If “Buy Before Build” is the answer then what was the question?

If you made a list of the "Top Five All Time Favourite" principles, then I'm sure "Buy Before Build" would be on the list. It just seems like one of those obvious statements. Why wouldn't you buy of the shelf - proven - software to reduce delivery risk, outsource (non-core) software development, and gain incremental improvements …

The Social Enterprise – what problem are we trying to solve?

Social Computing along with Cloud Computing is one of the hot IT buzz words - i.e., the Social Cloud must then be the ultimate in buzz word compliance. This is in fact what Andrew McAfee from MIT's Management school and Mike Gotta from Cisco are discussing. Andrew presents his Enterprise 2.0 the Indian Way in …

Architects as facilitators

Arthur Wright, a software architect from Credit Suisse, wrote an interesting article in an issue of the IEEE Software magazine, called: Lessons Learned: Architects Are Facilitators, Too! He describes a number of divergent behaviours causing the architecture to fragment through unauthorised interfaces, ill-considered technologies and protest designs. The article is an 'anti-pattern' to Conway's Law. …