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JOURNAL 5

 

Gurpreet Pall
Senior Director, Architecture Strategy Team, Microsoft Corporation

July 2005

Foreword

Dear Architect,

Over the last 18 months, I've been fortunate to witness the evolution of the Architect Journal right from its inception to this current edition—Journal 5. It has grown in many ways, especially as a vehicle for architects across the globe to share ideas—learning new and unique perspectives. One key indicator that this vehicle is getting a life of its own is the sense of continuity that is emerging across the articles—references and commentary—on articles in previous journals and commitments by authors to write sequels to the topics they introduce in this edition. It encouraged me to go spelunking for old editions and raises my curiosity for future ones.

Architecture in the systems world is as vast as the galaxy, and architects who operate in it have unique challenges like no other role that comes to mind easily. What makes it even more challenging is that only a handful of educational institutions offer a formal degree program in this discipline. Unlike their counterparts in the building world with framed diplomas hanging on the walls, architectural knowledge is not so easy to acquire. It's a refined discipline which only the brave Jedi knights with special aptitude have chosen to take on. With the rapid rate of change in the business world and the speed of technology innovation, architects need a medium to stay current, exchange ideas with peers, and grow. Only individuals who are comfortable dealing with ambiguity, who possess knowledge and experience in many disciplines, and who enjoy juggling the requirements of various stakeholders tend to venture into this exciting and exigent frontier. The Journal is a key medium that goes a long way to making this possible.

Reading through the six articles and admiring the meandering graphics in this edition I learned new things and found perspective on perplexing questions that sometimes keep me awake at night. Richard Veryard and Philip Boxer's article made we wander the streets of an agile Metropolis seeking parallels with SOA governance space. I stepped through a comprehensive, pre-flight checklist for evaluating technologies from Anna Liu and Ian Gorton for my services-based integration needs. If I had to solve picking the right transportation alternatives for Web services, I would take the route of "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" by Simon Guest. For a moment there, I thought I was reading about metropolitan transportation planning.

Every article in this edition is rich and engaging and sets the rhythm for the "Think, Learn, Solve" theme of the newly launched Architecture Resource Center on Microsoft.com.

I'm confident this edition will make you think, learn something new, and help you grow like it did me. I hope it also motivates you to use Journal as a medium to share your knowledge and perspective.

Enjoy!

Gurpreet S. Pall
Senior Director, Architecture Strategy Team
Microsoft Corporation

Articles in This Issue

Metropolis and SOA Governance, Part 1: Towards the Agile Metropolis
An Introduction to Topic Maps
Value-Driven Architecture: Linking Product Strategy with Architecture
Process and Criteria for Evaluating Services-Based Integration Technologies
Service-Oriented, Distributed, High-Performance Computing
Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Choosing Alternate Transports for Web Services

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Credits

Executive Editor & Program Manager

Arvindra Sehmi
Architect, Developer and Platform Evangelism Group, Microsoft EMEA
www.thearchitectexchange.com/asehmi

Managing Editor

Graeme Malcolm
Principal Technologist, Content Master Ltd

Editorial Board

Christopher Baldwin
Principal Consultant, Developer and Platform Evangelism Group, Microsoft EMEA

Felipe Cabrera
Architect, Advanced Web Services, Microsoft Corporation

Gianpaolo Carraro
Architect, Developer and Platform Evangelism Group, Windows
Evangelism, Microsoft Corporation

Mark Glikson
Program Manager, Developer and Platform Evangelism Group, Architecture Strategy, Microsoft Corporation

Simon Guest
Program Manager, Developer and Platform Evangelism Group, Architecture Strategy, Microsoft Corporation
www.simonguest.com

Neil Hutson
Director of Windows Evangelism, Developer and Platform Evangelism Group, Microsoft Corporation

Terry Leeper
Director, Developer and Platform Evangelism Group, Microsoft EMEA

Eugenio Pace
Program Manager, Platform Architecture Group, Microsoft Corporation

Harry Pierson
Architect, Developer and Platform Evangelism Group, Architecture Strategy, Microsoft Corporation
devhawk.net

Michael Platt
Architect, Developer and Platform Evangelism Group, Microsoft Ltd
blogs.msdn.com/michael_platt

Beat Schwegler
Architect, Developer and Platform Evangelism Group, Microsoft EMEA

Philip Teale
Partner Strategy Manager, Enterprise Partner Group, Microsoft Ltd

Project Management

Content Master Ltd
www.contentmaster.com

Design Direction

venturethree, London
www.venturethree.com

Orb Solutions, London

www.orb-solutions.com

Orchestration

Richard Hughes
Program Manager, Developer and Platform Evangelism Group, Architecture Strategy, Microsoft Corporation

Foreword Contributor

Gurpreet Pall
Senior Director, Architecture Strategy Team, Microsoft Corporation

This article was published in the Architecture Journal, a print and online publication produced by Microsoft. For more articles from this publication, please visit the Architecture Journal Web site.

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