Top Stories by Robert J. Williams Jr.
This article explains how an Open Source SOA Roadmap can use a typical Web
application project's funding as the basis for a successful SOA transition
effort. It is the first of three articles that explains how open source
technologies and techniques can be leveraged to successfully deliver SOA
solutions given the current economic downturn.
The pain of these economic times is real. Staying competitive and thriving
today means you must "think outside the box" to manage costs and exploit
opportunities like never before. Most IT shops are currently in the
commercial SOA box. A box where the transition of enterprise architecture to
a service-oriented enterprise architecture is accomplished by commercial
technologies and techniques. It typically costs millions of dollars to fund a
commercial SOA transition versus thousands of dollars for an open source SOA
transition gov... (more)
In today's economy, an enterprise must have strong financial motives for
transitioning to SOA. SOA's superior technical capabilities are a strong
motive for information technology professionals to make that transition.
However, enterprise stakeholders are motivated by solid investment
opportunities. Software architects have learned how to express the technical
virtues of SOA. What they need to learn next is how to express the investment
virtues of SOA.
Software architects can learn a lot from how building architects formulate
their business cases. Building architects have learne... (more)
SOA C-level skeptics come in all shapes and sizes. They can be in any
industry or any government agency. They can be close friends who "really like
you" and no matter what, will invite you to their backyard barbeques.
However, despite their differences or that fact that they may be you friends
- C-level executives must have confidence the enterprise architect can
deliver on what he proposes.
All C-level SOA skeptics are thinking: "That sounds nice - but what makes me
think you can pull this off?"
There is a lot about converting stakeholders - who won't return your phone
calls -... (more)