Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Neuenschwander, Burton Group, SIs and Philosophical Rantings

I haven't blogged in a while, but something in a press release a few days ago really got me thinking. Mike Neuenschwander recently left his position as Research Director for Identity at the Burton Group to join Mycroft, a systems integrator here in NY.

My first reaction? Pretty impressed with those folks at Mycroft and their recruiting skills.

My brief second thought was - is Mike going to be in NY now? And I wonder if I could pick his brain over lunch about Limited Liability Persona, Relational Continuity Sockets Layer, and guitar smashing.

But then I started pondering another matter all together: the relationship between theory and practice. Burton is mainly about research and advisory services, while System Integrators are all about practical implementations - where the rubber meets the road. Quite a contrast. Research, clean. Integrations, dirty. Research, what ought to be. Integration, what is. But then again, sometimes research describes what is. I suppose I shouldn't write blog posts when I should be sleeping. But before I do that...note to self (and anyone who might be reading): figure out the role of "research and advisory services" for an integrator besides the typical introductory advisory services provided before selecting and implementing a solution.