Driven by necessity, Oracle has become a more impressive middleware company in recent years. The middleware buildup is somewhat obscured for now by its hardware ambitions. Continued »
IBM developerWorks’ latest survey shows that IT professionals expect mobile and cloud computing to be the two major forces in application development for the foreseeable future. According to the survey, 91% anticipate cloud computing will replace on-premise computing as the primary model for IT acquisitions and mobile and cloud computing are seen as the top two hottest career opportunities moving forward. Continued »
Opinion – The clatter and chatter of the daily slog will tend to obscure underlying trends that eventually become quite vivid. Let’s face it, one of SOA’s big drivers was the industry wide push to Webify applications. That has no sign of slowing down!
Other drivers are the seemingly unrelated practices of BPM and CEP. Plenty of development teams are using services as an overarching or underlying paradigm, to ensure they don’t create silos of BPM or silos of CEP. The need to support diverse systems and data types – CEP, BPM, NoSQL – in creates need for SOA sensibility.
Still, SOA is not a product, and thus has lost some of its producty lustre.
For more, read Random thoughts: Web app development remains Job #1. How do you see SOA stacking up, going into 2011?
Event processing gets a genuinely insightful treatment in a recent book by K. Mani Chandy and Roy Schulte. “Event Processing: Designing IT Systems for Agile Companies” (McGraw-Hill, 2010) is an objective view on what is shaping up to be the next big step forward for computer automation, the effects of which could be very widespread.
In their book, Chandy and Schulte discuss the results of reducing elapsed time for business processes, Continued »
Health organizations determined to modernize will benefit from better sharing of data, but healthcare data needs to be handled in ways that ensure patient privacy. SOA efforts such as the open source Connect initiative may help meet these twin goals.
“One of the things we have all recognized is that for healthcare to improve, we need information to be available where and when it’s needed to those who are authorized to see it,” said Mary Jo Deering, Director for Informatics Dissemination at the National Cancer Institute, Continued »
It is known for its servers, but even before it purchased Java-originator Sun Microsystems, Oracle had interest in client side technology. Still, it was surprising how much time Oracle’s Thomas Kurian devoted to user interface issues in his JavaOne Keynote Monday.
Veryant, a COBOL and Java technology provider, released an update to the isCOBOL Applications Performance Suite (APS). The APS is a set of tools for developing, deploying and modernizing COBOL systems. According to Veryant, isCOBOL combines benefits of both COBOL and Java to allow organizations to improve legacy assets with rich Internet applications. Continued »
If the JavaOne folks were salving their pride this week, feeling both packed tight and scattered in a bunch of hotels on the other side of San Francisco’s Market Street – kicked out, if you will, of the Moscone Center that used to be the sole home for JavaOne – then how did the OracleWorld people feel?
Well, if the OracleWorld people read the tea leaves right when Oracle rolled out the ExaData data warehouse in a box a couple of years ago, then they weren’t surprised by the heavy dose of hardware at the first day of this year’s OracleWorld. But if they didn’t read those tea leaves, they wandered into a big bundle of surprise at this year’s event. Oracle’s purchase of Sun is shaping up as a sea change for the company led by yachtsman Larry Ellison. Continued »
By Alan R. Earls
NorthScale, a company that provides commercial support for the Memcached in-memory key-value store, has recently turned to addressing a problem with Memcached – its susceptibility to data loss. Continued »
Pablo Picasso was quoted as saying, “Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.” At this desk, we take that notion with more than a few grains of salt, as we’ve seen gigantic social changes driven by computerization. But the artist Picasso raises a telling point, suggesting that asking questions is the way to transformative endeavor. Continued »