Yearly Archives: 2007

Merry Christmas …

by | December 25, 2007

and happy “the festival of your choice”. I am very blessed to have a wonderful family and a wonderful life.  I wish all of you and yours the very best of the season and a very Happy New Year! I am looking forward to a challenging 2008 and hope to write more often about the… Read more »

EA’s, what would you say if you had a chance to talk to a group of BA’s?

by | November 29, 2007

I have the honour to speak to the International Institute of Business Analysis (Vancouver, BC, Canada Chapter) tomorrow at a Lunch and Learn session. I will be speaking about how we built a Strategic Practice group that uses EA as the framework to guide other practices like Security, Program Management and of course Business Analysis. … Read more »

Solutions Architecture … what does it look like?

by | November 23, 2007

I am in the process of creating a new role for our Institute called a Solutions Architect. In the past few years, we have put together a strong Business Analysis practice to gather requirements at the front end and a solid Project Management practice to deliver at the back end. What has been missing is… Read more »

Followup on Sleepless in Seattle … the presentations from MS

by | November 19, 2007

Here is an update to my earlier post about the Higher Education Technology Symposium at Microsoft on Oct 22nd … I received the link to the presentations from the day … enjoy! Presentations Microsoft Public Sector and Higher Education (Microsoft Office PowerPoint file, 1.6 MB) Ralph Young, Vice President, Microsoft World Wide Public Sector The… Read more »

The future is already here … can we keep up?

by | November 15, 2007

I ran into two excellent videos in the past couple of weeks … both force us to think and talk about the challenges today, globally and locally at our institutions. For Enterprise Architects, the videos provide a clear imperative that we need a broad vision, an ability to manage change and the agility to deliver… Read more »

CAUDIT EA Symposium 2007 – my presentation using Skype

by | November 12, 2007

I just finished my Skype presentation to the CAUDIT EA Symposium 2007 conference – Enterprise Architecture: Practical Approaches .  I think it went well but not really sure.  Skype crashed partway through and a couple of the video clips were not great for sound. With a few of the hiccups, I went a bit overtime. … Read more »

You know when you’ve moved into management when …

by | November 12, 2007

You are the one bringing donuts to the team after they have done an all night upgrade You go to more meetings than there are hours in a working day Your team is looking at you and wondering why you are still standing around when they clearly have the situation under control You get it… Read more »

Connecting with my Australian Colleagues …

by | November 10, 2007

It is so cool and easy to do. Right now I am Skype’d wirelessly and my colleagues are on a wireless connection in Canberra at the CAUDIT EA Symposium 2007. This year the conference is taking place in Canberra and hosted by Katarina Christenson of the University of Canberra. My very good friend David Bedwell… Read more »

Educause Vendor Exhibit Summary

by | November 6, 2007

The vendor exhibit at Educause was something to see … over 200 vendors had booths to shop their wares.  Here is a summary of some vendors I visited: Xythos cool new UI incorporating Web 2.0 features like built in wiki, tagging, saved search Web Checkout schedule, manage and maintain billing, repair, maintenance, email messaging,… Read more »