Want to know what gets my blood pressure up? It's when there's both a huge
shift in thinking around how we should do computing, namely cloud computing,
and at the same time, there's a bunch of information out there that causes
confusion. As cloud computing hype spikes to a frenzy, so does the number of
less-than-intelligent things that I hear about it and its relationship to
We've got a herd mentality in IT. We're always chasing the next paradigm
shift, which seems to come along every five years, claiming that whatever the
last paradigm shift was had "failed" and that's why we're looking at
something new. However, these hype-driven trends are often complementary, and
so the real power is in figuring out how known approaches fit with what's
new, and not look to replace, but how to build on the foundation. The best
case for that scenario has been how SOA benefit... (more)
The Gartner Group just listed "9 ways to measure SOA success.” Not to take
anything away from Gartner, but theirs is a pretty basic list, if you ask
me. Indeed, these nine measurements are really about any successful
architecture, using SOA approaches or not, which is fine. However, I have a
few of my own that are more specific to SOA.
Here are Gartner's nine:
1. Improved efficiency, particularly with respect to business processes
2. Lower process administrative costs.
3. Higher visibility on existing/running business processes.
4. Reduced number of manual, paper-base... (more)
So, what do AJAX and SOA have in common? The answer: Everything.
Is AJAX an enterprise technology? The answer: Absolutely.
As we move to next-generation enterprise architectures using newer notions
such as Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), there's a need for a dynamic Web
interface that can layer over services and provide more value to the
enterprise. Moreover, the enterprise in general can benefit from the
advantages of AJAX; it's just a matter of making enterprise developers as
well as the SOA architects aware of AJAX.
AJAX is becoming the standard dynamic interface for the W... (more)
Many organizations out there don't really have to sell SOA. They understand
that hype is the driver, and, in essence, leverage the thousands of articles
and books on the topic to sell this architectural pattern.
However, in most cases SOA has to be sold in the enterprise. If you're doing
SOA right, you'll find that the cost quickly goes well into the millions, so
you'll need executive approval for that kind of spending. However, the
benefits are there as well, including the core benefit of agility that could
save the company many times the cost of building a SOA. Or, at least, tha... (more)
I’ve been in several meetings recently that have hit on the topic of
Data.gov. Data.gov will become a repository for all the information the
government collects, and that information will be in turn available to anyone
who needs it. Pretty positive move, if you ask me. However, the
existing data-as-a-service providers that traffic in government data could
find that they are soon suffering from relevancy problems.
The core issue is that many existing data-as-a-service players make their
living from publishing reconstituted, and cleansed, government data that they
charge for.... (more)