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Service-oriented architectures (SOA) and autonomic computing are among the hottest topics in IT today. SOA simplifies integration and facilitates the componentization of enterprise-wide systems, thereby enabling optimal business agility. Autonomic computing allows these systems to operate without human intervention - through self-configuring, self-healing, and self-managing capabilities. By combining autonomic computing with SOA, enterprises can now achieve a new IT utopia, named "Autonomic SOA." However, this new level of autonomic computing goes beyond just reacting to traditional IT issues, such as increasing the speed to diagnose, repair, and prevent future issues. Autonomic SOA is also able to respond dynamically as changes occur within business conditions and processes, thereby empowering enterprises everywhere to achieve flawless execution on a daily basis. ... (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)

Managing the Transition to Net-centricity with Open Source SOA Road Maps

SOA & WOA Magazine on Ulitzer An Open Source SOA Roadmap is a SOA governance stone that kills two items - spaghetti enterprise architectures and endless middleware license fees. Robert J. Williams Jr, Chief Enterprise Architect at Maxworks, will demonstrate how 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 Williams' 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) Open Source SOA Roadmaps orchestrate SOA and open source technologies/techniques into a concrete transition action plan. Where that plan is more likely to be funded and deliver tangib... (more)

Cloud, The New Taste of the Internet

Lately there seems to be a minor debate among the clouderati about the semantic differences between the term "the cloud" versus the use of "cloud computing". So I thought I'd jump into the fray. As someone who spends his days eating, breathing and sometimes drinking cloud computing, it's fun to see how the debate has recently devolved into a debate purely focused upon the finer semantic nuances of the various terminologies. The debate seems to generally focus on the varied usages within the companies that are attempting to "cloud-ify" themselves & their products/services. This cloudification seems to be the trend du'jour within the technology industry, an attempt to augment marketing materials and or product positioning to include cloud related buzz words, whether they make sense or not. Actually one of the better stated criticism comes from Oracle CEO Larry Elliso... (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)

Governance: The Last Mile of SOA

The phrase "SOA governance" is more likely to generate a sense of apprehension among IT professionals than any warm feelings. After all, most companies are still in the early stages of SOA adoption and so the practice of governance - and likely the concept itself - will be new territory. Yet, if companies are to realize any meaningful and lasting impact from SOA, then governance is a fact of life with which organizations are going to have to become comfortable. Governance - more than any other factor over the long term - will make the difference between SOA success and failure, and proficiency in governing the SOA environment will distinguish IT leaders from laggards. SOA Governance Defined While the term may be novel, the act of governance and the underlying rationale will be very familiar to IT. In most organizations, virtually every IT resource and process will ... (more)

Sun Joins SOA Consortium; Executive Director To Keynote SOA World 2008

The SOA Consortium announced that Sun Microsystems has joined as a Sponsor. The SOA Consortium is an advocacy group of end users, service providers and technology vendors committed to helping the Global 1000, major government agencies, and mid-market businesses successfully adopt Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) by 2010. Sun Microsystems joins sponsors Cisco, IBM Corporation, SAP AG and Sparx Systems. SOA Consortium Sponsors are industry leaders dedicated to helping this SOA advocacy group promote the value and attainment of business-driven SOA, develop a lively community of practice, and get the message out that SOA is an important business strategy. “As a leader in open source enterprise class software, Sun is focused on delivering highly scalable, secure products at commodity based prices,” said Bill Vass, president and COO of Sun Microsystems ... (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)

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)

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)