SOA Talk


December 17, 2009  6:03 PM

Lombardi, IBM’s new BPM trophy

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

IBM announced yesterday a definitive agreement to buy Austin-based BPM specialist, Lombardi Software, which will further flesh out the company’s BPM offerings. The specific financial agreement is not being disclosed as of yet.

During a press conference Craig Hayman, general manager, IBM Application and Integration Middleware, said Lombardi’s BPM approach would be a good complement to IBM’s current offerings. He said Lombardi’s products have a more people-centric feel that IBM was looking for.

“While today’s software industry requires much more collaboration and cooperation amongst vendors then ever before,” said independent analyst, Sandy Rogers. “It will be interesting to see the impact on previous partnerships that Lombardi has forged with other SOA players, such as with Progress Software.”

December 15, 2009  4:34 AM

MySQL creator calls on open-sourcers to fight an Oracle takeover

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

Michael “Monty” Widenius, co-founder of MySQL, wrote a blog post this past Saturday asking the MySQL community to take a stand on the Oracle-Sun Microsystems acquisition. The European Commission (EC) is currently reviewing the deal on concerns that Oracle owning MySQL, which Sun currently owns, would be harmful to the community built around the popular open-source database.

Widenius said Oracle has too much to gain by keeping MySQL weak and that the company has not made strong enough promises that it would protect its openness. He fears the company might start developing costly add-on features, or slow down the development cycle of MySQL to let it fall behind Oracle.

But while Widenius has not been reassured by Oracle’s statements that it will protect MySQL, many users of TheServerSide doubt his motives.


December 14, 2009  4:34 AM

During EC hearing, Sun Microsystems releases Java EE6, NetBeans 6.8 and GlassFish v3

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

Even as the European Commission was holding a hearing on concerns from the Oracle-Sun acquisition on Thursday, Sun Microsystems released three much-awaited items: Java EE6, NetBeans IDE 6.8 and GlassFish Enterprsie Server v3. This SOA-friendly hat trick will no doubt come as a comfort to some who worried Sun might slow its engines during the complicated acquisition. Continued »


December 11, 2009  9:12 PM

Identity management for federated SOA

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

Alongside the Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit 2009 in Las Vegas this week, SOA security vendor, Forum Systems released a new identity broker hardware appliance, Forum STS.

With an increasing number of enterprises expressing interest in moving SOA into cloud computing environments, security has been and continues to be at the forefront of concerns. Offerings like this one provide a way to manage identities in a more federated environment where business unites and external trading partners become a part of the architecture. Continued »


December 9, 2009  7:51 PM

New service governance tool from Layer 7

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

At Gartner’s 22nd Annual Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit this week, Layer 7 released a new service governance tool, the Enterprise Service Manager (ESM). Traditionally a company focused on SOA security, Layer 7’s new offering allows teams of developers to manage web service policies across a variety of environments from a central location. Continued »


December 7, 2009  4:26 PM

At CMG’09 a ‘mainframe guy’ talks SOA and private cloud

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

The Computer Measurement Group’s 35th annual CMG Conference is underway and cloud computing is front and center.

In his CMG’09 talk, “A Mainframe Guy Discovers SOA and Cloud Computing,” IBM Manager of IT Training Glenn Anderson looks at the next leap for mainframes now that SOA has become a reality. Anderson has been an IBM mainframe guy all his career. He said SOA with cloud computing is one of the biggest evolutions since the client-server model hit the scene. Continued »


December 4, 2009  9:28 PM

IBM WebSphere embraces OSGi

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

It seems IBM is hopping on the OSGi bandwagon. Last month, the company announced the open alpha of WebSphere Application Server V7 OSGi Applications. This was likely good news to the OSGi alliance, which has supported the framework since 1999. Continued »


December 2, 2009  9:38 PM

Forrester study: Security concerns inhibit enterprise cloud adoption

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

As 2009, which may forever be known as the “year of the cloud,” draws to an end, Forrester Research has concluded that security is the major reason why enterprises aren’t hopping on the public cloud bandwagon.

In the survey of more than 2,200 IT executives, 49% of respondents from enterprises and 51% from small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) cited security and privacy concerns as their top reason for not using cloud computing.

The study shows low interest in the use of the on-demand hosting of virtual servers, which has not changed since 2008. Only 4% of SMBs reported using pay-per-use hosting of virtual servers. On the other hand, interest in “green IT” initiatives that reduce the electrical demands of data centers rose to 60%, up from 51% last year.


December 1, 2009  5:42 PM

BPMN with BPEL, an ongoing debate

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

While many developers still debate which tools are optimal for modeling business processes, Bruce Silver has made some strong points on why Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) does not make modeling with Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) simpler. He had seen a recent blog post by Active Endpoints CTO Michael Rowley claiming that BPMN2.0 with BPEL is simpler than the new BPMN execution language and wanted to set the record straight.

First off, BPMN and BPEL have slightly different aims. Continued »


December 1, 2009  4:28 PM

Mainframe-centric CMG conference looks at cloud

RobBarry Mike Pontacoloni Profile: Mpontacoloni

by Rob Barry

As the Computer Measurement Group’s (CMG) 35th annual CMG Conference kicks off in Dallas, Texas next week, cloud computing will be the center of attention. A number of sessions will cover related topics that focus on data and infrastructure management in the cloud. Continued »


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