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I’m just finishing up a book on cloud computing and SOA, and found the process of writing the book to be a great catalyst for thinking through the issues surrounding cloud computing, as well as assisting my clients with their cloud computing strategies. As I found, there are a few issues to consider with cloud computing: First, cloud computing is not the savior of IT. It’s nothing but a way to deploy your enterprise architecture in such as way that has the potential to be more productive and cost effective. In essence, it’s a tool, not a way of life. It’s not magic, it’s not even new, but if approached correctly, could be a path toward efficiency. Second, cloud computing and SOA are different concepts, but they are indeed related. SOA is a pattern of architecture, or an approach, where cloud computing is an instance of architecture, or architectural options. They are... (more)

When You Need to Cancel a SOA Project

Many SOA projects are created out of hype, not need. Clearly many enterprises are "managing by magazine" and are more concerned about doing something cool rather than doing something helpful. You know the difference, and I'm sure there are both types of projects in your organization today. Indeed SOA has become popular, but not in a good way. Tactical, on-off projects are sprouting up all over the place with poorly defined values and strategic direction. Thus, they bring very little to the architectural party and could be making the enterprise take a few steps back. Bad SOA, even... (more)

Five Reasons to Start a SOA Technology Company Now

I know, the economy is rough these days.  Myself, I'm unwilling to look at my mutual funds until we're through this.  However, when times are tough, markets normalize, and while the stock holders and venture capitalists out there are crying in their beers, now could be a great time to start something new for those innovative and resourceful few. The idea is that when it does not seem like a good time to start a company, typically that is the best time to start a company.  In this case you’re looking to bring in second generation technology, or technology created out of the lesso... (more)

Cloud Computing and Your Enterprise Architecture and/or SOA

There are a few other issues to consider when looking to leverage cloud computing as a component of your enterprise architecture and/or SOA:  First, cloud computing is not the savior of IT. It's nothing but a way to deploy your enterprise architecture in such as way that has the potential to be more productive and cost effective. In essence, it's a tool, not a way of life. It's not magic, it's not even new, but if approached correctly, could be a path toward efficiency. Second, cloud computing and SOA are different concepts, but they are indeed related. SOA is a pattern of archite... (more)

Why SOA Needs Cloud Computing - Part 1

SOA in the Cloud It's Thursday morning, you're the CEO of a large, publicly traded company, and you just called your executives into the conference room for the exciting news. The board of directors has approved the acquisition of a key competitor, and you're looking for a call-to-action to get everyone planning for the next steps. You talk to the sales executives about the integration of both sales forces in three months time, and they are excited about the new prospects. You talk to the HR director who is ready to address the change they need to make in two months. You speak ... (more)