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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)

Should SOA and Good Architectural Governance Become a Corporate Responsibility?

While few will disagree that the inefficiencies of existing enterprise architectures have reached a critical level, many count on "flying under the radar" of those who look at a company's efficiencies. Let's face it; enterprise architecture is very technical and difficult to understand by the layman. The well-publicized corporate scandals have focused on shady accounting practices and corporate mismanagement while IT has gotten a pass in years past. This will no longer be the case. Today, those who look at value and invest in a company poke around all aspects of a corporation, ... (more)

SOA: Preparing for Mashups

It’s important to remember that there is a huge resource being created on the Web these days in terms of both services and content. This includes access to SaaS applications (that are better than their enterprise-bound counterparts), service marketplaces (such as StrikeIron), and even mash-able applications that you can mix and match with other Web 2.0 applications / APIs / services or enterprise applications / services to quickly solve business problems. However, having such a resource available for the price of a broad-band connection does not mean you'll be able to lever... (more)

Cloud Computing and Your Enterprise Architecture and/or SOA

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)

The Realities of Cloud Computing

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)