What his and every blog can use is more sex and celebrities and more vitriol and schadenfreude poured onto vendors other than us. Use Britney Spear’s bald head as a metaphor for the decline in morality of traditional enterprise software vendors. Use Anna Nicole Smith as an object lesson in the excesses of greed and investment in new, shiny technology.
Seriously, James’ blog is an extremely thoughtful discourse on the needs of a large enterprise in its use of technology, techniques, governance and best practices in enterprise architecture. There is a lot a like, such as the length, funny images and directed questions. I learn a lot from his blog and his task is a difficult one, but here’s what I would like to see:
- Your blog disassociates itself from your employer, but that shouldn’t prevent your from presenting use cases that we can actually use to build product
- As abstractly as possible, what are the application domains that you are tackling and what role does new technology, such as some of the new Web 2.0 like AJAX, REST, tagging, etc. play
- You have blogged some good things about open source, but where are you actually use it? Where do you draw the line of open source vs. traditional?
- You posted an article on user advisory boards. It seems to me that blogging may be a more potent form of user advisory board. How about trying a user-led versus vendor-led user advisory board organized through the blog
- Write about how you find time to blog - this is one of the hardest problems that I have
- More tagging and tag clouds to find the posts that are relevant to me
- Some insight into your purchase process and purchasing decisions - very important for vendors
- My blog on your blog roll
- A post about how you are going to buy a lot of support for Alfresco