IBM's Chief Architect moves to Microsoft
Don Ferguson, IBM Software Group's former Chief Architect, has appeared on the Microsoft.com site with his own Executive bio. According to the bio page Ferguson is now
"Microsoft Technical Fellow in Platforms and Strategy, in the Office of the CTO
...Some of the public focus areas [at IBM] were Web services, patterns, Web 2.0 and business driven development. Don guided IBM’s strategy and architecture for SOA and Web services, and co-authored many of the initial Web service specifications."
'Office of the CTO' - that's Ray Ozzie's team.
His old IBM blog is still up, but hasn't been updated since September 22. I've not come across his blog before, but I thought this entry from last August was of interest:
"Software in the Next Five Years
A customer asked me to present my view of software in five years. I was very flattered and tried my best. If anyone is interested in speaking with me about my conclusions, drop me an email. Once I get a little more feedback, I will make the presentation and paper available. To pique interest, my top ten conclusions are:
- Software appliances and SW configurations integrated with virtual middleware
- Situational applications and end-user Web programming
- An enterprise SW architecture that includes open source, good enough middleware and products from IBM and other companies
- SOA and business policy/rules
- Composite Applications and Business Services
- SW evolving to exploit next generation HW, e.g. multi-core and intelligent network storage.
- SOA and EDA
- A web approach to data and storage
- Recipes, Patterns and Templates
- Web 2.0"