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2011 Chicago Code Camp

It is that time again. Time to polish up you presentation skills on your favorite language or technology features. The Chicago Code Camp is accepting proposals for presentations. Show everyone in the Chicago area what you know and submit your own. I really enjoyed presenting last year and just had to submit a proposal for this year. This time around my topic is Increasing Collaboration with Windows Phone 7, SharePoint 2010 and Office Open XML. I had a much longer title but the site forced me to shorten ......

November 2010 Chicago Information Architects Group Meeting

We are coming to the close of another year. This year has brought a lot of great speakers and topics to our group (as well as a little name change). So better way to close out the year than to have Shankar Ramachandran introduce us to NoSQL and its architectural considerations. Please join us on November 16th and come meet your peers. Register here del.icio.us Tags: CITAG,Chicago Information Technology Architects Group,NoSQL ......

October 2010 Chicago Information Technology Architects Group Wrap Up

Earlier this week Mike Vogt and I presented an introduction to design patterns. While I think that all developers should understand design patterns I don’t believe you can be a good architect unless you a firm grasp of patterns at at the application, system and enterprise levels. We had some fun with the subject by alternating between .NET and Java examples. I think if we had hidden certain parts of the IDE we could have challenged the attendees to tell us which example was in C# and which was in ......

New User Group Name and October Presentation

For reasons that I will not discuss here the Chicago Architects Group has changed its name to the Chicago Information Technology Architects Group. It is the same great group of people discussing topics that are of interest to IT architects of all flavors. Whether your responsibilities are at an enterprise, solution or application level there is something here for you. For October the topic will be design patterns presented by Mike Vogt and myself. Mike has a Java background so we will be alternating ......

July 2010 Chicago Architects Group Wrap Up

I would like to thank Dave Leininger for coming out and giving us a wonderful presentation on Business Intelligence. We had a good turn out and lively discussion. I definitely had a few preconceived notions of of BI smashed. The main one was when he said that most BI projects don’t use a data warehouse. On top of the information about BI we had some great discussion about general architecture topics. One of these was what is available from different vendors on how to make architecture decisions. ......

Chicago Architects Group – Document Generation Architectures

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Chicago Architects Group presentation last night. It seemed like the weather has a way of keeping a large portion of the people who registered from making the meeting. There was some lively networking going on before and after the meeting. I enjoyed the questions that people had during the presentation. It helped to bring out some of the challenges with dealing with the OOXML and ODF standards from an architecture perspective. I have posted the Slides and ......

May 2010 Chicago Architects Group Wrap Up

Scott Seely did a wonderful job this evening of explaining how cloud services fit into our application architectures and specifically how Azure is organized. He covered everything from Table Storage to code name Dallas (OData). The discussion continued well beyond the end of the meeting which was attended by members of all sectors of IT and multiple platforms. Be sure to join us in the upcoming months as we cover the following topics: June – Document Generation Architecture July – Architecting a ......

May 2010 Chicago Architects Group Meeting

The Chicago Architects Group will be holding its next meeting on May 18th. Please come and join us and get involved in our architect community. Register Presenter: Scott Seely Topic: Azure For Architects Location: TechNexus 200 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 1500 Room A/B Chicago, IL 60606 Time: 5:30 - Doors open at 5:00 del.icio.us Tags: Chicago Architects Group,Azure,Scott Seely ......

April 2010 Chicago Architects Group Meeting

The Chicago Architects Group will be holding its next meeting on April 20th. Please come and join us and get involved in our architect community. Register Presenter: Matt Hidinger Topic: Onion Architecture Location: Illinois Technology Association 200 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 1500 Room A/B Chicago, IL 60606 Time: 5:30 - Doors open at 5:00 del.icio.us Tags: Chicago Architects Group,Data Integration Architecture,Mike Vogt ......

March 2010 Chicago Architects Group Wrap Up

I would like to thank everyone who came out to last night’s event and especially thank Mike Vogt for the presentation. I think at first everyone glassed over since very few of us spend a lot of time with Integration Architecture and most of us live more in the application architecture space. Learning about subject like BPEL and BPMN was refreshing. The discussion after Mike’s talk was lively and I think that everyone came away with a good idea of areas they might want to know more about. People stuck ......

March 2010 Chicago Architects Group Meeting

The Chicago Architects Group will be holding its next meeting on March 16th. Please come and join us and get involved in our architect community. Register Presenter: Mike Vogt Topic: Data Integration Architecture Location: Illinois Technology Association 200 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 1500 Room A/B Chicago, IL 60606 Time: 5:30 - Doors open at 5:00 del.icio.us Tags: Chicago Architects Group,Data Integration Architecture,Mike Vogt ......

February 2010 Chicago Architects Group – Wrap Up

Cloud services such as Azure from Microsoft and Amazon’s Cloud Services have replaced Web 2.0 as the latest buzz word. It was enlightening to see how companies, including my own, are using these services. Chris did a wonderful job of explaining the evolution of the Amazon services and some of the alternatives that existing. It was also great to get a speaker in front of the group who isn’t from the Microsoft camp. Thanks to those who came out after meeting us at the MSDN Cloud Computing and Azure ......

