Enterprise architecture (EA) frameworks like The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) and the Zachman Framework offer powerful reference models through which enterprises can build out infrastructures that try to better align business and IT. Obviously every organization has its own approach to architecture, making it something of a relative concept. But does that mean enterprise architecture is arbitrary?
John Zachman himself recently wrote a post in which he seemed to chide much of the IT world for not treating EA as a serious enough discipline. Continued »
Increasingly, B2B integration involves data made available to business partners over the Web. But despite this “explosion of data” on the Web, IT departments don’t always have the time or resources to integrate and automate the access they need to partner data, said Stefan Andreasen, founder and CTO of Kapow Technologies.
This month, Kapow released Web Data Server (WDS) 7.2, an update to its flagship application used to build, test and deploy data feeds and services that integrate all kinds of Web data into the enterprise infrastructure. In this update, WDS includes a full design studio IDE with a data viewer, native XML support and FTP/file system interaction.
Andreasen said this release represents a three-year effort to merge the company’s RoboMaker and ModelMaker products into one offering. He said the focus was on usability and enterprise compliance.
Software like WDS is useful for enterprises looking to integrate data from partners whose APIs present a significant technical challenge, said Andreasen. Continued »
As SOA applications grow in scale, some enterprises find that having Web services pull data from disk-based databases introduces too much latency. Some enterprises address this issue by giving their services a dedicated caching layer, said Amit Pandey, CEO of application and data scalability provider Terracotta.
On Tuesday, the company released version 2.1 of its open source Ehcache distributed caching software for Java, which it acquired in August of 2009. Pandey said the focus of this release has been adding in more enterprise features like performance monitoring, configurable SLA parameters and improved WebSphere support. Continued »
A recent study by Vanson Bourne Research found that the lion’s share of respondents would prefer to cut IT costs with application modernization (58%) than with IT layoffs (17%), complete application rebuilds (16%) or moving applications into modern programming languages (10%). The survey polled 250 CIOs, IT managers and IT professionals across the United States, United Kingdom and Germany.
With the economic challenges that the past few years have placed on enterprise IT shops, it shouldn’t be surprising that many would rather re-host applications, update user interfaces and tweak some performance bottlenecks than invest in a full overhaul. But what about modernizing with SOA? Continued »
A new alliance between Google and VMware announced at the Google I/O conference this week will allow Spring Java developers to run their applications on Google App Engine.
Google AppEngine was one of the first public cloud platforms to offer support for Java, but the degree to which it supported Java and its libraries was rather limited. Microsoft soon jumped in the fray with its Windows Azure offering – also supporting Java, but not as tightly as C#. Then recently, VMware teamed up with Salesforce.com to bring Spring onto the Force.com cloud platform.
This latest announcement will bring tooling familiar to Spring developers into yet another cloud offering. Continued »
Most industry experts I’ve talked to about SOA governance seem to agree that the top-down approach is something you see at enterprises with mature IT departments that may have already been doing SOA for a while. This made it rather interesting when MuleSoft released a new ESB manager, claiming that a tools-based governance approach works better because it lets developers meet business needs with services in a much more agile fashion. Continued »
It is interesting to see how SOA has been moving from a way of exposing key application functions as reusable services within an enterprise to a methodology increasingly standardized across corporate lines. In industries where there is a lot of service-level communication between partners — such as in utilities and banking — organizations are emerging to standardize some of the services involved.
One such organization is the Banking Industry Architecture Network (BIAN), which this month added pan-European banking organization UniCredit to its 23 members. BIAN works with a number of banking institutions and a few software vendors in an effort to create a framework for interoperability between large banking systems. Continued »
Support has been growing for the OSGi framework, a module system for Java that many hope will lead to more hot-pluggable application runtimes. Eclipse is currently working on an open source SOA platform built on top of Equinox, its own implementation of OSGi. Vendors like RedHat JBoss, Oracle and TIBCO have been working the framework into their products in recent years. But where is OSGi headed in the enterprise?
Not long ago I had a chance to speak with Peter Kriens of the OSGi Alliance, who has been working on the OSGi Enterprise Specification. He said the theme of the enterprise spec is to bring OSGi in line with Java EE specifications, specifically JTA, JPA, JMX, JNDI and the Web container. Continued »
By Jack Vaughan
MuleSoft has released a Web-based management console for Mule ESB that lets administrators manage Mule ESB instances as well as deployed services. The MuleSoft ESB Management Console is said to provide fine grain management, allowing start-stop-and-restart of ESB resources and remote access and update of Mule ESB server configurations. The console shows information on memory utilization, threads, system resources, server and cluster configuration.
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Development shops can spend significant time on integration when building services in a number of different programming languages within the same application infrastructure. One newer project in the Apache Software Foundation Incubator, Thrift, can let developers build services that communicate across a number of languages automatically.
When social network Facebook began scaling to larger and larger proportions, its engineers soon realized that PHP, which the site was based on, would not scale the way they wanted. Continued »