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Enterprises with internally sourced IT operations typically struggle with typical tensions associated with siloed application and infrastructure organizations. They are characterized by finger pointing and an inability to restore operational capabilities under complex conditions that span both application and infrastructure configurations. These tensions often are used to characterize the need for a DevOps movement, which focuses on organizational, process and cultural changes needed to bring about a more fluid IT delivery that embodies higher quality and greater overall agility. Large- and mid-sized enterprises that have multi-sourced IT environments also struggle with these same tensions, but they are magnified by the fact that IT outsourcing contracts written in the past 15 years barely scratch the surface for how vendors should work together in the face of failur... (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)

What's the Best Definition of SOA?

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?” T... (more)

Perhaps SOA is More Strategy Than Architecture

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 modera... (more)

Comparing ebXML And UDDI

Two standards are emerging that could very well impact the way we conduct e-business in the future. These are ebXML (electronic business XML) and UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration), the former a UN/CEFACT (United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business)/OASIS- sponsored initiative whose charter it is to create a single global electronic market. UDDI, however, is a vendor-sponsored initiative led by IBM, Microsoft, and Ariba. Let's explore each of these efforts individually and then examine their overlaps and gaps. ebXML Overview UN/CE... (more)