August 31, 2014

Defining Web 3.0 and Developing the Fastest Enterprise Mobility Apps
There is also a definite demand for skills in the market in next generational frameworks and I call out Angular and Backbone as leading the way commercially, with Ember and Meteor also highly respected frameworks. This is created by a demand to build a higher quality of Web Applications and the learnings of the last projects of what went wrong when anyone tried to maintain the last attempt. The job specification is no longer “Web Developer” but instead it is “JavaScript Architect”. I interview a lot of people and the majority of web developers with 5 – 10 years of experience still do not know the following seven vital things:

How an Enterprise Architect Used Change Management Tools to Diagnose Business Problems
Desire is a difficult stage of change to get through. How do you create desire in the face of resistance to change? Keeping people informed helps overcome initial reactions against change. More desire is gained by clearly showing solutions that people will find useful. But in most engagements, we should be building buy-in with ongoing participation of stakeholders and those who will be affected by the changes. Influencing desire begins early in the planning process. Invest in stakeholder engagement early. During this phase, it can be very useful to make a vocal champion out of someone who was antagonistic at the beginning, but who has since become a supporter of the changes.

Perspectives of Business Reference Model
We are all witnessing the steady progress of the Enterprise Architecture(EA) discipline and it is now well understood that the EA is not just about IT infrastructure and the Business Architecture(BA) forms an integral part of EA. Unlike in the past, when Business Architecture was used for the purpose of eliciting the requirements for the IT systems, BA is used to develop and describe the targe business model and work on a road map that will get the business towards the target. The Open Group, as part of its "World Class EA" series, has published a White Paper on the Buiness Reference with an objective of providing the need help to organizations in developing BA assets and plan for the future.

eBook. The practice of Enterprise Architecture
This book does not propose a new framework, theory, or approach to Enterprise Architecture. Instead, we share the experience and lessons learned of many projects that we have conducted around the world over the last few years. There are three parts (1) a high-level introduction to Enterprise Architecture using TOGAF and ArchiMate, (2) an overview of good practices to get started with EA and (3) an overview of advanced topics and techniques.  When you are interested after reading the first two chapters, we recommend you to contact our salesdepartment at: They can help you to purchase this book.

Visualizing and Measuring Enterprise Architecture: An Exploratory BioPharma Case
The focus of this paper is to test if it can also uncover new facts about the components and their relationships in an enterprise architecture, i.e., if the method can reveal the hidden external structure between architectural components. Our test uses data from a biopharmaceutical company. In total, we analyzed 407 components and 1,157 dependencies. Results show that the enterprise structure can be classified as a core-periphery architecture with a propagation cost of 23%, core size of 32%, and architecture flow through of 67%.

How Can Enterprise Architects Drive Business Value the Agile Way?
As an Enterprise Architect, chances are you are responsible for achieving business outcomes. You do this by driving business transformation. The way you achieve business transformation is through driving capability change including business, people, and technical capabilities. That’s a tall order. And you need a way to chunk this up and make it meaningful to all the parties involved. ... An Enterprise scenario is simply a chunk of organizational change, typically about 3-5 business capabilities, 3-5 people capabilities, and 3-5 technical capabilities.

Guide to OpenIG
This guide is written for access management designers and administrators who develop, build, deploy, and maintain OpenIG deployments for their organizations. This guide covers the tasks you might perform once or repeat throughout the life cycle of an OpenIG release. You do not need to be an expert to learn something from this guide, though a background in HTTP, access management web applications can help. You do need some background in managing services on your operating systems and in your application servers. You can nevertheless get started with this guide, and then learn more as you go along.

Service Bus Authentication and Authorization with the Access Control Service
Service Bus and ACS have a special relationship in that each Service Bus service namespace can be paired with a matching ACS service namespace of the same name, suffixed with “–sb”. The reason for this special relationship is in the way that Service Bus and ACS manage their mutual trust relationship and the associated cryptographic secrets. Inside the “-sb” ACS service namespace, which you can explore from the Azure Portal by selecting the Service Bus service namespace and then clicking the ACS icon on the ribbon, is a “ServiceBus” relying party definition following the ‘Relying Party Applications’ navigation.

8 Open Source Web Application Security Testing Tools
Web application security testing might seems intimidating and esoteric to many web administrator, especially to the new ones. Have you ever asked yourself why so many IT professionals ignore the security aspects of the applications? We seem to have a tendency to ignore things that is unperceivable. ... Good news for those who are new to web security is that once you have the basic understanding of the most common web app vulnerabilities, you will find it much easier to protect your application from various types of well-known web attacks.

Nigel Dalton at Agile Australia on System Thinking, Social Experiments and 20 by 2020
Probably one of the biggest breakthroughs for us last year was getting a really crisp statement of purpose for the company and it is “empowering people by making the property process, simple, efficient and stress free”. Everyone who has worked for us has had a complex, inefficient and stressful property experience - whether it was renting an apartment, a share flat, or whether it was buying, or going to an auction, or otherwise. It is thus pretty easy to get a few hundred people aligned around that as a purpose.

Quote for the day:

"Products are made in the factory, but brands are created in the mind." -- Walter Landor

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