D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

April 2014 Entries

Business Analysis – We’re Doing It Wrong

Do you know what a Business Analyst does? They analyze business practices. Doesn’t that seem simple? And yet organizations the world over, and even the IIBA it would seem, consider them a super role that encompasses a wide variety of skills and capabilities: Requirements Gatherer: Instead of utilizing techniques like value stream mapping to identify areas of business process that could be optimized/corrected, BA’s tend to be assigned the task of Requirements Gatherer. They meet with users and hear ......

Prairie Dev Con’s Evolution – Thoughts on Covering Speaker Expenses

Greg Young tweeted this recently… This started a really good Twitter discussion about whether conferences should cover travel expenses (airfare and hotel) for speakers, with some event organizers weighing in. Having run a successful conference for the last four years I wanted to share my thoughts and experiences around this (Twitter’s 140 character limit is very…well, limiting :) ). Conferences are a collaborative effort between four groups: Organizers, Attendees, Speakers, and Sponsors. Each group ......

Orleans–Cloud Services at Scale

Putting this here as a growing data dump of links/resources around Project “Orleans”. What is Project Orleans? Project “Orleans” provides a straightforward approach to building distributed high-scale computing applications, without the need to learn and apply complex concurrency or other scaling patterns. It was designed for use in the cloud, and has been used extensively in Microsoft Azure. There’s a great story about how Orleans is used to back Halo and deliver stats and info in real time to gamers. ......