SOA Talk

February 2, 2012  9:41 PM

The year of WebOS and open source?

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

HP recently followed up its December plan to release its WebOS mobile platform and development tools with a proposed timeline.  The company also recently released Enyo 2.0, the webOS developer’s tool that enables users to distribute their Enyo-based webOS applications across other platforms. When it’s all said and done, WebOS will be given to the open source community under an Apache license 2.0.

Developers were hoping to have the open source version of WebOS at all at once; however HP announced that the platform and its supporting tools will be released in installments running through September. The first version, Open WebOS 1.0, will be converted to a standard Linux kernel which will make it easier to port to different hardware.

It has been a winding road for WebOS since it was first introduced by Palm in January 2009 as the successor to Palm OS. After Palm was acquired by HP in April 2010, webOS was released to new HP devices. It was practically left for dead, after product line changes and complicated corporate shuffling at the top of HP.

Its troubled path since Palm’s acquisition by HP has caused experts to doubt webOS’s outlook. Al Hilwa, program director for IDC, said it will face an uphill battle.

“The battle for mobile platforms appears to have narrowed considerably,” Hilwa said, “And it is difficult and unrealistic at this point to expect WebOS to see a recovery back into that market.” In a smartphone poll performed by Nielsen in Q2 2011, webOS only had a 2 percent market share in the U.S. compared to 39 percent for Android and 28 percent that for Apple iOS.

However, Hilwa believes that the flexibility of webOS may help the platform become relevant in the future.

“It is quite possible that hardware vendors in the embedded space can take WebOS up for appropriate projects,” Hilwa said, in an email message. “Also, there are parts of WebOS, such as the development framework, that may be used independently.”

This month, HP expects to release and intended project governance model, QT WebKit extensions, JavaScript core, and UI Enyo widgets. In March, HP is set to release graphics extensions, LevelDB, USB extensions. An update for Enyo (2.1), the release of Ares 2.0, and Node services are expected for April. July sets up the ground for September with the release of a system manager dubbed, Luna, a system manager bus, core applications, and another update of Enyo (2.2). The Open webOS beta will be released in August, the company said. – Ryan Punzalan

January 25, 2012  7:07 PM

Accenture enhances self-service portal with ”natural language” rules engine

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

By Ryan Punzalan

Today, Accenture released an updated version of a self-service portal to provide people electronic access to their caseworkers and the benefit application process in state resource systems. Continued »

January 20, 2012  3:30 AM

Security architecture meets enterprise architecture

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

The Open Group got together with the SABSA Institute to give a new security architecture flavor to TOGAF, The Open Group Architecture Framework. It takes the form of some new guidance for working the security angle into enterprise architecture planning. A key to the SABSA approach is willingness to accept some risk while working to ensure security. That’s informed by the notion that security strategies for businesses must admit that a business is here to do business.


“The most secure store never opens,” quips SABSA Academy leader John Sherwood.


The TOGAF-SABSA collection of best practices will find a ready audience as IT moves to endorse more and more Web APIs. And it is not always about security. When Sony’s game playing audience saw their sites down due to security issues they complained – not to get the sites secure, but to get the sites running. Can you say paradigm shift?

Gamesters are different than enterprise apps users. The enterprise app users sue. The balancing act is delicate. Read about the TOGAF/SABSA Guidance.



January 5, 2012  9:36 PM

Why is event processing different?

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

A lot more software architects are working these days to get their arms around the concepts of events and event processing. Many people have reams of transaction data they are beginning to think about correlating and tracking. Sometimes the differences between event processing and other types of processing seem simple – but that simplicity can be deceptive. Continued »

December 27, 2011  7:07 PM

Cloud integrations, the cloud service brokerage, PaaS and more

Brein Matturro Profile: Brein Matturro

By Jack Vaughan


Cloud computing continued to evolve in the past year– and more such evolution is about all we can confidently expect in 2012. As with other, earlier ”game changing” technologies, much of the new frontier is familiar. Cloud momentum is slowing a bit as the real work gets underway – that is, to create useful application integrations on the cloud that are equal or superior to those already available in the data center.


One especial back-to-the future cloud experience comes via the apparent resurgence of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) or the Value Added Network (VAN), now, in the cloud era, being reconfigured and renamed as the ”cloud service brokerage.” The thinking behind the cloud service brokerage is this: It is all getting kind of complicated – maybe you should consider outsourcing your integration work, especially with the new cloud platforms. Some firms will quickly decide that integration is an expertise they can outsource, others won’t. Read ”Cloud services brokerages can lead way to cloud computing.”


The cloud variety that is known as “Platform as a Service” (PaaS) experienced a shift in emphasis over the course of 2011. The open source developer community has increasingly been turning to Web-based software development tools, and that seemed like a natural fit for cloud computing. So PaaS is starting to mean both a cloud computing runtime and a cloud computing development platform.  RedHat was prominent in 2011 with this type of PaaS, but an assortment of vendors, including some big players, are in the hunt as well, not the least of which is Microsoft.  Planning and strategy for cloud computing is one of the big challenges of 2012 – check out the ”SOA and Cloud Computing Strategy Guide” for more on the topic.


