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  • The Industrialization of Software Delivery

    IT has consistently failed to deliver expected value time and time again. According to Ian Thomas, Industrialization (componentization, specialization) may be a solution for supporting software agility and reliability in the new business environment.

  • Opinions: Why Most Social Software Fail and how to Avoid it

    According to Clay Shirky, the success key for social software is “a brutally simple mental model [...] shared by all users”. Referring to it as Shirky’s law, Michael Nielsen analyzes why programmers often fail to obey it. His arguments as well as the discussion that has followed provide interesting insights into pitfalls that need to be avoided for building successful social applications.

  • Is AMQP on the way to providing real business interoperability?

    AMQP came from inside of JPMorgan, thanks to John O'Hara. But his vision was bigger than just a new way to do things internally. The standard and open source technologies around it have been gaining momentum. Jeff Gould and others shed some light on where AMQP came from, who is driving it, and where it might be going.

  • Agile Business Intelligence

    Large centrally designed BI systems often don't meet the expectations of their end users. In this article at Cutter IT journal Scott Ambler has written about using Agile methods to help meet the user's expectations and deliver business value quickly.

  • Should your architecture focus on SOA or BPM?

    While SOA was the big name in the buzzword tag cloud, BPM is quickly getting bigger and bigger. As organizations are becoming more aware of the need to tame their processes in order to get the benefits of IT investments, BPM is gaining importance and mindshare inside and outside of IT. Is one more important for your architecture?

  • Presentation: Steve Jones on "Driving IT from the Business"

    In a presentation recorded at QCon London, Cap Gemini's Steve Jones explains his concept of a business service architecture. Topics covered include how to apply SOA to existing systems, the problems one runs into when SOA is driven by technology, and the structural and organizational impact of business-driven SOA.

  • Can Architects Stop Financial Ruin and Market Meltdowns?

    The purported fraud by Jerome Kerviel at Société Générale may bring down a major financial institution and may have caused markets to tumble worldwide. Attention has turned to systems intended to prevent fraud and other illegal activities. What role can software architects play in detecting and avoiding fraud and other suspicious behavior?

  • Decisions driven by productivity concerns: Reasons, implications and limitations

    Often the necessity to rapidly adapt software projects to new clients’ needs results in adopting approaches focused on productivity. Reasons, implications and limitations of this were recently discussed in the blog sphere.

  • InfoQ Interview: Hugh Ivory on DSDM's Public "Atern" Release

    DSDM has been called "the grandmother" of the agile methodologies, first released in 1995. Until recently it was only available to members but this year, for the first time, the DSDM Consortium made the "Atern" release available to the public. Director Hugh Ivory provided an overview at Agile2007, including a look at both old and new customer-facing roles in DSDM.

  • Technology-agnostic approach to Service Oriented Architecture: back to the essence of SOA?

    SOA is often understood in terms of technical tools and software solutions. Dan North believes that this may prevent architects from focusing on its essence: thorough mapping and modeling of core business processes. He shows how to design SOA in a "technology-agnostic" way so that business can play an important role in identifying SOA requirements without being constrained by technical decisions.

  • Interview: Steve Jones on "Business-driven SOA"

    In this interview, recorded at QCon London, Stefan Tilkov talks to Cap Gemini's Steve Jones about his concept of a business service architecture. Topics covered include how to apply SOA to existing systems, the problems one runs into when SOA is driven by technology, and the structural and organizational impact of business-driven SOA.

  • Metastorm Aquires Proforma

    Metastorm, the maker of the Metastorm BPM Suite, has acquired Proforma, an Enterprise Architecture/Process Modeling tool vendor. The acquisition makes Metastorm one of the few vendors able to offer BPM and EA Modeling together.

  • NServiceBus - Makes Building Enterprise .NET Systems Easier

    NServiceBus is an open source communications framework that will help guide developers who are trying to build enterprise .NET systems, without falling into many of the typical pitfalls. It provides scalability critical features like publish/subscribe support, integrated long-running workflow and deep extensibility.

  • Making Agile Methods and Enterprise Architecture Play Nice

    A report from the Cutter Consortium asks Are Agile Methods and Enterprise Architecture Compatible? and answers "Yes, with Effort." The authors recommended specific techniques to allow Agile Methods and Enterprise Architecture to be mutually beneficial. Moreover, their observations, analysis, and recommendations are directly applicable to the meshing of AM and SOA.

  • Article: 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.


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