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SOA initiatives have gathered momentum in the past year with more enterprises either implementing SOA or considering implementing in the near future. The implementations we studied reveal that one of the critical challenges in SOA is designing an effective governance mechanism. A good understanding of governance concepts is essential to implementing and operating a successful SOA. Reliable governance for SOA leads to a manifold increase in an enterprise's ability to achieve the goal of business agility through SOA. Defining IT Governance The IT Governance Institute defines IT governance as "a structure of relationships and processes to control the enterprise in order to achieve the enterprise's goals by adding value while balancing risk versus return over IT and its processes." Another definition by Peter Weill describes IT governance as "specifying the framework for... (more)

Cloud Computing Can Revitalize Your Career as Software Developer

Everyone knows that the longevity and ultimate success of a platform lies in the developers willing to create on that platform. Creating a healthy developer ecosystem in which both the developer and the platform vendor can grow and prosper is very important. No one knows this better than Microsoft. It has long been their mantra that “developers, developers, developers” are the key to success. With most of the new large scale websites and platforms being launched on open source platforms and now the cloud, this is becoming even more important. 4th International Cloud Computing Expo attracted more than 50 sponsors and exhibitors and expo floor was visited by more than 2,250 delegates in Santa Clara, CA If you just do some casual research, it is easy to see that the largest and most heavily trafficked sites on the web are written in languages such as PHP, Ruby on Rails ... (more)

Getting the ASP.NET Providers Working on the Azure Nov 2009 CTP

If you've been trying to get the ASP.NET providers working on the November 2009 CTP of Windows Azure then you may have run into a snag, or a couple snags if you're using Visual Studio 2010. First of all, if you're using Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2, then you're going to need to either up-convert the AspProviders project. For this, you want to go and grab the AspProviders (VS2008) sample from the Azure Code Samples home page. Once you've got it, you can either compile it in Visual Studio 2008 or, if you're coding in VS2010 Beta 2, you can either reference the compiled binary directly or just up-convert the project to VS2010 Beta 2. The new AspProviders sample uses the new Microsoft.WindowsAzure.StorageClient library that now comes with the new version of the SDK. This version of the storage client is more robust, better supported, and more efficient than the sample sto... (more)

How to Identify, Specify, and Realize Services for Your SOA

There has been a lot of buzz and hype, some factual, some not so well-founded, surrounding the opportunities presented by Service-oriented Architectures (SOA) and their implementation as Web services. Analysts have predicted, pundits have professed, professors have lectured. And companies have scurried to sell what they had as SOA products, often missing the point that SOA is not a product. SOA is about bridging the gap between business and IT through a set of business-aligned IT services using a set of design principles, patterns, and techniques. This article discusses the highlights of service-oriented modeling and architecture, and the key activities needed for the analysis and design required to build a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). It stresses the importance of addressing the techniques required for the identification, specification and realization of s... (more)

SOA World Conference & Expo 2008 East Call for Papers Deadline Feb 22, 2008

SOA World Conference & Expo 2008 East brings together the best minds in the business for a two-day conference that offers comprehensive coverage of SOA and what it means to enterprise IT today.     Service-oriented architectures have evolved over the past few years out of the original vision of loosely coupled Web services replacing constrained, stovepiped applications throughout enterprise IT. Every major enterprise technology vendor today has developed its own SOA strategy, supported by innumerable mid-size companies and start-ups offering specific SOA aspects or entire solutions. Sponsor SOA World Conference & Expo Submit Your Speaking Proposal Register Now and Save!     According to industry analyst firm Gartner Group, by 2008 more than 60 percent of enterprises will use SOA as the guiding principle when creating mission-critical applications and processes. "... (more)

Why All This Fuzz About SOA?

