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I’ve been in several meetings recently that have hit on the topic of Data.gov.  Data.gov will become a repository for all the information the government collects, and that information will be in turn available to anyone who needs it.   Pretty positive move, if you ask me.   However, the existing data-as-a-service providers that traffic in government data could find that they are soon suffering from relevancy problems.  The core issue is that many existing data-as-a-service players make their living from publishing reconstituted, and cleansed, government data that they charge for.    The rise of Data.gov will mean the commoditization of this information, which will be accessible, both through visual interfaces, and using APIs (Web services), if I understand the government’s vision here.  Thus, overnight Data.gov could become the mother of all data-as-a-service sites, p... (more)

SOA and User Interfaces

What is unique about an SOA is that it's as much of a strategy as a set of technologies, and it's really more of a journey than a destination. Moreover, it's a notion that is dependent upon specific technologies or standards, such as Web services and interface technology, but really requires many different types of technologies and standards for a complete SOA. The types of technologies you employ are dependent upon your requirement. Let's be a bit clearer as to where user interfaces fit into this SOA mix by providing core reference architecture, or, the basics of SOA. Figure 1 ... (more)

Approaching Cloudsizing

You've heard of downsizing and rightsizing, so how about Cloudsizing? As properly defined, Cloudsizing is: The improvement of efficiency and effectiveness of an organization through the selective use of computing resources that are delivered over the Internet Simple but powerful, and fairly obvious, considering all that's been written about Cloud Computing recently. However, what is not obvious is how you approach Cloudsizing, or how you get started. Thus, the purpose of this column/article, and the next three, is to introduce you to both the notion of Cloud Computing and how to d... (more)

Cloud Computing & SOA: Getting the Links Straight Between Them

Want to know what gets my blood pressure up? It's when there's both a huge shift in thinking around how we should do computing, namely cloud computing, and at the same time, there's a bunch of information out there that causes confusion. As cloud computing hype spikes to a frenzy, so does the number of less-than-intelligent things that I hear about it and its relationship to SOA. We've got a herd mentality in IT. We're always chasing the next paradigm shift, which seems to come along every five years, claiming that whatever the last paradigm shift was had "failed" and that's why... (more)

Leveraging Web Services for Application Integration

Web services holds the promise of moving beyond the simple exchange of information - the dominating mechanism for application integration today - to the concept of accessing application services that are encapsulated within old and new applications. This means organizations can not only move information from application to application, but they also can create composite applications, leveraging any number of back-end application services found in any number of applications, local or remote. Key to this concept is figuring out how Web services fit into the existing application int... (more)