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In October 2010 Gartner Group assessed that Cloud Computing is at the top of the Hype Curve, the peak point of inflated expectations. But no one really needs this authoritative assessment to confirm an opinion that the industry in general is still in the early stages of Cloud Computing. An even more recent survey reveals that just 7% of organizations have approved cloud strategies and most organizations are now planning to establish strategic plans. So notwithstanding the cautionary reports, most government and commercial enterprises are planning to move rapidly to embrace the profound change inherent in this computing model. Clarify Scope and Objectives As many organizations embark on strategic planning for Cloud Computing, they should be strongly advised to think hard about the scope of their planning activity. First, what's becoming very obvious is that we are in... (more)

Cyberwarfare – a real threat or an over reaction?

There’s been a flurry of resurgent interest in cyberwarfare in the last couple of months. It’s clearly a topic that we as citizens should take seriously, but there’s a strong temptation to dismiss it as science fiction. But as architects it is a topic we should perhaps take very seriously indeed. Like most people of my generation war has passed me by. It’s a matter for professional soldiers, not for the man in the street. But Cyberwarfare introduces a fundamental shift insofar as the war is more likely to be waged against a nation’s infrastructure, its banks, power and water uti... (more)

Framework for Service Oriented Ecosystem

I note interesting debates about the need for a next-generation EA framework. However I am disappointed by the less than radical nature of debate that, at least I, have observed. I submit a good place to start is with the fundamental nature of business and how it is evolving and to consider what the enterprise of the future looks like. There are many indicators that we are entering a new phase of IT exploitation that will represent a real paradigm shift. Paul Krugman suggests IT is at last becoming significant, enabling a technology revolution to rival previous technology revolut... (more)

Agile Architecture

The English language is well known for its subtlety. Sometimes it’s a delight, but on other occasions it can be very frustrating. If I use the term Gothic Architecture you will immediately understand I am describing a style of architecture that flourished in medieval times. And if like me you are interested in ecclesiastical architecture you will know that this style was used in many of the great cathedrals and churches across Europe, which were distinctive because of key architectural patterns that enabled great increases in height and internal light of the buildings without inc... (more)

Business Design for the Service-Oriented Enterprise

The way we design business is undergoing profound transformation. For the past 100 years business design has been directly influenced by Frederick Taylor, focused on how we do work and how we can make it more efficient. The LEAN and Six Sigma movements are the visible manifestation of that thinking. Together with BPM they have focused on incremental improvements of primarily internal processes and tasks encoded in process orchestration and workflows that control how the enterprise works. But this is equivalent to looking in the rear view mirror to design tomorrows business. In t... (more)