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It seems that I am not as flexible as I believed I could be on my thinking regarding SOA. I attempted to categorize various SOA engagements in my SOA World Magazine article entitled “A Classification Scheme for Defining SOA”. I believed that I could hide my dissatisfaction with the lack of clarity surrounding SOA by lumping SODA/application development into its own subcategory. I was wrong! When it comes down to it, there's still just too much ambiguity surrounding the term service. So, you might ask, “What is the big deal if we call everything running on a computer a service?” The answer is that not all services are created equally and there's no way to determine the type or extent of services when a single term is used as a catch-all. For me, SOA is defined precisely as follows: Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is an archetype—an architectural pattern —that focus... (more)

The Real Impact of IT Owning Your SOA Effort

I had a great lunch discussion today regarding the impact of ownership of SOA within the business. As I have discussed multiple times, SOA is about business services, not technical services, but the reality of this point is lost in semantics.  The following illustrates the different perspectives that each have and how that impacts the overall SOA initiative. Let's look at two business capabilities in real estate: renting the building space (sales) and drawing up rental agreement (legal).  Each of these business capabilities are effectively services to the business.  In order to ... (more)

It’s A Multi-Vendor Cloud World

Experts say that cloud computing is disruptive and then continue on to discuss how the cloud quickly enables innovation while competition between cloud service providers drive costs down. Both of these scenarios are accurate, but the disruption from cloud has additional shockwaves that only now beginning to be felt. Hardware and software vendors are starting to show signs of wear on their revenue streams due to cloud. Eventually, that wave will begin to impact the ecosystems that includes Value-Added Resellers and professional services firms that implement the products for those ... (more)

Eliminating Redundancy in XML Using ID/IDREF

XML can be thought of as the "universal serialization of data." It provides a flexible, open approach for modeling data and sharing messages among business partners (or systems) in a consistent manner. XML provides the ideal solution to messaging in a B2B e-commerce infrastructure since it enables a loosely coupled design that can significantly lower a partner's barrier to entry. While most users of XML utilize its hierarchical nature to define data, this article discusses possible approaches for eliminating redundant data within XML messages by employing the features of ID and ID... (more)

A Conversation with Adam Bosworth

Adam Bosworth, vice president of engineering of the Frameworks Division at BEA, recently sat down with JP Morgenthal to talk about his role in WebLogic. WLDJ: Tell us about your role at BEA. Adam: Basically, I make sure that we build what's necessary for J2EE to become usable by the rest of us - on top of WebLogic Server. Whether it's building the user interface in the portal strategy, or building the overall development environment, WebLogic Workshop will make it easy for every reasonable developer to use. WLDJ: What are your primary software development interests? AB: I've spent ... (more)