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The IT industry is positioned to experience major technology shifts within the next few years as a result of the rise of cloud adoption. According to Gartner, more than $1 trillion in IT spending will be affected by the shift to the cloud by 2020 - making cloud computing "one of the most disruptive forces of IT spending since the early days of the digital age." As enterprises prepare for, or continue to run on, the cloud, it is important for them to have a strong grasp of the cloud adoption process and the requirements for ongoing management of cloud environments. Here are five major trends that will shake up the industry in 2017. 1. Major acquisitions The pressures of cloud computing are becoming increasingly prevalent. As enterprises fight to stay ahead of the competition, many will choose to pursue acquisitions to both bolster their existing capabilities and fill ... (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)

Web Services and Federated Identity

Since the advent of Web services, and other distributed computing standards for that matter, we've been wrestling with the notion of identity and how to manage it. Truth-be-told identity management has been put on the back burner as organizations attempt to get their first Web services projects up and running. However, as Web services become more pervasive, this is an issue that is getting more attention. With the increased interest in identity management so too has risen the need for standards to better define this space. These standards all aim to bind identity management sys... (more)

Where Have All the SOA Standards Gone?

To mark a new standard in the SOA space, I create a Google Alert and sift through the pile of links returned to get the scope of its maturation. I'm currently tracking over 60 standards, starting with SOAP and XML (XML happened way before Google was cool). Lately I've noticed a drop in the number of blogs, links, and articles talking about particular SOA standards. Where I once got dozens of links a week on some standards, I now get only one or two or none. So, I'm thinking that standards, although around, aren't as cool as they once were, and maybe people are a bit confused by ... (more)

Do You Have a DSG (Dumb SOA Guy) Issue?

I get these about once a week: an e-mail from a Yahoo or Google e-mail account that talks about issues within a large enterprise that are related to building their first instance of SOA. The fact is that most of these e-mails are not around proper approaches or the right enabling technology; they are around the people issues. Specifically, the emerging existence of Dumb SOA Guy(s), or what I call DSGs. DSGs are those people (sorry ladies, I'm including you with "guys" as well) who seem to have the political power within the IT organizations, but don't have a clue as to what a SOA... (more)