SOA is "one of those perfectly mind-numbing expressions that defies even a modicum of consistent definition, sounds important, and gives everyone the freedom to do it 'their way," argues BPM Group chief analyst Terry Schurter. "What an incredible waste of time, money and energy.
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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As Bruce Silver points out in Intelligent Enterprise, companies need business process management (BPM) to be agile. "But to achieve agility without breaking the bank, you can't simply rip and replace," he adds.
Fellow ZDNet blogger Dana Blankenhorn asks an enticing "What if"? question: what if IBM's OS/2 prevailed in the client OS space, and Microsoft Windows were the also-ran?
Perhaps in observance of the seven birthday of XML, Microsoft on Thursday unvieled a site dedicated to interoperability.Included at the site are links to Interoperability Month and Webcast series, as well as information on various Microsoft initiatives and products.
The Web Services on Wall Street conference just wrapped up, and a summary can be found in this special edition (PDF format) of eWeek.Among the highlights:ESBs make better SOAs.
WebServices.Org is conducting its first quarterly survey on Web services and SOA trends, technologies, and issues.
This just in...The OASIS international standards consortium today announced that itsmembers have approved the Universal Description, Discovery andIntegration (UDDI) version 3.
Little things add up. A former boss and mentor told me early on that while it's important totake good care of your organization's cash cow, don't ignore all those "cash mice" running around that may bring in just as much revenue, albeit more incrementally.
In a new opinion piece, Ray Lane,former president of Oracle and now a venture capitalist, offers a compelling vision of software as service.He defines thisconcept in terms of "tying supplier revenue to a business outcome: the supplier sees the client's end result, measures its success, and receives revenue based on the results achieved.
A report out of eWeek notes that OASIS has initiated final voting on version 3.0 of the Universal Description, Description, and Integration (UDDI) specification.