Beyond cloud, a whole host of hot technologies served to enliven 2011. HTML5, TOGAF, EAI, REST and Watson (all considered elsewhere in this year-ending ”This Week” newsletter edition) will flourish or fade in the year ahead. Stay tuned to for more and have a good 2012!

December 23, 2011  5:48 PM

XML security appliance shopping advice

James Denman James Denman Profile: James Denman

Earlier this month I wrote an article on a Software as a Service provider that employed a SOA security appliance for authentication and identity federation. OmegaFi, the SaaS provider in question, fills an interesting niche – providing financial services for Greek fraternities and sororities. Helping college kids run their organizations more like a not-for-profit business is not always easy, but OmegaFi has thrived on their particular set of challenges. I recently had some correspondence with the company’s CIO, John Woolbright that I would like to share. Continued »

December 14, 2011  4:26 PM

Bhatt to head Progress

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Last week, Jay Bhatt took the reins at Progress Software Corp., the company announced. Bhatt will serve as president and CEO. Progress, which markets to both resellers and enterprise end-users, is a major player in the areas of SOA, BPM and CEP.

Prior to coming to Progress, Bhatt was responsible for Autodesk’s global Architecture Engineering and Construction Solutions Division, where he was in charge of software development, marketing, product management, product design, business development and finance resources.  Mr. Bhatt also served as the CFO and Head of Corporate Development for, before that company was acquired by Autodesk in 2001.

“I am honored to be selected for this important role and thrilled to be joining Progress Software at this critical time in the company’s evolution,” said Bhatt, as stated in the company’s press release. 

“Progress has an excellent team, a large and impressive customer base, a loyal partner group and a very attractive portfolio of innovative products and solutions that enable businesses to become more responsive,” said Bhatt in a statement. ”

Bhatt takes posts formerly filled by Richard Reidy, who had held the jobs on an interim basis since an August announcement that he would vacate the positions. – Valerie Sarnataro

December 8, 2011  7:08 PM

Stonebraker sees high programming overhead for NoSQL

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Innovative messaging and data architectures are being widely applied in Web applications these days – but approaches that work for the top-tier sites may not work well for others. While traditional RDBMs may not be the best path, the effort involved with making next-generation NoSQL DBs work may entail too much for typical shops, one noted database expert says. Perhaps not surprisingly, the expert, Michael Stonebraker, is presently touting an alternative to both traditional RDBs and upstart NoSQL DBs. He calls that alternative “NewSQL.” Continued »

November 30, 2011  5:43 PM

BPM joins ESB and data integration for Talend

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Talend, which recently added ESB capabilities to its data integration platform, has added business process management (BPM) capabilities to Talend Unified Platform v5, announced this week at Gartner’s AADI Summit in Las Vegas, Nev. The move is part of the company’s effort to bring application and data integration closer together.

While Talend purchased its ESB capabilities (via acquisition of Sopera in 2010), it has chosen an OEM partnership with open source BPM maker BonitaSoft to fill-in its Talend Enterprise BPM offering.

Talend v5 with BPM enables users to integrate business workflows into their existing application and data infrastructure, said Yves de Montcheuil, vice president, marketing, Talend.

There are several reasons why application and data integration are converging, he said. “Organizations are under pressure to bring together the technologies to help efficiencies, but also to get more consistency in the way you bring data to integration,” said de Montcheuil.

He said the BPM software will add useful orchestration service support to the overall offering. Meanwhile, BPM can become part of the governance process, given the new integration.

Jack Vaughan

November 29, 2011  5:02 PM

Middleware testing gets tougher

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

From one SOA test expert’s perspective, 2011 saw a notable rise in agile development and related open source test software. Meanwhile, middleware testing continues to grow more complicated.

“What I saw this year was a rise of open source testing as an alternative to proprietary testing, as well as the continuation of service-oriented architecture,” said Frank Cohen, CEO, PushToTest, speaking with

Both the Agile drive and the open source drive may soon impact middleware more widely, Cohen indicated.  But a failure to come up with a common business interface pattern continues to challenge the user community.

“The IT industry has failed to create a standard for business integration. You can trace that back to Sun, Microsoft, IBM and Oracle not reaching an understanding on JBI [Java Business Integration],” he said, referring to a Java standards undertaking that is widely seen as having faltered.

“Without JBI, there is no way to model what the outcome of a business process is – nothing to write a test to, if you don’t have a standard that says what it does, ” said Cohen.

“The IT industry has failed to create a standard for business integration. So there are software developers building middleware either by hand coding at the language level using Java or building out a [proprietary] model,” he suggested.

PushToTest implemented a multi-step business workflow on Oracle, IBM and Tibco platforms to try and discern developer productivity and application performance differences end users might encounter. Involving Web services, the benchmark defines and implements a use case, adds HTTPS/SSL security, makes a change to a message schema and implements an asynchronous message delivery, and then runs a functional and performance test. PushToTest packs this all up in a SOAKit.

Cohen presented SOAKit performance results at a Tibco-sponsored presentation at this week’s Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit in Las Vegas, Nev. PushToTest offers the software test suite as open source, available for free from its site as the SOAKit.

Jack Vaughan

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