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Accelerators, Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs), application switches...whatever you call them, this new breed of performance enhancing appliances is selling like hotcakes. The market for these turbochargers has zoomed from zero to over $1 billion in the span of a few years, head...
In the CMS industry, we try to stay current with the latest and greatest trends for Web sites, Web apps, and the Internet in general. We work so hard to stay ahead of the market, in fact, that it's often easy to lose sight of where most businesses and organizations are in terms of thei...
Fast, easy, consistent - today we expect services to be delivered rapidly, with ease, and the utmost precision. We expect instant access and on-demand service from our cable providers and online retailers so why don't the same principles apply to areas of real business needs such as co...
Software testing is almost the 'last line of defense' in the software lifecycle between the software vendor and the customer. Testing is the phase that completely validates your architecture, design, and development. If not done properly, testing can carry bugs that can directly impact...
One of the most interesting aspects of being a consultant is that I get exposed to any number of different facets of system design in the course of an assignment. While I tend to focus more on application and integration work, I find it fascinating to deal with the concepts of services...
IT architectures have evolved to include process orchestration as a fundamental layer due in no small part to the emergence and widespread adoption of the WS-BPEL standard. WS-BPEL, also known as Business Process Execution Language or just BPEL, is a standard owned by OASIS that provid...
In many customer engagements, I need to establish a basic set of SOA principles. The following sections introduce fundamental principles that a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) should expose. They are not introduced as absolute truth, but rather as a frame of reference for SOA-relat...
A few of my clients are now looking to staff their first inroads into SOA, their first project where something actually happens beyond the investigation. So...how many people are needed on the project? Who are they? What are their roles? Here are some rough guidelines based upon my exp...