Who Am I?

Josette

me

I am a 15+ year technology professional that started in application development. I also write for CMSWire as a freelance staff writer. I am technology agnostic and really enjoy simplifying what are generally viewed as complex problems.

I think the two single most important skills for an Enterprise Architect to have are the ability to easily see patterns in huge amounts of data where others can not and the ability to listen and adjust to change. If those fundamental attributes are not in place I’m not sure how effective you can actually be at an EA level.

I never pretend I know anything I don’t, but I have been known to stay up reading and thinking  for 48 hours because I didn’t know something :).

Currently, I am very focused on my leadership skills development and actively networking with people who have been in the trenches of implementing large-scale business and technology change. I always like hearing unique perspectives from people who work in other disciplines.

I really like what’s occurring with cloud capabilities increasing the composability of IT offerings at all levels from infrastructure to full-scale managed business processes. Organizations are going to have to take a hard look at the effectiveness and value of maintaining data centers and even business processes that are not core to key business profitability very soon or risk losing competitive advantage.

From a technology perspective,  right now I’m interested in  Domain Specific Languages, Model Driven Development, Complex Event Processing, Service Based Security and Identity Management  and composability using tools such as OSGI, MEF, Prism, BPM and services.With the release of some the Eclipse plug-ins and Visual Studio 2010 I think the cost developing solutions using models and  code generation is going to make far more sense from a cost and time perspective  for 40%-60% of base application functionality than using outsourced labor.  If organizations are willing to define base technology standards for things like ORM tools, logging, and a general set of architectural patterns, then UML models with stereotypes applied can be used to generate a lot of “grunt code”. This is not to say creativity should be negated from the development process, but it should be applied to where it is actually providing value, not core concerns like transaction management.

I am also geeking out developing an Android application.

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  1. Delano Gordon
    June 2, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Quite interesting. You remind me of a very skillful and intelligent young lady I came across in Richardson, Texas back in the mid 90s.

    • msjosetterigsby
      June 2, 2010 at 11:26 pm

      Ha! Long time no see man 🙂

  2. Scott Warnick
    February 19, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    “If organizations are willing to define base technology standards for things like ORM tools, logging, and a general set of architectural patterns, then UML models with stereotypes applied can be used to generate a lot of “grunt code”.”

    All of the parts of the statement are true, but the emphasis needs to go on the antecedent of the conditional. IF organizations are willing (and able) to do the hard work of definition and standardization, then the halcyon day of model-driven development will finally dawn. Which says that the deal-breaking research problems are in organizational behavior, not architecture–somebody had to fund the Taj Mahal. With that said, I agree with your take on the future direction of architecture and development per se because model-driven development is a practical necessity–there is no other way to handle the complexity required in a contemporary software project.

    That’s my $.02. Great blog, though. Keep it up.

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