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Today, global businesses are increasingly turning to Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) for their information technology infrastructure and applications. SOA is becoming an increasingly practiced approach to building software solutions as it can support integration and consolidation of activities in complex enterprise systems. This year the percentage of functioning SOAs has almost doubled, according to Evans Data Corporation's latest Web Services development survey: "Twenty-four percent of respondents (the sample data set being 400) are saying they currently implement SOA, an 85% increase from last year." The survey also shows that Web Services are now experiencing more comprehensive implementation, with 30% of respondents predicting they will be using more than 20 services in the next year - a 58% increase from current levels. Twenty-five percent of respondents ... (more)

The Evolution of SOA Hinges on an Open Marketplace for Services

We can't foresee the full potential of Service Oriented Architecture any more than Henry Ford could have foreseen the scale of today's automotive industry when the first Model T rolled off the production line nearly a hundred years ago. But there are signs that it will be equally far-reaching. If so, this will because of the same force that made Ford rich: the open market. Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is an architectural style in which the software applications are organized as loosely coupled services. It's being adopted by many enterprises today because it results in agil... (more)

SOA Security Gets Cloudy

I’m with the SOA Work Group at The Open Group conference in Toronto this week (see http://www.opengroup.org/toronto2009-apc). The Work Group has been busy recently, completing its Governance Framework, helping to complete The Open Group’s Service Integration Maturity Model, and working with members of OASIS and the OMG to finish the joint paper “Navigating the SOA Open Standards Landscape Around Architecture,” which explains how the architecture-focused SOA standards of these bodies relate to each other. There was so much to do that we started our discussions last weekend, and we ... (more)

A Peaceful Leap to Cloud Computing

History has many examples of invaders wielding steel swords, repeating rifles, or whatever the latest weapon may be, driving out people who are less well-equipped. Corporate IT departments are starting to go the same way, at the hands of people equipped with cloud computing. Recently I was at The Open Group conference in Boston. The Open Group is neutral territory with a good view of the IT landscape: An ideal place to watch the conflict develop. The Open Group Cloud Computing Work Group has been focused on the business reasons why companies should use cloud computing. The Work Gro... (more)

Enterprise Transformation, Enterprise Architecture, SOA, a Splash of Cloud

This week, I've been at The Open Group Conference in San Francisco. The theme was Enterprise Transformation which, in simple terms, means changing how your business works to take advantage of the latest developments in IT. Evidence of these developments is all around. For example, when I took a break and went for coffee and a sandwich to a little cafe on Pine and Leavenworth, it seemed to be run by and for the Millennial Generation. True to type, my server pulled out a cellphone with a device attached through which I swiped my credit card. An app read my screen-scrawled signature a... (more)