August Newsletter – Business Intelligence (BI) Call for Papers

For this edition of the Microsoft Architecture Journal, we are looking for interesting, thought-provoking, and insightful articles about effective architecture and Business Intelligence.

The Architecture Journal
August 2009
BI Call for Papers August 2009
Business Intelligence
Call for Papers
Dear architect, We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the 22nd Microsoft Architecture Journal. Information is at the core of a business’s ability to make effective decisions. Architecture initiatives that increase the quality, timeliness, and usefulness of information have a direct correlation to increased revenue and competitiveness. As a result, Business Intelligence is top of mind for business and technology leaders. For this edition of the Microsoft Architecture Journal, we are looking for interesting, thought-provoking, and insightful articles about effective architecture and Business Intelligence. Some suggestions for Business Intelligence focus areas include (but are not limited to):
Enterprise Business Intelligence strategy and architecture: Effectively reconciling the explosion of data across Operational Data Stores (ODS) and Data Warehouses (DW), building BI solutions that consolidate and work across heterogeneous data sources, successfully leveraging MOLAP, ROLAP and HOLAP for analysis, and integrating enterprise data with integration services, and Information As A Service (IaaS) across on-premises and cloud models.
Embedding business insights into your applications: How to embed reports and analysis capabilities into your custom and line of business applications.
Infrastructure and performance: Architectural considerations for BI & data warehouse solutions with high-volume, low-latency, low-cost access to data.
End-user and self-service Business Intelligence: Empowering end users to build BI solutions with little to no dependence on IT while enabling IT to maintain monitoring & management of end user built solutions. Helping people access, visualize and model disparate data to improve their ability to quickly make decisions and take action.
Delivering an effective Business Intelligence project: Structuring an effective BI project, including building an effective team, requirements gathering, change management, customer-connected engineering, success criteria, etc.
If you like to share your wisdom and experience with Business Intelligence with the architecture community, this is your chance. To submit your proposal, please send the following before September 11, 2009:
An abstract of between two and four paragraphs.
A short list (2-3 items) of reader's takeaways from business and technical perspectives. This determines the relevance of your value proposition.
A short bio (1-2 paragraphs).
A list of previously published articles, if any.
Submissions must be made to archjrnl\ (we receive many submissions for each issue, so we encourage you to put time and thought into yours).   After the call for articles has ended, everyone who has submitted an idea will be notified via e-mail as to whether their submission was accepted or not. If it is accepted, your article must follow this schedule:
September 18. Acceptance notified.
October 8. A first draft (possibly unfinished) is due.
October 22. Final draft is due.*
Mid December. The Journal containing your article is ready and published.
* We recommend that articles be between 2,500 and 3,500 words in length.   For more information, check out this link or contact us at archjrnl\ Good luck! Sincerely, Diego Dagum Editor-in-chief

This Month on Architecture: Editor's Choice
On August 24 and 25, we will discuss two of the many ways architects can innovate by recognizing the impact to architects, and learning how to effectively leverage cloud computing beyond just another place to host existing assets.
In a move intended at furthering its push into the burgeoning market of private cloud-based infrastructures, virtualization market leader VMware will acquire SpringSource, the chief commercial sponsor of the open-source Spring Framework project. "SpringSource: Chapter Two" (Spring Framework creator on the deal)
The SEI invited accomplished practitioners from government, academia, and industry to discuss key issues in assessing the competence of organizations that use architecture to produce software-reliant systems.
Even as modern economic activities rely heavily on sound IT strategies, many organizations fail to take advantage of the many opportunities that technology can provide.
Kanban systems for software, derived from the Toyota Production System, are an iterationless approach for scheduling work. Stories are pulled from the backlog only when previous work has been completed. A Kanban System for Software Engineering (live session at QCon)
The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) enhances application deployment and compatibility, increases IT responsiveness and end user uptime, and helps reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) of your desktop software and IT management. Revisiting the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (TechNet Magazine)
Here are a baker’s dozen of items that are Best Practices for Scalability.
ThePort Network currently runs about 50 social networks varying in size from less than 1000 members to more than 300,000 members, all on a Microsoft stack.
There are three basic requirements that a project must satisfy: schedule, budget, and quality. The need to work within these essential project boundaries poses a huge challenge to everyone in the central management team.
Analysts Explore 'Emergent Architecture' at Gartner Enterprise Architecture Summits 2009 in London and Orlando.

Parallelism at PDC09
A tutorial on Fundamental Patterns and Practices for Parallelism
MSDN Magazine, August
Resources for Developers
TechNet Magazine, August
MS Platform best practices
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