Early in my career, I had the opportunity to work on some projects with the Association for Information Systems Professionals, a group that had taken one wild ride on the information technology roller coaster.(Note, not to be confused with the Association of Information Technology Professionals, formerly Data Processing Management Association, a vibrant group based in Chicago.
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.
SOA is many things to many people. More service-oriented architecture definitions, as supplied by readers to TechTarget, can be found at this site.
Service-oriented architectures don't have to cover the entire enterprise; they can be process or application focused. This recent article on business intelligence tools puts SOA in another light; as the infrastructure that supports a specific set of applications.
Every acronym gets its share of abuse. ASPs, for example, could be Active Server Pages, or Application Service Providers.
Is it time to start professionalizing the emerging field of SOA? Yes, SOA is more of a design philosophy than an actualprofession at this point.
Microsoft's Passport service took another blow the other day, with online auction giant eBay announcing that it will no longer support the ability for members to sign on using Passport. Members currently using Passport will have to sign in through eBay directly.
Concepts such as quality assurance and testing have been rare in the Web services world. Surveys I have conducted find that less than a third of Web services developers apply QA and testing to their services.
Time was, technologies began their lives in the enterprise and then, eventually, drifted out into the consumer realm. Now, we may be seeing a reversal of this pattern.
Today's confusion over Web services standards was inevitable, argues Tarak Modi. Two reasons: 1) rapid advancement within the industry that eclipsed existing standards and 2) political jostling among vendors to gain a competitive edge.
Microsoft's XML team provides some common-sense truisms about SOA in a recent post. The gist is that SOA for SOA's sake is absolutely useless, and will not fix any business problem.