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Architecture

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The Hockey Hall of Fame is located in Toronto, at the corner of Yonge and Front.  The building hosting the Hall was formerly owned by the Bank of Montreal.  The building was design in the mid 1880's and was to be the Bank's head office in Toronto.  It stayed in operation until 1982 [1].  I am told that it was formerly the office of Enterprise Architecture at the Bank of Montreal, which is the department that I currently work in.  I was also told that there is a ghost resident on the second floor [2, 3].  

Toronto Shots

Although much less convenient than my current working location, I would have enjoyed working in such a classic building.

Cloud Computing - #2

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Panasonic DMC-G1, Lumix G Vario 14-45/f3.5-5.6, ISO100, 21mm, f/5.8, 1/320

Cloud computing is receiving a lot of press, or as some would put it "hype." Cloud is the new thing, what people are talking about.   

While the definition remains as etherial as the name, there are a couple of points to be made about this evolution of technology provisioning and consumption: (1) it better enables alignment of investment with consumption, that is you only pay for what is used which (2) enables new business models especially those stifled by the high cost of entry of the previous consumption/provisioning models.

At the conference the expectation was that cloud is 5 to 7 years away from general consumption.  I thought this was a bit long, contradicting current practice, although it may be true for the extreme cases.  

So things look bright for cloud, may be even a little unrealistic.   But that's OK. It's important to have a new thing that people can ask about, marketers can sell, and technologists define.  To move attention off the predecessor in decline--SOA--so that may be now we can do something with it.  

Cloud Computing

Added on by Bill.

Last night I returned from a conference on cloud computing.  So, quite naturally, it would be logical to take some pictures of clouds.  

Panasonic DMC-G1, Lumix G Vario 14-45/F3.5-5.6, ISO 100, 14mm, f/5.6, 1/500

These ones were captured early in the morning. While clouds do exist at other times of the day, none are as interesting as when the sun peeks through them while they rest over the water.  

While the whole notion of cloud computing continues to lack consistent definition, through the course of the conference, the fog lifted and I saw the light.  I'll post those insights in tomorrows entry as for now I'm still recovering from the long return journey to a destination where there are no direct flights.

Patterns of News Coverage

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An aspect of my job is identifying and defining patterns: patterns of [systems] behaviour; solution pattens used as templates to speed development among other types of patterns.  Patterns emerge in many areas, including: painting, architecture, gardening and apparently in the news too:

Globalization 3.0

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Thomas Friedman presents a lecture at MIT on The World is Flat 3.0:

Friedman, Thomas "The World is Flat 3.0." Academic Earth. 4 Feb 2009. Web. 21 Feb 2009.
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His thesis is that the world economy has progressed through three stages of globalization. The first was marked by integration at a country level; the second at a corporate level and the third is at the level of the individual. As a result, economic competition has progressed into each of these three levels and now is at the level of the individual. Power at each stage was derived through integration: the British Empire; Global Corporations and now the individual's ability to collaborate with others.

Friedman offers that the key to success of the individual in this 3.0 world is networking; building cross-world relationships at an individual level. Does this suggest deeper roots to the Social Networking phenomenon currently sweeping the web?