Bletchley Park Architects Council Part 1
Microsoft UK Architect Council Meeting
8 & 9 June 2009
Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes
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|In June 2009 a group of senior IT Architects from across the industry assembled at Bletchley Park, the home of the World War II code breakers for two days to discuss the current state and requirements for interoperability, standards, security and service-orientation across the IT industry. Bletchley offered a more than fitting venue to discuss and debate these subjects given its history and the incredible achievements they made.|
Welcome to Bletchley Park
|Dave Gristwood and I chew the fat before the two day meeting takes place to talk about what we’re going to be discussing and why Bletchley was such a great place to be doing this. But don’t let this stop you from viewing as there is then a great welcome from Simon Greenish, Trust Director at Bletchley Park who really made a special effort for us during our stay and who continues to be the driving force behind the growing success that is Bletchley Park today!|
A quick view of Bletchley Park
|Bletchley is a key part of our cultural and scientific heritage and for the computer industry stands out, not only as the scene of some of the most amazing code breaking stories of WWII that undoubtedly reduced the duration of the war by some considerable time but also as the birth place of modern computing. We all owe much to Simon and his team at Bletchley for the incredible job they are doing to not only save this for us and future generations but in so doing enable us to learn from the lessons of Bletchley and the work that went on there during the War! However, it should be noted that Bletchley remains under threat and I would impress on all the importance of your roll in ensuring its continued survival and future success. Many thanks in particular to our guide David Whitchurch and also to Tony Sale for demonstrating how Colosus boots faster than his copy of XP! http://www.codesandciphers.org.uk|
So what is Interoperability anyway?
|Interoperability means many things to many people but here just a few thoughts from the architects who met at Bletchley to discuss the subject …|
The presentations …
Who am I?
Steve Plank, Identity Architect, Microsoft Ltd
Projecting your corporate identity in the cloud!
Bletchley represents enormous success by a relatively small group of contributors in a relatively short period of time. Was this just luck or judgement? Are their lessons we can learn? Taking a couple of assumptions into account the council represents well over 800 years combined IT experience, during this time there have probably been one or two successes? Is there anyway we can capture some of this collective wisdom and turn it into a form that could save current and future projects from failure?
Keith Straughan, Dean, University College Milton Keynes
Earlier this year the Higher Education Funding Council for England proposed a new University Challenge to 'unlock Britain’s talent" to support the Government’s aspiration to see up to twenty new Higher Education Centres in the UK. In many ways Milton Keynes is a natural choice, but perhaps rather than just proposing itself as being another University why not take a step back and maybe consider what the University of Tomorrow might look like. What if it were to really harness the power of modern technology? What would this 'virtual' university look like? Keith and his team have been spending some time thinking about this problem and have come up with some interesting thoughts.
Alastair Bain, Centrica Bryan Boreham, Barclays Capital Rupert Brown, Merrill Lynch/Bank of America Simon Cox, University of Southampton Barry Ellis, BP Chris Franklin, HMRC Tony Godson, Unisys Darren Hallett, Sungard Vivista Yvonne Harrison, Royal Mail Group Mike Jolliffe, Equiniti Mark Lewis, EDS Mike Lloyd, Carbonflame Stewart McEwan, Digital Semantics Michael Paulson, Avanade Stuart Preston, EMC Ian Race, Merrill Lynch/Bank of America Dave Robertson, AstraZeneca PLC Stephen Simpson, Logica CMG Roger Wagland, Clifford Chance John Waterworth, Independent Consultant John Whiteway, AstraZeneca PLC Russell Wing, Zurich Financial Services
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Council Industry Analyst: Jon Collins, Freeform Dynamics
Guests: Simon Greenish, Trust Director, Bletchley Park Keith Straughan, Dean, University Centre Milton Keynes Microsoft representatives: Matt Deacon Cliff Evans Ed Gibson Tim Gregson Dave Gristwood Giampiero Nanni Steve Plank John Phillips Gurprit Singh Simon Thurman