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The American comedian and actor Steven Wright once said, "It doesn't make a difference what temperature a room is, it's always room temperature." Words are wonderful that way. They can give you a little blast of pleasure when used cleverly, but like everything else they are subject to fashion. For example, I was speaking at a technical conference recently when I overheard a person whom I know, who is well-respected in this field, say something along these lines: "You have to know how well your SOA is running. Knowing the overall health and responsiveness of your SOA is very important. You've got to get a handle on your governance." The goal was laudable, but the wording was off target. I've heard the word governance fall from people's lips with increasing frequency recently, which is a good thing. Lately though, it seems to me that there has been an unfortunate blu... (more)

Building Blocks of SOA Governance

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)

More SOA Transition Bang for Your IT Bucks

This article explains how an Open Source SOA Roadmap can use a typical Web application project's funding as the basis for a successful SOA transition effort. It is the first of three articles that explains how open source technologies and techniques can be leveraged to successfully deliver SOA solutions given the current economic downturn. The pain of these economic times is real. Staying competitive and thriving today means you must "think outside the box" to manage costs and exploit opportunities like never before. Most IT shops are currently in the commercial SOA box. A box where the transition of enterprise architecture to a service-oriented enterprise architecture is accomplished by commercial technologies and techniques. It typically costs millions of dollars to fund a commercial SOA transition versus thousands of dollars for an open source SOA transition gov... (more)

Richard Marcello from Unisys Makes the Enterprise Cloud Computing Case

A leading-edge conference such as the 4th International Cloud Computing Expo, which begins Monday, November 2 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, is expected to draw a lot of hot young companies and new technologies that are bent on subverting the dominant paradigm and inventing the future. But this particular conference is also drawing in long-established players who have decades of experience serving the enterprise. Count Unisys and its President of Systems Technology Rich Marcello in this latter group. Marcello will be delivering the Expo's initial keynote address, at 2pm on Monday, delivering his views on why  "The Time is Right for Enterprise Cloud Computing." Marcello, who spent many years at another enterprise technology giant, HP, before joining Unisys, outlined his vision and views in an exclusive interview with Jeremy Geelan in the runup to the Expo. Duri... (more)

Cloud Computing Challenges and the Balance Between Risks and Benefits

In the previous article we looked at some Cloud Security Advantages. Now let's now look at some Cloud Challenges. Cloud Challenges • Trusting vendor’s security model • Customer inability to respond to audit findings • Obtaining support for investigations • Indirect administrator accountability • Proprietary implementations can’t be examined • Loss of physical control; Data dispersal and international privacy laws • Need for isolation management • Multi-tenancy • Logging challenges • Data ownership issues • Quality of service guarantees • Dependence on secure hypervisors • Attraction to hackers (high value target) • Possibility for massive outages • Encryption needs for cloud computing Let's look depper into a few of the major concerns. How can you be sure your Data is Safe? Data safety in the cloud is not a trivial concern. Some online storage vendors such as The Linkup and Carbonite h... (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)

CCT CEO Jonathan Rosenberg Drives Revenue Through CRM in the Philippines

Cyber City Teleservices (www.cctll.com) is the most venerable of the CRM call-center firms in the Philippines. Dating back to 1999, it was co-founded by longtime industry executive Jonathan Rosenberg, who spent two decades in the US in the direct response industry. "The first thing I want to be clear about is that we don't view ourselves as a solution for companies to reduce costs," he told me in a recent interview at CCT's headquarters in the Clark Special Economic Zone, a couple hours north of Manila in the state of Pampanga. "The most important issue for business executives is driving topline revenue, and we help our clients do that." I met Jonathan during an event called Convergence 2009, part of a convention at Clark that was sponsored by the Philippine government. The event attracted local business leaders and foreign executives, as well as students eager to ... (more)

Does a Web Service Make a Service for SOA?

What could be easier than to take your application, wrap it with a Web Service, announce it or register it in the UDDI and get a SOA Service? Even better - take a data warehouse, cover a SQL executing code with a Web Service and expose it to SOA, isn't it simple? This article is for those architects and managers who like such "simplicity." If you believe that a Web Service itself doesn't convert an application into the SOA Service, you might read the article just out of curiosity. A Service or Not a Service Discussions about Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) initiated by people working with legacy applications and data storages like Data Warehouse (DW) have gotten a lot of press attention recently. While it's good for SOA's popularity the discussions typically declare a few SOA characteristics and say something like "We have so rich/important/business crucial data ... (more)

The Art of SOA - More Than Optimal Is Ineffective

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) refers to an architectural solution that creates an environment in which services, service consumers, and service producers co-exist yet have no dependence on each other. SOA enables an enterprise to increase the loose coupling and the reuse of frequently used software assets. These software assets together with the functionality that they provide are called services in SOA terminology. By nature SOAs are typically applied to solutions with highly volatile requirements. In this article the emphasis will be on how to apply service orientation to solve a problem at the enterprise level and how to decide how much service orientation is "optimal." The word optimal means the point of maximum pay-off for the investment specified and implies that once that optimal point is crossed either the return on investment tends to drop or the retur... (more)

BEA Announces SOA for Executives Services; Furthers Position as an SOA Leader

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BEA Systems , a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software, today announced the availability of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) for Executives, the first BEA suite of SOA services for senior IT executives. This suite is designed to help empower executives to invest in SOA and lead change within their organizations by conveying the business value of SOA through BEA's sensible approach. BEA is scheduled to debut education course modules from the SOA for Executives services during a pre-conference workshop at BEAWorld 2006 on Monday, September 18th at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. in San Francisco's Moscone Center. The new SOA for Executives suite of services is the only set of professional services that are built for executives from the ground up and based on BEA's experience with SOA at Global 2400 companie... (more)

iTKO Talking at SYS-CON's SOA, Virtualization, and Cloud Computing Event Nov. 19-21, San Jose, CA

SYS-CON Events announced today that more than 40 Cloud technology providers, as well as Virtualization and SOA companies will exhibit at the upcoming First International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo on November 19-21, in San Jose, California. It's co-located with SOAworld West and Virtualization Expo - so attendees can pick and choose topics from all three agendas. We will be there and we're looking forward to seeing how practitioners will bridge these three disciplines. iTKO's Rajeev Gupta, Director, Solutions Delivery will present at 9:00 AM on Thursday, Nov. 20 - on "Peel the Onion, Lose the Tears: Test, Validate and Virtualize Every Layer of SOA" at the Virtualization Conference. The session will provide best practices and real-world examples of our customers that are testing, validating and virtualizing every component of the architecture, across multiple ... (more)