I’ve been to dozens of SOA lectures, presentations and conferences and though I considered some (the first ones) to be very interesting as I approached the subject, it soon started to get a bit boring as I easily could anticipate what the presenters were going to say: why adopt SOA, how will your company benefit from SOA, the possibilities SOA gives you, etc. etc. It’s fair to say that there is a lot of confusion and false expertise in this area and often these conferences are more a PR and sales show rather than a valid review of what SOA really is. But why all this fuzz about SOA? A SOA expert/sales man once said at a seminar: ‘Don’t ask yourself if you need SOA, you already have it!’. At first I thought it was funny as it sounded more like some kind of disease... ‘oh crap! when...!? It must have been that Thai stuff...’. But then he went on saying that SOA is a brand... (more)

CA Named “Gold Sponsor” of SOA World Conference & Expo 2009 East

SYS-CON Events announced today that CA was named "Gold Sponsor" of the upcoming SOA World Conference & Expo 2009 East. The 15th International SOA World Conference will take place June 22-23, 2009, in New York City. CA is the world's leading independent information technology (IT) management software company. We help companies manage IT to better perform, compete, innovate and grow their businesses. With our Enterprise IT Management (EITM) vision and technology, customers can unify IT and simplify the management of complex computing environments. 15th International SOA World Conference & Expo Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is actively enabling component reuse today and helping companies leverage their existing IT investments. Click here to register today and save! Click here to submit papers! Click here to sponsor or exhibit at SOA World! In these recessionary times... (more)

SOA in the Cloud Topic Launched on Ulitzer

SOA in the Cloud topic site launched today on Ulitzer. Introducing “SOA in the Cloud” 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo in November will introduce two new and dedicated tracks - “SOA in the Cloud” and “RIAs in the Cloud” - which will examine how service oriented architecture, AJAX, rich internet applications, enterprise mashups, social media and Web 2.0 find their new place in the Cloud. Ulitzer content is grouped in 25 distinct subjects from "Aerospace and Defense" to "Travel and Hospitality." Each subject group offers an unlimited number of topics, and each topic may contain thousands of peer-reviewed feature stories, bylined articles, blog posts, news, reviews, commentary, and unique editorial content authored by top experts in their fields. Ulitzer is designed to replace Wikipedia with Its three-dimensional live content offerings and dynamic topi... (more)

The SOA Marketing Paradox and the Wizard of Oz

Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) presents a challenge to software marketing people like none other in recent history. On the one hand, SOA has been the top enterprise software bandwagon to jump on for the last four years or so, but on the other hand, many vendors have struggled to tell the proper SOA story for their products in a way that leads to increased sales and happy customers. The reason SOA presents such a formidable challenge is at once both subtle and obvious. After all, SOA is architecture -- it is a set of best practices enterprises follow to organize their IT resources to meet the needs of the business. SOA, however, is not, and never will be, a set of product features. And therein lies the rub. How do you position your product as a SOA product when SOA consists of best practices, not product features? SOA and the Tin Woodman For both product manageme... (more)

The Neglected Flipside of SOA Security

Joe McKendrick kicks off a thread on the current state of SOA Security. As usual, most discussion of SOA Security applies to "how SOA can be made secure". This is understandable. And, as some commentators have pointed out, there is a body of Best Practice out there on how to secure services in an SOA. For example, Randy Heffner provides lots of good advice on how to secure the services in an SOA) But, there has been relatively little debate on the flipside of SOA Security - how SOA can apply to security. Because, really, "SOA Security" is two separate things, solving two separate problems. The first, most obvious thing, is that it applies security to SOA. The problem it is solving here is "SOA is insecure". Randy Heffner's advice is good here: there are products and procedures for applying security to SOA. But, "SOA Security" also has the meaning of "applying SOA prin... (more)

Omaha: a new region for SOA & EA training and certification

ZapThink today announces the opening of registration for its four-day Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Boot Camp, providing in-depth, hands-on training and certification on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and taught by notable SOA expert Jason Bloomberg. The LZA SOA Boot Camp will run from October 5-8, 2009 in Omaha, NE. "Companies are tired of all the hype surrounding Web Services and SOAs, and are finding it difficult to learn what they really need to know from vendor-centric conferences and training," said Ronald Schmelzer, senior analyst with ZapThink, LLC. "IT professionals want to learn from their peers about what it really takes to put together a well-designed SOA, and desire third-party credentials to assert their SOA knowledge. The Licensed ZapThink Analyst boot camps give Enterprise Architecture practitioners the SOA education and credentials they've... (more)