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Last month I wrote about vendor-driven architectures (VDA), and I had a few vendors ask me to look on the other side of the fence. In essence, to consider how vendors can better address the needs of the customer, considering the new drivers with SOA. Truth be told, I can't believe the unsophisticated approaches many vendors have when selling their product. Indeed, I'm taken aback weekly by a vendor pitch that just does not flatter their technology, perhaps even making them take a few steps back in my book, and perhaps in the opinions of their customers. Core to this is the fact that many SOA vendors can't explain their own product, or the core problems it solves. They do know how to list buzzwords they think will "wow" their prospects and existing customers. However, in many cases, the customers become further confused or, worse, don't even get the core concept be... (more)

The Five Basic Characteristics of SOA

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 execution. 2. Lower process administrative costs. 3. Higher visibility on existing/running business processes. 4. Reduced number of manual, paper-base... (more)

AJAX, RIA, SOA & Web 2.0 Mashups - Mash What?

It’s what you don’t see about the emerging Web that has everyone excited these days. Namely, it’s the powerful application programming interfaces, or APIs. APIs are nothing new and have been traditionally cryptic and difficult to use. However, the advent of Web services along with the notion of mashups has changed the way we consider and leverage APIs going forward. What changed? In short, the emergence of API consumers, including service-oriented architecture (SOA), browsers that support rich client features such as AJAX, and the notion and popularity of mashup... (more)

SOA World Focuses on Enterprise-Wide SOA and Cloud Computing Solutions

If you've been following me on Twitter, or through my other blogs, you already know that I made it to the SOA World Conference & Expo in San Jose, CA, which was collocated with Cloud Computing Conference & Expo. I did the keynote on Wednesday and then stayed around for some of the sessions and some networking. Overall, SOA World was well attended and the expo hall was full of SOA vendors. The most interesting aspect of this conference was the cloud computing portion and how there was so much crossover with SOA. Many of the SOA players out there are diving into the cloud computin... (more)

What Will Cloud Computing Bring to Your Bottom Line?

As you remember from Part 1 of this article series, there are 17 steps to Cloudsizing, including: Assess the business. Assess the culture. Assess the value. Understand your data. Understand your services. Understand your processes. Understand the cloud resources. Identify candidate data. Identify candidate services. Identify candidate processes. Create a governance strategy. Create a security strategy. Bind candidate services to data and processes. Relocate services, processes, and information. Implement security. Implement governance. Implement operations. We covered the first ... (more)