August 03, 2014

Agile Enterprise Architecture Finally Crosses the Chasm
“It does look like we’re crossing the chasm,” Cockcroft agreed, referring to Geoffrey Moore’s theory about the technology adoption lifecycle. “I’m seeing a few ahead, a lot in the middle, and a few laggards.” Perhaps the central characteristic of this chasm-crossing transition is the shift from early adopters as risk takers to the early majority who doesn’t want to be left behind. Cockcroft continued, “Enterprises face the threat of not doing such transformation – of their competitors running away from them.” As a result, “Enterprise IT has got to catch up quickly.”

Second-generation cloud architecture: breaking the application silo
The cloud as we have come to know it is starting to crack. Like any new technology, it has become a buzzword at the peak of its phase of inflated expectations. Just as early television programs were little more than filmed stage plays, first-generation cloud applications are often just yesterday’s apps in a different data center. But the cloud has grown up, and there are no more excuses for building siloed, brittle applications that can’t exploit all the benefits of distributed, on-demand computing. ... We must change the way application architects and information managers approach application development and integration going forward.

Impossible to Ignore: The importance of IT Governance
The decision framework and the corresponding tools and processes to support them must be clearly communicated so that day-to-day activities and decisions are made within this context. ... Clearly the desired outcomes that shape IT will vary between industries and organizations. For example, some enterprises may focus on product innovation and accelerated go-to-market strategies while others may strive to create operational efficiencies throughout the value chain. CIOs may also encourage management to consider new technologies such as a big data, real-time analytics initiative or social-media-based customer satisfaction programs to support business performance.

PCI DSS v3 compliance – What you should know when completing your SAQ(s)
In the PCI DSS v3.0 SAQs they have added the phrase “merchants confirm that, for this payment channel:” before each of the eligibility criteria. This means that any organisation can fill out multiple SAQs, just making sure that each of their different payment methods (or channels) fit the criteria for one of the SAQs and then completing them. This means that it can be much easier to complete the questionnaires by dividing up the payment channels and concentrating on one at a time.

Why Enterprise Architects Need to Think About Data First
“Enterprise Architecture needs to be the forward, business facing component of IT. Architects need to create a regular structure for IT based on the service and product line functions/capabilities. They need to be connected to their business counterparts. They need to be so tied to the product and service road map that they can tie changes directly to the IT roadmap. Often times, I like to pair a Chief Business Strategist with a Chief Enterprise Architect”. To get there, Enterprise Architects are going to have to think differently about enterprise architecture. Specifically, they need think “data first”

High Performance PHP Application Architecture
Limundo/Kupindo websites daily have more than 300 000 visitors which generate 10 million page views per day. During peak hours around 10 000 users are online simultaneously. On the other side, speed, stability and scalability are three main requirements that need to be matched with a PHP application architecture. Currently, Limundo is a self-configurable High Availability system that achieves page loads of under 1s and 99.999% uptime, while manipulating more than 15 TB of data on a monthly basis. This paper describes software and hardware architecture spread over several server clusters hosted in the private cloud, that makes this possib

UK government recognises datacentre sector as a key economic contributor
“In contrast to other EU countries, the UK has been slow to recognise the importance of a thriving datacentre industry to a country’s economic health,” said Emma Fryer, associate director of Climate Change Programmes at techUK. “However, that has all changed. The treasury has recognised the need to protect future investment and growth by, at least partially, levelling the playing field for UK operators competing with their counterparts overseas.”  Climate change agreements (CCAs) are negotiated arrangements between government and energy intensive sectors.

CCOs Take Note: It’s the Culture, Stupid
First, the CCO should report on the company’s culture and message. They need to report on an annual culture survey. If an annual enterprise-wide survey has not been conducted, they need to conduct targeted surveys that measure culture in specific offices, regions, units or even third parties. A CCO should have at least one measure of culture to report to senior management and the Board for each quarter. CCOs have to get creative here and monitor and report on the state of the company’s culture. If the message is getting through, senior management and the Board have to know. If the message is not getting through, then senior management and the Board needs to know that immediately.

The Enterprise Architect as Enterprise Ecologist
The use of systems science and practical offshoots, such as systems thinking is increasingly imperative. While so-called reductionist thinking–breaking a complicated problem down into its component parts and studying how each one specifically acts within the whole — is invaluable at certain scales, such as individual deployable components, it falls apart as one studies complicated systems as a whole. The alternative, expansionist thinking, is more “up-and-out” in nature; start with a component within the system and work “outwards” from there. One way to do this is to build a graph of such interactions for each component, and use those graphs to understand the larger system.

Surviving & Thriving in the Current Risk Management & Regulatory Environment
Systems investment is necessary to reduce operating cost and speed processing. This has a direct benefit when organizations are faced with increased demands for compliance. In fact, in recent years, forward-thinking banks have driven the purchase of origination systems from a risk perspective rather than simply from a focus on operational efficiency, because of the necessity of creating a repeatable, sustainable, and transparent risk management process.

Quote for the day:

"Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful" -- John Wooden