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First of all, to add a little more credibility to what I’m about to write, let me just say that I’m running Princeton Java Users Group (JUG) for years and have a pretty good idea of how organization of the meetings and sponsorship work in such gatherings. Java community is huge, well established and has a loyal following of leaders and enthusiasts that are willing to spend some of their evenings meeting with their peers and attending presentations by either well known or by no so famous yet presenters. As a leader of this JUG I often receive emails asking to promote among our members a commercial training event. I do it on one condition: our JUG members have to get some additional benefits from such a vendor, for example, discounted price, free speakers coming over to our JUG, free software licenses…something. During the last several years, I spent a substantial po... (more)

Looking Back at 2008 or How We Were Surviving

“Have you heard about the crisis?” “What crisis?” From a recent conversation with my colleague. Well, of course we’ve heard about the crisis. I’m one of three partners who run a software boutique, and in early September, I did realized that something was very wrong with the economy.  Back then, we’ve deposited a check from one of our customers, a very large enterprise. A week later, we’ve got the message from the bank - the check bounced.  That company went belly up. This was an iron clad proof that this is not just a temporary recession.  A friend of mine runs another business –... (more)

This Java Architecture is a Tough Sell

Three years ago I've suggested a light architecture for Web/J2EE applications that was based on a Servlet container with transaction processing, Message Oriented Middleware, and a DBMS: . This  piece was a part of an old and  semi-serious Gas Station series published at Java Developer's Journal. Even though during the last three years I was predominantly involved with the client side part, I've been watching closely what's happening in the Java EE domain. Today, I was discussing an architecture of a new Flex/Java application with  my colleag... (more)

Google OS - A Cynical View

If you didn’t hear that Google has announced that in 2010 consumers will have a chance to enjoy new Chrome-based OS, stop reading and do you homework first. Done? Now we can move on, and let’s do it by the rules – positive things first, then some bile followed by a happy end. I really like Google. They produce easy to use applications that work great. I use their search engine about a hundred times a day. Their applications make sense. Nine months ago they released a Web browser called Chrome, and I liked it. Back than I suggested that in a year Chrome will bite off a decent chu... (more)

Development of an Enterprise Architecture Communication Plan

As a strategic activity for IT, communication is important for the effective management of both internal and external relationships. The IT function in many organizations operates with highly diverse stakeholders from different parts of the world. The situation has evolved rapidly over the last years through (standardization, globalization, and optimization…). Communication significantly impacts how IT is perceived by the organization, and therefore it plays a crucial role in the successful positioning of IT as an internal partner. Moreover, given the competitive market pressure th... (more)

Seven Questions to Ask Before Building an IT Strategy

Even as modern economic activities rely heavily on sound IT strategies, many organizations fail to take advantage of the many opportunities that technology can provide. For instance, some types of can improve processes and profit margins. Clearly, there is a gap between the availability of infrastructure, and what enterprises actually need to overhaul at their place of business to benefit cash flow. Before formulating your company's IT strategy, there are a few questions that you should ask. Is the strategy too generic? IT organizations hardly cater to just one type of need, on... (more)