June 2006

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June 2006 Puget Sound IASA Chapter Meeting

Posted by on 25 Jun 2006 | Tagged as: IASA

On Wednesday, June 28, 2006, the Puget Sound IASA will be welcoming Owen Taylor, Directory of Technical Communications at GigaSpaces, for two presentations on the topic of “Space-Based Architecture and the End of Tier-Based Computing”. The meetings will be at the following times and locations:

Wednesday, June 28th

1:00pm – 3:00 pm
Seattle Downtown Public Library
1000 Fourth Ave.
Howard S. Wright meeting room

6:30pm – 9:00 pm
15700 NE 39th St
Building 43, Room 1560
Redmond, WA 98052

More details at http://www.solutionsiq.com/iasa.html. These meetings are open to the public so please join us and bring your friends and colleagues.

Decentralization and Business Agility

Posted by on 13 Jun 2006 | Tagged as: Software Architecture

I have been offline for a bit just due to my work schedule. While I was away I found this great blog entry by Kim Cameron which references an article by Phil Becker, Editor in Chief of ‘‘Digital ID World‘‘. This topic is interesting since a recent project of mine involves issues of identity management across incompatible systems in a heavily regulated industry. At the expense of usability, systems are kept separate and regulatory compliance is king over interoperability.

I do not see this space as different from the current enterprise. Over the past decade the enterprise has made it‘s bed with the centralized relational database. This has ultimately driven the enterprise to higher TCO for their applications and complicated integration strategies for their data. In the realm of identity, centralization has also been a hallmark of many an enterprise strategy to reduce operations and maintenance costs. As Phil Becker‘s article explains, this usually results in structures which are out of step with the business.

Taking the leap, in either case, from statically allocated models to dynamically federated meta-models is difficult without a change of mindset. But the paradigm shift will allow for a whole new Agile enterprise to emerge.