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HostGator is Safe Harbour Certified

May 29, 2010 Leave a comment
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According to a recent HostGator May 2010 Newsletter, they are now Safe Harbor Certified.

Though this isn’t directly related to cloud computing.  It is interesting in that is shows hosting services in USA are becoming sensitive to the fact that overseas privacy regulation and concerns are more stringent than those imposed by USA.

In Australia, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) is apparently still not fully comfortable with the private information of customers of Prudential Wealth Management heading overseas.  You can read here about how the jury (APRA) is still out on whether or not they are comfortable with Prudential’s plans to use Salesforce.com which is hosted in the USA.

I am not aware of any agreement between Australia and USA or other country that is similar to the EU – USA Safe Harbour agreement.  The most likely place we need to establish such an agreement with is Singapore as that appears to be the target hosting site for the big clouds (Amazon, Azure) in Asia region.

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Dialogue over Diagrams

April 20, 2010 Leave a comment

In thinking how Agile changes the role of an Architect, I keep thinking about the Agile Manifesto Axioms or preferences.  For the Agile Architect, I think we need to add a new one:

Dialogue over Diagrams

As with the manifesto, we’re not saying that diagrams are  no longer required.   A diagram is still worth a thousand words.  Also, what would we do with our Visio and UML Tools?

The point of Dialogue over Diagrams is not to say we don’t need diagrams.  The point is that, as Architects, we need to remember that the Diagrams are not the final objective.  Working Software [products] is the final objective.  Working software comes when there is a common understanding between owners and builders of what needs to be built and how it needs to work in order to satisfy the vision of the owner.

I believe the best and fasted way to achieve common understanding is through dialogue.  The diagrams are still necessary, but they are no longer your primary focus.  They are enablers. Read more…

Starting The Agile Architect

April 16, 2010 Leave a comment

What’s an architect to do when the team goes Agile?

The Agile Architect is a project I’ve started with with Peter Wennerstein of Icon Innovations.   The inspiration came when the leaders on the project I’m working on decided we were going Agile and sent everyone to Scrum training.   The Vision is to give guidance and encouragement to all the architects out there who want to be a valuable part of Agile projects.  I’m putting together my experience as a leader in Software Development and long time Solutions and Enterprise Architect.  I’m teaming up with Pete because of his passion and talent for communicating with images, icons and multi-media.  I think we’re going to have a lot of fun with this and hope it really helps you on your journey down the path of becoming an Agile Architect.

If you are interested in this topic, please leave a comment to encourage me in this projects.

Thanks!

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Security in the Cloud

April 9, 2010 Leave a comment

A while back I blogged on security in the cloud – whose data is it in the cloud.  I’ve recently been more interested in this topic and come across an article from the Application Development Trends.

Cryptographers Warn About Security Dangers in the Cloud at RSA

In the article there was –

predicted a “trust meltdown” for the security industry if that doesn’t change. “We have complex operations in place in tightly intertwined systems, and the processes are not well understood or analyzed, but they are widely used and trusted. That’s a recipe for disaster.”

But it did not proceed to explain what precisely these vulnerabilities are.  I cannot discern whether this is simple fear mongering or if indeed, we are all little “Alices with a key” hoping our data is secure in the cloudy wonderland.

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Agile in a Waterfall Enterprise – Agile and PMP

January 29, 2010 2 comments

If you’ve been working in software development and system implementation for large enterprises like I have, you can probably relate to the tension between knowing that Agile approaches really do have good results, but the governance processes of the enterprise are Waterfall.

I’ve recently been working with a team who have been trying to adopt Agile methods, but who rely funding from our central Project Approval Committee (PAC).  The PAC submissions and governance processes such as Information Security Certification and Architecture Certification are designed around Waterfall, not Agile.  So, we have something of an impedence mismatch.

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Turnkey Grails

December 20, 2009 Leave a comment

When I discovered Turnkey Linux, which I think is awesome, an light bulb came on about how virtual machines can be extremely useful for me.  In my work, I may switch frequently from one activity to another.  Each of these activities require a different software tool set.  In the past I would accommodate this by installing all the different tools I need onto my desktop at work.  Then, if I wanted to do some work on my home laptop, I’d find myself reinstalling the same set of tools.  Obviously this isn’t the most effective way to work.

I have never spent much time working with virtual machines because I really thought they were most useful to vendor or pre-sales guys who need to demo a complete stack of technologies without having to install them at a given site.

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Turnkey Virtual Appliance is Brilliant

December 20, 2009 2 comments

I have just come into the opportunity to buy a small business that, among other things, will immediately need a new web site.  From my other posts you’ll gather I’m an IT guy.  But lately I’ve not been so hands on.  I’m working in Strategy and Architecture.  I have in the past setup the LAMP stack on a spare home PC, one step at a time.  Now I’m thinking more like a user than a techie.  I don’t want the thrill of understanding every little config file under /etc and what it does.  I also don’t want to mess with an old PC.  I have my Macbook Pro and I certainly don’t want to mess it up.

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