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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 could read on the plane flight out." My experience is that this is the approach these thieves, er, firms use in every project they've ever undertaken. I have now forgotten more screwed-up, vastly over-spent installations than most people remember about grand plans from grand consultants that... (more)

SOA and the Rise of WOA

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)

Keep Your SOA and BPM Initiatives Separate

Not to beat the dead horse, but during a discussion the other day with a fellow SOA cohort, I came to a realization for the reason SOA & BPM get inextricably tied together in some individual’s thoughts. I’ve written and blogged before on how SOA & BPM have very different goals. SOA is about application rationalization via a service metaphor and BPM is about business process analysis and optimization. The fact that they are discussed in the same breath leads one to believe that they are inherently related, when in fact they are not. That said, as one performs a top-down analysis of their business as part of a BPM initiative, they are going to discover they need a framework to assist in implementing new business processes that cut across departmental and other organizational boundaries. Clearly, one of the greatest areas for improvement within in an organization is a... (more)

SOA and Cloud: Achieving the Agility Double Play

What are the linkages of SOA to Cloud, and what is best way to accelerate from SOA into Cloud? These questions will be answered by Eric Marks - founder, president, and CEO of AgilePath Corporation - in a breakout session to be given at SYS-CON's 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo (GovITExpo). 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo is taking place on October 6, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC., and you can attend both Mark's session and the entire event FREE by use of the guest code VIPguest here [case sensitive] FREE COUPON CODE FOR VIP PASS REGISTRATION: VIPguest (case sensitive) SOA and Cloud are complementary initiatives, and they build on and support one another. This session will present SOA and Cloud patterns that show the linkages of SOA to Cloud, and how to accelerate from SOA into Cloud. Register Today and Save ! Vie... (more)

HP Extends Software to Meet Requirements for Mainstream SOA Adoption

HP introduced new and enhanced quality and management software designed to increase the success of mainstream deployment of service-oriented architectures (SOA) by businesses. SOA is an approach to delivering IT services in a secure and manageable way that uses loosely connected, reusable and standards-based technology that can be aligned to changing business needs. For SOA to be broadly adopted and deliver business value, an entire organization must have confidence that the services it provides function correctly, scale as demand increases and meet operational requirements. To make certain that services meet all functional and performance objectives and are ready for production deployment, HP introduced new versions of its market-leading SOA testing products, HP Service Test and HP Service Test Management. “Customers who want to scale their SOA-based deployme... (more)

AgilePath Announces SOA Playbook Acceleration Solutions

AgilePath announced a series of new SOA Playbook Acceleration Solutions. AgilePath's SOA Acceleration Solutions are a suite of integrated offerings that include targeted SOA training, SOA workshops, and SOA XPE "sprints" focused on delivering rapid results for key SOA focus areas, all within the overall structure of AgilePath's patent pending SOA Playbook methodology. "AgilePath is pleased to offer these exciting new SOA Accelerations solutions to the industry," stated AgilePath President and CEO Eric Marks. "Our SOA Playbook Acceleration Solutions provide a comprehensive solution roadmap that integrates SOA training, workshops, and SOA execution into pre-packaged modules mapped to AgilePath's SOA Playbook. The market has welcomed our SOA Acceleration Solutions as a refreshing, rapid and low-risk approach to SOA planning and execution." AgilePath's SOA Acceleration ... (more)

Executing an SOA Governance Plan

Over the past several years, there has been much fanfare regarding the promise of SOA. However, as with any IT-related solution, it is not a magic bullet or cure-all for IT integration. In fact, SOA does not solve business process problems, but rather identifies both the good and bad organizational processes. In most instances, SOA will require additional front-loaded costs until a critical mass of services are developed for reuse. It will require organizational and even process changes that will demand high levels of training, funding, and organizational governance. Even with these challenges, adopting an SOA methodology is recommended. Building a successful SOA Governance organization requires the attention to assets and capabilities across all service domains or high-level categories of services. Domains typically can focus on a major entity, e.g., customer or e... (more)

Agile SOA Across the Lifecycle - Part Five: IT and SOA Governance

This is the fifth of a six part series of posts on the Agile SOA life cycle. Here we will at look at IT and SOA Governance. With the introduction of agile, spiral, and scrum development methodologies, the traditional waterfall development approach of testing a near-finished app at the end of many Agile development cycles won't be agile at all, as the elements of the application are constantly changing.  Traditional models of IT governance will also not work. To aggravate testing, the service-oriented architecture (SOA) design pattern is used to make IT  more responsive to changes requested by business. New process tooling has been introduced to specifically assist in the cataloging of service assets, and organization of policies governing SOA. This new set of tooling created to support SOA revolves around governance platforms like HP Systinet / S2, SAG Centrasite, S... (more)

Looking for SOA in All the Wrong Places?

Systinet’s founding CTO and my friend Anne Thomas Manes pronounced the demise of SOA a few weeks ago. Honestly, SOA lost its meaning for me on the day when good, old Solaris became the “SOA operating system”. But is SOA dead or not? I don’t believe so but I think that Anne and others are looking for SOA in the wrong places. Here is why: Part of our Systinet SOA pitch was this truism: “SOA is not something you can buy”. We believed that SOA didn’t come in a box and companies have to invest time and money to build it. And maybe this is the crux of the problem. What if the act of building internal service blueprint is beyond the capabilities and budgets of the individual customers? Go to the SOA mailing list and try to understand how to build your own SOA and you can spend the rest of your life reading the discussions and related blogs and comments. My point is that I... (more)

Maxworks To Exhibit at SOA World Conference & Expo, June 22-23, New York

SYS-CON Events announced today that Maxworks to exhibit at 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. Maxworks is a leading opensource SOA Solutions Provider. Maxworks combines Java,  opensource technologies, service oriented architecture (SOA) and Incremental delivery methods to produce solutions for its clients.The company's SOA solutions realize high value business synergies that run on license free Opensource middleware. Incremental delivery of SOA solutions reduces software development risks. Maxworks' SOA Road Map, Training, and Software Development services used in concert, can help clients overcome the overhead caused by SOA. 15th International SOA World Conference & Expo Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is actively enabling component reuse today and he... (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)