Application Ontology I’ve been thinking about the different services, policies and functions that support the delivery of applications to individual lines of business. Many of the organisations seem to struggle with this more than anything else in moving toward cloud adoption. As I’m often found saying “the technology can pretty much be made to do anything, the difficulty comes in first knowing what you want to do and then how you want to manage that”.… Read More »Application Ontology
Following on from my earlier post about requirements, still remains as catchy as ever, I thought I’d try and cover off a quick example of what makes them and principles so important.
When working on any project, before commencing any kind of design work you should have a set of measurable requirements and principles to follow. I appreciate that these are not available in all cases. However, they do take away the guess work during design phases and help to keep everyone focused on deliverable.Read More »Requirements!
I had the pleasure recently of working with a client that had a very well-defined target architecture. They knew exactly where they wanted to get to and perhaps more importantly they knew why they needed to get there.
They had a defined target with defined business justifications for that target.
From a consultative perspective having this clear understanding of what and why certainly helps me to add value with the technical how.
But what if you don’t have a defined target architecture? What if you don’t know where you need to get to? What do you do then?Read More »Target Architecture
Perhaps not the most eye catching of blog titles, however this is an area I see problems with time and time again. Perhaps it is human nature to get excited and eager, in wanting to skip the requirements phase of any project and jump straight to the solution. It’s something that I’ve been guilty of in the past. Certainly, it is something I’ve anecdotally observed across sectors, industries and technologies.
So, what is the problem? To skip the requirements phase is to run the risk of missing the goals of the project. Read More »Why do I need requirements again?
As discussed in the previous article around cloud strategy, some areas might require there own succinct strategies. This article will attempt to outline some of the cloud security challenges for cloud adoption and promote discussion.
There is an element of stepping into the unknown with cloud and cloud security, to a degree that is caused by the way cloud is represented and sold. As an industry there needs to be an increased understanding about what cloud is, and more specifically about the model that cloud represents. Read More »Cloud Security Strategy
I thought I’d put together an overview of Cloud Strategy Considerations. This isn’t an exhaustive list, is provided for discussion and as with many of my blog posts is partly an aide memoir.
We need a cloud strategy!
Cloud services are not going away, they are very much here to stay. Many organisations will be reviewing strategies for adopting cloud services.Read More »Cloud Strategy Considerations
Ravello responded! I have been granted a user account to create my home-lab build on the Ravello cloud service. What makes this so very cool for me, is that I know I’m going to be travelling a lot over the coming weeks and months. So I can effortlessly take my lab with me. I’ve also been working in an architecture role recently and have been itching to get back hands on with some of the technology. The home-lab build is the perfect place to scratch that itch.Read More »Ravello Home-Lab build
I get really nervous taking exams. I never feel prepared enough to sit the exam and unless I have a hard deadline I will always procrastinate and avoid revising. That was part of my strategy for booking TOGAF with just two weeks of revision time. Nothing seems to focus my mind more than a tight dealing and a bit of pressure.
So drum roll please….Read More »TOGAF Exams!
I’m rubbish at waiting. I got everything in place yesterday downloaded VMware ISOs. Drew up a rough plan for initial deployment. But now I’m waiting. So whilst I’m waiting for an account at Ravello. I assume i’m waiting for an account. Although I can’t be sure as I’ve had no notification emails or any indication that anybody is looking into it. It might be that I have to make alternate plans for the home lab!Read More »TOGAF revision and waiting for Ravello
TOGAF Training and revision
What Is TOGAF
TOGAF stands for ‘The Open Group Architecture Framework’ it is a proven Enterprise Architecture methodology and framework used by the world’s leading organizations to improve business efficiency and improve returns on investment. One of its goals is to ensure consistent standards, methods, and communication among Enterprise Architecture professionals.Read More »TOGAF Training and Certification