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February 14, 2011  8:26 PM

Java: A dead end for enterprise application development?

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Legend has it that Java got its name one day in 1995 when Sun marketing wunderkind Kim Polese was waiting in line at Starbucks. [Ed Note: We think the author just made this up.] “Java” proved superior to the language’s birth name of “Oak,” since it evoked coolness and caffeinated marathon programming sessions. Java was a step back from the domain-oriented 4GL tools of the time, but it was better than C/C++ for distributed object programming, and a ready army of talent formed around it. Continued »

February 8, 2011  7:59 PM

Got Cloud? Need SOA.

James Denman James Denman Profile: James Denman

By Ryan Cloutier

Cloud computing is becoming a popular buzzword, which is leading many to believe that the adoption of the technology will have the effect of fairy dust, magically fixing their problems like an antivirus that doesn’t depend on signatures or a fairy godmother. Marketing aside, cloud computing is still just that —computing—as such, architecture is an integral aspect that needs to remain prevalent in the minds of developers and architects. Continued »


February 8, 2011  7:54 PM

IDC forecasts cloud systems management software revenue of $2.5 billion in 2015

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By Ryan Cloutier

IDC projects that the market for cloud systems management software will experience rapid growth, reaching a total revenue of $2.5 billion in 2015. IT professionals will need highly sophistical tools and software to manage a multitude of cloud and non-cloud environments in the coming years. The ability to manage hybrid cloud effectively will also be key. IDC said 70% of currently deployed cloud systems management software worldwide is in private cloud environments.


February 7, 2011  4:13 PM

Software architecture on display at upcoming TheServerSide Java Symposium

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

An upcoming event I’d like to discuss is the TheServerSide Java Symposium next month in Las Vegas. The event is put on by our sister site, TheServerSide.com. Site Editor Cameron MacKenzie and Group Executive Editor Jan Stafford have worked with Java experts such as Jeff Genender, Reza Rahman and others to fashion a fabulous program. Among the keynotes are presentations by Spring Framework creator Rod Johnson, Oracle middleware maven Adam Messinger and no less a personage than Java language creator James Gosling. Continued »


February 1, 2011  7:19 PM

Searching for Private Orion – a browser-based open tool integration platform

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Orion is not a set of Java plug-ins which run in the existing Eclipse Java IDE, according to Eclipse head  Mike Milinkovich. It is instead a browser-based open tool integration platform which is “entirely focused on developing for the web, in the web.” Tools can be written in JavaScript and run in the browser. On the server side, Orion is an OSGi-based Java app that runs in a Jetty container. Milinkovich posits this as a major new code undertaking for Eclipse, and it bears watching. In the last ten years, the Eclipse army has done nothing less than revolutionize the way tools are applied to services – and there is more in store.


February 1, 2011  7:16 PM

Ruby on Rails on NetBeans riding the rails?

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Since It took over Sun Microsystems, Oracle Corp. has made some positive moves to ensure multi-language support for the Java Virtual Machine going forward – but a recent move raises issues. The open source NetBeans.org community site, a provider of a key IDE, has announced it will no longer support the Ruby on Rails Web application framework. Of course, the issue may really be that there was limited traction for the NetBeans IDE’s Ruby support in the first place, and resources could not be further spared on a somewhat evangelical effort.


January 26, 2011  12:34 PM

Platform supports out-of-the-box environments for Hadoop, Jboss and others on cloud

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Clustering house Platform Computing has forwarded its efforts in cloud computing with Platform ISF 2.1, a new release of its software for building and managing enterprise private clouds.  It is said to support the application lifecycle from development to operations. Continued »


January 21, 2011  4:02 AM

XML gateways at a crossroads?

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Are changes coming to specialized XML gateways/accelerators? It appears so. Is everyone onboard with the idea? No. Some viewers say the gateway will place its best traits – security and data transformation – in jeopardy, if it dilutes its ”core competencies” and begins to take on the traits  of a general purpose system.

But IBM has added data caching to its Data Power engine. Intel expanded features too. In the latter case, cloud computing is a big driver. And workflow orchestration is the added feature.

That’s what Todd Cramer, director of product marketing for Intel’s SOA products group told us in conversation last year. Cramer said:

“We see an evolution for XML gateways. They first processed XML at wire speed, then [they began] to validate for security. We think in the new environment of the cloud, what you need is an added workflow on top of it. We added a workflow engine. Cloud is the real thing that is changing the game.  Now, a service may be scaled off site to public or private cloud.” 

It is not BPEL-style workflow orchestration that Cramer is discussing – rather, it is machine-to-machine orchestration. It is fair to say the XML accelerator has recently become a more interesting piece of SOA infrastructure. The gateway itself stands at a crossroads.


January 12, 2011  8:01 PM

The “Other Kind” of Enterprise Architecture Framework

James Denman James Denman Profile: James Denman

By Alan R. Earls

Kevin L. Smith, the creator of PEAF, the “Pragmatic” Enterprise Architecture Framework, has a challenge: explaining a relatively unfamiliar concept, namely that there are actually two types of enterprise architectures to which frameworks can apply.

First, of course, there are enterprise architectures that focus primarily on IT issues. “Probably 90 percent of the discussions involving EA focus on IT-oriented EAs. But the fact is that IT organizations find most of their problems stem from disconnects and discontents with the business. IT organizations would be smart to help the business engage in true enterprise architecture, which is really all about strategic planning,” he says.

That’s where the other kind of enterprise architecture frameworks (PEAF is one of them) come in. This second type of EA focuses on the businesses processes across the enterprise. By contrast, IT-oriented EAs have a focus that is more granular and more relevant in the project management arena.

According to Smith, IT departments often “feel the pain” of not having an enterprise architecture and of taking the blame for all the resulting problems. Now, as more and more organizations become familiar with the ideas of an enterprise architecture, more and more IT departments are realizing that they can’t make further improvements without one. This is why some IT departments are pushing an EA perspective up to the business leaders, he says.

PEAF is based on Smith’s 30 years in the IT industry, first as a software developer, then as a systems analyst, architect and consultant. In that last role, in particular, Smith said he had occasion to witness many organizations attempting to implement IT-based EA – and every one of them failing. “PEAF was not born out of success but out of an understanding of why people failed when they tried to do an enterprise architecture,” says Smith.

Smith realized his observations could be the germ of something new so, in late 2008, he began to try to put his observations into a common format and that, in turn, grew into an enterprise architecture framework.

In the case of PEAF, Smith says the framework approach addresses all the different parts of an enterprise and its many dimensions, even including its culture. “The relationship between the business and IT is considered but it is not limited to that.” In fact, notes Smith, PEAF all but requires the employment of a second framework that is highly focused on IT. Thus, PEAF and most other EAs – such as TOGAF – are in fact complimentary.

“TOGAF will tell you what to do and how to document what you do. But it doesn’t help with the relationship between IT and business, which is more about culture and communications than it is about IT,” he contends. Of course, information technology is important for the business “but to get the whole enterprise working together is a much different challenge.”


January 11, 2011  3:42 PM

News on architecture and integration from 2010

James Denman James Denman Profile: James Denman

The SOA Talk blog consistently covers new and interesting developments in the world SOA and enterprise architecture. We gleaned the cream of the crop from all of 2010 for this special on architecture, infrastructure, and application integration.

In February, the push on Wall Street was for systems that turbo-charge aggregation and pricing of financial transactions, order routing, algorithmic trading and market data management. These areas had looked like losing bets in late 2008, when banks and investment houses merged under tremendous Continued »


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