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On Thursday, September 10th, 2009, I moderated a panel at the 1105 Group’s Enterprise Architecture Conference in Washington, DC entitled, “SOA Goes Mainstream – An Industry and Government Roadmap.”  On the panel we had two Federal government agency representatives and two industry representatives, with one of the industry representatives providing a FedEx case study as the basis for their SOA experiences. As expected, each of the panelists’ SOA experiences was varied, with no two taking an identical approach.  However, the interesting tidbit of information I garnered from moderating this panel is that after a couple of years of effort, some approximation of a methodology that is termed “SOA”, which is specific to each organization, emerged and started delivering value to the organization. Granted, I have been one of the louder proponents calling for agreement on t... (more)

Enterprise Architecture Is A Modifier, Not A Noun or Verb

The epiphany occurred the other day while talking to a Department of Defense customer; enterprise architecture (EA) for the sake of doing enterprise architecture is a seemingly valid and important activity, but in retrospect flounders aimlessly in search of respect. We hear it consistently throughout the industry—EA gets no respect.  Organizations, such as IASA and CAEAP have emerged to try to bring clarity and purpose to the role of the enterprise architect and the profession for those less aware of the value and purpose.  Still, EA struggles to be recognized for its strategic ... (more)

In IaaS and PaaS Convergence, It’s PaaS That Should Lead

Recent commentaries by cloud industry luminaries Reuven Cohen & Krishnan Subramanian address key issues related to relative importance and potential longevity of an independent Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). In his commentary, Reuven poses, "Do consumers really care about the difference between IaaS and PaaS?" The answer to this question is most likely, no, but that doesn't eliminate the need for distinction, it merely is a matter of how best to deliver the value of cloud computing to users. In his commentary, Krishnan does an excellent job of exploring one way to classify PaaS a... (more)

Making Financial Sense of #PaaS, Part II @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Making Financial Sense of PaaS, Part Deux Part I In my blog, “Making Financial Sense of PaaS,” I provided an analysis of delivering a newly-developed mobile application using a variety of platforms. Subsequent to my posting I had some great conversations about the content with Brent Smithurst (@brentsmi) from ActiveState and Mark Thiele (@mthiele10) from Switch. Brent is from a PaaS software provider and Mark is a world-renowned expert on data center operations and architecture, so clearly their insight is extremely relevant and credible. As pointed out by Mark, it’s very easy t... (more)

Tail Wagging the Dog | @CloudExpo #CloudFoundry #AI #IaaS #PaaS #DevOps

Here’s a novel, but controversial statement, “it’s time for the CEO, COO, CIO to start to take joint responsibility for application platform decisions.” For too many years now technical meritocracy has led the decision-making for the business with regard to platform selection. This includes, but is not limited to, servers, operating systems, virtualization, cloud and application platforms. In many of these cases the decision has not worked in favor of the business with regard to agility and costs. I see it now with clients. Senior technical leadership recommending approaches tha... (more)