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Time for a Trainer Revolution

Those that know me well know that I am a massive trainer fan who spent most of his youth dreaming of the trainers I wasn’t allowed to have (for both financial and practical reasons). I certainly am not from the ‘they’re just a pair of shoes’ crowd and will often use superlatives to describe a trainer.

Having spent the last couple of years wearing through several pairs of Nike Dunks (and a pair of Adidas Decade), many of which were slowly wearing out, I had the perfect opportunity for a complete revolution in my choice of trainer style. I have decided to choose a more varied selection of shoes with a common theme in slightly more muted tones, rather than the same shoe in different (and particularly bright) colours as the last revolution. (more…)

Performance Management: The End of Year Circus

For most of us the whole circus of performance reviews, calibration and performance management in general is coming to its conclusion. I, like many employees, think the process is unfair but unlike many employees I don’t believe it can be any better. (more…)

Rationalisation != Optimisation

I know the title of this post is somewhat geeky and probably completely meaningless if you’ve never programmed a computer, and maybe even somewhat so if you have.  It says rationalisation is not the same thing as optimisation.  Although the natural thing for enterprise architects to want to do is to rationalise, rationalise, rationalise, with a view to optimise, some degree of caution should be practised when making the recommendation. (more…)

Draw Something

I have been an architect for some years now. This has led to the ability to express technical concepts with a reasonable level of clarity on a whiteboard without really thinking about what I am about to draw.

If you are ever unlucky enough to be interviewed by me, I will ask you to ‘draw for me the architecture (or part of one) that you played a part in defining’. (more…)

Real Time Business and the Wrong Question

I noticed an interested phenomenon this week.  In conversations with two groups within a supplier (or at least a sort of supplier) about two very different subjects my requirement for near real time updates was questioned. (more…)

Eid Mubarak

Eid Mubarak to you all. (more…)

Moving Away from the Telco Way?

There was lots of conversation last weekend about Verizon’s latest entry into the cloud market. I say latest because their purchase of Terremark means that they have indirectly been in the cloud business for quite some time.  Despite the commentators saying Verizon’s offering is what OpenStack should have been (I don’t agree, but that’s a different subject), Verizon appears, at least from the marketing fluff, to have done some interesting stuff. (more…)

The World is Flat Again! Thanks to Microsoft?

The mobile user interface has completed a fairly dramatic shift with the release of iOS7 On the desktop we aren’t quite there bit I imagine the changes aren’t going to be that far behind. (more…)

IT, You ARE ‘The Business’

Talk of the business-IT divide is common. There is very little that happens now without the aid of technology so IT is now at the centre of everything that happens. Given that IT must always be involved why is it that the primary complaint is that this gap is widening with the IT and ‘the business’ becoming increasingly suspicious of one-another? (more…)

Architecture Standards and the Entrepreneurship Trend

There has been a recent trend that encourages entrepreneurship, or intrapreneurship to use a recently made up word, within the organisation. There is very little in the way of entrepreneurial activity that now happens without the aid of technology in the ‘new economy’. (more…)

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