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It seems that every organization today is doomed to struggle under the burden of a diverse and dispersed inventory of applications. This motley assortment of apps run on different platforms: on mainframes, large Unix clusters, Linux and Windows servers, in virtual machines, on desktops and on mobile devices, and increasingly in the cloud. They employ different data stores: file systems on various platforms, a variety of databases and often Hadoop plus its various components – both on premise as well as in the cloud. They are haphazardly linked together in the data layer by ETL software, or in the application layer by different species of middleware to exchange messages or data, or at the user interface by workflow software or, even more loosely, by portals.

The complexity of these software ecosystems grows as the variety of applications increase and data volumes escalate. Thus far, all attempts by the IT industry to reverse the burgeoning complexity have failed. The latest valiant attempt to tame the beast has been Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). This approach to abstracting application functionality and data as looselycoupled services has virtues, but the hoped-for business agility and IT productivity have been disappointingly limited in practice. Instead, SOA engendered a heavyweight connectivity protocol that spawned application complexity and latency. Its static interfaces limit reuse and overburden SOA registries. Moreover, the approach lacks an architecture for data – a surprising omission that constrains its utility. SOA fails to adequately specify a distributed information environment, despite the availability of Enterprise Service Buses (ESBs) and other componentry on the market today.

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Jason Bloomberg is a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting), and several software and web development positions.

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