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
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 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)
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
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)
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
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)
As you remember from Part 1 of this article series, there are 17 steps to
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.
We covered the first ... (more)