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  • Rethinking the ESB: Building a simple, secure, scalable Service Bus with an SOA Gateway

    Posted August 15, 2011 - 2:49 pm

    For years the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) has been seen as a corporate integration and messaging backbone upon which application architectures are built. However, this concept must evolve to meet the requirements of today's corporate landscape, where IT boundaries are blurring, driven by the need to integrate with partners, cloud and mobile applications.
  • Programming for Cloud Computing: What's Different

    Posted October 4, 2010 - 8:40 am

    Web developers who want to (or must) embrace cloud computing need to learn more than a few new tools. Experts explain the skills you need to hone.
  • Shrink your IT infrastructure costs

    Posted September 8, 2010 - 4:20 pm

    According to a Software AG study, 83% of IT directors polled said they will use SOA to cut costs and 40% said they planned to implement SOA governance in the next year.
  • How the Cloud, Mobile Devices Affect Application Strategy

    Posted September 8, 2010 - 4:14 pm

    Delivering applications on any device -- whether desktops or smartphones -- and from any location calls for rethinking your enterprise architecture.
  • 15 cloud companies to watch

    Posted May 10, 2010 - 11:05 am

    Innovative vendors offering ways to make the transition to a cloud-based world less daunting.
  • Los Angeles chooses Google Apps over Microsoft

    Posted April 28, 2010 - 4:07 pm

    The City of Los Angeles government is deploying Google Apps to alleviate three problems: a crushing budget deficit, IT staff shortage and widespread dissatisfaction with the current office software system.
  • SOA Grows Up -- and Out

    Posted March 8, 2010 - 12:43 pm

    Broadening adoption of a service-oriented architecture requires more planning, better management tools and more effective measurement of what's working -- and not working.
  • SOA Helps a Music Promoter Keep the Hits Coming

    Posted September 24, 2009 - 4:53 pm

    As with paper and plastic, "reduce, reuse, recycle" works for software. Especially when you're a small company in a cutthroat business, where squeezing as much life as you can out of an IT infrastructure can mean the difference between breathing easy and landing on the garbage heap.
  • Building Architecture For SOA Policy Management

    Posted June 26, 2009 - 12:12 pm

    Even though certain products have "policy management" in their names, getting your infrastructure set for SOA policy should start not by evaluating products, but rather by understanding the major functions required for effective policy management and how they work together.
  • Con-way adopts agile development, aided by SOA

    Posted June 2, 2009 - 4:55 pm

    In 2008, Jacquelyn Barretta led the adoption of agile development practices across the IT organization at transportation firm Con-way to bring IT development closer to the business and to better understand the voice of the customer.
  • MuleSource decides to bypass a 'check box' feature in its next-gen product

    Posted June 2, 2009 - 4:38 pm

    One of the biggest decisions MuleSource CTO Ross Mason faced in 2008 was whether to include UDDI support in the initial releases of its Mule Galaxy SOA registry. Although Mason remained confident that the world was moving away from UDDI, it is often a "check box feature" in the RFPs of organizations looking to adopt an SOA governance tool. So he gambled and instead chose to make a stand that this software category required a new, simpler architecture (namely, REST)
  • SOA Pattern of the Week (#6): Canonical Schema

    Posted May 19, 2009 - 4:26 pm

    Of all the patterns in the SOA design patterns catalog there is perhaps no other as simple to understand yet as difficult to apply in practice as Canonical Schema. There are also few patterns that spark as much debate.
  • SOA Pattern of the Week (#5): Service Decomposition

    Posted April 7, 2009 - 1:38 pm

    A service inventory is a living body of services that individually will need the freedom to evolve independently over time. What we learned when documenting the SOA design pattern catalog is that there are patterns that emerged not only at design-time but also during this post-implementation evolutionary stage in a service's lifecycle.
  • SOA Pattern of the Week (#4): Service Normalization

    Posted February 25, 2009 - 4:45 pm

    Service Normalization is one of many patterns that support service reusability, but its goals go beyond that. Like data normalization, the Service Normalization pattern is intent on reducing redundancy and waste in order to avoid the governance burden associated with having to maintain and synchronize similar or duplicate bodies of service logic.

