SOA Talk


October 14, 2008  6:04 PM

Gartner cautions on Oracle middleware status

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Oracle Fusion middleware is currently based on a group of product suites for SOA and BPM that are “assemblies of convenience,” argue Gartner analysts.

The suites are made up of Oracle’s existing product line and the technologies from its acquisition of BEA earlier this year, according to a brief report on the state of the current Oracle middleware offering, Oracle OpenWorld’s Middleware Message Is ‘Watch This Space,’ published earlier this month.

The Gartner analysts note that little was said about middleware in the announcements at Oracle Open World last month other than the announced plan to put Fusion in the Amazon cloud. The roadmap announced this past July for the full integration of the BEA products into Oracle’s middleware will not come until sometime in 2009, Gartner predicts.

Rather than judging the future of Oracle middleware by this interim marketing strategy, Gartner analysts recommend waiting for Oracle Fusion Middleware (OFM) 11g, due in the next six to 12 months.

That release “will begin to implement the announced road map, and platform modernizations, such as support of OSGi Alliance technology and Service Component Architecture, expanded hot-pluggability, and the extensive use of Oracle Coherence XTP-distributed cache,” the report states.

October 10, 2008  1:51 PM

HP builds ‘culture of governance’ for SOA

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

HP solidifies leadership in SOA governance with Systinet 3.0, which now covers services lifecycle, business process, and IT service management, writes analyst Dana Gardner in his blog this week.

“The newest market leading Systinet UDDI registry forms the cockpit for managing not only services, but with the newly added Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) support, takes the helm for business processes, too,” Gardner writes. “HP plans to further push the envelope on a master management value even further into IT operations and IT Service Management, as well as a PPM role with the registry.”

The addition of a configuration management database (CMDB) sets the stage for a wider “culture of governance” to emerge in enterprises, Kelly Emo, SOA product marketing manager at HP Software, tells Gardner. 

Gardner also points to a comprehensive assessment of HP’s governance products and strategies by fellow analyst Brad Shimmin posted on the Current Analysis Website.

In SOA provides a test for QA, HP finds, SearchSOA covered HPs expansion of governance to cover quality assurance. And in an earlier article, HP integrates design and runtime SOA governance, SearchSOA covered the design time / runtime integration in Systinet.


October 6, 2008  3:12 PM

Microsoft’s muddled modeling: Getting the ducks in line

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Microsoft basically has a sturdy place in the enterprise, but its role just now is very fluid. Of course, its Windows servers have been in the enterprise a long time, and its tools are very prevalent. But its success with desktop-based developer tools is only slowly converting to success with server-based developer tools, and this is due in some part to a a muddled modeling strategy. Continued »


October 2, 2008  3:06 PM

CEP opportunity in Wall Street bust?

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Within every disaster there is the obvious downside, but also an unexpected opportunity. For example, in 1906, my grandfather was an unemployed carpenter in Los Angeles. Then the San Francisco fire and earthquake happened. Seeing an opportunity, he moved up north where his skills were suddenly in great demand.

Fast forward to today and the crisis on Wall Street and the plans in Washington to both rescue and better regulate the financial industry. Complex event processing (CEP) has had a lot of initial success in programs for automated stock trading where price and other events trigger buys and sells. But that was in the boom time and now we are in the bust. Wall Street is doing trades at very low volumes.

So does CEP still have a future on Wall Street?

John Bates, whose research at Cambridge University in the U.K. helped pioneer the event-driven technology, told SOA Talk this week that he sees opportunities for CEP in the new era of financial regulation.

CEP is already being used in banking to detect fraud by scanning transactions for events that indicate nefarious activities, noted Bates, who is now vice president of Apama Products, which develops CEP technology for Progress Software.

CEP can also be used for real-time market surveillance to monitor events that might indicate market manipulation and other forbidden practices, he said.

So if CEP is not already on the radar at the U.S. Treasury Department, Federal Reserve and Security and Exchange Commission, it may be soon.


September 30, 2008  5:35 PM

Look back at Oracle Open World 2008

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Oracle Open World has come and gone and once again it overflowed San Francisco’s Moscone Center with the usual results: A barrage of announcements of products and initiatives mixed with some showmanship and a bit of proud posturing. Let’s look at a few key takeaways.

Oracle has improved its competitive position in recent years with purchases of large competitors. While SearchSOA.com’s attention has rightly focused on the bold move to buy middleware specialist BEA, it was the purchase of PeopleSoft (along with J.D. Edwards) and Siebel that boosted Oracle from the big time to the really big time. The vast numbers of users of those packaged applications need service-oriented integration just as much as BEA customers working in less of a packaged purview. Continued »


September 26, 2008  4:31 PM

Browser War: Beneath the Chrome is the Gears

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Patrick Mueller is a CTO Team person at IBM Rational. He also is a heck-of-a blogger. His take on Chrome is of interest because he goes right straight to the asychronous messaging model implcit in the Gears implmentation at the heart of the Google Chrome browser

One of the downers, for most people, with the current WorkerPool APIs, is going to be the message sending paradigm. It’s pretty low-level and raw. The great thing is that asynchronous message sends are a type of atomic building block upon which other forms of IPC can easily be built. The QNX operating system is famously built up on this core concept, slightly expanded.

He discusses building an RPC-styled worker mechanism in a blog entry called Fun with WorkerPools. Don’t miss it, because the story includes a web service known as the Pirate Speak Translator.


September 24, 2008  12:46 PM

IBM vs. standards bodies?

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Can major vendors buy standards bodies’ approval for specifications that support their products?

Continued »


September 22, 2008  2:40 PM

Is BPM Business Re-Engineering in sheep’s clothing?

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

We note here the untimely passing of Michael Hammer. Hammer coined the term “Re-Engineering,” and started an influential trend to remove unneeded layers of bureaucracy from organizations. The ‘flat’ organization of today owes much to Mike Hammer. Could today’s BPM resurgence take the same course Re-Engineering did? Continued »


September 17, 2008  12:44 PM

It’s official: IONA is part of Progress

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Lost in all the bustle of a news-rich early September was the word that Progress Software closed the deal to acquire IONA Technologies plc.

Some details..

Progress acquired IONA for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $162 million and approximately $107 million net of cash and marketable securities reported on June 30, 2008, which it funded with existing cash resources.

IONA was always among the more interesting companies in the software firmament. It originally came out of computer science academic efforts in Ireland, and was one of the earliest companies to focus on distributed computing. It was one of a handful of upstarts looking to ride the CORBA ORB standard to market. Its star was Orbix.

One of its big early successes was one of technology’ biggest all-time failures. But IONA leveraged what it learned as part of Motorola Iridium Satellite communication effort. [Wikipedia tells us that the satellites and other assets and technology behind Iridium were thought to have cost on the order of $6 billion – but that the bankrupt firm later sold for a mere $25 million.]

Getting to market with an ORB was just step-one for IONA. The company rolled with the Web services and SOA trends; it managed to stay in the game after other independent ORB makers were forgotten, adjusting as market demand changed. It is possible to project that IONA will become an enduring franchise as it comes under the Progress umbrella. Before it is too late, can anyone tell us what ‘IONA’ means?


September 15, 2008  2:46 PM

MapReduce-driven DB alternatives sited

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

People who cover technology long enough tend to see new things in the light of past new things. If you look at MapReduce, a parallel data architecture devised by Google, it does seem like something of a threat to the unbridled growth of the RDBMS. Continued »


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