I was analyzing the Google Analytics for my blog recently, and noticed a small but measurable amount of traffic originating from "biske.com". Now, my Analytics are really never very exciting, so seeing an unknown domain explicitly called out was too much to ignore. I followed the domain, and arrived (after seeing a very nice family photo) at Todd Biske's Outside the Box blog.
Now, I don't know Todd from Adam, so I took some time to read through a few of his posts. His subtitle explains his focus very well: "SOA, BPM, and other strategic IT initiatives". His recent posts included coverage of the Web Methods acquisition by Software AG (I wonder what he thinks about the BEA/Amberpoint announcement), the vagrancies of developing SOA clients and services in parallel (a problem I know quite well, actually, from my past as an architect with Forte Software and Sun Microsystems), and the rapid integration of management and monitoring across all tiers of enterprise architectures (a post I want to specifically address in a later post of my own). From what I read so far, he is a fairly holistic enterprise architect with a good eye for both functional and infrastructure issues.
But why was I getting references to my site from his? I kept looking, and to my delight rested my eyes on my name in his blogroll...WOO HOO!!! The first such link that I know of!
By the way, follow some of those other blogroll links...there you will find a huge wealth of knowledge about SOA, BPM and the culture shock the distributed systems community is feeling as a result (with some calm, collected voices providing solid advice). Don't think SOA and SLA are related? You'll find lots of evidence to the contrary among the posts of Todd and his colleagues.
Thanks, Todd, and you've been added to my daily RSS feed.