CAG January 2010 Wrap-up

We had a great turnout this evening and some wonderful discussion. I really enjoyed presenting as well as seeing a lot of people I haven’t seen in a long time. At the same time there were a lot of new faces. Some of the input from tonight will definitely go to improving this talk if I present it again in the future. If anyone has comments feel free to leave them here. The next talk I am going to work on is Document Generation Frameworks. This will mainly be around Office Open XML, but it will include ......

Future CAG Topics

In an effort to better serve the Chicago architecture community here is a preview of upcoming topics. January – Dependency Injection and Inversion of Control Containers February – Amazon Cloud Service March – Data Integration Architecture Future: Document Generation Architecture Technorati Tags: Chicago Architects Group,CAG,architecture,user group,PSC Group ......

October 2009 CAG Meeting

The Chicago Architects Group will be holding its next meeting on October 29th. Please come and join us and get involved in our architect community. Register Presenter: David Dickinson Topic: Agile Development Principles and their Practical Application Location: Illinois Technology Association 200 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 1500 Room A Chicago, IL 60606 Time: 6:15 - Doors open at 6:00 ......

May Chicago Architects Group Meeting

The Chicago Architects Group will be holding its next meeting on May 28th. Please come and join us and get involved in our architect community. Register Presenter: Sean Blanton Topic: Trends in Continuous Integration and Software Delivery Location: Microsoft - Downers Grove 3025 Highland Pkwy Suite 300 Downers Grove, IL 60515-5506 Time: 6:00 - Doors open at 5:30 ......

February Chicago Architects Group Meeting

The Chicago Architects Group will be holding its next meeting on February 26th. Please come and join us and get involved in our architect community. Register Presenter: Paddy Srinivasan Topic: Cloud Computing Location: Microsoft - Downers Grove 3025 Highland Pkwy Suite 300 Downers Grove, IL 60515-5506 Time: 6:00 - Doors open at 5:30 ......

Chicago Architect Group January Meeting Summary

Angela Binkowski covered Visual Studio 2010 focusing on the architecture tools at the most recent CAG meeting. This was a great evening with a lot of lively discussion. This would have been a great event for people who don’t think that Microsoft listens. As Angela was doing here presentation she was taking notes to bring back to the product team. Some of the highlights that I found interesting included: The Layer Diagram is a component or context diagram of sorts. The nice thing about this document, ......

Chicago Architects Group January 2009 Meeting

The Chicago Architects Group is kicking off a new year with it’s first meeting of the year on January 29th. Please come and join us and get involved in our architect community. Register Presenter: Angela Binkowski Topic: Visual Studio Team Systems 2010: Architect Edition Tools Preview Location: Illinois Technology Assocation 200 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 1500 Room A Chicago, IL 60606 Time: 5:30 - Doors open at 5:15 ......

November Chicago Architects Group Meeting

Please join us for the upcoming Chicago Architects Group meeting. The discussions during the meetings are usually lively and great for exchanging ideas. Please register at the link at the end of the information below. Hope to see you there. Chicago Architects Group - Thurs, November 20th Microsoft Corporation 3025 Highland Pkwy. Suite 300 Downers Grove, Il 60515 Presentation : Presentation at 6:00pm, doors open at 5:30pm The Business Process Workflow Model, a case study by Howard Edidin Register ......

October Chicago Architects Group Summary

Last night was the fifth meeting of the Chicago Architects Group at the Illinois Technical Association in downtown Chicago. Eduardo Goncalves of Daugherty Business Solutions lead a lively discussion on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Architects. Some of the highlights included discussions about the finding business champions, keeping up with technology and evaluating trade-offs when a project is under the gun. Stay tuned for details of the up-coming November presentation ......

October Chicago Architects Group Meeting

Come and join us for the October meeting of the Chicago Architects Group.  Eduardo Goncalves will be presenting on the Habits of Highly Effective Architects.  It will be held on October 23rd at the CDW office downtown Chicago.  Please register at the link below.  I hope to see you there.

http://chicagoarchitectsgroup.eventbrite.com/

August Chicago Architects Group Meeting

The August Chicago Architects Group meeting will be held on Thursday the 21st.  Carl Franklin of Triton-Tech will be speaking at CDW downtown.  For more information and to register please follow the link below.  See you there.

http://chicagoarchitectsgroup.eventbrite.com

July Chicago Architecture Group Meeting

The July Chicago Architecture Group meeting will be held at the Downers Grove Microsoft office. Mike Smialek of Daugherty Business Solutions will be speaking on the Evolutioin of Architecture. Please join us and meet your peers in the Chicago architecture community. You need to pre-register because of building security and it also helps us to know how much food to order. Please visit the link below. http://chicagoarchitectsgro... ......

Chicago Architecture Group - First Meeting Review

Tonight was the first meeting of the Chicago Architecture Group.  David Dickinson made a wonderful presentation on real life SOA.  This was accompanied by a lively discussion with the 19 people in attendance.

Thanks to Carl Franklin, Stephan Rylander and Larry Clarkin for making this such a success.

We have a meeting planned for July 10th at the Microsoft Downers Grove office.  Stay tuned for more information.

Upcoming Chicago Architecture Group Presentation

The Chicago Architecture Group will be holding a presentation on June 5th.  Below is the information and a link to register.  I hope to see you there.

Service Oriented Architecture Myth and Reality ; A Report from the Front Lines

by David Dickinson
Followed by open forum

http://chicagoarchitectsgroup.eventbrite.com/