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  • Blog Post: Quick braindump on apps, services and components

    Also posted to my new "blog-in-progress" here Someone asked me for a quick email on apps, services and components. Feedback and flames welcome. An app is a logical grouping of components and services to perform a business objective. - Logical because the components may not all be owned by or...
  • Blog Post: What is Modern Architecture?

    Note: I'm in the process of moving to an awesome new blogging platform by the insanely great Dave Winer . If you blog I highly encourage you to look into Fargo . My new blog can be found at http://looselycoupledthinking.com . I'm hearing the term "modern architecture" used quite a bit but haven't...
  • Blog Post: "Concept Typedefs", the Holy Grail of BPM and Closing the Gap Between Business and IT

    A typedef is a keyword in both C and C++ used to introduce new names for existing types. A simple typedef declaration lets you define your own names that can be used in place of type specifiers such as int, float, and double. Surprisingly, some people have started applying typedefs to well-understood...
  • Blog Post: HBR on Susceptibility to Fads (like SOA)

    The December issue of the Harvard Business Review contains a compelling article on "Why You Shouldn't Go Global" ( excerpeted here for free ). While the article is worth reading, a sidebar in the article raises some excellent points which we might be able to apply to SOA. Since the sidebar is not available...
  • Blog Post: Moving the SOA Goalposts

    SOA is about loosely coupled system integration . Sorry, I meant to say that SOA is about enabling loosely coupled business processes . On the other hand SOA is about reuse , except that its actually not about reuse . Hang on a minute, SOA is like event driven architecture (EDA) . No, scratch...
  • Blog Post: If you can do something it doesn't mean that you should...

    I'm not really doing anything BPEL related these days but a post by Jesper Joergensen caught my eye. Since I'm not focused on BPEL I haven't kept up with some of the developments in the BPM-related blogosphere. Apparently Bruce wrote a post illustrating some of the fundamental differences between BPMN...
  • Blog Post: SOA Fatigue

    Dave Linthicum recently blogged about not attending SOA conferences because he is able to determine the core trends and messages they would be promoting.  I've thought this about SOA books, reports, trade magazines and online articles for well over a year.    Does this mean SOA is...
  • Blog Post: BPEL4People and WS-HumanTask to OASIS

    The BPEL4People and WS-HumanTask specs are headed to OASIS, resulting in a new BPEL4People Technical Committee (TC) - expect to see an announcement and call for participation soon.  The TC will focus on defining human interactions (“human tasks”) as part of a WS-BPEL process, enabling...
  • Blog Post: Dave on Orchestration

    Dave Linthicum is blogging about orchestration and gets it mostly right. The blog entry does a decent job of describing orchestration at a high level - if you're unfamiliar with orchestration the blog entry is worth a read. The following, however, made me recoil a bit (emphasis is mine): Orchestrations...
  • Blog Post: BPEL != BPM

    Interesting perspective on SOA and BPM here from Joe , but positioning BPEL as BPM is just wrong. BPM encompasses much more than simple service orchestration. It’s good to see the human element addressed here - there is some interesting work going on in this area . I assumed that the article was discussing...
  • Blog Post: I guess Microsoft "gets SOA" after all...and a whisper worth listening to

    Last week I quoted from a rather strange article wondering if Microsoft "gets SOA" . Based on a recent IDC study it appears that many enterprises are planning to use Microsoft for their SOA initiatives. While the study is not SOA-specific it contains SOA technology adoption data and trends that you...
  • Blog Post: SOA Message?

    SearchWebServices published an article this week wondering if Microsoft "gets" SOA. I think you know my opinion on this but I'm interested in hearing yours. What do you think is Microsoft's SOA message? Feedback/flames/etc are highly encouraged.
  • Blog Post: SOA Zen Moment of the Day

    An InfoWorld newsletter called "The SOA Report" tells us that SOA is overly hyped. How ironic. But wait, it gets even more surreal. An analyst is quoted in the article saying " ...people are not getting a large amount of return on investment on SOA. Only a minority of companies are getting a return...
  • Blog Post: Updated ESB Guidance available

    A new August Community build (CTP3) is available on the ESB Guidance on ESB Guidance community site . The CTP3 build introduces some new and augmented features such as “messaging” level end point resolution support for UDDI, WS-MEX, BRE and more (BizTalk Maps can also be executed in pipelines using the...
  • Blog Post: Say What?

    Interesting perspective from Randy Heffner (Forrester) in the latest issue of Redmond Magazine: Perhaps Randy is unaware of our work on XML , SOAP and the Web Services Workshops that led to the WS-* specifications . The quote above seems to be inspired by current OASIS activities associated...
  • Blog Post: SOA and Business Process Conference 2007

    The 2007 Microsoft SOA & Business Process Conference will be held from October 29th through November 2nd, 2007 at the Microsoft Conference Center on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, WA. Customers and partners can learn about Microsoft’s current and long-term strategy for SOA & Business Process...
  • Blog Post: SOA in the Real World - book errata

    I just noticed a couple of the Figures towards the end of Chapter Two are unreadable (totally black). Below are corrected versions of Chapter Two (Figures 6-8 are restored) in both PDF and XPS formats. Corrected PDF: http://files.skyscrapr.net/users/jevdemon/Chapter%202.pdf Corrected XPS: http://files...
  • Blog Post: SOA in the Real World now available

    The book I previewed here a few weeks back is now available in both PDF and XPS formats. Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: Jason Bloomberg nails it (again!)

    Jason on SCA: "This is more about vendor politics than it is about technology or architecture." Good on ya, mate! :) Note: The actual; quote in the article is "This is more about vendor politics and it is about technology or architecture." but that doesn't make much sense - I'm guessing he was...
  • Blog Post: Here We Go Again...

    Despite the fact that there is no one size fits all approach for SOA, Burton Group seems to be insisting that in the future everyone will use REST for SOA (although they were at a Web conference when they made this statement). I'll buy the argument that REST is the Web and the Web is REST - no problem...
  • Blog Post: Shutting down the OASIS WS-BPEL Technical Committee

    The WS-BPEL TC has its last conference call next week. It's taken over three years of effort but the spec and schemas are finally done . A non-normative Primer and FAQ are also available. (The final version of the Primer will be published after our last call next week.) Thanks to the entire Technical...
  • Blog Post: Help influence the future of BPEL on the Microsoft platform

    Apparently over 3,000 people have downloaded the BPEL Community Technology Preview (CTP) for Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) . Now it's your turn to tell us what you love or hate about the implementation. To do this you'll need to sign up for a Windows Live ID first. Once you have your Live ID...
  • Blog Post: BPEL Primer - work in progress

    The WS-BPEL Primer is a non-normative doc that will be finished by 5/14 (at the latest). A draft of the work in progress is publicly accessible here (doc format): http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/23470/wsbpel-primer-draft_April_11.doc . Feedback is always welcome! I expect to post...
  • Blog Post: Recurring Architectural Capabilities

    More fluffy draft on yet another fluffy topic... Again, feedback encouraged. -- Recurring Architectural Capabilities As we saw earlier, the SOA architectural model is fractal. This means that a service can be used to Expose IT assets (such as a Line of Business system), be Composed into workflows or...
  • Blog Post: An Abstract SOA Reference Model

    A fluffy draft on a fluffy topic - feedback and flames encouraged... ---- While a well planned and executed SOA undertaking can help organizations realize greater responsiveness in a changing marketplace, not all service-oriented efforts have been successful. SOA projects may experience limited success...
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