SOA Architecture, Governance, and Industry Standards in the Enterprise

Paul Lipton

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The American comedian and actor Steven Wright once said, "It doesn't make a difference what temperature a room is, it's always room temperature." Words are wonderful that way. They can give you a little blast of pleasure when used cleverly, but like everything else they are subject to fashion. For example, I was speaking at a technical conference recently when I overheard a person whom I know, who is well-respected in this field, say something along these lines: "You have to know how well your SOA is running. Knowing the overall health and responsiveness of your SOA is very important. You've got to get a handle on your governance." The goal was laudable, but the wording was off target. I've heard the word governance fall from people's lips with increasing frequency recently, which is a good thing. Lately though, it seems to me that there has been an unfortunate blu... (more)

MS Gets It At Last!A Java architect plays with the Beta 2 of .NET...and is pleasantly surprised

My first thought, when I heard about .NET, was "Here we go again!" It sounded like yet another attempt on the part of Microsoft to revitalize what appeared to be a fading technology and vision. Increasingly, as a programmer and architect, I was getting the impression that the exciting stuff was happening in the Java universe. For example, there were innovative ideas coming out of the open source community, such as the Apache Struts and Cocoon projects. Also, many of the most interesting books and papers being written were using Java code to illustrate important concepts. All in a... (more)

Accessing Resources: New Web Service Application Patterns for a Service-Oriented World

Mae West said, "When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before." But, sometimes, when choosing between two equally appealing options, the best policy is to take both. WS-ResourceFramework and WS-Transfer, two new specifications for accessing XML representations of resources through Web Services have been announced. Although it's not uncommon to find competing specifications and standards in the world of Web Services, this time we shouldn't be forced to make an exclusive choice because WS-ResourceFramework and WS-Transfer can serve compliment... (more)

Governance, Security, and Management in a Service-Oriented World - When New and Old Collide

Significant investments in the successful management and administration of many critical business systems have had mixed success over the years. In a new, more competitive age of regulation and globalization, SOA promises much in terms of business agility and efficiency, but how do we maintain visibility, control, and appropriate governance of this new and much more highly distributed service-oriented world? Most authorities in this field agree that management and security are complimentary foundations of an essential framework for SOA success, but what does that really mean and ... (more)

Composition and Management of Web Services

Father James Keller, the founder of a religious order called The Christophers and a popular religious television and radio personality in his day, wrote an amusing story about Mozart. He said, "A young man, just beginning the study of musical composition, once went to Mozart and asked him the formula for developing the theme of a symphony. Mozart suggested that a symphony was rather an ambitious project for a beginner; perhaps the young man might better try his hand at something simpler first. 'But you were writing symphonies when you were my age' the student protested. 'Yes, but... (more)