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May 2013 Chicago IT Architects Group Registration Open

Who hasn’t heard of SharePoint? Since I first started working with it around 2001 it has become the hammer answer for every nail problem. As a product it has grown and evolved over the years and hopefully most of us how learned how best to apply it. This month Michael Blumenthal will address the issues around when to use and when not to use SharePoint 2013 and well as what the latest features are. Be sure to come and join us and bring your questions about the product and implementing it in your environment. ......

April 2013 Chicago IT Architects Group Recap

Amongst all the rain and cold weather this spring in the Chicago area we continue to try to bring great software architecture focused content to you. The weather is starting to get warmer so I want to thank those who came out to join us. This month Norman Murrin has returned and this time he was covering Django CMS. While the concept of a CMS is common Django isn’t necessarily a platform that people are familiar with which gave this topic an appeal of novelty. Norm was able to give real life examples ......

April 2013 Chicago IT Architects Group Meeting

The train keeps rolling. We have made it to spring. Baseball opening day has come and gone and we are starting to get into the heart of conference season in the IT community. Here at the Chicago IT Architects Group we are continuing to roll on as well. This month Norman Murrin of PSC Group is back to present Django CMS and how it can be used to implement flexible and dynamic web sites. Be sure to sign up and join us. Register here. del.icio.us Tags: Django,CMS,Norman Murrin,Chicago Information Technology ......

March 2013 Chicago IT Architects Group Wrap-up

The group got to know their neighbors a lot better this month with only half the normal room size and a pretty good turn out. Given that, I would really like to say thank you to everyone who came out on this cold evening before the first day of spring. Eric D. Boyd gave a great interactive presentation on a variety of aspects around Windows Azure. With his experience he was machine-gunned with questions and handled it like a champ. Everyone was so interested in the subject that people stayed until ......

March 2013 Chicago IT Architect Group Meeting Registration Open

2013 is speeding past us already with two great presentations over the last two months. For March we have asked Eric D Boyd to discuss what is new in Windows Azure and its implication to your architecture. Eric is an Azure MVP who speaks regularly at a variety of conferences in our area. The cloud has been a hot topic in the IT community lately and this presentation continues what has become a series on the subject along with Amazon and Google cloud offerings. Be sure to register here and join us ......

ITA Big Data Event

The ITA/TechNexus host the Chicago Information Technology Architects Group meeting as well as many user groups and events. There is an upcoming event on Big Data that you may be interested in if you are in the Chicago area. Below is the information. Check it out and support our host. Register here. del.icio.us Tags: ITA,TechNexus,Big Data,CITAG,Chicago Information Technology Architects Group,events ......

January 2013 Chicago IT Architect Group Summary

This month we had a great turn out. I was glad to see so many people come out on a cold Chicago evening. Shankar kept the subject as light as possible with a number of humorous images and one liners. The presentation was packed wall-to-wall with information for those of us who had not investigate NoSQL up to this point. I came a way feeling that this is a subject deserves a lot more attention and could also take a lifetime to become proficient in. I am encouraged that there are solutions such as ......

First Chicago IT Architects Meeting Of 2013

It seems we all survived the end of the world. Welcome to 2013. The Chicago IT Architects Group is kicking off the year with our first meeting on January 15th. Shankar Ramanchandran will be discussing NoSQL In Cloudy Skies. Be sure to come out and join us and get to know the other people in the Chicago area that work in the IT architecture space. Please register at the link below so that we can get you through building security and order enough food. See you there. http://citag.eventbrite.com del.icio.us ......

November 2012 Chicago IT Architects Group Meeting Recap

So the year is coming to an end. A hearty few came out two days before Thanksgiving to discuss adopting agile in the enterprise. While Norm Murrin claimed to be nervous about talking in front of a group your wouldn’t have known by his presentation. He really made a topic that has always been hard to relate very personal. This lead to some great discussion. I came out of looking for ways to investigate agile further. His presentation can be found here. This was our last meeting for the year. We are ......

November 2012 Chicago IT Architects Group Meeting Announcement

The year is quickly coming to an end. This is the most exciting part of the year with technology manufacturers in overdrive trying to release as many products for Christmas as possible. Our group is trying to do our part to bring order to the madness with one last presentation for the year. Norman Murrin will be speaking on November 20th on Adopting Agile Processes in the Enterprise. Be sure to join us by registering at the link below. Register del.icio.us Tags: Chicago Information Technology Architects ......

October 2012 Chicago IT Architects Group Meeting Recap

It seemed very ironic that the day we have a presentation on the architecture of building applications for Windows 8 the Surface tablet is opened for pre-order. Tom Benton started the evening enlightening the attendees on the user experience for those who had not seen it yet. He even passed around his table from last year’s Build conference for everyone to play with. This was followed with a tour of the capabilities and structures that make up a Windows Store App on Windows 8. Taking it to its conclusion, ......

