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Sure, now that the deed is done and the board has approved the acquisition, there’s lots of Monday morning quarterbacks.  However, in this case, I’m not one of them.  Indeed, I point to the release of my 9/1997 report that I wrote for NC.Focus entitled “State of Java Report: IBM” and the subsequent press release where I assert that IBM is leading in deploying Java in the Enterprise. The story goes somewhat like this.  On the day I released the report, I subsequently released the press release through PR Newswire, but it was also available on the IBM website.  Within hours of posting the press release, IBM was contacted by Sun and told to remove the link to the press release on their website.  Ultimately, Sun did not like the fact that I presented that IBM was doing a better job of monetizing Java in the Enterprise than Sun was, but that was the truth. Now, Sun had ... (more)

IaaS POC Proves to Be Informative | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Regardless if you’ve migrated multiple applications or this is your first migration to a public Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) you will want to run a small proof-of-concept to make sure that the basic elements of data flow operate as expected and your components will run in the IaaS environment. This week I spent some time experimenting with the three top IaaS offerings: Amazon AWS, Google Compute Cloud and Microsoft Azure. The architecture was relatively simple: three docker containers, one hosting a LAMP—Linux, Apache, MySQL & PHP—stack running WordPress, one hosting Postfi... (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)

Conquering the E-Commerce Landscape with XML

The term e-commerce (or e-anything for that matter) is now recognized by corporate executives and customers alike as denoting a new frontier. Here services like customer support, online purchasing and simple information retrieval can provide the gold standard of a global consumer society: instant gratification. Remote services are nothing new: for years, hundreds of businesses have successfully shared and exchanged information with each other and their consumers, using a variety of media from pigeons to ponies. However, the high level of necessary human involvement have traditio... (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)