Thursday, August 20, 2015

Business management software: solutions architecture and solution architects, part 1

My friend Viktor Lesiv from Arbela Techologies and I are presenting these days two sessions for the Association of Dynamics Professionals about who are solution architects and what they do on business management software implementation projects. Materials from these events will be posted on http://www.dynamicspro.org in near future. Here I will describe the main concept divided in two parts - fist one is based on our ADP session held on August 18, 2015 and another one will be based on the next session on September 9, 2015.

Implementing business software for many years we have found that a lot of our colleagues don't have a clear understanding of difference between solution architect role and other roles on a project. Sometimes a solution architect is considered just as a most experiences consultant in a team with the same duties as the others. During this presentations Viktor and I present our vision of what exactly a solution architect does, and what is the best utilization for this role. Slides for this article and for the first ADP session you can find on SlideShare .

Sunday, August 16, 2015

How to have fun with sport programming

It's summer morning and you are thinking about having some fun, but you don't have enough time to go diving in a sea neither you have a partner to play chess. Let's imagine that you also want to have some new experience, to play something new and you also think it would be good to play something intellectual and work-related.

If you have three hours of spare time and you can code using any of the common programming languages you can participate in a programming contest. It will take about 2 hours to participate and maybe one more hour to compare your result with others and maybe to find something new for yourself in programming. So the deliverables are to get some exercise for your brain, to develop some skills in programming, maybe become a champion and also to get a new record for your CV, and of course to have some fun. There is no age limit here - you can participate is you are 10 or 80 and you can participate via the Internet while being at home or on a seashore. Oh, I've just forgotten to add that you can earn some money participating. There are a lot of programming competitions where you can earn several hundred or thousand dollars.