It is all about the end state!

Every Meter Data Management System (MDMS) project that I’ve worked on has started out as a small technology proof of concept or vendor selection exercise that has grown over time to become a full production infrastructure – often supporting millions of meter end points. Given that solution architects often have to live with the incremental […]

The “mentoring dilemma” after a year

I has been a year since I wrote a blog post (The Mentoring Dilemma) on how to make the mentoring process more “real”. In that year the IOS mobile app project that we started has come a long way so let’s step back and discuss some of the outcomes. Apple App Store availability! The app […]

The Mentoring Dilemma

All Solution Architects would agree that they have a professional obligation to make themselves available as mentors to less experienced architects and technical staff. The problem that has plagued me is how to make a mentoring experience “real” or more applicable to the person I’m mentoring and their job at IBM. I recently took on […]

Is IPv6 a Red Herring? (Part 3 – Conclusions)

So far, we’ve had two previous articles in this series: In Part 1 – Background – we set the stage for the debate with some background on why IP has started to make its way into historically closed and proprietary AMI meter networks. In Part 2 – The Case for IPv6 we gave the IPv6 evangelists […]

Is IPv6 a Red Herring? (Part 2 – The Case for IPv6)

In the previous article in this series – Is IPv6 a Red Herring? (Part 1 – Background) – we set the stage for the debate with some background on why IP has started to make its way into historically closed and proprietary AMI meter networks. Next we give the IPv6 evangelists in the group a chance to make […]

Is IPv6 a Red Herring? (Part 1 – Background)

The other day we had an interesting debate about whether IPv6 is a “red herring” in the design of today’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) solution. We covered some interesting points that I want to summarize here and in the couple of posts. What’s a “red herring”? The short answer is a literary device that leads […]

Vendor Selection – part 1

Solution Architects are often faced with the challenge of helping a customer choose a third party vendor for hardware, software and services in a complex environment. In my next few posts I’ll give you an overview of an approach that I’ve used to navigate this challenge and some of the pitfalls I’ve identified. Let’s start […]

Making the Design Authority more effective

Making the Smart Meter Programme Design Authority more effective I think it is safe to say that the use of a Design Authority in cross functional programmes like Smart Metering has been an accepted best practice for some time now. But why are some DAs more effective than others? During the nine years that I’ve […]