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Independent Guidance for Migrating to the Service Oriented Cloud

David Sprott

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I note the Burton Group has published a paper titled the Lazarus Effect: SOA Returns. Key message is after a troubled time SOA is being reintroduced and recast in a business context. Don't bother reading it. The Burton Group (remember Ann Thomas Manes?) has a checkered track record in spinning SOA is dead, SOA is being resurrected with a new manifesto etc. It's simply marketing spin from an analyst group that need to keep telling us they still exist, even though they were acquired by Gartner. Or perhaps they feel they need to be active in self promotion to impress their new owners. While Burton, Gartner and others make an industry by worrying about whether SOA works the world has moved on. Most serious enterprises ARE taking SOA seriously and just doing it. It's only the industry analysts that continue to play Doubting Thomas because they never actually get their hand... (more)

Transformation to Agile IT Delivery

The number one IT issue for all enterprises today is delivery - responding to business demand for change in ever faster timescales, at lower cost. But in the typical large enterprise, IT is widely perceived to be incapable of responding in a reasonable timeframe and cost. There are many, many reasons for this. Existing application portfolios are frequently a complete mess typically resulting from continual compromises made in order to deliver rapid business change, which commonly result in duplication, inconsistency and increased dependencies. Enterprise architecture typically fa... (more)

Agile Business Modeling – The Core Heuristic?

How many times have I heard that the real problem with Agile is getting to the start line? There has to be some definition up front, but Agile methods don’t really help. Perhaps it’s a little secret for many organizations that they feel they must do more specification work up front because it makes it easier to control the Sprints. Oh dear! To get to this starting gate we need to model the agile business in an Agile manner (YES!). Further we do not want to undertake complete or detailed business architecture (NO!!). We don’t have time, and anyway the core of the innovation and a... (more)

Framework for Service Oriented Ecosystem

I note interesting debates about the need for a next-generation EA framework. However I am disappointed by the less than radical nature of debate that, at least I, have observed. I submit a good place to start is with the fundamental nature of business and how it is evolving and to consider what the enterprise of the future looks like. There are many indicators that we are entering a new phase of IT exploitation that will represent a real paradigm shift. Paul Krugman suggests IT is at last becoming significant, enabling a technology revolution to rival previous technology revolut... (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)