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It doesn't take a rocket scientist to notice a serious decline in printing of computer books let alone computer magazines. I enjoy reading books on software and visit the nearby Barnes and Noble book store at least twice a month. During the last three years the number of book cases tha...
There has been a big rise by the business process management (BPM) software vendors to get in on the 'social' game. As people become more comfortable with using Twitter and Facebook than they do Word and Excel, a new tag has appeared: Social BPM. My argument is that, once upon a time t...
Red Hat came out with financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter ended February 28, 2010 and reported a net income of $23.39 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, compared to $16 million or $0.08 per diluted share for the same quarter of fiscal 2009. For the fourth quarter of fisca...
I often get asked about ‘REST to SOAP’ transformation use cases these days. Using an SOA gateway like SecureSpan to perform this type of transformation at runtime is trivial to setup. With SecureSpan in front of any existing web service (in the DMZ for example), you can virtualize a RE...
This problem was discussed in greater detail by David Linthicum in his column on the Informatica blog. There are of course, prevailing standards for data integration that can be adapted for this purpose, and there are some organizations, including OMG, working to come up with a standar...
Vordel's CEO, Vic Morris, recently was interviewed by Jessica Ann Mola at ebizQ for a podcast. The questions which Vic addresses are: * Why is cloud computing such a compelling model and which verticals are adopting cloud computing most? * What are the major challenges hinderi...
Think that your image heavy site won’t benefit from compression? Think again, because compression is not only good for image heavy sites, it might be better than for those without images. jetNEXUS has a nice post entitled, “What does Application acceleration mean?” Aside from complete...
I just read an interesting interview with Steve Mills, IBM’s top executive of its software business, by “The Intelligent Enterprise” magazine. Steve is a very capable and intelligent executive at IBM. He has been at the helm of the software business since the early 1990s – that will b...
SOAPbox has a lot of useful features, such as testing REST Web Services like Microsoft's Bing, doing a vulnerability assessment of a Web Service, and driving command-line stress testing of a Web Service. But did you know that you can use it to generate X.5o9 certificates and their cor...

What does a 2-year old and cloud-based applications have in common?

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The MENA region has lead the way in the global oil and gas industry for some time now, but has this level of dominance made them complacent? Are they still in a position to compete with the emerging APAC region? Well this week leading oil and gas executives from the APAC region met ...
In his new Forrester blog, Derek Miers talks about his entrance into Forrester and some of his focus for upcoming research. His interesting observation upfront is how companies need to build a 'Discipline' around BPM, especially once they transition from the first project and attempt t...
Last week Joe McKendrick from ZDNet asked the question are SOA anti-principles more important than success principles? The idea of anti-principles came from Steve Jones, who a few years back did some nice work documenting SOA anti-patterns. In a post published last fall, Steve builds o...
We all know the joking, and sometimes snide comments about the IT department that come out around the water-cooler. Fredric Paul on the Enterprise Efficiency blog relates an interesting story that highlights how easily the CIO and the IT team can make themselves not only the butt of jo...
Transforming the Enterprise to Support Dynamic Innovation In part 2, we discussed some of the initiatives to abstract the enterprise and create a virtual enterprise presence in the cloud.  In part 3, we will take a look at Business and Technology Integration Transformation Initiatives...
In a move to tackle a persistent cloud computing challenge, Cast Iron Systems just rolled out a new platform that aims to help companies large and small securely integrate public clouds, private clouds and on-premise applications. Dubbed OmniConnect, the cloud integration solution o...
Cordys Process Factory offers a simple, effective mechanism for anyone in the world to create and deploy situational applications and MashApps, delivering Business Process Management (BPM) and workflow capabilities to the Google Apps.
We are all watching with interest the engineering of very high speed chips with multiple cores, and very high speed comms connectivity directly to those chips through optical connectors directly to end devices (like Light Peak). We are also watching increased broadband, including Fiber...
First, let us review what is the concept behind services, with particular mention of the web services themselves. A service is a business functionality exposed by a simple interface. Note that it is not an object, nor a method, nor a module, not a procedure. It is pure business functi...
   Last week the US Navy awarded initial CANES contracts to Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin. Navy officials place the contract values at $775M for Northrop and $937M for Lockheed. As the ke...
A recent blog on EBPML.ORG entitled “REST 2010 - Where are We?” very aggressively stated: “REST is just a "NO WS-*" movement.” The arguments presented are definitely interesting but the most compelling point made is in the way that REST APIs are constructed, namely that unlike the “ide...
I like Streambase’s announcement regarding their open source repository for CEP related stuff. And imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so I thought I’d follow suit. In my glossary of terms, I deal with RuleBots and OnRamps. RuleBots are pieces of code that subscribe to str...
I published a link to my post "Choosing a SOA Consultant" in Ulitzer. Ulitzer is a "new media" site. The site provides a portal like page for every author. You can look at my page as an example. Each article's page includes related articles. For example "Choosing a SOA Consult...

