• Why I continue to be right on this issue. ... more

  • Why I am still right about the whole ESB thing. ... more

  • Things to think about as you move towards SOA... more

  • While acquisition sprees reduce infrastructure choices, other factors keep a variety of SOA platforms available... more

  • Meta-IT represents a new IT management framework and governance packaged into a set of results-oriented best practices... more

  • I came across this article on TechTarget.com by Rich Seeley, outlining issues around ESB integration. "Enterprise service bus (ESB) intermediation remains an issue despite the adoption of WS-* standards, argues John Michelsen, chief architect at iTKO Inc., the testing vendor specializing in service-oriented architecture (SOA)." "They're finding that two or three different divisions of their company are using dif... more

  • Enterprise Resource Planning for Information Technology (ERP for It, ERP4IT) describes the automation of Information Technology. Wikipedia The management of people, capital, relationships, assets, and information is one of the most critical functions of business AND information technology. However, the resource planning and management of IT across the enterprise is typically either an undisciplined practice or a... more

  • One of the things covered in the recent Burton report was an instance where a new CIO was needed to get SOA going. Loraine Lawson does a good job covering the report, and the CIO angle in her recent post. "A new CIO coming on board during a business and IT reorganization often made the difference between SOA failure and SOA success, according to Anne Thomas Manes, an analyst with the Burton Group who recently st... more

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  • Todd Biske pushes back on the issues of incentives for reuse on my podcast covering Joe's blog post from last week. "The word in there that concerns me is 'incented.' Many advocates for reuse also recommend some form of incentive program. Clearly, incentives are a possible tool to leverage for behavior change, but we're much smarter than Pavlov's dogs. Sometimes, people get too focused on the incentive, and not ... more

  • I urge you to check out this article in Tech Target by Michael Meehan covering a recent report from the Burton Group. In essence, SOA is going well, sometimes, but it is not going well all of the time, and people are the issue. We've heard this before (mainly here), but few are catching on and correcting problems within their own organizations. Great data points to consider as you press forward with your SOA pro... more

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  • I'm getting some reports from a few of those charged with making SOA work within some of the larger enterprises. They are experiencing what I call SOA rage. SOA rage is the negative reaction some of the architects are getting from those charged with changing existing systems. I expected some of this. We're doing a few things that could indeed get on the last nerve of existing IT, such as looking at existing inef... more

  • Joe McKendrick knocked it out of the park this week with his latest entry, "Ten ways to tell it's not SOA." A few of my favorites: "1) If a vendor tells you that you need to buy a suite to get to SOA ... it's not SOA. SOA means complete freedom from suites and integrated packages." "2) If a vendor is trying to sell you hardware ... it's not SOA. Enough said." "6) If your CIO is clueless about what's going on wit... more

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  • As Joe McKendrick found out last night, it appears that Progress also purchased Mindreef, a testing and validation tool vendor. "Progress Software's announcement that it had acquired IONA Technologies earlier this week was big news, but the vendor didn't stop there. In another acquisition that almost seems to have slipped under the radar, Progress also has acquired Mindreef, provider of SOA service validation an... more

  • Under the topic of "Who did not see this coming?" Progress said Wednesday it is offering $4.05 per share in cash for Iona, a total equity value of $162 million, or $106 million net of cash and marketable securities. It was no secret that Iona was looking for a buyer, and Progress seems like a logical acquirer. Now, they have more in their shop to sell in the SOA space and a nice way to penetrate deeper in a mark... more

  • You have to admit that SOA consulting, at least from the larger players out there, has been a bit hit and miss. Although I'm sure there are instances where projects are going well, most are over budget and under delivering. I get an e-mail from a frustrated client on a weekly basis, typically asking if budget overruns, changes in the scope of the contract, and delays are normal. Hard to say what is normal -- we'... more

  • I had a few reactions to my SOA governance dos and don'ts post of last week. And, for the first time, I agree with them. :-) Perhaps the title should have been "Looking at SOA governance technology." Fist, I saw this from James McGovern. "Todd Biske keeps Dave Linthicum honest regarding SOA Governance. Way too many industry analysts view SOA through the lens of products and refuse to expand the conversation. I w... more

  • So, you need to design a service? That's great. If you're a student of traditional application design, however, you'll find that service design is a bit different. Okay, very different. Indeed, most application developers are struggling with this issue, and many services are created with a bad design and thus are not leveraged. Don't be one of those guys. Consider the three Ss: Scope, schema, standards. Services... more

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