SOA Talk

October 23, 2009  3:11 PM

The EA worldview, more than just the sum of the parts

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

Building an Enterprise Architecture means taking a holistic look at enterprise communication and systems, but what will the tools look like? Even info systems guru Leon Kappelman said he is not certain of that – or even if the concept will wind up being called EA in the long run.

But one thing is for sure. Modern companies have grown so complex and multi-dimensional that even IT can have a tough time keeping track of everything. In this environment, operating without a solid, enterprise-wide perspective greatly increases the risk of inflexibility and oversight. This, Kappelman said, is the sort of thing that drove Wall Street into recession over the past few years.

Early process modeling enabled great progress in the industrial revolution. Could the agility EA offers drive the next business revolution?

October 20, 2009  6:25 PM

Microsoft shares tips on Azure cloud development

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By Rob Barry

Ahead of its anticipated formal unveiling of the Azure cloud platform at its Professional Developers Conference (PDC) next month, Microsoft is firming up tool and platform details on its version of cloud architecture. Continued »

October 20, 2009  3:10 PM

MercadoLibre employs private cloud to combat server growth

Mike Pontacoloni Profile: Mpontacoloni

by Rob Barry

Since its launch in 1999, MercadoLibre, Latin America’s largest online marketplace, has continually outgrown its server farm. Because the company had started with Oracle DB to run its databases, it looked into Oracle’s other offerings when deciding the answer to its rapid growth would be a private cloud computing system.

“Six months ago we saw our servers growing very fast,” said Rodrigo Benzaquen, director of site operations and infrastructure at the Argentina-based company. “Month by month we had to keep adding servers for new projects.” Continued »

October 19, 2009  8:01 PM

Appistry and NJVC pilot a private cloud offering

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by Jack Vaughan

Grid and cloud computing pioneer Appistry is working with defense consultancy NJVC to create a private cloud computing environment addressing the taut security requirements of the intelligence and defense communities. An announcement was made this week at the GEOINT 2009 Symposium in San Antonio.

The two firms recently completed a proof of concept project that evaluated results as software was re-targeted at the cloud. Evaluated were an aeronautical flight navigation tool, a Web-based vertical obstruction dissemination system, and an ESRI-based on-demand chart creation utility. Continued »

October 14, 2009  9:43 PM

At Microsoft P&P Summit, distributed systems headed today’s talks

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

At the Microsoft Patterns & Practices Summit in Redmond today, SOA and distributed architectures were the topic of considerable discussion. Rockford Lhotka, principal technical evangelist at Microsoft partner Magnetic and creator of CSLA .NET, said SOA is nothing new. But he has started to see some best practices emerge in building distributed parallel systems.

“The term SOA, frankly, frustrates me. I said a couple of years ago that the ‘S’ in SOA is a dollar sign,” said Lhotka. “Service orientation is looked at by a lot of people as this shiny new thing when it’s really something we were already doing 20 or 30 years ago called message systems.” Continued »

October 13, 2009  8:27 PM

Compuware to acquire Gomez for $295 million

Mike Pontacoloni Profile: Mpontacoloni

Compuware is acquiring Web testing and monitoring provider Gomez for $295 million. The deal is expected to close in November. Gomez recently explored the possibility of an IPO, but will instead join the Detroit-based services and software provider.

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October 9, 2009  7:42 PM

AmberPoint pursues subatomic BPM app managment

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

AmberPoint’s new product release helps determine which business processes are getting hung up, and also points to where within the process the problem lives. When AmberPoint is implemented, it maps out the entire deploy landscape of the system it is attached to. Users can then configure it to recognize what constitutes good or poor performance so it can warn them when there is a hiccup in the process flow. Continued »

October 7, 2009  5:39 PM

Random notes from Gartner BPM Summit in Orlando.

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

I was thinking … We often think of Agile as a trend within development and software architecture. But some of the tenets of this movement appear in the discussions of BPM advocates, many of them residing in Operations. SOA teams had better talk and walk the Agile talk and walk just as well as anyone … Continued »

October 5, 2009  6:17 PM

Frameworks emerging for cloud computing

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By Jack Vaughan

Over many years, application development has proved to be something of a search for the appropriate level of abstraction. As integration projects have gained sway, APIs that somehow encapsulate means of performing basic tasks have become as important as the programming languages that developers use daily.

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October 5, 2009  5:59 PM

Hadoop going mainstream?

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by Rob Barry

The Hadoop World conference attracted a diverse crowd this year with speakers from IBM, Facebook, Intel, Amazon, the telecom industry and others. With a growing set of discussion topics and wider number of sectors represented, it appears the Hadoop architecture for handling large data sets has tapped a mainstream artery.

“A year ago, if you looked at what people were doing with Hadoop, it was primarily focused on the Web space,” said Christophe Bisciglia, founder of Cloudera. “This year we’re seeing it across many verticals.”

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