By Russell Ruggiero

Being involved in public and private technology deployments that ranged from concepts to large-scale efforts (10,000+ seats) has been quite the eye opener over the past fifteen years. In the process I have worked with open-standards organizations and a number of top-tier vendors. It has been quite a ride and one full of excitement and frustration. Case in point: The coauthored book on Enterprise Architecture (EA) and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) with Rex Brooks only reinforced my belief that the IT world is currently a mishmash of technologies that is more divergent than convergent. As a result, many large-scale projects fail because of a number of reasons that could benefit from a better understanding of the IT landscape.

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