Many CIOs and IT managers are still smarting from the pain of enterprise resource planning (ERP) system rollouts -- multi-million-dollar megaprojects that required tearing up processes across the enterprise in an effort to automate. Some have been outright disasters, and many others have simply been money pits.
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.
Joe McKendrick is an author, consultant and speaker specializing in trends and developments shaping the technology industry.
We've just wrapped up the latest Web services/SOA development survey from Evans Data, and found some interesting contradictions in plans and perceptions around SOA. There's no question that interest runs high in SOA these days -- a large majority of companies in the survey, 68%, say they have either adopted an SOA, or are in the process of developing an adoption plan for an SOA.
There's nothing obvious about how to successfully implement service-oriented architecture (SOA) in a way There's nothing obvious about how to successfully implement service-oriented architecture (SOA) in a way that will win business converts. Quite often, business decision-makers simply don't understand what it is all about in the early days.
When BEA's "AquaLogic" hits the market, one of its most interesting features will be a service registry that employs the Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI) standard. (Details on the service registry can be found here.
CNET's Martin LaMonica posts this news analysis on BEA Systems' latest application development strategy. The upcoming "AquaLogic" offering cuts right to the chase of what SOA is all about -- being able to assemble and dis-assemble applications as the business requires.
In his 1981 book From Bauhaus to Our House, Tom Wolfe wrote eloquently about how a group of arrogant, ideologically driven individuals spent much of the post-World War II period filling American cities with spare, lifeless office buildings of glass-and-steel. These self-styled “visionaries” were indifferent (at best) or disdainful (at worst) toward their clients, but they held the upper hand.
One of the unfortunate aspects of the current SOA wave is the way it imprisons our thinking. The term itself invites us to obsess over IT "architecture.
Webservices.Org's latest survey research into SOA deployment sites uncovered a vital missing piece.
Chris Lochhead is almost always interesting -- and amusing. In an insightful interview with the flamboyant chief marketing officer of Mercury Interactive, Chris Jablonski gets some forward-looking perspectives on the three layers of IT that must be managed as we turn it into a business driver as opposed to a mere mechanism of support.
That's one of the questions answered within Peter Flynn's excellent FAQ site, covering on everything you always wanted to know about eXtensible Markup Language. A good read on the fundamentals.