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While EDI transactions account for most worldwide commercial activity, XML-based alternatives are beginning to gain traction. According to Forrester Research, stateful XML, stateless XML, and even flat file exchanges are all projected to grow at a faster rate than EDI over the next few...
It seems like not a day goes by lately in which some new story of malfeasance in office doesn't come out - whether it's lying under oath, using the services of a call girl, or spying on other officials in the government in order to further a personal agenda. Clearly, our elected offici...
Adopting SOA is a lot like gardening. It takes time, skill, a lot of hard work, and the process can be messy and even a bit frustrating at times. I know you've probably heard tons of different analogies that attempt to put SOA and governance into everyday terms and I'm sure that growin...
SOA has come a long way from a concept to wide-scale adoption by the enterprise at multiple layers of IT. SOA implementation at the UI layer is the latest in SOA adoption trends. SOA has manifested itself in a number of flavors such as the creation of a rich user experience by using te...
Not all services are created equal. It would be great if implementing SOA were simply a matter of applying a standard design pattern to all services. Once IT had identified and codified an optimal design standard, services could be stamped out in assembly-line fashion until the IT land...
Spending time with my parents over the holidays got me thinking about the differences between this generation and the previous one. My parents expect to spend a certain amount of time and effort managing certain aspects of their lives. For example, when they drive to an unfamiliar vaca...
There is uniform agreement that SOA holds great promise as a strategy for improving business agility, better aligning IT and the business, and increasing overall IT efficiency. Developing an SOA strategy has become a key issue for most large enterprises: CTOs in a 2007 McKinsey survey ...
Interoperability is the ability of two or more systems to work with each other. In the loosely coupled environment of a service-oriented architecture (SOA), separate resources don't have to know how each of them work, but they do need to interoperate with each other by having enough co...
If you read this column and listen to my podcasts, you know that I call SOA what SOA is - an architectural pattern. In many instances, SOA is a vital component of healthy enterprise architecture. Indeed, I've provided some keynote talks around this very topic at about half-a-dozen ente...
Composite applications are made up of discreet services that have been tried and proven reliable, but building an orchestration that incorporates services that come from several sources, some of them outside of the company, could introduce testing hazards beyond just bad output. For ex...