Understanding Identity and Trust in a Cognitive IoT World

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As the juggernaut of IoT and Cognitive Computing continues it is becoming evident that we will need a much more robust Identity solution than the ones we currently have. A large part of this is due to the fact that systems are more and more interacting with each other and invoking actions on behalf of

Not all technical debt should be treated equally

Not all technical debt should be treated equally By Alexander von Zitzewitz Abstract: “Shipping first time code is like going into debt. A little debt speeds development so long as it is paid back promptly with a rewrite… The danger occurs when the debt is not repaid. Every minute spent on not-quite-right code counts as

Customers, Customers, Customers—Keep Them Coming Back


By:  Mike Vincent Personalization This morning I’m meeting with Bob Kelly, our marketing director, and David Campbell, a new software architect on our team, to review progress on a web improvement project for expanding accessory sales in our increasingly competitive market place. Adventure Works is the nation’s second largest bicycle internet and retail company. Bob

Gabriel Morgan Interview


Our very own Paul Preiss, sits down for an in-depth interview with Gabriel Morgan the Director of Enterprise Architect and Strategic Planning at REI. Paul Preiss: The thing I'd like to focus on today, Gabriel, is your role and vision as a Director of Enterprise Architect and Strategic Planning at REI, with that being such

Architecture Description Really Matters

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By Yan Zhao, Ph.D I was hired many years ago as a corporate level principal architect. The first assignment I got was to describe the architecture of an existing software system product inherited from a company acquisition. The original people who created the system had left the company. There were no architecture or design documents; no

“Not my Way” is not the same as “Wrong”


By Gene Hughson Technical skills are important for a software architect; I think few would argue with that.  However, technical skill alone is far from sufficient.  Soft skills, particularly those necessary for crafting compromises that reconcile competing viewpoints, are critical. Jef Claes is a Belgian software engineer who typically blogs about coding and Domain Driven Design.