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)
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)
Dave talks about his trip to IBM's Impact Conference, including coverage and
commentary around IBM's cloud computing strategy.
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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)
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)