There has been much talk about coordinating BPM and SOA. Now, add MDM to the mix. In a blog entry, Gartner’s Michael Blechar discusses a new report on the role Master Data Management plays in creating reusable, sharable data services. Continued »
Will UML make way for AML? Neal Ford sings the song of the Arbitrary Modeling Language (AML) in a post that cleverly recounts UML’s well-known shortcomings. We’d bet you could more than one of the original UML Three Amigos to give it a heavy crit too.. Continued »
Business process management can get gory! At least that is the case when a fish exchange looks to automate parts of its supply chain processes. Recently, the Portland Fish Exchange in Maine built an online fresh seafood auction system based on Progress technology. Progress Application Partner DC Systems helped implement a bar-code-based approach. Continued »
Let’s face it, services in general, and RESTful services in particular often can incur a performance penalty. Sometimes the benefits of the REST approach outweigh the drawbacks. But it is something to study. That is just one of many reasons why the architects charged with overseeing use of services have to be especially well-trained and experienced. Vendors in the rush to the market sometimes gloss over the details. We got a bit of a look behind the use of REST in an important IBM Rational program that represents a re-architecting of its Jazz Application Life-Cycle (ALM) software suited. Continued »
The varieties of Java frameworks and component architectures have expanded greatly since the days when the JBoss application server arose as an open-source alternative to commercial J2EE engines. Now the major JBoss steward is responding. Continued »
The PC revolution was not IT’s doing. Adventurous end-users brought the damn things into the company, impressed most everyone, and IT finally got with the program. Back in the day, with PC tools, mere mortals (end users) could learn programming too. They only did it because they got tired of waiting in an endless line to get a new application. Are we entering such an era yet again as enterprise mashups grow? Continued »
Eric Newcomer has just finished co-authoring the second edition of his book on transaction processing. On his blog, he discusses same lessons learned. The first edition was published in 1997, so much, but not everything has changed. Read ”What we Learned Writing the Second Edition of the TP Book.”
He sees a dichotomy in this field..
Fascinating to me are the different assumptions people make in the different worlds between the REST/HTTP “scale out” designs and the mainframe-derived “scale up” designs. This is likely to remain an area of continual evolution.
Oddly, or ironically, SearchSOA.com just ran a piece rolling up some various transaction monitoring events. Read ”End-to-end testing for SOA and enterprise transactions, or Show me the transactions.”
Application Life Cycle specialist Parasoft moved recently to expand coverage of critical aspects of complex transactions extending – using the company’s terms - “through web interfaces, backend services, ESBs, databases, and everything in between.” The result is a considerable update to Parasoft’s SOA Quality Solution line. Continued »
Red Hat continues its move up the middleware stack, improving its basic rules engine, and launching rules authoring tools to open the doors of rules development to business analysts. JBoss Rules builds on open-source Drools.
The new release is said to include new tooling that makes it easier for business side folks to program rules.
How far can easy rules making go, when do the business people have to go to the Java heads to really make things happen? What do you think?
Technologies rarely evolve neatly in straight lines. Instead they bump into one another, and influence each others’ directions. Think of a rack of billiard balls when the cue ball strikes! As an example, look at the technologies that converged in IBM’s recent BPM BlueWorks, which is a modeling tool set for business processes available as a service via the cloud. To top it off, BlueWorks is built in part on IBM’s sMash Enterpirse Mash-up development tool technology. In fact, the front end of BPM, the area where the processes are modeled is very active just about now, and IBM is far from alone in innovating. Continued »