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These standards are the first product in a family of standards being developed for architects by The Open Group’s SOA Work Group. Other standards currently in development for SOA include the SOA Ontology, SOA Reference Architecture, and Service Oriented Infrastructure.
In the SOA context, we focus on building and maintaining the Business Service abstraction, which supports inherently unpredictable behavior as the business composes Services to support fundamentally dynamic business processes. Essentially, with SOA we're building for change, while with...
Like so many others, The Open Group has been busy for the past year figuring out our place in the cloud. With the great work already being done by industry groups like the Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum, CloudCamp and the Cloud Security Alliance, we have given great thought and...
As the DoD and their contractors hammered out the details of Net-Centricity, it became increasingly clear that Net-Centricity required a broad, architectural approach to achieving agile information sharing in the context of a complex, siloed organization. At that point, SOA entered the...
Next in the complexity chain are distributed systems. In a distributed system, there are multiple databases and multiple applications. In order to maintain data integrity in a distributed system, transactions across multiple data sources need to be handled correctly in a fail-safe mann...
Simultaneously one of the best use-cases for cloud as well as the worst. What’s IT to do? David Linthicum, SOA and cloud pundit and all-around interesting technology guy, recently pointed out a short post on business intelligence (BI) vendors joining forces with the cloud to offer cl...
For fifty years we've been moving data to where the computing power is. With intercloud computing, the world is going to look quite different, with the computing power moving to where the data is. The intercloud turns computing inside out. With traditional IT, we move the data to where...
In-source, out-source, up-source, down-source, crowd-source, cloud-source, source, source, source. At your work and on the street, how many different sources you meet! (Inspiration borrowed from multiple readings of Dr Seuss's The Foot Book to my toddler). It seems everyone these day...
For the rest of your applications it may be the case that some are better suited to an SaaS environment than a PaaS, and in some cases IaaS is going to be your best option. It isn’t all or nothing, but rather it’s about choosing the environment that’s right for the application. Doing o...
While purchasing an ESB too early in a SOA project does substantially increase your risk of failure, all is not lost. After all, you're not alone; this mistake is one of the most prevalent SOA snafus in IT shops around the world today, and not all of those projects end up as failures. ...
Over the past two weeks I’ve been talking to IT architects and engineers from companies of all sizes and across many industries about cloud computing. It seems that many are moving past the talk and hype of cloud computing and looking into implementation details. Many of the companies ...
I've recently asked one of my developers to research some integration and middleware technologies for a project we're working on. After spending a couple days on this, he said to me "these things are all part of ESBs now". I.e. all the integration and middleware vendors have pretty muc...
My first read through a post on the Cloud Front Office led me to scoff disdainfully at the re-emergence of a concept central to a successful SOA implementation: the service catalog. Oh, we called it "registry" and then "registry/repository (reg/rep)" and finally "governance" but the co...
Data as a Service can empower your business, or help you develop great web apps quickly and easily. Not everybody believes in the validity of the term “data as a service,” but these opinions seem to be held mostly by academics and niche bloggers who are resistant to “yet another –aa...
So, in this morning’s email I received a notification from ActiveVOS that their CTO is a primary contributor to a new book recently released on Service Component Architecture (SCA). Having just recently completed a full investigation into SCA, two things jumped out at me: 1) SCA is he...
I’m with the SOA Work Group at The Open Group conference in Toronto this week (see http://www.opengroup.org/toronto2009-apc). The Work Group has been busy recently, completing its Governance Framework, helping to complete The Open Group’s Service Integration Maturity Model, and work...
"Historically, the architect has been the coordinator of all other disciplines involved in the building process. According to training and licensing exams, architects must be able to integrate all building disciplines to protect the overall health, safety, and welfare of a project. W...
The anticipated benefits from adopting managed cloud services have reached the executives suites of many corporations. Proactive CEOs and CFOs are pushing their IT leadership team to seek out actionable information and guidance. There's also a constant stream of service providers an...
Is ESB just an expensive integration hub or is there more to the story than we heard… In the beginning, the ESB (Enterprise Service Bus), was marketed as much more than an integration technology. While the core of an ESB is  certainly about connectivity between services, there was – a...
