IT and Business Architecture/Design


QUESTION: I am at a decision point. I am a professional trader and and trying to decide to go with a cloud based, server based or pc based platform for developing my software. I need reliability, security, a website and a dev-test-prod environment for outside programmers. I run 12 monitors and use memory intensive software.I do not need to account for users beyond 5 users.

Thank you


Some of this may well sound like jargon to you; but any decent tech center could give you the equipment to support it. Cloud based computing is ideal when you have high volumes of users and data that needs to be shared remotely. This really does not appear to be the case in your discussion.  But given the limited set you gave, I would probably to a workgroup LAN pc based with a shared NAS device, given the fluidity of the data High in and out I would not use a USB connected device but probably Ethernet, with RAID 5.  This will ensure that anything critical can be recovered if one of the drives failed.  This would also support VOIP, so your telephony could be integrated into your computers.  I would not go with a server per say as the administration skills and cost would mean you would have to be hosted, and then again it would be remote.

Royden Akerley
Enterprise Architect

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QUESTION: Happy New Year Royden,

Can a server share an single application where client pcs access and manipulate the program? For example, In the web world java allows for mutli-user game playing. How does that work on a sever and LAN? Can I write a program, place it on a server and have 3 different computers all access the program in unique ways while saving preferences and storing customized settings that don't change the original server based program??

It is easy enough to find LAN aware software, usually the key is simply to ask for applications which separate user interfaces from back end database connection.  As to writing it as long as you understand session management and have each use session in its own container then they can co-exist with other sessions.

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Any architectural question relating to the business change, requirements, and solution design activities as a part of the business/IT development process. I can discuss SOA, and traditional development, design patterns, architectural paradigms, and professional accreditation (or associations).


1974 began as a system operator in SHL Atlantic. 1978 worked as developer and data base anlyst. 1986 became a software designer. 1989 became an enterprise level Technical Director and Architect for Blue Chip company. Ardent adherent to the ISO and CMM standards for process standardization and improvement since 1988 Concentrated on the design or re-engineering of large complex applications since 1989 (majority of projects were over $10M USD and 2 were over $100M USD) High-performance strategist focusing on optimizing efficiency and creating competitive advantage Respected professional, repeatedly recruited to build start-up IT infrastructures that bolster profitable growth, manage quality development/delivery activities, turnaround poorly performing programs, and architect solutions to maximize ROI. Thought leader and industry recognized expert in Service Oriented Architect, lecturing and consulting to industry and government globally. Contributes regularly and participates as speaker in 2-3 conferences a year around the globe. Led the architecture and integration of hardware, firmware and software relating to large-scale intranets and data inter/exchange using everything from EDI through FTP to XML for financial institutions, telecommunications firms and governments Exceptional communicator, who combines solid business and technical acumen while building consensus and creates synergy among diverse groups. Experience with Banking, Logistics, Telecommunications, Government Currently one of 5 Enterprise Architects for the worlds largest logistics and express company.

International Association of System Architects | Canadian Information Processing Society | World Wide Institute of Software Architects | Open group - Architecture Forum | Data Processing Management Association | International Programmers Guild

B Comm - Major: Data Processing Management, Minor: Accounting | Certificate - Scientific Computer Programming | M Sc - Information Science | DCS - Thesis - "Business Alignment, Change and IT Requirements Management"

Awards and Honors
CIPPA Award (1992, 2005) SIAAA Award (2008)

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