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  • What Is Going on with PaaS?

    Despite huge investments and years in development, PaaS has not managed to attract many customers so far. This article digests what several analysts are saying regarding the current status of PaaS and its future.

  • Big Data – Distinguishing Between Hype and Reality

    A recent IBM survey makes an attempt to distinguish between hype and reality when it comes to Big Data. Its findings include: 28% of the companies have started a Big Data pilot or implementation, 47% plan for it, while 24% try to learn about it.

  • Gartner’s Software Hype Cycles for 2012

    In a series of reports, Gartner has evaluated the maturity, adoption and future direction of more than 1,900 technologies and trends for 2012.

  • "A standard becomes successful when people don’t talk about it anymore" says OMG's Soley

    OMG CEO Richard Soley in a recent interview shares his observations on hype cycle effects on adoption patterns and how it may affect cloud computing like it did SOA. He extolls some virtues of cloud computing for startups and also explains why it may still not be as big a deal for larger businesses, despite the hype.

  • Object Relational Mapping - User Case Studies

    Roberto Zicari, from, collected interviews and stories from several users of Object/Relational mapping technologies. The main point of the cases was around "impedance mismatch" between the object technology in the domain model and the relational technology in the data model.

  • SOA Wordle: Nice But Is It Art?

    Mike Matsumura has produced a SOA wordle (word cloud) that is interesting to look at, but is it an accurate reflection of SOA?

  • Whoa There: SOA, SOA 2.0, ROA, WOA. An Acronym Too Far?

    With SOA 2.0 dead and the REST vs SOA vs Web Services debates simmering less fiercely of late, some in the industry have started to talk about Web Oriented Architecture (WOA). But is this different to anything that already exists (e.g., REST)? If so, why and how does it help developers and deployers? Burton Group's Anne Thomas Manes believes it is a term too far and adds nothing to the debate.

  • Defining Cloud Computing

    The term "cloud computing" has shown up everywhere from the Web 2.0 conference to the enterprise architecture whiteboard sessions in big companies to the laptops of startup developers. The big question being asked now is "what is cloud computing?"

  • Presentation: Jim Webber on "Guerilla SOA"

    In one of the most entertaining presentations on the topic ever, Dr. Jim Webber debunks myths about the mainstream ESB concept and explains how a lightweight approach can yield real benefits without giving in to vendor pressure. Jim claims that an ESB often ends up being just a thin veneer on an existing mess, and how an approach that doesn't put intelligence into the network is superior.

  • What's a Ruby DSL and what isn't?

    "Domain Specific Language" (DSL) is a popular buzzword in the Ruby community. Recently, however, doubts about the use of the term arose, particularly because it tends to be used even for ordinary APIs, simply because Ruby allows to omit parentheses. We look at some of the style debates.

  • SOA "Most Despised Buzzword"

    According to a Network Computing reader poll, "SOA" is the most despised tech buzzword. Is this just a typical sign of the hype cycle "trough of disillusionment" or something the SOA community should take seriously?