Futurist wanted

I have the best job in the world.  I am paid to think about the future.

Not in the sense of writers for Futurist magazine, or Science Fiction, but in the sense of the “next” Microsoft… the one that will be born out of the success of the coming product wave, and the ability of the company to capture new markets. 

I think about that new Microsoft, and the capabilities that the systems need to have to empower it, and I write down that “future” and deliver it.  That’s my job.

Dang I love this job.

If you have what it takes to be a futurist (aka Enterprise Architect), send me an e-mail using this site.  We are looking for good people.  In addition to all the good descriptions, I’ll add one condition… you must not be afraid of the future.

By |2005-10-06T03:09:00+00:00October 6th, 2005|Enterprise Architecture|3 Comments

About the Author:

President of Vanguard EA, an Enterprise Architecture consulting firm in Seattle focused on the Pacific coast of the US. Nick has over 30 years of professional experience in management, systems, and technology. He is the co-author of the influential paper "Perspectives on Enterprise Architecture" with Dr. Brian Cameron that effectively defined modern Enterprise Architecture practices, and he is frequent speaker at public gatherings on Enterprise Architecture and related topics. He coauthored a book on Visual Storytelling with Martin Sykes and Mark West titled "Stories That Move Mountains".


  1. AJ October 6, 2005 at 11:09 am - Reply


    Relational databases are so 1960’s. ALL human knowledge can be stored in 4 tables (less if you really want).

    As a result, most software is overkill. There is actually only a few things that really need to be dealt with (e.g. the document, the thing to do and the fact).

    The GUID is king. If I know something once (say, by typing it in to something), why do I need to know it again? Why can’t everyone know it at the same time as me?

    E-mail is merely poor project management distributed throughout an organization. It has to stop NOW.

    Enterprise computing is a dead end. Smart people need smart devices enabled with smart software to lift the collective intelligence and productivy of the organization. Why penalize the tech-savvy with krap systems for the lowest common denominator?

    All I need is 100% internet connectivity all the time. The desktop is dying.

    All machines should have no buttons.

    I could go on and on…

    I could also be looking for the best job in the world.



  2. NickMalik October 7, 2005 at 3:24 am - Reply

    Wow, AJ… that’s, um, inspiring.

  3. wei shi November 22, 2005 at 1:49 am - Reply

    you are lucky 🙂

    but most of us are far from future…

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