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 we're looking at
something new. However, these hype-driven trends are often complementary, and
so the real power is in figuring out how known approaches fit with what's
new, and not look to replace, but how to build on the foundation. The best
case for that scenario has been how SOA benefit... (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)
There are a few other issues to consider when looking to leverage cloud
computing as a component of your enterprise architecture and/or SOA:
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 new, but if approached correctly, could
be a path toward efficiency.
Second, cloud computing and SOA are different concepts, but they are indeed
related. SOA is a pattern of archite... (more)
SOA in the Cloud
It's Thursday morning, you're the CEO of a large, publicly traded company,
and you just called your executives into the conference room for the exciting
news. The board of directors has approved the acquisition of a key
competitor, and you're looking for a call-to-action to get everyone planning
for the next steps.
You talk to the sales executives about the integration of both sales forces
in three months time, and they are excited about the new prospects. You talk
to the HR director who is ready to address the change they need to make in
two months. You speak ... (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)