  • SOA Pattern of the Week (#3): Domain Inventory

    Posted February 5, 2009 - 5:30 pm

    Enterprise-wide harmonization is a desirable and ideal target state that fully supports pretty much everything SOA and service-orientation stand for. For those that have achieved such a state, bless your standardized hearts. You have accomplished something that has eluded many others. However, not attaining this state does not mean you cannot successfully adopt SOA.
  • Anatomy of a Web Service Contract

    Posted December 17, 2008 - 4:07 pm

    For Web services to succeed as part of SOA, they require balanced, effective technical contracts that enable services to be evolved and repeatedly reused for years to come. Now, a team of industry experts presents the first end-to-end guide to designing and governing Web service contracts.
  • Ensuring Service Enablement from SOA

    Posted November 18, 2008 - 6:46 am

    The single reason that you use IT within your organization is for service enablement. IT has proven itself to be essential to provide the levels of service that customers demand.
  • OppenheimerFunds gets ROI from Agile, SOA

    Posted September 29, 2008 - 10:55 am

    OppenheimerFunds used to have a data entry problem. Address changes that customers made on its website had to be manually re-entered into a variety of back-end systems before they went into effect. The company had a choice: to solve this one immediate problem, or to invest a little more time and money in order to plan a little bit further ahead.
  • Best reuse plays in SOA

    Posted August 7, 2008 - 10:37 am

    SOA is touted for its efficiency and agility, and if at least some of the stuff is already in place, indeed in every place, why isn't anyone getting to clock out and go home early?
  • Sterling accelerates personnel screening with SOA

    Posted November 13, 2007 - 6:27 pm

    For Sterling Testing Systems, a provider of employment and background screening services, flexibility and agility are operational imperatives. And in the cutthroat outsourcing game, where the firm that delivers the fastest results with the fewest errors at the lowest cost wins, the best way Sterling saw to achieve that meant a switch to SOA.
  • Blocks of SOA

    Posted August 2, 2007 - 11:36 am

    Service-oriented architecture (SOA) can demolish the status quo. Decades of siloed system design have left most government organizations with antique, rickety systems that don't play well with others. By putting new SOA wrappers on old proprietary applications, modular interfaces can be built, shared, linked, reused and recombined as needed. No need to rip and replace old systems; instead, they can be refurbished and extended internally and even externally via the Web. This is where SOA shows promise well beyond rejuvenating legacy enterprise systems, says Bill St. Arnaud, senior director of advanced networks at Ottawa-based CANARIE Inc.
  • Globalization pressures driving Australian SOA adoption

    Posted March 19, 2007 - 8:54 am

    Australia is lagging behind the rest of the world when it comes to service orientated architecture (SOA) adoption but globalization pressures will force these organizations to act, according to Saul Cunningham, SOA principle at Oracle Australia/New Zealand.
  • Companies weigh the value of introducing SOA

    Posted March 14, 2007 - 1:37 pm

    Service-oriented architecture (SOA) is all the buzz these days, but those in the know say the concepts behind SOA have really been around for some time. Not a technology per se, SOA is rather a way of designing systems that communicate with each other in a self-contained way so they don't depend on the context or state of the other services.
  • SOA skills shortage stalling the promise of a new era

    Posted October 18, 2005 - 10:47 am

    A critical skills shortage is holding back the widespread use of service oriented architectures (SOA) and the promise of a new era of interoperability. John Brand, research director for IT analyst firm Hydrasight, attributes the shortage to confusion over what SOA is. "SOA is a good buzzword but its definition changes between organizations," says Brand.
  • Toward service-oriented architectures

    Posted October 7, 2005 - 1:11 pm

    A recent Goldman Sachs poll found that 87 percent of CIOs surveyed were currently using Web services, while 54 percent said they planned by year-end to make infrastructure changes to support service-oriented architectures (SOA). The sticking point is that IT execs aren't all that clear on what exactly it takes to deploy an SOA. That's where the vendors come in.
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