What will be was



Data lives in three dimensions.

  • What I need (requirement)
  • Where it is/how quickly do I need it (location/time)
  • Is it the right information (relevance)

Relevance can impact requirement and location by simply not being the right information at the right time. Location can trump relevance if you can’t get the data in the time you need it.

Requirements (what I need) can often change during the actual searching process so the ability to provide the right information (honey bee search) rather than a traditional search response would be critical here.

Finally the location and time required to get the data becomes the last leg and can like the others trump the others as well. Where data is can change quickly (I have to enter two passwords to get the data – which on a cellular device makes the information less useful as it is harder to enter the passwords) or worse (I need the data in the next x amount of time – and this source takes y time to download the data).

It becomes a matrix of time, resources and information. Where it goes?


Music, movies and madness



I have two blogs, two podcasts and a large number of other places on the internet where I am me. But that pales in comparison to the madness that is my music, movie and media collections.

But media is where the collection business begins to expand quickly. I use ORB and Windows Home Server, which are phenomenal products for organizing and sharing that data, but still, I have to move materials to the WHS to have them available online/offline. The other options is to have a device with a large hd and take that with me for portable entertainment but that still doesn’t sync the solution.

Using media player on my pc now allows me to sync to the portable device but I am still wondering if there is a better way. A structure where my media files achieve the following:

  • backups (remember that photo album in the living room – that is a risky solution for photos – it only takes one fire or worse one coffee spill)
  • Available (anywhere, any device)
  • Easy to access (again as above but easy and simple to use)




Is there a signpost on the information superhighway



Is there a sign that will tell me I can sync now? Or is it simply going to always be my call when that happens? I realize it is both a stupid opening line and a mostly funny blog title but the question is a valid one.

I’ve been blogging about this for awhile now. Its actually the very first transitional service (a different way of doing things) involving considerations of the way things have always been and the way the might need to be in the future.

But the reality of the Syncverse is that it has to fill a viable need that people have.

Right now, people leveraging the person, business and public spaces (Clouds) seem to have no issue with them not synced. Well I have an issue, but I don’t really hear that problem resonating with other people.

Of course I may be one of the first who is all in. In that case I may just be the lighthouse beacon by the rocks – rather than the siren calling people to the rocks.


All that glitters is not gold



  • All that data and not a drop to sync.
  • Me thinks he doth sync to much.
  • All my kingdom for a chance to sync.
  • Alas poor computer, I knew him well, it was a computer of infinite sync that never finished.

With of course great apologies to the bard there. The issue is keeping things in line with what needs to happen. But the other problem is of course considering the tactical needs of the problem and making sure you still maintain a strategic solution.

But the sentiment is more the issue here. An initial solution that bridges personal and company data is leveraging Windows Live and Windows Azure. But there are still missing automation pieces (social sites etc).


Windows Live



I am amazed (still stuck in my Syncverse) with all of the new “cloud” functionality being added to Windows Live. It gets really close to the single location (Skydrive) for data and some of the other features required for creating the Syncverse. Add that to the capacity and functionality of Windows Azure we are pretty close to everything needed.

The future is oh so near.

As a wise man once said “I just need a door here.” Of course he then went through the wall without the door, but you get the idea.


Did someone say data?



I recently did some searching on the internet. While things are considerably better than they were in the past (the new Bing search is truly a fog cutter) things are still not Syncverse level.

For a Syncverse search we would need to have the option to select web, local, network and any paid sources for a single search. The results would then need to be filtered based on a series of relevance factors.

  • Time of search – what time of day and what day of the week is it? Is there a vacation flag on the calendar?
  • Location of search – gas stations when hundreds of miles away from home is a different search than gas stations when close to home. When traveling pop back a question and says what credit cards do you have with you.
  • Movies, same ask me where I am. Should an engine also pay attention to the calendar? Saturday afternoon if I am seeking a movie mostly likely its with the kids. Saturday night its mostly likely with my lovely wife. Different kind of movies there…

There are of course millions of other searches that you would consider. One of the value propositions of creating a Syncverse would be the ability to cache specific queries. This would allow you to leverage the offline capacity for your searches in the Syncverse.


looping back to keep syncing in mind



So I am sitting at my computer when I realize there are a couple of movies I would like to add in my Netflix queue, and a game to add to the Gamefly cube, and I need to update my Facebook oh yeah and its am so I need to jot down my blog – and I want to map out my trail for my early am walk today.

