Sunday, October 31, 2010

Microsoft Looking Like An End-Stage Company

Article from Information Week that proposes that Microsoft is lost in the PC Era and is struggling to catch up to the rest of the industry.

Microsoft Looking Like An End-Stage Company

Enterprise Architecture Centre

This looks like an excellent EA resource.  http://www.enterprisearchitecturecenter.com/

Seems to consolidate articles from a few sources (eg SOA Governance White Paper from www.soa.com) and I get the impression that the site has a significant amount of good quality content though its hard to navigate to find information.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Steer towards a more simple future

Here's a great blog post on strategic alignment from Nick Malik and would be a worthwhile read for those in the applications space.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/nickmalik/archive/2010/10/21/how-to-know-if-your-application-is-strategic.aspx

This has also given me a different one sentence answer for the purpose of EA. Basically EA is here to steer towards a more simple future through the process of carve and kill! :-)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Office 365

Microsoft Rebrands Web Programs for Businesses: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wirestory?id=11920903&page=1 

Does cloud computing for office functionality make sense? If I were running a startup I think this is definitely a path I'd take so its good to have choice between Google and Microsoft.

Monday, October 18, 2010

A Framework for Assessing and Improving Enterprise Architecture Management

If you're in government and interested in EA Maturity have a look at this recent publication from US GAO.

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d03584g.pdf

Basically defines maturity levels and a series of capabilities that should exist at each maturity level. Quite useful for RTA as we're working on our EA capability program at the moment and this provides a good and easily understood roadmap.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Building secure walls proves a problem in the cloud

http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,26262921-24169,00.html

From AustralianIT, raises an issue or two with the cloud and security, particularly compliance with 'cloud' terms and conditions of use violating corporate policy.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Wikis to broaden policy debate

By Karen Dearne | June 23, 2009 | AustralianIT

http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,25673234-15306,00.html

Interesting item on use of Web 2.0 technolgies to open public debate and enable the public service organisations to use the "power of the cloud"

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Firms to promote public sector IP

by Mahesh Sharma | June 23, 2009 | AustralianIT

http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,25672785-5013040,00.html

Global technology companies commercialise intellectual property sitting inside government agencies.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Roadtube

A good use of technology, getting people to vent what they think about NSW roads and public transport through this site put up by NRMA.

http://www.roadtube.com.au/

Original article for this was on SMH http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2009/03/24/1237656900855.html.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Information Technology

I’m now a 20 year IT person so have hopefully picked up a skill or two and have a few lessons for others.
Initially working in the Insurance/Superannuation area I eventually started my own company NEMAS in 1996 which tragically imploded with catastrophic results at the end of 2001 with the dotCOM bubble burst.

Since then I moved on to work in the public sector and currently work at the Roads and Traffic Authority of NSW. I’ve also picked up my Masters in IT and am currently employed by the RTA as Manager of Enterprise Architecture which I find fascinating.

The IT focus of the blog covers my particular interests and are not meant to be anything particularly ground breaking, its just a consolidation of information that I find useful as I progress my career. If it adds any value to you then enjoy, if it doesn’t then I guess you can say you got what you paid for.

Enjoy.
Scott

Adoption

The adoption stuff relates to my adoption journey as my wife and I look to add to our family through international adoption. This information is usually just references and attitudes to adoption I find in general reading that I think might be of use.

My delightful daughter Lea was adopted from the Philippines in January 2006 at 3 years old. In August 2009 my wife and I adopted our two wonderful son’s Raymie age 4 and JJ age 2 also from the Philippines.

The family blog is at http://walterstribe.blogspot.com

If you want to support the orphanage they are from go to http://www.rehobothchildrenshome.com