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-based steps.
5. Better service-level effectiveness.
6. Quicker implementation of processes.
7. Quicker time to market.
8. Shorter (overall) project cycles.
9. Overall reduction in the total cost of application development and
However, I have a few of my own that are more specific to... (more)
I’m just finishing up a book on cloud computing and SOA, and found the
process of writing the book to be a great catalyst for thinking through the
issues surrounding cloud computing, as well as assisting my clients with
their cloud computing strategies.
As I found, there are a few issues to consider with cloud computing:
First, cloud computing is not the savior of IT. It’s nothing but a way to
deploy your enterprise architecture in such as way that has the potential to
be more productive and cost effective. In essence, it’s a tool, not a way
of life. It’s not magic, it’s not even... (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)
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... (more)
You've heard of downsizing and rightsizing, so how about Cloudsizing? As
properly defined, Cloudsizing is:
The improvement of efficiency and effectiveness of an organization through
the selective use of computing resources that are delivered over the Internet
Simple but powerful, and fairly obvious, considering all that's been written
about Cloud Computing recently.
However, what is not obvious is how you approach Cloudsizing, or how you get
started. Thus, the purpose of this column/article, and the next three, is to
introduce you to both the notion of Cloud Computing and how to d... (more)