Cloud is About More than Just Technology

by Faisal Hoque of BTM Corporation It’s nearly impossible to pick up a technology magazine or sit through a strategy meeting without encountering a reference to what some consider the next and greatest wave in enterprise computing: “The Cloud.” “Cloud” is a fitting term for something shrouded in mystery and hard to grasp. We’re not…

Cloud is About More than Just Technology

Moving to the cloud Deciding to move to the cloud and using it wisely will require the creation of architectures of the enterprise, both its current and future desired states. This is known as a strategic enterprise architecture (SEA). An SEA is a story of what the organization is trying to accomplish and how. It…

Finding the Value in SOA

by Stephen Bennett of Oracle Confronted with the age old problems of agility and complexity, today’s CIOs are under more pressure than ever to improve the strategic value of IT to the business. At best, these challenges have increased costs, limited innovation and increased risk. At worst, they have reduced IT’s ability to respond to…

Finding the Value in SOA

Organization readiness – An enterprise first needs to adopt the principle of service-orientation. However, successful SOA depends on the readiness of the enterprise to become service-oriented. To get started with SOA, the guide recommends conducting a maturity assessment. Such an assessment is available from The Open Group and enables a practitioner to assess an organization’s…

SOA – It’s Not Just for Technology Anymore

Every revolution throughout history has been the result of an evolution — evolving thoughts, needs and capabilities. The move to services thinking is no different. In today’s world, services oriented architecture (SOA) proposes more reusability across enterprises, which decreases development effort, time, and cost. These benefits can help organizations as they face budget shortfalls, are…

SOA Governance Requires More than a Service Registry

The first thing most people in IT leadership think of at the mention of SOA governance is the service registry because software vendors have so successfully promoted the view of automating SOA governance through their respective products. Effective SOA governance requires more than just a service registry and, in fact, is much more dependent on…

Service Oriented Architecture and the Cloud

“I just got my people trained on SOA,” I heard someone say recently, “and now they want to go off and learn about Cloud computing. When are they ever going to do some actual work?” We in IT are lucky that the big new ideas keep coming in, even if it can be hard sometimes…

How SOA and the Cloud Relate

While the haze around SOA is yet to settle, organizations are still toying with the concept and asking fundamental questions around its need, perceived benefits and application. In the meanwhile, another cloud is being formed over SOA―that of Cloud computing. How do the two relate? Are they parts of the same paradigm shift or only…

Making Sense of SOA Standards

There is no doubt that evaluating and implementing a service-oriented architecture (SOA) can be an intimidating and overwhelming process. When I first started to work with SOA standards, my first task―understanding what standards are out there―produced a daunting reading list. After plowing through several lengthy standards, I starting looking for the “Cliff Notes” versions! I…

The Open Group Releases SOA and Cloud Standards

The Open Group announced the availability of two new industry standards on Monday: the Open Group Service Integration Maturity Model (OSIMM) and SOA Governance Framework. OSIMM will provide an industry recognized maturity model for advancing the continuing adoption of SOA and Cloud computing within and across businesses. The SOA Governance Framework is a free guide…