A Belated Happy New Year Resolution


year-of-2017Welcome to 2017 everyone.

I’ve been back working since early January, and it’s all strategic roadmaps, capability mappings, enterprise design principles and salutations.

I’m going to try to make a commitment this year to post more architecture-related content (as that is my actual day job), and possibly try to capture the essence which is extracted to fundamentally shape the future of large enterprises.  This also somewhat coincides with a plan I have to try and remain “hands off” more this year – we’ll see how that goes.

Architecture

I’m TOGAF certified, and that has really augmented my ability to focus on big picture items for the better part of about 6+ years primarily with two key clients in Canberra. 

The title of “architect” is something which I’ve never truly been comfortable with; it’s always implied (to me) an IT equivalency of being like the Wizard of Oz – all seeing, all powerful.  Of course we aren’t, and we can’t be.. but it’s tempting to think we’re perceived that way.  That still places some pressure on you to try and always get things right.

There’s also a proclivity towards relying too much on knowledge you already have – you can become resistant to change and new concepts.  I strive to try and keep myself open to evolving ideas and fresh thinking as much as humanly possible.

Future Articles

Well, I’m trying to drum up my wordsmithing to a calibre worthy of producing a sensible business plan which might hasten the adoption of Windows Server 2016.  The drawcard, unsurprisingly, is the next version of Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) and an array of new security controls and standards which it supports.  This has large IT impact as it introduces a brand new base server OS, and upsets the apple cart in relation to server SOE/patching/policy etc.

On the architecture front, I’ve been perfecting a document outlining the design principles of enterprise integration, which is mostly aimed at providing a sort of value-based cookbook of how to justify the complexity and expense of something greater than simple point-to-point system integration in solution designs.  This has proven to be both boring and interesting at the same time – who’d have thought?  If there’s enough interest, I’d be happy to cover that off here at Sanders Tech.

Cloud adoption.  Naturally, I want to start covering off topics like hybrid design models, since that’s about the extent (professionally) that I’ll have open to me based on where I live.. at the moment.. however, reading the tea leaves, I suspect this will change in the next 2-4 years.

With that.. check back soon for new content.


About Rob Sanders

IT Professional and TOGAF 9 certified architect with nearly two decades of industry experience, 18 years in commercial software development and 11 years in IT consulting. Check out the "About Rob" page for more information.

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