Back from Strategic Architect Forum 2007
Just returned from the Strategic Architect Forum held in Mumbai. I must say it was a simply awesome summit! and definetly one of the best
architecture summit from Microsoft so far.The content presented had the right mix of technology and business scenarios.
Happened to meet some of the DPE and Product group buddies and counter parts like Karl, Atanu and Rajesh.
I loved the sessions by John De Vadoss on S+S and also the energy packed session on Soft Skills for Architects by Ranganathan from SymIndia.
Oh and how did i miss to write.:)...yes i also met David Campbell and participated in the round table with him. It was nice to see the Guru speaking on his days when they reengineered the storage engine from Sybase code to what is now there in SQL Server 2005.
Some of us had a post session discussion with John De Vadoss on the S+S world ,Windows Live Platform and also on Web 2.0 for Enterprises (my favorite topic these days:)).
Discussion was very useful to me and hope it was useful to John as well.
One of the things i wanted to see is Live platform being able to deploy in data centers other than the MS data center. In other words, 'Live for Intranets,' where it can used as framework
for S+S development by other corporates. John said this is something they are already thinking of, but are yet to figure out how to do it.
While we were discussing on the revenue models provided by Windows Live, We also discussed on there applicability within Enterprises.
My take on that is, Web 2.0 for the internet is majorly driven by some revenue model (Ads, pays, hits etc), and unless the Enterprises also figure out
the revenue model, any Web 2.0 initiative within Enterprises will die sooner or later, be it blogging, or wikis or tagging or whatever....
Within enterprises, we cannot expect any direct revenue, however i feel influence revenue model or few other indirect revenue model would best suit the enterprises.
Enterprise will have mutiple departments which are dependent on each other for various things and act as customers to each other.
However, most of the times, customer pressure , direct revenues from market and lack of ways of measuring collaboration over shadows the cross department collaboration within enterprises and people give it the least priority.
But the senior management is always trying hard to make this happen. I think introducing a business model between various groups with Web 2.0 and BI technologies and tools can help
them to organise themselves to some extent for better and measurable collaboration. Some of the Web 2.0 revenue models that can work within Enterprises
1. Ads (improved visibility of departments across.)
2. Influence revenue (one business unit referring other business units)
3. Service revenue (notional) (on usage of one department services or products by the other department. This can make the departments more competitive and can help fight the monopolis within).
These are just few random thoughts, based on what i have observed so far...