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  • The Subject and Discipline of Business Architecture

    This article defines the subject and discipline of Business Architecture. In contrast with other approaches, only business functionality and business information may be considered architectural entities that together form the subject of Business Architecture.The discipline of Business Architecture on the other hand is a description of the primary and secondary tasks of a Business Architect.

  • API Business Models: 20 Models in 20 Minutes

    How do you make money from APIs? In this keynote from the 2013 API Strategy Conference, John Musser, founder of ProgrammableWeb, reviews the different API business models that have been adopted by the worlds leading technology companies. John distills the variety of models down to four core categories and shows how API implementation aligns with different business strategies.

  • Agile Strategy Manifesto

    A successful business strategy starts with unique value creation. But for an organization to realize the full benefit of it’s business strategies it must develop and maintain them using an Agile approach. An Agile mindset and careful application of feedback provided by an iterative implementation will help retain value and turn good business strategies into great business strategies.

  • Agile and SOA, Hand in Glove?

    Agile is the hand that works in the glove. SOA is the glove, the scope is enterprise wide. Most principles of SOA and Agile are not in conflict. When they are, they keep each other sane. Agile development without a clear vision of the goals and objectives of the company is futile. SOA without a clear vision how to make it real using agile development principles is a waste of time and money.

  • mySOA: Agile, Governed and Sustainable

    William El Kaim, Lead Architect at Carlson Wagonlit, provides a rare glimpse at all the choices, and the rationale behind them, he and his colleagues have made while building their organization's Service Oriented Architecture. How does your SOA compare? What will be the major evolutions in the next few years? How will the Cloud impact current SOAs?

  • Beyond SOA: A New Enterprise Architecture Framework for Dynamic Business Applications

    A successful outcome is never questioned when a plane with millions of interdependent parts is designed, especially when cost is not a factor. Why are the outcomes of complex software projects so unpredictable? In this two-part article, the authors analyze the causes of project failures and propose a new approach beyond SOA based on adaptive systems theory and a new information architecture.

  • SOA Governance - Long-Term SOA Implementation and Management

    In this article, Wolfgang Keller explores the challenges in SOA adoption and discusses the commonalities and differences of SOA governance to overall IT governance. He discusses why SOA initiatives frequently get bogged down, and how the anchoring of SOA in an IT governance can help make SOA a success.

  • Interview: Using Agile for SOA

    Recently, Digital Focus documented their experience using Agile to tackle SOA for Federal Home Loan Banks. The incremental approach included adopting an SOA platform that could grow as the SOA application portfolio grew, and getting frequent feedback from customers and developers. InfoQ interviewed both the client and the author of the experience report on the project, and business-IT alignment.

  • Agile Business Rules

    James Taylor looks at the challenge that arises when the new requirements are not really requirements at all, but new or changed business rules. Aren't business rules the same as requirements? Taylor says: no, not really; and looks at how to make an agile development processes work just as well for business rules as they do for other kinds of requirements.

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