Wait, is that a smoke screen before me?

  If for a moment we consider the concept of cloud computing as a fad what does that mean? A fad being something that appears and then quickly fades from view and is only talked about by late night comedians (remember cloud – those were the days). Cloud isn’t a fad but it is no…

Demonstrating the Value of Architects Through AVM

There is a lot said about the value of architecture to an organization but very little that is concrete. Most blogs, books and resources focus on esoteric concepts such as ease of communication, faster delivery, business and IT alignment, business facilitation, etc. I have always found these measures to be incomplete and difficult to understand, and…

Finding the Balance

One of my earliest posts on Form Follows Function, “There is no right way (though there are plenty of wrong ones)”, dealt with the subject of trade-offs. Whether dealing with the architecture of a solution or the architecture of an enterprise, there will be competing forces at work. Resolving these conflicts in an optimal manner…

Solution Architecture a Booming Field

I am sitting here in my room in Stockholm contemplating dinner after an amazing week teaching Swedish architects solution architecture. As is always the case I am not sure who learned more from the exchange my class or me. This class was especially capable and varied. From enterprise architects in electricity and nuclear feul to…

“It Depends” and “I Don’t Know”

When Croesus of Lydia considered going to war against the Persian Empire, he sought advice from the best available source of his day – the Oracle at Delphi. He was told that attacking the Persians would mean the end of a mighty empire. Armed with this “knowledge”, he attacked and a mighty empire, his own,…

The only good is knowledge…

Originally posted on The Software Philosopher:
Socrates is quoted to have said: “The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance”. The Oracle of Delphi said that Socrates was the wisest man alive. Why? Because his attitude towards knowledge was: “I know that I know nothing.” The first step towards wisdom is to…