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Article: The Economics of Service Orientation

by Dave West on  May 18, 2009

This article explores the structural economic changes brought about by service orientation and how the concept of services and reuse at the service level promises to relieve the enormous pressure arising from increasing costs and flat budgets. Service orientation is compared to other strategies for keeping costs in check.

Article: Introduction to Virtual Service Oriented Grids

by Dave West on  May 06, 2009

This article from Intel traces three technologies (virtualization, service-orientation, and grid computing) as they merge to offer a hybrid platform for architecture, design, and applications development. The article includes a bit of technology history, a synthesis, and an industry example of the potential of this hybrid technology.

Article: SOA Governance: An Enterprise View

by Stefan Tilkov on  Aug 20, 2008

In a new article, SOA architect Michael Poulin explains the necessity for SOA governance to ensure an SOA initiative's success, and explains the role the OASIS SOA Reference Model and the accompanying SOA Reference Architecture assign to SOA Governance. Michael observes SOA governance specifics from the enterprise perspective and illustrates them with several examples of SOA Governance policies.

Article: Ian Robinson on Consumer-driven Contracts

by Stefan Tilkov on  Jul 28, 2008 2

In a new article, ThoughtWorks' Ian Robinson discusses how consumer-driven contracts, in the form of "stories for services" and unit tests exchanged between service development streams, can strengthen the service-oriented development lifecycle. In contrast to contracts defined from the POV of the provider, consumer-driven contracts result from combining the demands of all known service consumers.

7 Degrees of SOA Coupling

by Udi Dahan on  Dec 04, 2007 1

In a recent posting, ZapThink analyst Ron Schmelzer tackles the belief that a system is either loosely-coupled, or it isn’t. Although the importance of loose-coupling has been known for some time, the dialogue around this post has garnered some interesting discussion.

The Legal Boundaries Of Agile

by Ben Hughes on  Jun 28, 2007 3

Adopting Agile practices requires a shift in the organisation on many different levels, but can making such a change lead to serious trouble?

Article: SOA Governance: The Basics

by Stefan Tilkov on  Jun 11, 2007 1

In this article, MomentumSI's Ed Vazquez explains the basics of SOA governance, with an explicit focus on the need for a holistic SOA governance model and shared governance principles.

Identity Management and SOA

by Miko Matsumura on  Sep 27, 2006

SOA involves creating a platform of reusable networked services. One of the most commonly requested services is identity management, which can provide a single sign-on context for a host of services. This article was written by two identity management experts from Oracle.

Multi-Tenant Data Architecture

by Sean Alexander on  Jul 03, 2006 1

The 2nd installment in a series of articles for creating Software as a Service, "Multi-Tenant Data Architecture" is now available from the Microsoft Architecture Strategy Team on MSDN.

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