One of the great aspects of being in the Microsoft technology space is the myriad of ways that clients want to leverage their investments to get the best return.

This results in exciting, innovative and (sometimes) downright thigh-slappingly interesting projects for folks like me to be involved in.

Some examples over the last few years? Here you go…

  • Nomura Group
  • Fujitsu
  • Bank of America
  • Financial Ombudsman Service (UK)
  • US Department of Defence
  • Boeing
  • UK Ministry of Defence
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • NBC Universal
  • Equity Red Star
  • Microsoft
  • HP Enterprise
  • NASA

Life is good and it’s been made possible due to one over-arching approach that I maintain when working with clients – be really good at a small number of things, whilst understanding the wider picture of what’s possible and then ask for help when you need it.

In my humble opinion, a happy client is one that can rely on its architects to do what they do and bring in expertise where it’s required.

Made famous by the legendary NASA Flight Director Gene Krantz (of Apollo XIII fame amongst other things) the expression “…work the problem people, let’s not make things worse by guessing…” is about as true a set of words as could ever be spoken in the context of bringing a multi-billion dollar spacecraft and 3 all-American heroes back to Earth safely, for me (although clearly not as impactful in a global sense) its also highly relevant to being an effective architect of complex IT solutions – don’t guess, know – and if you don’t know, ask.  Simple.