Smart client architecture progress report

[See also Architecture in a Priory.]

Over the past five months or so, the Smart Client Architectures working group of the Microsoft Architect Advisory Board (MAAB) (whew, that’s a mouth full) has met regularly to produce a reference model that is currently planned to outline a set of content that will map business needs to solutions enabled via smart client architecture. During this year’s (fourth) Microsoft Strategic Architect Forum (SAF) in Redmond, WA, we were able to present an overview of our progress to architects in attendance. It was encouraging to see the alignment between our work and our audience. A majority of interactive breakout sessions during SAF focused on concerns being addressed by our work (e.g. contextual integrity and transmission (aka references and relationships), simplified smart client production and potential expression as a software factory, etc.). Exciting times ahead!

It was nice to finally meet Rocky Lhotka in person. Shortly after our first working group meeting in May, Rocky joined the effort to advance smart client architectures. Anyway, we met up toward the tail end of the SAF–before the start of the MAAB meetings. One of the things I enjoy about blogging is the opportunity to gain another’s insight into a shared experience. For example, Rocky and I sat next to each other as Pat Helland presented another segment of his Metropolis series of talks (e.g. here is the presentation by Pat that shaped last year’s SAF). (Rocky blogs about it here.) What struck me at the time is the incredible value I receive when someone like Pat takes a hard look at history, correlates it to the present and suggest how to anticipate what’s to come–both opportunities and challenges. (It was also a treat to hear Pat’s lovely rendition of Mr. CIO Guy.)

Hopefully Microsoft will publish a MAAB page soon where you can gain addition insight into the makeup and focus of this group of architects. Ideally it will be a fairly collaborative area that allows you to interact with us (e.g. share your perspective; discover other feeds on architecture; etc.). Once Harry Pierson and team return from OOPSLA–wish I was there!!–look for these and other developments in the architecture space.