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.
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.
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.
ComputerWorld reports that the US Department of Defense is moving to Web services and SOA in a big way, as only the DoD can do. According the article, DoD is spending $2 million on Web services registry technology to help developers with the Army, Navy and Air Force locate specific Web services and make "several hundred" Web services available to end users.
Recent survey data made public by Conformative Systems, though skimpy, points to to an issue that is increasingly being faced by companies in the midst of multiple Web services or SOA projects -- systems performance. The survey estimates that the median XML LAN traffic load among participants in 2004 was 20%, with over half anticipating XML traffic to grow to more than 40% in 2005.
Since SOA, and Web services for that matter, is still a new approach to businesses, there are few reference cases, and therefore, the ROI case still a lot of fuzzy math. This new piece in TechTarget discusses what we do know about Web services/ROI so far, and what to expect at which stage of the process.