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The IT industry is positioned to experience major technology shifts within the next few years as a result of the rise of cloud adoption. According to Gartner, more than $1 trillion in IT spending will be affected by the shift to the cloud by 2020 - making cloud computing "one of the most disruptive forces of IT spending since the early days of the digital age." As enterprises prepare for, or continue to run on, the cloud, it is important for them to have a strong grasp of the cloud adoption process and the requirements for ongoing management of cloud environments. Here are five major trends that will shake up the industry in 2017. 1. Major acquisitions The pressures of cloud computing are becoming increasingly prevalent. As enterprises fight to stay ahead of the competition, many will choose to pursue acquisitions to both bolster their existing capabilities and fill ... (more)

"Many SOA Vendors Can't Explain Their Own Product," Claims David Linthicum

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... (more)

SOA: Focus Is On Approaches Not Technology

So what's hot these days in the world of SOA? Governance, registries, orchestration...? Nope. As folks looking to implement SOA seek that first killer project the emphasis is on what to do, not what you use, and that's exactly the right way to think. As SOA becomes more of a reality among the Global 2000, the focus on discipline as a concept will be as important as solutions, perhaps more important than many expect. Let me explain. This is a clear trend that I see in the SOA space, those charged with building SOAs in their enterprise are working on establishing approaches to the... (more)

SOA - Loosely Coupled...What?

With the advent of Web services and SOA, we've been seeking to create architectures and systems that are more loosely coupled. Loosely coupled systems provide many advantages including support for late or dynamically binding to other components while running, and can mediate the difference in the component's structure, security model, protocols, and semantics, thus abstracting volatility. This is in contrast to compile-time or runtime binding, which requires that you bind the components at compile time or runtime (synchronous calls), respectively, and also requires that changes ... (more)

Approaching Cloudsizing

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)