Recently, I attended SOAWorld 2009 in New York City, and I had the pleasure of listening to many distinguished speakers talk about extremely interesting topics. One of my favorite talks was given by a fellow IBMer, Kareem Yusuf. During the course of Kareem's keynote, he discussed SOA,...
Cloud Computing pundits have long predicted that the early adopters will be largely comprised of small and mid-sized businesses. New data from Forrester suggests that won't be the case. Why is this? According to Forrester's Frank E. Gillett in Conventional Wisdom Is Wrong About Cloud I...
It amuses me when people start throwing about phrases like “interoperability” and “federation” in a space still hopping in the middle of the hype cycle. You would think that with our long and growing history, we in IT could be realistic about the prospects of any early implementers...
I moderated a Cisco panel last week at Cisco Live! and it was readily apparent that enterprise cloud still required plenty of work from vendors and enterprise IT. No one was ready to endorse either a centralized or decentralized architecture (a move to the powerful intercloud); perhap...
From a business standpoint, software as a service (SaaS) is all about operating vs. capital cost and rapid time-to-value. Fortune 500 enterprise companies can no longer afford to make steep, up-front investments in software integration, hardware and staff; and then wait from 12 months ...
Today, Chuck Phillips, president of Oracle, said that Oracle was committed to provide “A Single Stack of Technology to Simplify Enterprise IT”. In order for a “Single Stack” to successfully simplify IT, Enterprise Software practitioners must commit their entire Enterprise Architecture ...
On Monday, June 29, Rackspace experienced an outage that completely shut down its hosted sites – apparently due to a problem with its Dallas datacenter. Unfortunately, an outage like the Rackspace one will keep another good set of enterprise customers from hopping on the cloud.
This is a blog about the importance of cloud solutions that are organized as services. As more and more cloud computing offerings hit the market, I think it is becoming increasingly important that users understand what to look for in such solutions. It is one thing to provide something...
I've been debating this post with myself for a long time. All the voices in my head have contributed to the dialog. It has to do with my health, with my future, and with my relevance. I'm not famous enough, even to my friends, to think I'm making a public statement here. But I plow ...
Virtualization and cloud computing are promising to change the way in which IT services are delivered and, in effect, transform computing as we know it today. I think the promises are likely to come true, if and only if critical technology issues are addressed. Nicholas Carr told a...
There’s no shortage of opinions on how cloud computing and SOA are related. Just plug the phrase into your favorite search engine and you’ll have a day’s worth of reading. What you are likely to find are articles discussing how SOA led to cloud computing, how a good SOA is a prerequisi...
LongJump's announcement today of an enhanced platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering -- the LongJump Business Applications Platform -- is a strong contender for a best-of-breed cloud computing development and deployment approach that reduces the risk of cloud lock-in.
In a podcast featuring a panel industry thought leaders, moderated by yours' truly, we offer new insight into the current status of cloud offerings and the future need for open standards and governance. Who is using the cloud for what -- and where this trend is going -- are discussed a...
I'm currently reading “Influencers”, in which the authors make a great point that with innovation, the messenger is as important as the message. There’s a story of a researcher who attempts to get farmers to use a more disease resistant strain of corn, but the farmers don’t view this p...
There’s apparently been a bit of confusion over what, exactly, F5 thinks of cloud computing as an organization based on a recent blog post. I thought I’ve been fairly clear on where F5 stands in terms of cloud computing but I may be suffering what’s known as the “curse of knowledge”, w...
It seems like just about every cloud computing discussion with a development audience results in the same question being asked: “Why does this matter to me?” As cloud computing first appears to be primarily an operational-centric paradigm, it is easy to understand the reason this is as...
Very interesting developments today from the U.S. federal government on cloud computing. Bob Marcus at the OMG has sent me an overview of a White House Cross-Cutting Programs Document released earlier. The document outlines the administration's 2010 budget requests. According to the do...
With an enterprise-friendly combination of hardware, software and professional services, IBM should be well placed to work with wary CxOs as they try to understand the extent to which Cloud Computing makes sense within their own business. Announcements earlier this year, as I said at t...
For some reason, this week seems to have more in it than most. While the steady stream of briefing request seem to be increasing, the post briefing discussions also seem to be much more intense. The cloud computing education phase seems to also be morphing into a cloud computing implem...
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 issu...
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 correc...