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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)

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)

Cloud Computing and Enterprise Architecture

The Open Group Conference in San Diego last week included a formal cloud computing conference stream on Wednesday, followed in that evening by an unstructured CloudCamp -- which made an interesting contrast. The cloud conference stream The Cloud Conference stream featured presentations on architecting for cloud and cloud security, and included a panel discussion on the considerations that must be made when choosing a cloud solution. In the first session of the morning, we had two presentations on architecting for cloud. Both considered TOGAF as the architectural context. The first, ... (more)

Getting Ready for the Future of Technology

The convergence of technical phenomena such as cloud, mobile and social computing, big data analysis, and the Internet of things that is being addressed by The Open Group’s Open Platform 3.0 Forum will transform the way that you use information technology. Are you ready? Take our survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/convergent_tech What the technology can do Mobile and social computing are leading the way. Recently, the launch of new iPhone models and the announcement of the Twitter stock flotation were headline news, reflecting the importance that these technologies now have ... (more)

Testing SOA Solutions

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) has been discussed as an important architectural style for the last few years. Organizations have started to develop service-oriented solutions and many are now leveraging services in their production environments. SOA introduces new technical complexities and challenges and makes testing a critical component of the development lifecycle. Teams need to think about: How do you know if the solution is ready? How do you know that it will scale to accommodate future needs? How do you know that you can actually get the business flexibility that SOA ... (more)