There’s a difference between automation and orchestration, and knowing which one you’re really doing is half the battle in achieving a truly dynamic data center.

Randy Heffner on CIO.Com wrote an excellent article on Feb. 23, 2010 12:15 PM EST  Reads: 12,293

The latest BriefingsDirect podcast discussion comes in conjunction with The Open Group’s Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conference held earlier this month in Seattle. We assembled a panel to examine service-oriented architecture (SOA) and cloud computing -- the relationships,...
Existing brokered authentication standards such as SAML Web Browser SSO or OpenID accommodate RESTful web services for browser driven use cases. However, what about RESTful service composition patterns where identities need to be propagated across nested service invocations, or any RES...
Very little energy capacity analysis and planning is being done on data centers that are five years old or older. It's now time for IT leaders to gain control over energy use -- and misuse -- in these enterprise data centers. Nowadays, CIOs need to both cut costs and increase performan...
With the recent announcement of the Merck & Co acquisition of Schering & Plough, Fred Hassan the former Chief Executive Officer has been speaking to Meettheboss.TV on the future of the pharmaceutical Industry, mergers, acquisitions and the resistance felt? Last year Fred over saw th...
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 pe...
So you’ve bought into the idea of service-orientation. Congratulations. You’ve begun to create services throughout your internal corporate network. Some of these run on .NET servers; others are Java services; still others are Ruby-on-Rails—in fact, one day you woke up and d...
Enterprise business architecture is a set of artifacts and methods that helps business leaders make decisions about direction and communicate the changes that are required in order to achieve that vision. To me, so many organizations have great vision and strategy. It comes from their ...
Oracle acquired AmberPoint, a small SOA Governance vendor. The post is my Frst Take of that event. AmberPoint is a very small vendor who has a remarkable Run Time SOA Governance product. Its offerings includes also SOA Management solutions and lately also Transactions Run Time Governan...
The cloud crashes make major new stories. We've got two things occurring right now. We've got a massive move into the cloud. That was my first prediction. We have the cloud providers trying to scale up, and perhaps they’ve never scaled up to the levels that they are going to be expecte...
Thanks to @jadkins for the colorful ending to that cliched saying, which really got me thinking. Sometimes we just make certain aspects of architecture too difficult for no reason. Good design is important and can have significant financial impact if done incorrectly, but chances are t...

The difference between these two performance metrics is significant so be sure you know which one you’re measuring, and which one you wanted to be measuring. 

Feb. 4, 2010 04:15 PM EST  Reads: 5,036

Joe Karaganis, of the Social Science Research Council, is giving a talk at the Berkman Center on a six-country study on media (music, film and software) piracy. The study began in 2004 and should be available in March. Three areas of research: Pricing: The persistence of high and...
SOAPbox is a handy tool for testing a Web Service. It does stress testing, functional testing, authentication testing (e.g. handling mutual SSL), and vulnerability assessment. The vulnerability assessment piece is provided by the "attack vector" feature.
We interview David Foote, CEO and chief research officer at Foote Partners on the IT job landscape for 2010, and gain his findings of where the recession has taken IT hiring and where the recovery will shape up. The latest BriefingsDirect Analyst Insights Edition, Volume 48, centers on...
Hawaii does have some shortfalls in their IT systems. As a user, I have to say my experience using Hawaii’s eGovernment applications hasn’t been too bad. A plus in the Hawaii IT strategy column.Vietnam is in the process of upgrading the entire country’s IT system. With support from o...
I was a bit distracted from the Apple iPad news due to the marathon Oracle conference Wednesday on its shiny new Sun Microsystems acquisition. But the more I thought about it, the more these two companies are extremely well positioned to actually fulfill what other powerful companies t...


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