Tuesday, 21 June 2016

HK Computer Society Event: Microservices, Cloud, EDA and next practice architecture

EASIG of Hong Kong Computer Society Speaker Session: 
“Digital Transformation & Architectural Implications”
(12th July, 2016) 

Nigel Green: 5Di Ltd (UK) & CIO Connect Hong Kong Associate

In this session Mr. Nigel Green will share his experience of preparing organisations for the Digital World. He will introduce key concepts that help open-up the discussion of the implications, risks, 
and opportunities, of a digital strategy. He will also share some of the design patterns he uses in the transformation to “Digital”.

Topics covered in session: 

• How a major European Retailer is approaching their digital transformation and the tangible business benefits of their architectural approach. This will cover both business and technology architecture implications, and will include perspectives on the Micro-services pattern adopted by the “born digitals” (e.g. Netflix, Google, and Amazon).

• The dangers of “Big Design Up Front”, and perhaps paradoxically, why “Adaptive Design” is ever more crucial.

• Subject matter experts to track, follow-up research material, and next steps to take.

Event Details: 

Date:12th July, 2016 (Tuesday)

Time: 19:00-20:00

Venue: P304, Anita Chan Lai Ling Building, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University [Map]

Seats: 50

Fee: Free
HKCS (Fellow/Members) & AEA-HK members*: Free of charge
Non-members: HK$50
* Seat is subject to availability and priority will be given to HKCS member

Friday, 3 June 2016

Evolution Architecture

Caoilte O'Connor is a developer at ITV, the UK's largest Commercial Terrestrial TV Network. Here's a short  (~2 min) clip from Domain Service Aggregators: A Structured Approach to Microservice Composition . In this clip he describes how they evolved a Microservices architecture at ITV. Note his comment about working with the "architect"...

This style seems consistent with Gunnar Menzel's recent post: "The New Role of the Architect". On reading his more detailed paper on this subject, I am, however, less convinced that TOGAF or IAF will be fit-for-purpose in the new world order.  

I'm seeing a trend towards a new breed of architect; one that delivers "Just Enough Architecture - Just In Time", as one client calls it, and another,  "Minimum Viable Architecture". It seems to me that the role of the "architect/design authority" has never been more important, and yet, so called "Best Practice" methods and frameworks seem unhelpful at best, and trust-destroyers, at worst.

Also, great stuff from ThoughtWorks on "Evolutionary Architecture", when you have 18 mins to listen: here 

Is the new EA and "Evolution Architect", and is she/he more a Systems Thinker than a TOGAF practitioner? Is the architect's toolset predominantly a whiteboard and a set of pens?

Post Post:

An upcoming session at IRM EAC/BPM conference in London on 13th June:

Outcome Driven Architecture

John Slater, Senior Manager Group Retail Strategy, Nationwide
Mike Clark, Business Designer and Digital Technologist, Cohesion 360 

"Historically organisations have struggled to strike the balance between delivering at pace and building a sustainable architecture. In most cases this results in either a solution that can't be scaled or one that goes over budget, delivers late and fails to meet the desired customer and business outcomes. Using a traceable outcome driven approach to connect the business goals to the machinery of the organisation and following MVP (minimal viable product) and MVA (minimal viable architecture) principles, enabled Nationwide to co-create new features with customers and colleagues, test their impact against a consistent group of value measures and iterate, pivot or scale & roll-out at pace, whilst still building a cohesive architecture".