: http://www.opengroup.org/archimate/

 

If you are a follower of my blog you will see that I have been watching ArchiMate for some time now. I am very excited that this has been embraced in a larger standards body and am looking forward to it’s growth and maturity.

Right now ArchiMate snaps nicely with the B. Business Architecture, C. Information Systems Architecture, and D. Technology Architecture. But there is more coverage needed across the ADM and detailed aspects of phase B, C, and D.

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I sat in a great overview session of ArchiMate yesterday from Remco Blom at BiZZdesign where they talked through a lot of this and showed how extensible the standard is. I do hope that they share the webcast to everyone.

One area they focused on was “ArchiMate +” which is what you can do to extend Archimate. See the example below:

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There was also a thread on Nick Malik’s blog regarding a potential conflict between UML and ArchiMate. I commented on this thread but as of right now it isn’t showing. It may not of been approved yet. But the reader digest version of it is that I think the there is no conflict as ArchiMate is all about the macro-level modeling whereas UML and other standards like it are about the micro-level modeling details. They are complementary in that sense. Could there be overlap, sure. But I think it is up to the architect to draw the line where he/she wants to stop as far as modeling abstraction is concerned. The only area I do see potential conflict is with MDA/MOF, but frankly I haven’t seen a whole lot of uptake of that lately. Personally, I am not a big fan of MDA but rather more of the loosely coupled MDD approaches that allow for multi-views and viewpoints.

 

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New IASA articles from Board Members

Reuse and Extensibility Through Frameworks, Phanish Chandra, Member IASA Editorial Board
One of the goals of software development for commercial use is ‘reusability’. Reusable code is
compiled into a library or subroutine and distributed so that it can be reused in multiple projects or in
multiple scenarios.

Reuse and Extensibility Through Frameworks, Amit Bhagwat, Member IASA Editorial Board
Amit Bhagwat wrote this article as a primer for circulation within a process management interest group. This was also the year that he first ventured into detailing Enterprise Architecture Maturity, a journey that took him through first internal review within a major (multi-billion) public sector program in 2006, appraisal of a government department in 2007, invitation to share his approach with the CMMI User Group later that year, work on achieving “benchmarkability” in the EA assessment space through 2008, and keynote at the Architecture Practitioners’ Conference in Glasgow, the same year. He completed the BEAM (Benchmark for Enterprise Architecture Maturity) specification toward end of 2008 and has addressed a number of special interest groups on the subject since.

Check them out at: http://www.iasahome.org/web/home/repo or download from: http://www.iasahome.org/web/home/blogs

 

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Enterprise Architecture Guidelines Coming to California

In an article on Government Technology, the state of California announced that they will be conducting enterprise architecture.

The California Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) sent a policy letter Wednesday to state agency heads informing them that the office will be adopting enterprise architecture standards.

They will be based upon methodology of the National Association of Chief Information Officers and also the Federal Enterprise Architecture, the letter said. The enterprise architecture will describe “the integration of the current and future states of government programs, technology and information,” according to OCIO.

As a first step, OCIO is asking state agencies and departments to conduct an “as-is” inventory of their business and technology by June 30.
The adoption of enterprise architecture is the latest in a series of announcements from OCIO in recent months. The office has released its five-year strategic and capital plans, named Michael Byrne the state’s first-ever geospatial information officer, and has proposed a major consolidation of state IT services.

More: http://www.govtech.com/gt/articles/640512

Architecture Journal 19: TechEd 2009 Special Edition

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The latest Architecture Journal has just been released. In this edition I published an article on pragmatic approaches to building solution architectures. Keep an eye out for the next edition which I am the co-editor and chief that focuses on Architecture in Turbulent Times.

You can download this issue here: Architecture Journal 19

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  • Mapping Applications to the Cloud
  • Toward an Enterprise Business Motivation Model
  • Developing Parallel Programs
  • Enterprise Social Computing
  • A Pragmatic Approach to Describing Solution Architectures
  • A Language for Software Architecture

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