When Sperry Corporation merged with Burroughs Corporation a number of years ago to form Unisys, the combine ran a series of TV ads that bragged about offering "the Power of Two." Most mergers and acquisitions don't result in the Power of Two, of course -- they more likely give you the "Power of One and One-Quarter.
Service technology -- from SOA to cloud to IT service management -- promises many "-ilities": greater agility, flexibility, and reusability. Joe McKendrick explores the challenges and opportunities with service orientation, and how to capitalize on these emerging computing philosophies.
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What challenges await those seeking to build SOAs in their organizations? Unfortunately, they're biggies, according to a new report out of the Burton Group.
Much like SOA itself, the just-announced "SOA Blueprints" effort will be defined as it goes along. I recently spoke with Infravio's Miko Matsumura, proposed chair of OASIS' SOA Adoption Blueprints Technical Committee.
Cape Clear's Annrai O'Toole makes the observation that the most important letter in the ESB acronym is the "S". He explains that "customers are buying ESBs because they are interested in rolling out Service-Oriented Architectures.
Okay, we dodged another close call: "Web services will change, not kill apps, says Forrester" - SearchWebServices.com Randy Heffner, a Forrester Research analyst, says the nature of how applications get built will change, but that end users will still interact with a 'working business solution', with a look and feel similar to current day applications, despite its composite structure.
An SOA may be part of an orchestra making beautiful music, but it may be hard to pick out what parts of the music are a result of the SOA. A while back, on separate occasions, I had the opportunity to speak with Bill Inmon and Dan Lindstedt, both leading thinkers in the enterprise data warehouse space.
John Crupi, CTO of the Enterprise Web Service Practice at Sun Microsystems, has hit the nail right on the head when looking ahead on how SOA will change we put together our businesses. In a recent post, [link fixed] Crupi examines the rise of the "composite company," which essentially will be a collection of services drawn from other enterprises.
Just last week, I commented how BEA is really churning out the goods this summer. In June, the vendor announced its AquaLogic tools, and last week began shipping an ESB.
Both my blogmates Dan Farber and Britton Manasco have provided pointers to excellent information on what enterprise service buses (ESBs) are all about. However, there is some confusion -- if not outright sniping -- over who invented ESBs to begin with.
Last week, we recognized the successful implementation of SOA at British American Tobacco. In a recent issue of Optimize Magazine, Kevin Poulter, BAT's Application Development Manager, also discusses his perspectiove on a new concept called "applistructure.