10 years, 7 months ago

Keep an eye on OneCMDB and the CMDB Federation

OneCMDB Version 2.0 is a real interesting concept and product as this may be one of the first IT Service Management solution developed in an Open Source mode. It will not replace your Service Desk solution but may help companies with limited budget or companies which have a wide diversity of existing catalogs of assets. It is only covering Configuration Management as a process and in some way IT Assets management. For those who are using Nagios, there exist some connectors.

This has been initially developed by Lokomo Systems using Java but I’m not sure how does that fit with the CMDB Federation Group (I wrote a post on the subject in 2007) if it still exists….(I haven’t seen any indication of activity since January 2008 and maybe this is a dead project…).

In any case, keep an eye on both…
11 years, 18 days ago

Video of eXploratory Modelling at ESUG2008 available

Today James Robertson published his video of my talk on eXploratory Modelling at ESUG2008: http://www.cincomsmalltalk.com/blog/blogView?showComments=true&printTitle=eXploratory_Modeling_at_ESUG_2008&entry=3404625062 Have fun watching it, and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or if any part of the presentation was unintelligible because of the noise or such.The presentation was done without a microphone, and I guess […]

11 years, 24 days ago

Meet WALL•S!

Though not called WALL•S by Michael Haupt who posted this blog, the little NXT robot in the picture immediately reminded me of WALL•E. So meet WALL•S, the first robot that actually speaks and understands Smalltalk! Some of you may know that Smalltalk originally was quite popular in the embedded world. Tektronix for example ran Smalltalk […]

11 years, 2 months ago

Smalltalk on bare metal blog

Nice blog by Cees de Groot about the SqueakNOS project that has been revitalised. This project has my special interest since it clearly demonstrates some features of Smalltalk in the sense of it’s completeness. We are not talking programming language. We are talking system.

11 years, 9 months ago

St Davids Day

It seems fitting that my blog should start on St. David’s Day – the beginning of Welsh pride as the year begins, flowing with Daffodils, Cawl Cennin (Leek and Lamb stew), all kinds of goodies for children and the flow of love and kindness towards all.T…

12 years, 7 months ago

ERP for IT

Sometimes it seems like we’ve automated the business but not the IT world. Although some organisations have a plethora of systems and processes to manage the operational environments, governance, portfolios, architecture and projects most do not. …

12 years, 8 months ago

Who would be a good Enterprise Architect?

Who would make a good Enterprise Architect? This is a question I get from time to time and it’s not an easy one to answer, mainly because the definition of an Enterprise Architect and the expectations of the role varies from organisation to organisation. Just taking a look at two articles that describe the EA role and it’s easy to see why many people want an answer to the question.

An enterprise architect requires a unique blend of skills. At various times he or she needs to employ the characteristics of an artist, a guru, a coach, and a spy. As an artist, an enterprise architect needs to be creative by looking beyond the “right” answers to uncover new solutions to old problems. The enterprise architect also needs to be a guru—someone who understands some topics in depth, but can address a breadth of business and technical topics.
 
As a coach, the enterprise architect must bridge both business and technology, be able to find points of influence in both camps, and ensure that technology stays off the critical path. Finally, as a spy, the enterprise architect must be able to work across the enterprise, see patterns across disparate business needs, and define solutions that satisfy multiple business needs. Enterprise architects grow from within the technical architecture ranks, learning how to be artists, gurus, coaches, and spies as they work their way from being technical specialists, through application or infrastructure architects, eventually to enterprise architects.

From my earlier posts you would also guess that I would add salesperson to the list. So where do you find people that fit this profile and understand all the technology aspects that are a pre-requisit? I don’t have the answer, but I do  know some assumptions I’ve seen in the past are not always right.

Assumption 1 – there is a clear career path from developer/analyst through project architect then to an applications or infrastructure architect role and finally to the EA role.

Assumption 2 – an EA is fundamentally a technical role.

I don’t believe an EA is fundamentally a technical role. It does need someone who really understands the IT environment, in applications, technology, infrastructure and operations but it also needs someone who understands the business activities and how to align the two. This is where I believe there is a discontinuity in the career development plans many organisations have that are based on assumption 1.

So who would make a good enterprise architect? Someone who’s had the experience described in assumption 1 and also has had to work well outside the IT comfort zone. This could be a secondment into a business team, working for IT suppliers on sales solutions or consulting roles which broaden perspectives.