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As we build services/APIs for use within the enterprise or cloud computing, there seem to be two clear trends for those who are consuming the services/APIs: they want to leverage APIs that drive social networking, such as Twitter and Facebook, and they want to leverage complex, business-oriented, and high-value APIs that they don't want to build themselves. APIs around social networking are easy to define and leverage. They have simplistic data structures and well-defined methods. While they are simplistic to use and understand, they also have huge value for both the API/service user and the social network resources that expose the interface. These APIs enable many third-party vendors to leverage a social networking resource, but the hidden value will come from the enterprises that can leverage these networks as a new form of business communication. Indeed, I'm fi... (more)

Defining the Cloud Computing Framework

As cloud computing emerges there is a lot of discussion about how to define cloud computing as a computing model. Maturity models have been published and debated, and providers clearly have a model for their own products. In attempting to define this better to my clients, I came up with a "stack" of sorts, which I think makes logical sense, considering each component of cloud computing and how they interact. While clearly this could be much more complex, I don't think it needs to be. In essence, this is a model as to how one defines and refines the concept of cloud computing (see ... (more)

Cloud Computing at the IBM Impact Conference

Dave talks about his trip to IBM's Impact Conference, including coverage and commentary around IBM's cloud computing strategy. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] ... (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)

Ontology and Integration - Managing Application Semantics Using Ontologies and Supporting W3C Standards

Many in the world of application integration have begun to adopt the notion of ontology (or the instances of ontology: ontologies). Ontology is a term borrowed from philosophy that refers to the science of describing the kinds of entities in the world and how they are related. Ontologies are important to application integration solutions because they provide a shared and common understanding of data (and, in some cases, services and processes) that exists within an application integration problem domain, and how to facilitate communication between people and information systems.... (more)