SOA Talk


September 1, 2015  3:46 PM

Five API management products worth noticing

Fred Churchville Fred Churchville Profile: Fred Churchville
API, API management, Apigent Technologies, Application Programming Interface

With API management becoming increasingly important in the enterprise application development space, it’s not a bad idea to consider your options when it comes to a vendor. Forrester recently named their top API management vendors, and here are five that I think are interesting players in the field: Continued »

August 31, 2015  2:57 PM

Really, how mature is mobile development?

Fred Churchville Fred Churchville Profile: Fred Churchville
Application development, Mobile Application Development, mobile application management, Mobile development
“There are two types of companies out there: those who use mobile appropriately and those who are still scratching their heads.” – Matthew David, Senior Manager of Mobile Management at Kimberly-Clark

The release of a survey by Red Hat regarding the hiring practices of today’s organizations when it comes to mobile development brought to mind the following question: While it’s hard to find a company that doesn’t have plans to ramp up mobile capabilities these days, how “mature” are today’s companies when it comes to mobile? Continued »


July 22, 2015  3:58 PM

The culture of microservices: Conway’s law and two pizza boxes

Fred Churchville Fred Churchville Profile: Fred Churchville
Application development, Development tools, DevOps, Microservices, SOA, SOA applications

The idea of microservices appears to be quickly gaining fame among today’s enterprises, however some IT experts warn that organizations may not be “culturally” prepared to leverage this new paradigm in a way that is beneficial for their business. Continued »


July 13, 2015  6:48 PM

Developers: What does open source mean for your career?

Fred Churchville Fred Churchville Profile: Fred Churchville
Application development, Open source, Open source applications

What do developers need to do in order to make the most of open source software in their organizations? Are there certain steps they can take in order to ensure open source has a positive impact on their career?

I met up with James Falkner, developer at the professional open source company Liferay, to talk a little about this subject. Here are a few things Falkner says developers should be doing: Continued »


July 3, 2015  2:57 PM

Let’s innovate: Uncovering hidden powers of the smartwatch

Fred Churchville Fred Churchville Profile: Fred Churchville
Application development, Mobile & Enterprise Application Development, Mobile Application Development

Scouring the Internet reveals a number of heated debates about devices like the Pebble smartwatch. Is it useful? Useless? Will wearables become the way of the future – or an embarassing fad of the past? Continued »


June 10, 2015  4:09 PM

Data transfer latency: Tackling problems related to “people systems”

Fred Churchville Fred Churchville Profile: Fred Churchville

Last week, the creators of Alpha Anywhere hosted a user meetup to talk about mobile application development – specifically, tablet applications for use in the field and workplace. One of the major pain points discussed was the issue of moving data from user to user across systems in real time in order to achieve the fastest business results. Continued »


June 2, 2015  2:06 PM

The I in BPM

Jan Stafford Jan Stafford Profile: Jan Stafford
BPM, cloud, Hybrid cloud, iBPM, SOA

Something old, business process man­agement, has been made new again by the addi­tion of a lowercase i. This three-part guide shows how and why adding cloud services and analytics to BPM will make it intelligent BPM, a must-have technology for many businesses. Why? iBPM promises to smooth business pro­cess workflow in hybrid computing settings where business logic and data run across many platforms. Continued »


May 21, 2015  8:54 PM

Dig into these IOT development tips

Jan Stafford Jan Stafford Profile: Jan Stafford
API, API management, Application security, Internet of Things, iot, Software security

IoT is the latest thing in embedded systems technology, and it’s not a fad. IT research firm Gartner Inc. projects installation of 26 billion IoT units by 2020, resulting in $1.8 trillion in revenue. IoT is not a consumer-only technology, either. Enterprise architects should plan now for the entrance of connected device technologies into their IT environments, according to experts quoted in SearchSOA’s feature, “The enterprise IoT wave rolls in: How to prepare”. Those who hesitate will soon be behind the curve. Continued »


May 20, 2015  2:36 PM

Cloud adoption puts need for DevOps in overdrive

Jan Stafford Jan Stafford Profile: Jan Stafford
Application development, Cloud Computing, DevOps

Has DevOps adoption hit the mainstream? Well, IT analyst firm Gartner Inc. predicts that 66% of enterprises will be using DevOps tools and practices in the cloud – as will 25% of Global 2000 companies – by 2016. Gartner also expects sales of DevOps tools to reach $2.3 billion this year. That doesn’t look like a niche market. Continued »


May 15, 2015  12:47 AM

Developing apps for space scientists calls for automation

Jan Stafford Jan Stafford Profile: Jan Stafford
app technical features, Application development, Cloud-Based Services, Data access, Data analysis, Data Analytics, Data management and storage, Software testing

A photograph from a Mars Rover may be breathtaking, but it will not deliver the complex data space scientists seek. Scientists like Washington University-St. Louis computer systems manager Thomas Stein need broader sets of data in formats that work with modern data analysis software. Stein helped create Analyst’s Notebook, a tool that documents geological findings from space missions and organizes that data in an online offering that is made accessible to scientists and the public. Continued »


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