When it comes to Web services and SOA, people are "learning as they go along, picking and choosing ideal best-user cases," says Sandra Rogers, director of SOA, Web services and integration for IDC. Rogers was recently interviewed on the state of Web services and SOA in IT Business Edge newsletter.
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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We've just wrapped up the data for the first quarterly Webservices.org SOA survey, with some interesting results.
"Order does not spontaneously form from disorder. A tornado passing through a junkyard would never assemble a 747.
Or alternatively, "Outsource a mess, get an outsourced mess." Pegasystems has identified what it calls the "Nine Worst Business Processes," presumably based on their difficulty to capture and automate.
Think like a chemist. Imagine pouring a powder into a liquid until it becomes a solid.
I can't think of a single meaningful problem we now face that could be solved by more bandwidth. And yet, I keep reading the words of techno-alarmists who are convinced that this is a significant problem facing the United States.
While the Laker Girls were not hired to run any vendor booths this year (as they did last year), attendees seem pleased with the growing maturity of the SOA conversation at Gartner's Application Integration and Web Services Summit early this week. One session that was particularly provocative was Ray Schulte's keynote on "virtualizing information assets.
In an impressive display of cooperation, IBM and Microsoft, along with BEA Systems and TIBCO Software, just announced they will submit the latest version of the Web Services ReliableMessaging (WS-RM) specification to the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) for finalization as a Web services standard.
Forrester Research has released the results of an interesting study on service-oriented architecture, conducted last November, which seems to suggest that just about everyone who's anyone is doing SOA now, or planning to do it real soon. (A summary appears in this TechTarget article.
SOA's first proving ground is integration and consolidation, especially within large, diverse operations. Verizon Communications claims it averages about 2.