Semantic information model from 1998

When a tech article on semantic information has a title beginning with “Desiderata” you think twice before reading it. It’s not click-bait and it won’t reveal “10 shocking things” you didn’t need to know. But when Owen Senior says something is interesting it’s worth persevering. So last night I read “Desiderata for Controlled Medical Vocabularies in the Twenty-First Century”, one of the seminal papers in medical information modeling and as relevant today as it was back in 1998 when it was first published – that’s nearly 20 years ago.

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Where have all the good systems gone?

Too many enterprises are sitting on a morass of disparate IT applications and architectures, festering beneath layers of modernisation and short term feature additions, defying further attempts to eek out new functionality and ready to fail unpredictably at the slightest provocation.

Despite the predicament, it’s not always obvious how replatforming will deliver bankable improvements. Continue reading Where have all the good systems gone?

The void at the heart of strong IoT

Terminology matters when it comes to understanding technology challenges. Like cloud, the term “IoT” suffers from a lack of precision. Thinking of it as just an internet of things underplays the potential opportunities and genuine challenges facing this new technology. Truth is, people have been connecting things to the internet since 1982 when some Carnegie Mellon students attached a Coke machine to check if the drinks were refilled.

So what’s different today?

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Why 2018 could be worse for CFOs than Y2K

The number 15 will strike fear into the hearts of CFOs around the world as 1 January 2018 approaches. This is the date when the obscurely named IFRS 15 rules change the definition of “revenue” forever, and the ramifications for your ERP system could be huge. The rules have already been delayed for 12 months as the enormity of the change becomes apparent.

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Technology as a Public Service

How do we ensure that government investment in IT will stand the test of time?

Two types of challenge face any government that wants to invest meaningfully in information technology. The first is visionary, and the second is cultural. The right vision will be an important lever for driving the required culture.

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10 pithy quotes for architects to live by

Many have walked the road we are on, and achieved great things with resources that seem impossibly primitive by today’s standards. We can learn from them. Here are ten quotes to help focus on the right things in a complex IT project.

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The internots

The backlash has began. In today’s Sydney papers Hannah Francis writes about “Five things that should never be connected to the internet” and includes two of the traditional pillars of IoT – vehicles and home appliances. What if she’s right? Worse, what if the internet of things turns out to be a flawed vision that embraces an obsolete paradigm and distracts us from solving the real challenges facing IT?

Here are 3 concerns I have about the traditional narrative around IoT.

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