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New Version Of Microsoft Managed Services Engine Released

by Dilip Krishnan on  May 06, 2009

Microsoft Released the May 2009 CTP of the Managed Services Engine (MSE) with source code that is available at Codeplex. The CTP is minor update to the February Beta release.

Cost Justifying an Agile Migration

by Shane Hastie on  May 05, 2009 1

Show me the money - cost justification of Agile migration is a thorny issue. Agile approaches are more successful, deliver value sooner and produce better quality products, but how do we prove it? This article discusses measurements and presents results that help to justify adopting Agile methods.

Book Review: Brown, Laird, Gee, Mitra: SOA Governance

by Boris Lublinsky on  Mar 23, 2009

InfoQ had the opportunity to review the new book “SOA Governance: Achieving and Sustaining Business and IT Agility” and interview its authors Clive Gee, William A. Brown, Robert G. Laird, Tilak Mitra.Topics covered include the role of reuse in SOA, SOA governance tooling, Business/IT alignment, etc.

Agile Governance: The Bridge Between Management and IT

by Vikas Hazrati on  Mar 20, 2009

Traditional project governance is used to describe the rules and processes that need to exist to ensure a successful project. At first glance the concept of governance and Agile seem to be incompatible however, most Agilists would agree that just enough governance might do more good than bad for the Agile project.

SOA: Where Do We Go From Here?

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Mar 14, 2009 2

"Enough wrangling over whether SOA is dead, or is thriving, or never even existed, or crashed somewhere near Roswell, New Mexico. The indisputable fact is many organizations are now working toward service orientation for at least part of their business application offerings, and this will only grow.", says Joe Mckendrick, so where do we go from here?

Article: We Need to Create Information System Ratings

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Mar 09, 2009 5

Pierre Bonnet, CTO of Orchestra Networks, argues that information systems are too opaque and not agile enough. He claims this is the main reason why "healthy" multinationals can collapse within months as they take on too much risk. He suggests that information systems be rated on how they manage master data, business rules and business processes.

Pragmatic SOA Governance

by Dilip Krishnan on  Feb 25, 2009

In an article on SOA Governance, Ross Mason, CTO and Co-Founder, MuleSource, says that in today's world, the traditional top-down philosophy for SOA is outmoded and outdated and urges for a more practical real-world approach to governance and SOA in general.

How to Align Process, IT and SOA Governance to Support BPM Initiatives?

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Feb 17, 2009

IBM just published the draft of a RedBook titled "Business Process Management enabled by SOA". The RedBook provides a general methodology which aims at aligning Process, IT and SOA governance to support BPM initiatives. The methodology defines a series of workstreams which are developed over a traditional project lifecycle.

Article: A Message Type Architecture for SOA

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Feb 09, 2009 28

This article proposes a new Message Type Architecture to help manage the message formats in a SOA. The approach based on two related DSLs, one for the Enterprise Data Model and one for the Message Types, promotes reuse and helps aligning the Data and SOA governance processes.

Case Study: Success with SOA at CISCO

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Jan 30, 2009

Harvinder Kalsi, lead architect at CISCO, shared artifacts, anecdotes and tips covering their four-step maturity process, major design concerns, and SOA platform at the last SOA consortium meeting. He also spoke about SOA success factors across people, process and technology dimensions, including the importance of business participation and business ownership of processes, policies and rules.

Horizontal and Vertical SOA Governance

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Jan 22, 2009

Rick Sweeney shares his views on getting started with SOA Governance. The problem, he explains, is how do you transform a culturally entrenched legacy process of governance based in traditional “stove-pipe” application design to a process that achieves the benefits of SOA? His answer is to adopt a “horizontal” and “vertical” governance approach.

Article: SOA Contract Maturity Model

by Abel Avram on  Jan 22, 2009

In this article, Kjell-Sverre Jerijærvi presents with enough detail Microsoft’s SOA Maturity Model (SOAMM) which can be used to evaluate the maturity of a SOA implementation.

SOA Predictions for 2009

by Mark Little on  Dec 31, 2008 1

A number of SOA authors and analysts have been making their predictions for where SOA will be going in 2009. Common amongst them are the increasing use of small-scale bottom-up SOA developments, cloud meeting SOA (and maybe taking over some of its hype) and the adoption of open source as a way to cut costs as well as drive adoption.

Performance Reviews Banished

by Mark Levison on  Oct 30, 2008 7

In the Wall Street Journal, Sam Culbert argues that annual performance and pay reviews are at best dysfunctional. He sees their primary purpose as "intimidation aimed at preserving the boss's authority and power advantage". Jeff Sutherland, Mary Poppendieck, ... offer alterantives

Can a Spoonful of Governance help SOA?

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Oct 29, 2008

Does SOA Governance means to you "visions of endless meetings and committee reviews"? Steve Stefanovich argues that "You might already practice governance and don’t even know it" and that "a reorientation and formalization of many of the things good software architects have been doing all along" might help your SOA initiative.

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