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Interviews by Stephen Ibaraki, I.S.P., DF/NPA, CNP, MVP

Roger Sessions: World's Foremost Expert in High-End Distributed Software Architectures

This week, Stephen Ibaraki, has an exclusive interview with Roger Sessions, the world's foremost expert in high-end distributed software architectures and the originator of The Software Fortress Model (SFM) for Service-Oriented Architectures.

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The latest blog on the interview can be found on January 10, 2006 in the CIPS/Microsoft Canadian IT Managers forum where you can provide your comments in an interactive dialogue. And you can share them with Roger and us too.
http://blogs.technet.com/cdnitmanagers/

Interview Time Index (MM:SS) and Topic

00:23: If there was one major warning you could give, what would it be?

Roger Sessions: "Web Services will be both a boon and a bane for large enterprises. A boon, because it will enable workflow in ways unimaginable a few years ago. A bane, because it will result in the most expensive and spectacular IT failures in the history of our industry.

01:06: That is an incredible warning. What do you mean by thisóboon and bane?
03:04: When do you forecast the first major failure will occur?
04:29: Can you tell the audience more about the solutions available from the Architect Technology Advisory or ATA? How does the ATA work? Are there examples of ATA warnings regarding sources of failures, both technical and non-technical, that enterprises should heed?
08:35: To allow for proper planning, please share specific predictions for future ATAs and overview your CAPS or critical action plans. Can you drill down further?
13:256: Can you give us another example that has a high alert level and also provide your critical action plan?
19:16: There can be big failures stemming from IT governance not being tied into overall corporate governance: there should be overlap and good communications between these areas.
24:32: What other challenges do you foresee in the future and what are their consequences?
25:29: Please tell us more about your Software Fortress Model. What has been the market reaction to this model?
33:11: Can you share more case studies that illustrate your ideas? What are your [controversial] ideas on knowledge versus data?
37:30: You write so many articles Which one past article is the most significant?
40:29: What will be the major enterprise technologies in three years? What are their strengths and weaknesses? Who will be the big losers? How should businesses prepare?
42:15: Do you foresee any other disruptive innovations on the horizon?
42:41: Can you elaborate on databases being poorly designed for today's needs?
47:57: Roger, can you share your views on Open source [and Linux]?
52:45: Why are you critical about some aspects of the Web Services Standards group?
56:10: How will the internet continue to evolve?
56:44: Can you comment on the idea of all software being available as services? And what would be the period where it would be a significant part of the enterprise?
60:18: What do you foresee for China and India?
62:56: Where do you see yourself evolving?
64:13: Now, it's time for some fun questions:
  What is your passion?
  What is your favorite gadget?