Friday, November 16, 2007
Links for 2007-11-16
Jiri commented on Robert McIlree and his process weenie orientation by providing a thoughtful perspective. The question I think got twisted in a couple of ways. First, the question is whether Enterprise Architects should focus on people over process. Robert McIlree is really a project manager who chooses the label of Enterprise Architect when convenient. If the question were should Project Managers focus on Process more than People, I would say the answer slants more towards his court. Anyway, the real litmus test is if he could sustain his blog for thirty days by solely talking about practices over processes. I am willing to bet money that he will either throw daggers at me, exercise his right to remain silent or fail at this challenge.
I would be embarassed if I were Phil Hunt. Microsoft helps charities create software while Oracle can only respond with a speech from their CFO. The point I think he missed is that charity is not about a corporation but about a corporation acknowledging the importance of getting others in a community to participate.
Jackson Shaw comments on Microsoft Certificate Services and believes it is a great solution. I think I choose to disagree in that it is good but not great. Consider for a moment that in order to interact with the CA programatically, you either have to purchase additional products or deal with fugly COM APIs. While I know Microsoft will never entertain, wouldn't it be great if it also came with Java APIs. More importantly, how about a services interface into the CA?
Absolutely. Mike Walker commented that he wanted to see what are the challenges that the EA community faces and how they were addressed. Of course, if you want to understand what I am challenged by, the top three would be (no particular order): First, establishing a sustainable way to build security into products we procure, the code we develop and the mindset of peers in terms of their duty to protect. Second, getting industry analysts to talk more about the problems without such a focus on products. The simple reality is that many folks have way more faith in industry analysts than they should and by analysts not always choosing the right decisions, makes it difficult for many EAs. The third thing would be acheiving a chaordic balance between globalism and local communities which as touchpoints into people, agility and the human aspects of technology.
The one thing that I would say to any blogger that wants to understand more about EA and particularly whats on our minds, is to simply trackback and ask questions.
Dave Oliver truly brings balance to the equation and shares words of wisdom...
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