SOA Architecture, Governance, and Industry Standards in the Enterprise

Paul Lipton

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The acclaimed essayist and novelist Nora Ephron once said "What my mother believed about cooking is that if you worked hard and prospered, someone else would do it for you." Nothing could better capture the spirit of Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs) than this statement from a person who clearly does not consider cooking a core competency. Translated to human terms, a SOA can help make sure that the right person is doing the cooking at the right time. The idea of a Service-Oriented Architecture is simple and much older than any Web services standard. Instead of services being statically bound to each other in some sort of "hard-coded" relationship (which is often the case for many real-world Web service deployments today), in a SOA, service consumers can discover the service providers that they need and use them as required. Typically, information about these o... (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)

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)

SOA World Cover Story — Are You Being Served?

"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 a... (more)