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Mon, 30 Jul 2007 00:14:00 +0000

...then you want to update your links! New blog location: New RSS feed location:  Thanks, -Simon


Mon, 16 Oct 2006 18:26:32 +0000

I've had a happy time on, but having decided to make some changes to my site, I'm going to go it alone and run my own version of Community Server.  If you are reading this message and would like to stay up to date, my new URL is: If you use an RSS reader, you...

Summary of SPARK UX

Fri, 06 Oct 2006 18:57:00 +0000

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,...

Looking for a User Experience Architect Evangelist

Fri, 06 Oct 2006 18:49:26 +0000

I have a new position in my team looking for a User Experience (UX) Architect Evangelist.  I'm still working on the official job description, but given the level of interest in my last posting, I wanted to get it uploaded here first.  The ideal person will have the following mix of skills: Knowledge and prior...

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

Sun, 10 Sep 2006 11:46:00 +0000

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...

Come Help Build a Better Architect Community!

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 14:51:00 +0000

Who do you know that gets to play at work all day? It could be you. If you know the latest Web 2.0 and community technologies (RSS, ESS, IM Bots, Community Server, Wikis, VoD, Podcasts) and have a passion for IT architecture, then do we have a job in our team for you! How would...

Renaming GTD Tasks in Outlook 2007

Tue, 05 Sep 2006 00:31:00 +0000

While using Outlook 2007 as my GTD tool, one of the things I’ve been missing is having the ability to rename tasks on the fly.  Here’s a pretty common situation:    ·         A new message arrives with the subject of “RE: Purchase Order”.  It’s from Jack, and after reading the Email I realize that I...

Call For Papers: Architecture Journal Issue #10

Thu, 31 Aug 2006 12:35:00 +0000

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...

Hitting the WPF Curve (a.k.a. Falling off the WPF Cliff)

Fri, 25 Aug 2006 19:02:00 +0000

Learning WPF can be hard.  Even if you have experience with Windows Forms or SWING, many concepts in WPF/XAML are very different and require a total brainwash before you can even put a button on a form.  In his blog, Karsten calls this the WPF Curve and offers several resources to help.    Being on a mission to...

SPARK UX 1 – 3 Oct, Half Moon Bay, CA

Thu, 10 Aug 2006 14:02:00 +0000

  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...