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Lawrence Wilkes

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There has been some relatively negative news of late regarding the working conditions of Amazon warehouse staff.  For example Germany probes Amazon warehouse conditions after film and GMB union holds protest at Amazon sites. It is not surprising when you see what it is like to work in one of their giant warehouses . But what surprises me is that they even use people at all. Warehouses dealing at the pallet level are lights out, robotic operations. Surely it is only a small step before the item level is dealt with in the  same way. If Google are investing in driverless cars , then surely Amazon must be investing in "pickerless" warehousing! Not surprisingly they are,with their investment in Kiva . Other logistics companies are doing the same, with the rise of the warehouse robot . So, if Google's self-guided car could drive the next wave of unemployment , and robots are ... (more)

Cloud Computing Reference Architectures, Models and Frameworks

Reference ‘Things’ A Reference Architecture (RA) “should” provide a blueprint or template architecture that can be reused by others wishing to adopt a similar solution. A Reference Model (RM) should explain the concepts and relationships that underlie the RA. At Everware-CBDI we then use the term Reference Framework (RF) as a container for both. Reference architectures, models and frameworks help to make sense of Cloud Computing. Unfortunately, such formality is absent from the various reference architectures, models and frameworks that have been published for Cloud Computing; t... (more)

In the Service Oriented Cloud, All Roads Lead to SOA

Cloud Computing is intrinsically service-based. But this is not just in the highly generalized sense of the term ‘service’, but also in the more specific Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) use of the term, where capabilities are provided via published service interfaces. In this research note we consider why SOA should not be forgotten just because more fashionable terms have risen to the top of the toybox. It might be easy to conclude that SOA was yesterday’s issue. In fact according to some pundits SOA is dead and business transformation, application and IT modernization, and... (more)

Connected Architecture for a Connected Planet

Or how to connect the architecture dots to support a smart connected planet. Introduction The notion of a connected planet is far from new. However, the number of connections as illustrated in figure 1 is growing at an exponential rate, and it is fast becoming a reality in which many organizations must operate. However, I doubt many organizations are preparing for this in a systematic way. More likely, experience suggests that dozens of connected ‘solutions' will permeate the organization via myriad routes and just add to the complexity of the business and IT landscape, becoming ye... (more)

Application Migration Patterns for the Service-Oriented Cloud

As well as deploying new applications to the cloud, many organizations will also be considering the opportunities to migrate current applications to the cloud in search of reduced costs or SLA improvements. In this research note I consider several migration alternatives, expressed as a set of patterns. The patterns should serve as a useful way to communicate intent. When someone suggests that a current application could be migrated to the cloud, then these patterns should be a simple way to ask "what exactly do you mean by that, and what do you hope to achieve by doing so?" The ... (more)