May 14, 2007

Scoping out services

The conversation between business and IT gets serious when you begin defining arrays of services. Keeping a business-function perspective will help ensure success

May 14, 2007

Hammering out the architecture

The "A" in SOA is often neglected. SOA should be deployed incrementally. But without a bird's-eye, architect's view, and SOA initiative is doomed to failure

May 14, 2007

Selling the dream

SOA isn't the first all-purpose cure all for IT woes. To get past the cynicism, focus on deliverables and bypass the technical details

May 14, 2007

Getting the concept

Most IT pros now say they're familiar with SOA. But what exactly are they familiar with? SOA is easy to misunderstand, but not if you keep the concept simple

May 14, 2007

Breaking SOA bottlenecks

Those who experiment with SOA on a small scale generally have a smooth ride. But start to scale, and obstacles quickly emerge. Here are the common SOA choke points -- and their antidotes

May 11, 2007

Three open source Web service testing tools get high marks

Capable soapUI, TestMaker, and WebInject toolsets shine once you conquer their learning curves

April 9, 2007

What the enterprise can learn from consumer technologies

Hone your competitive edge by appropriating what it takes to win over end-users in the consumer space

March 5, 2007

Game plan for Team SOA

You need all the backing you can get, both personal and logistical, to get an SOA initiative off the ground

March 5, 2007

Teaming up for SOA

Governance policies chiseled in stone aren't SOA, they're DOA. Here's how to keep governance collaborative and effective

February 26, 2007

The well connected distributor

Electronic parts distributor Avnet needed simpler connections to its customers -- and among its internal systems. The solution: service orientation and a common data model

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