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 computing area, and most who
are already into cloud computing are traditional software vendors that have
moved their stuff into the "as a service" space. I suspect this will
continue, considering that Salesforce.com just renamed themselves a cloud
computing company, and indeed they are.
So, what ar... (more)
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... (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)
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)
The notion of building bridges to service providers and managing the
interaction will become more commonplace in 2006 as we learn to accept that
many services we leverage within an enterprise are services we may not host.
The technology exists today. We need to define and refine our approaches now,
including architectures, enabling technology, and use of standards. Most
enterprises are way behind.
We are moving toward a day when most of our enterprise applications may be
delivered as services, and thus provide a more economical way to approach
information technology management w... (more)