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Paul Wallis's Blog How does SOA work, how can it be used? And what is WOA? With the use of a real-world example,this article describes why a properly planned and implemented Service Oriented Architecture can create a flexible way of aligning business and IT. Paul Wallis, of Stroma Software (UK) Ltd, explains... Over the past year or so there has been a huge increase in the amount of discussion about Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), and the number of blogs and posts on the subject seems to increase daily. So with over 25 million references to SOA discovered by Google, why bother writing another SOA blog post? Much of the discussion amongst the SOA community is interesting to other technophiles, but only serves to confuse the majority of readers. Bloggers like Mike Kavis try to bring the focus of SOA back to a business perspective, but the vast majority of article... (more)

The Relationship Between SOA, BPM & EA

A colleague recently sent me some IBM propaganda on SOA, BPM and EA. Discussing my opinion of the white paper with him sparked an idea for a blog entry about the my opinion on the relationship between these three methodologies. Okay, let’s dive into the meat of the issue. What, if any, is the relationship between SOA, BPM & EA? First, some quick definitions: BPM is a practice that focuses on identifying if a business process is operating within normal operating ranges. How can you tell that? First, you identify some key performance indicators (KPI) that you will use to measure yo... (more)

Maybe Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud Makes Cloud Computing Too Easy

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer With just a few clicks you, too, can create a cloud computing environment. But if you’re like a lot of organizations, you may not know what to do with it after that. The latest version of Ubuntu Server (9.10) includes the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC), which is actually powered by Eucalyptus. The ability to deploy a “cloud” on any server running Ubuntu is really quite amazing, especially given the compatibility of Eucalyptus with Amazon and the plethora of application images available for nearly immediate deployment. It supports both a public and priv... (more)

Is Long-Term Planning Possible for Cloud Computing?

Whether the blogosphere and Intertubes are echo chambers or a house or mirrors depends upon one's perspective, so to speak. In any case, it's fun to surf around a bit and find articles that report on articles. In fact, this report is such a report, but my report questions a basic premise I've been seeing recently: that the long-term persepctive is essential in a company's cloud strategy. (My report is based on something I just read by EDL Consulting, which in turn picked up a story from one of those publications from that really big Boston-based publishing company I worked for ye... (more)

"Avoid Big Consulting" for Cloud Computing Initiatives

Virtualization Track at Cloud Expo My appreciation of David Linthicum's writing increased yet again when I found a piece on the Intertubes that he wrote about some Big Rules for cloud computing. One of his basic premises is to avoid the big consultant shops. To wit, he writes: "Most big consulting firms lead with well-polished presentations and, perhaps, some pretty smart people. However, when it comes time to do the real work, you're staring across the table at very inexperienced individuals whose knowledge of cloud computing is limited by the number of article printouts they ... (more)

Don't Wait to Test SOA Applications

A lot has been said about the opportunities presented by service-oriented architectures (SOAs), especially their ability to enable business flexibility in an interoperable, technology-agnostic manner. But little has been said about verifying the functional quality of these SOA applications. As many organizations start delivering their first SOA applications, they realize that the flexibility they're gaining dramatically impacts the way software quality has to be addressed. The days of well-known test configurations are gone. A successful SOA is always in flux, and flux is the ene... (more)