SOA Architecture, Governance, and Industry Standards in the Enterprise

Paul Lipton

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"A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five." - Groucho Marx  People have begun to understand that a properly implemented SOA has the potential to improve business agility and adaptability to changing business conditions, but we're still suffering from at least one innate prejudice common to IT folks. That prejudice comes, in part, from our own fascination with the technology we use. Perhaps we need to view the goals and challenges that SOA brings with the same simplicity that small children selling lemonade from a box on the sidewalk have for at least children recognize that it's neither the lemonade nor the stand that's the center of their business, but the customer. Changing our natural biases as IT people to conform to this business reality can help us understand what's most important in a SOA and how that SOA needs to evolve t... (more)

Web Services Orchestration, Management, and Security - Will They Play Together?

Web Services orchestration, management, and security are among the principal challenges facing implementers of Service Oriented Architectures. There is still much confusion in the IT community about the standards themselves, which are at various stages of maturity. Also, their relevance to enterprise IT and how they might someday be able to effectively work together is often unclear. This session first provides a useful overview of standards in these three critical areas of Web Services: orchestration/choreography management security and more importantly how each affects the othe... (more)

No Man Is an Island in the World of Pervasive Computing

Do you want to understand our industry? Forget the big-name industry pundits and think-tanks. Look to the great poets like Donne and Shakespeare. You can't go wrong. The great poets can provide a long-term, human perspective on how we think, dream, and scheme. That insight is useful even in the new world of Web services and pervasive computing. A better understanding of our own human nature will help us overcome our fear. This is important because too much fear can be both paralyzing and fatal, especially in IT. But, a tiny bit of fear can be helpful if it inspires us to continu... (more)

The Well-Spoken SOA - How Well Is Your SOA Running?

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 impor... (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)