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Minutes from MS Architects Forum

By James Hippolite, in , posted: 24-Apr-2007 05:51

The Aspiring Architect

Content Management and Search Gadgets

Daryl Chantry


Architecture Strategy Team (Redmond)

Thursday 19 April 2007

Microsoft Wellington, Level 12 Mobil on the Quay


FY08 begins 1 July 2007

Skills, Knowledge & Desire

What we will discuss

  • What is Architecture?
  • What is an Architect?
  • Architect Roles
  • Architect Levels
  • Becoming a certified Architect
  • Tools for Training
    • Gadgets
    • Community Content

What is Architecture?

  • Architecture is the art and science of designing buildings and structures
  • The inclusion of aesthetic principles distinguishes architecture from applied science or engineering, which usually concentrate more on the functional and feasibility aspects of a design, rather than the user experience.

What is an Architect?

  • The illiterate of the 21st Century are not those that cannot read or write.  They are those that can not learn, unlearn, and relearn. – Alvin Toffler
  • Virtual Scenario
    • Individual
    • Company
    • Customer

Architect Roles

  • Enterprise
  • Infrastructure
    • Physical Network
    • Security
    • Storage
    • Network OS
    • Application Platform
    • etc
  • Solutions
    • Integration
    • Work Flow
    • Application
    • Purchased Applications
    • etc

Architect Levels

  • Aspiring
  • Associate
  • Microsoft Certified
    • Solutions
    • Infrastructure
    • Messaging

Becoming an Architect – Training Problem

  • Solution Architect (a to z)
  • Infrastructure (same)
  • E.g. Deployment of components requires a base understanding of network and server deployment.

Associate Architect

  • Architectural Concepts and Process
    • What is software/infrastructure architecture
    • Patterns, frameworks, methodologies
    • Te architecture process
  • Non functional Architecture
    • Scalability, Performance, Security, Resiliency, Failure Prevention
  • Functional Architecture
    • Architectural Patterns, Integration patterns, Data patterns
  • Specific Topics solution / Infrastructure
  • Business Technology Strategy
  • Communication, Leadership, and Organizational Dynamics

MCA Certification

  • Create a certification that assures our customer an MCA:
    • Is a successful, practicing architect
    • Can speak the language of business, architecture, and technology
    • Can provide predictability to IT and success on IT projects
    • Takes a vendor neutral stance to creating architecture

MCA Practicing Architect

  • Have driven projects through the IT lifecycle
  • Complex projects – multiple points of integration, multiple technologies
  • Large Projects
    • Enterprise impact
    • Strategic to the organisation

MCA Multilingual

  • Can speak the language of business
    • Translate business problem to technical solution
    • etc

MCA Predictable Results

  • Know where you fit into an enterprise framework and how to leverage it (TOGAF, Zachman, etc.)
  • Know and employ methodologies to drive your project through the lifecycle (MSF, XP, Scrum, Waterfall, RUP)
  • Leverage patterns
  • Know operational frameworks, how to provision for multiple management tools, train users, helpdesk

MCA Trusted Advisor

  • Identify the existing environment
    • What’s there; what can be leveraged
  • Identify the business requirements and goals
    • Business advantage? Migrate? Green field?
  • Identify…

MCA Candidate Commitment

  • Six months
  • AU$10,000

Tools – Community Content

Authoring and Content Management Processes

  • Flexible Content Management Framework
    • Document Storage, Authoring, Approval, Publishing
    • Close integration with Office Applications
  • Powerful Content Management Workflows
    •  Built-in workflows
    • SharePoint Designer workflows
    • Visual Studio workflows

  • All Aspiring Architect content
  • Articles expire – must be maintained

Windows Vista – Gadgets

  • Mini Applications
    • Easy to use
    • Information at a glance
    • Simple to develop and customize

Gadget Deployment

  • Individual
  • Partner System
  • Customer System
  • Microsoft Content Management System


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MSDN Unplugged Roadshow Wellington
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Welcome to my technical blog. 

Here, I attempt to distill the Microsoft Certified Professional Developer knowledge I have accumulated since first qualifying MCP in 1996.  This blog started on 13 September 2007 as an off-shoot from my mixed up personal blog.  But it took a shot in the arm from Scott Hanselman's talk at TechEd New Zealand 08 "32 Ways To Make Your Blog Suck Less".