October 2012 Chicago IT Architects Registration Open

This month Tom Benton will be presenting The Platform and Architecture of Windows Store apps in Windows 8. This is a subject that was requested by attendees over the last few months. Tom has been presenting this topic in Redmond recently and this should be a great discussion. As usual we are interested in hearing what topics that community would like to see presented. Leave any ideas in the comments of this post. If you have a topic you are interested in presenting please contact me through this ......

Register For The Sept 2012 Chicago IT Architects Group

We are getting rolling again. This month I will be discussing Building Smart Phone Applications For The Enterprise. This is an area that I have been working with in my normal day-to-day work and think that more of us will be running across in the near future. Be sure to register and join us. Register here del.icio.us Tags: Mobile Development,Chicago Information Technology Architects Group,CITAG,Windows Phone,iPhone,Android ......

March 2012 Chicago IT Architects Group Meeting

This year is already accelerating into overdrive. Business is rocking and the time for the March meeting of the Chicago IT Architects Group has crept up on me all to quickly. This month we have Paul Ford discussing Collective Intelligence. Be sure to register and join us on March 20th. TechNexus 200 S Wacker, Suite 500 Chicago, IL http://citag.eventbrite.com del.icio.us Tags: Chicago Information Technology Architects Group,CITAG,ChiITArch ......

February 2012 Chicago Information Technology Architects Group Presentation

So here is try number two. Mother nature got the best of us last month with the threat of icy roads on our presentation night. Ruben Rotteveel has been gracious enough to reschedule his discussion of Advancements in Messaging Technologies for this month. Assuming we do not get our usual February blizzard on that day it would be great to see as many of you there as possible. Be sure to register to joins us. http://citag.eventbrite.com del.icio.us Tags: Chicago Information Technology Architects Group,CITAG,Advancements ......

January 2012 Chicago Information Technology Architects Group Presentation

This post is really late considering that there is less than a week before the event. Fortunately this is because 2012 is starting out with tons of work to be done. Not a bad problem to have. This month we will have Ruben Rotteveel discussing Advancements in Messaging Technologies. Be sure to register to joins us. http://citag.eventbrite.com del.icio.us Tags: Chicago Information Technology Architects Group,CITAG,Ruben Rotteveel,Messaging ......

2011 Year In Review

2011 has been an amazing year in which I ended up working on an exciting number of projects. SharePoint has continued to be the hottest requested technology that I deal with. At the same time Windows Phone 7 has put Microsoft back in the mobile market and I will be finishing off the year additionally writing for this platform. At the same time the old standards of WinForms and ASP.NET have not left our market space. Ultimately, the IT market is still on fire and I am looking forward to great things ......

2012 Chicago IT Architects Group Call For Speakers

We are almost at the start of the new year. The group is currently on our December break from presentations but we are looking to return full steam in January. The Chicago Information Technology Architects Group is community driven and as such we are looking for speakers and topics to keep our community thriving. If you have a topic that you would like to present or know someone who has a topic that they love to talk about in the IT Architecture space please contact me through this blog. del.icio.us ......

October 2011 Chicago IT Architects Group Recap

It was another engaging presentation at this month’s CITAG meeting as Joe Hummel presented functional programming and its implementation using F#. Some times it is fun to attack a mind bending problem and this was one of those times. Leaning about functional programming caused about the same brain cramps as moving from procedural to object oriented for the first time. Of course when you start to get it the effect is almost euphoric. I would suggest that if you haven’t looked into functional programming ......

October 2011 Chicago Information Technology Architecture Meeting

It is the last quarter of the year. So we are trying to get as much content to you as possible. This month Joe Hummel will be presenting on functional programming. While this is not a new concept I believe it is one that most people have not been exposed to. I am really excited about having Joe bring us this topic. Please come out and join us. Register here. del.icio.us Tags: CITAG,Chicago Information Technology Architects Group,Functional Programming,Joe Hummel ......

September 2011 Chicago IT Arch Group Wrap-up

Matt Hidinger gave a high energy presentation around Onion Architecture for this month’s meeting. It was great seeing the history of this architectural approach including its connection to Jeffrey Palermo. Of course drinking from a fire hose takes a while to digest. Get the code and slides here. Please join us for our next meeting and get involved in the Chicago Information Architecture community. del.icio.us Tags: CITAG,Chicago Information Technology Architects Group,Jeffrey Palermo,Matt Hidinger,Onion ......

September 2011 Chicago Information Technology Architects Group Meeting

We are getting rolling for the fall at the Chicago IT Architects Group. This month we will have Matt Hidinger presenting on the topic of Onion Architecture. Please join us as we discuss the decomposition of architectures by registering below. Register here del.icio.us Tags: Chicago Information Technology Architects Group,CITAG,Matt Hidinger ......

