"The word architecture is generally quite misleading for describing what most companies have today," write John Hagel and John Seely Brown in their new book The Only Sustainable Edge. "Architecture calls forth images of the neat schematics of an architect who is carefully thinking through in advance all the needs of the occupants of a building and designing a structure that optimally meets these needs.
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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Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has been talking up Web services and SOA, which is music to our ears, of course. But what will Microsoft's role be in this brave new world?
In my previous post ("What Does Sun See Beyond SeeBeyond?"), I discussed Phil Wainewright's concerns around the openness and maturity of Java Business Integration (JBI).
Over the years, the act of putting more user-friendly front ends on legacy applications was often referred to as "putting lipstick on a pig." Loosely Coupled's Phil Wainewright invokes this analogy to describe Sun's recent announcement of its plans to acquire EAI vendor SeeBeyond.
I had the opportunity to sit in on a session on "Software as a Service" at the C3 (Corporate & Channel Computing) conference going on this week in New York City. The panel consisted of IBM SaaS guru Dave Mitchell, JamCracker's Todd Johnson, and Intacct's Robert Jurkowski.
CRM vendor Siebel Systems announced it's getting SOA religion. At the 2005 IBM Executive SOA Summit being held this week in London, Siebel announced an SOA development package, called Siebel 7.
Emboldening its position in the emerging SOA arena, Hewlett Packard has introduced a new suite of SOA services and announced plans to launch four new SOA "competency centers" around the globe. HP states that the objective of its new initiative is to guide customers" through the entire SOA process, from envisioning and assessment to development and governance.
There are an array of factors now reconfiguring the information technology sector -- and software in particular. But one of them is the SOA movement.
In an earlier post, I talked a bit about the convergence of Web services/SOA and open source software. A reader pointed out that SOA "is one technology that doesn't require that you use open source.
One Forrester Research analyst told me recently that he thinks Oracle -- which touts a vaguely defined SOA vision of business "fusion" -- is possibly two years behind SAP in terms of thought leadership and architectural development. Well, Oracle (no surprise) would suggest otherwise.