One app to rule them all, and sync them someplace I can get to!

As we bring more and more things together (like a Netflix app that logs when I am currently watching at home on my Facebook so people can laugh at the movies my kids make me order). Or if I really like a Gamefly game or Netflix movie post that out to Facebook so that friends can get the same games/movies.

This goes back to the concept I proposed, Information Merchants and Information Brokers, they would sell rules to people that could easily accomplish this process. The data would love in the Syncverse (an Azure backend) and could be accessed from any device.

Have a Nook or a Kindle? Sync your books to a single location so that any device can grab them (both do that separately but what about those of us who have both). Or favorite books not just noted on the Amazon system but listed on your Linkedin and Facebook.


the future will be a place where my data is ready before I need it.

All I want for Christmas…



512 editions of this blog.

Two books from the material – Transitional Services coming in September. An Architecture Home Companion out on the Kindle now!

Either I have nothing to say or a whole lot of things to say again and again Smile.

As I head into the busy week of the year for myself and for the other members of the team I am on – blogs may be short and sweet. Which, probably based on me is a good thing.

Of course the advantage of having written 512 editions of a blog is that there is always room to repeat a theme and never really run into an issue.

So, to a week of short blogs!


When the student is ready the teacher will appear.



First, this blog is dedicated to two people

  • Paul Preiss founder of IASA
  • Andy Ruth, founder of the MCA and VP of Education for IASA

It never gets old, this story I am going to share. Many years ago I was a first year public school teacher tasked with teaching 22 students reading, writing and mathematics (you thought I was going for the three R’s Smile ). I met so many wonderful teachers that first year, many of whom were struggling with the frustrations and aggravations of teaching day in and day out.

I had a passion for teaching, my fellow teachers and my students back then. I started a group of people that met every Friday afternoon and we started calling ourselves the Dead Teachers Society.

To this day the goal of that groups remains as an open forum for the discussion of education and the ideas and thoughts of teachers. My love of education has lasted longer than my teaching career (I made 7 years – 3 short of what a principal once told me I would make).

I still love the concepts of education which is why when Paul asked me to join a new group IASA was starting (the Architect Training Committee or ATC) I jumped at the chance.

Looking at where we started (lots of students, lots of ideas and no real options) and finishing at where we are now I am truly excited to have been involved in the creation of an education program and process for Architects.

Students, the teacher has arrived!


(Scott Andersen, Chairman IASA Board of Education)


Last blast on certification and then off to greener pastures



There is a famous quote about why people become actors (“Because in our greatest moments we all wish an audience to see.”). That is true also of anyone else. And frankly an architecture board, if you wish to be an architect, is your chance.

What greater chance than to show four of your peers who and what you are?

You will never be the smartest person in the room. I have served on more than 15 boards over the years and I have found myself to be the smartest person in the room on none of those boards. Its not that I am not smart, there are just so many passionate architects out there who are “wicked smart”.

It is a chance to show smart people that you are smart as well.

But more importantly it is a chance for you to show that you are an architect. Over the past 10 years of my career I have held 3 different architect certifications. Each of them I feel improved upon the last. With the current certification being a culmination of the work of a lot of people. There were five of us building that first certification. Maybe 10-12 dedicated people building the second certification. But this last one has many more people that the first two combined looking at and evaluating what an architect is.

So, it is your chance to show people that you have what it takes. Sure there is a risk if you take a shot. You may not be the smartest person in that room. You may fail. Or you may succeed and be able to connect with that smartest person in the room and ask their opinion.

Why certify?

It opens the door to a vast community of exceptional people. And frankly you are one – so come be certified!

Scott Andersen

Chairman, IASA Board of Education (IASABOE)