Chicago IT Architect Group August 2011 Recap

We had a full house this month with a lot of interest in the SOLID principle. SOLID is one of those topics that should be basic study in all of our schools. Of course along with a large crowd comes a lot of discussion. There were debates as to how much each individual principle has merit and how to properly apply it. This is the lively discussion that really makes me enjoy organizing these presentations. Visit Michael Kappel’s web site here. del.icio.us Tags: Chicago Information Technology Architects ......

August 2011 Chicago Information Technology Architects Group Meeting

Our summer break is over and with the dog days of August we are getting back to setting up presentations of interest to Chicago area IT Architects. This month we will have Michael Kappel presenting on a topic we have been trying to get organized for a while. SOLID is an acronym for five object oriented design and development principles that everyone should know. Michael is going to give a platform agnostic discussion of these five key principles. Please join us by registering below. Register here ......

June 2011 Chicago Information Technology Architects Group Meeting

Things have been busy and we didn’t have a presentation last month. This month’s presentation will be on the 29th due to scheduling conflicts with TechNexus. On the schedule this month Carl Franklin will be presenting on scalable internet solutions. Come out and join us for a night of discussion and meet a few of your peers in the process. Register here. del.icio.us Tags: CITAG,Chicago Information Technology Architects Group ......

April 2011 Chicago Information Technology Architects Group Meeting

This one almost slipped away from me. It is only a week until the next CITAG meeting. This month Mike Vogt will be discussing ORM Frameworks and what they mean to the amount of code that our development teams have to write. I am sure we will get into a discussion of the truths and myths around these products. Come out and join us for a night of discussion and meet a few of your peers in the process. Register here. del.icio.us Tags: CITAG,Chicago Information Technology Architects Group,ORM,ORM Frameworks ......

Architecture Blooming In Chicago

For the last three years the Chicago Information Technology Architects Group has been the only community in the Chicago area for Software Architects, Enterprise Architects, Infrastructure Architects and Database Architects. Suddenly this is changing. The first change was a special interest group created by member of the Chicago .NET Users Group (CNUG). This has just started in the last couple of months. Now it was just announced that IASA is finally launching a Chicago chapter. This is something ......

March 2011 Chicago IT Arch Group Recap

This month’s meeting was outstanding. We had a record turnout for John Sprunger’s presentation on mobile architectures. I guess that is what happens when you put up a presentation on the most popular topic in technology. I invite everyone to join us for next month’s event. And while I love to see new faces it is always great to have people come back and continue the conversation. Here are some resources from last night’s presentation. Presentation slides Whitepaper Case study Stay tuned for information ......

March 2011 Chicago Information Technology Architects Group Meeting

How did we get to March already? My how time flies when you are having fun. We had a spirited discussion on Enterprise Architecture at the February meeting. Well lets keep the fun rolling. The hottest technology right now is anything to do with mobile computing. We had an arm wrestling match to decide who was going to present on Mobile Architecture. Come see the winner (actually the guy who had time to put the presentation together) on March 15th at the Chicago Information Technology Architects meeting. ......

February 2011 Chicago Information Technology Architects Group Meeting

We are back! After the holidays and a false start in January we are ready to get 2011 rolling. We are going to kick things off with Chris Geraghty giving us an overview of Enterpirse Architecture. He will be covering EA methods, its role in technology and business change as well as a number of tips for implementing EA. We are looking at mobile architectures for a future topic. If there are any topics you would like to see or would like to present feel free to contact me. Please join us by registering ......

November 2010 Chicago Information Architects Group Meeting

We are coming to the close of another year. This year has brought a lot of great speakers and topics to our group (as well as a little name change). So better way to close out the year than to have Shankar Ramachandran introduce us to NoSQL and its architectural considerations. Please join us on November 16th and come meet your peers. Register here del.icio.us Tags: CITAG,Chicago Information Technology Architects Group,NoSQL ......

October 2010 Chicago Information Technology Architects Group Wrap Up

Earlier this week Mike Vogt and I presented an introduction to design patterns. While I think that all developers should understand design patterns I don’t believe you can be a good architect unless you a firm grasp of patterns at at the application, system and enterprise levels. We had some fun with the subject by alternating between .NET and Java examples. I think if we had hidden certain parts of the IDE we could have challenged the attendees to tell us which example was in C# and which was in ......

New User Group Name and October Presentation

For reasons that I will not discuss here the Chicago Architects Group has changed its name to the Chicago Information Technology Architects Group. It is the same great group of people discussing topics that are of interest to IT architects of all flavors. Whether your responsibilities are at an enterprise, solution or application level there is something here for you. For October the topic will be design patterns presented by Mike Vogt and myself. Mike has a Java background so we will be alternating ......