I have recently been scouring MSFT resources for information related to architecture and the role of enterprise architects, and I have found two resources that I wanted to highlight:

MSDN Architecture Center

This is a great central hub for architectural information related to MSFT technologies, platforms, and products. There are also a number of excellent architects that deal with topics such as service oriented architecture (SOA), Software + Services (S+S, SaaS), security, enterprise architecture, agile development, and more. Additionally, it is tied into a number of great blog feeds by various architects in the MSFT community.

The Microsoft Architecture Journal

As an example, Journal 13 is focused on Software + Services (S+S). As such, topics include: The Internet Service Bus, Project Astoria, Implications of Software + Services Consumption for Enterprise IT, Enterprise Mashups, Microsoft Office as a Platform for Software + Services, and A Planet Ruled by Software Architectures. Additionally, it features profiles, such as the profile on Ray Ozzie this month.

And the best part of it is that, after you register, you can get a free subscription to the MSFT architecture journal.

You can also subscribe to the RSS feed. Good stuff!

As a side note, I’ll admit that I need to find more resources like this that are not MSFT specific. While I believe MSFT does a great job of addressing architectural issues that are agnostic of platform and technology, I need to continue to diversify the helpings on my plate!

If any one has suggestions, please send them my way!