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Independent Guidance for Migrating to the Service Oriented Cloud

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The service factory concept has been in vogue for some time. As long ago as July 1989 the Harvard Business Review published a seminal article by Chase and Garvin titled The Service Factory[i]. They argued that "The factory of the future is not a place where computers, robots, and flexible machines do the drudge work . . . the next generation, then, will compete by bundling services with products, anticipating and responding to a truly comprehensive range of customer needs." In this paper we explore the concept of the Service Factory as a Service (SFaaS) which provisions software services delivered on-demand using the SaaS (Software as a Service) model. As Chase and Garvin envisaged, the Service Factory as a Service is a combination of technology products that deliver very high quality and productivity, combined with professional services that integrate the factory... (more)

Not Another Framework? Part 2

In my last post Oh No! We need another Practice Framework,  I developed the earlier theme commenced in “Beware the New Silos”. I argued that the widely used frameworks are narrowly discipline centric and actually inhibit cross discipline working. I described how my own firm’s experiences have led to the development of a de facto framework, (we call it SOAM) and illustrated how this is essentially a value chain commencing with customer demand and finishing with value add to some enterprise. I ended by sketching some basic principles concluding that we need a new framework that is ... (more)

Agile Architecture

The English language is well known for its subtlety. Sometimes it’s a delight, but on other occasions it can be very frustrating. If I use the term Gothic Architecture you will immediately understand I am describing a style of architecture that flourished in medieval times. And if like me you are interested in ecclesiastical architecture you will know that this style was used in many of the great cathedrals and churches across Europe, which were distinctive because of key architectural patterns that enabled great increases in height and internal light of the buildings without inc... (more)

Beware gurus promoting their new book on SOA Governance

SearchSOA.com interviewed co-authors Thomas Erl and Anne Thomas Manes to discuss their recently published book, SOA Governance: Governing Shared Services On-Premise and in the Cloud (Prentice Hall, April 2011). The Q&A didn’t encourage me to buy their book. Question: How you define SOA governance? Answer: Manes “The quick definition is 'governance makes the rules.' . . . the best governance system is one that people appreciate, that helps people get work done, with the highest quality, and that is beneficial to business. Commentary: Governance doesn’t just make the rules. SOA Gover... (more)

Mission Impossible? Or how to achieve the SOA vision.

When I am asked about the state of SOA, I sometimes comment that anything involving architectural change is bound to take a little time. But my more considered response would be that whilst the impression of SOA is now widespread, true implementation of the SOA vision, for most enterprises remains a distant vision, if indeed they still remember what that was. For me the vision was encapsulated in the report by one of our customers on their SOA progress in 2009. They reported their systems were exploding in size and complexity. They had scant standardization, and there was no singl... (more)