Tony Baer has a great rundown of Monday's EclipseCon OSGi-based runtime Equinox news. Extending the Eclipse community's unity to runtimes makes a ton of sense, given that developers can focus on the applications and business logic and become far less concerned with complex deployment issues. Write once, run anywhere?Eclipse's component development plan, called "CODA" (Component Oriented Development and Assembly), hinges on Eclipse's Equinox, which is the foundation's OSGi-based runtime and a part of the new Eclipse Runtime project.The best new benefits will come in the conjunction of the Eclipse tools and Equinox runtimes. For example, developers in a vertical industry niche can use the tools and runtimes together and via community synergies enjoy a "common platform for participation."I've long been a complainer about the gulf between runtime and design time, with the clear need for better feedback between the two -- especially in the era of Agile and Web services assembly. An … [Read more...] about PRODUCT PROFILE Eclipse’s Equinox Smooths Out Runtime Issues
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Mike Meehan at SearchSOA.com has done some homework on the use of Web Oriented Architecture (WOA), and the IT folks in the field are fed up. Enough with the labels, they seem to be saying.And they raise excellent points. I for one am by no means wed to the "WOA" nomenclature. Several other industry analysts recently told me as much -- "WOA is not the right term" -- during a dinner at the IBM Impact event earlier this month.So what really counts is the concept of not waiting for legacy-abstracted, middleware-driven, investments-heavy SOA before seeking wider berth for more easily available and ecumenical services-based productivity. WOA is about lightweight and externally and internally originating standards-based services and independent data being used now, not after an internal SOA infrastructure is ready (and for some that's five years).You know the drill: Build it and the services will come, so ramp up on that registry/repository, BPEL engine, scalable middleware beyond EAI, SOAP … [Read more...] about OPINION WOA: An Acronym in Search of a Meaning
Perhaps a savvy political operative tasked with designing the best go-to-market campaign for SOA (service-oriented architecture) would proclaim: "It's the applications, stupid!"Focusing on the applications -- and not the means to achieving them -- has served computing well over the decades. I recall trying to run a global newsroom -- with some 15 reporters at seven distributed bureaus from London to Taipei -- during a Boston-based home-office-wide PC upgrade back in 1994.We were running client-server apps like Lotus Notes and client DOS-based applications to access the oft-times frustrating GE Global Network, our pre-Internet use WAN. We were doing the usual personal productivity apps likeXyWrite (I miss it) and Lotus apps (miss them too) before MS Office was at all popular, as well as NetWare print-and-file services.The boss (and company IT maven), oneRob Garretson, then-editor in chief of the IDG News Service, pickedIBM's OS/2for the operating system upgrade from DOS 5 (shell) and … [Read more...] about OPINION For SOA Value, Focus on the Applications
"SOA transition" is buzz term growing in popularity among IT managers, especially when they meet with corporate boardroom residents. Businesses are transitioning into service-oriented architecture by tapping into the increasing number of SOA products software makers are creating to meet this new interest.However, for the uninitiated, SOA can be just another entry in themushrooming jumble of acronyms and alphabet soups business technology users must digest. The world of e-commerce is undergoing a transition toward greater use of SOA. Its proponents claim that SOA holds real promise to drive further adoption and greater efficiency for e-commerce.SOA can be a powerful asset for IT organizations, enabling them to unite disparate systems using well-defined, common standard interfaces. Do not view SOA as a new technology, however. It is a flexible business process that can help adopters cost-effectively deliver increased value to their customers.Rather than throwing investment money into … [Read more...] about The Shift to SOA: Repurposing Priceless Business Logic
As enterprises examine the use of cloud computing for core IT functions, how can they protect themselves against service provider lock-in, ensure openness and portability of applications and data, and foster a true marketplace among cloud providers?Indeed, this burning question about the value and utility of cloud computing centers on whether applications and data can move with relative ease from cloud to cloud -- that is, across so-called public- and private-cloud divides, and among and between various public cloud providers.For enterprises to determine the true value of cloud models -- and to ascertain if their cost and productivity improvements will be sufficient to overcome the disruptive shift to cloud computing -- they really must know the actual degree of what I call "application fungibility."Fungible means being able to move in and out of like systems or processes. But what of modern IT applications? Fungible applications could avoid the prospect of swapping on-premises … [Read more...] about PODCAST The Importance of Being Fungible
This week's podcast provides a case study on how new forms of cloud-based integration are helping a major high-tech company build new relationships among and between extended enterprise business processes.We'll examine how Fairchild Semiconductor has been an early adopter of integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS). The venerable Silicon Valley company has been using graphical tools to build integrations among and between far-flung applications and services but with those integration platforms housed in a newly unveiled Workday Integration Cloud.We'll learn here from the chief technology officer at Workday on what the integration cloud approach can do and how it points to a future in which broad integration capabilities are increasingly built into Software as a Service (SaaS) applications.This cloud-based integration model will prove far less vulnerable to the complexity, fragility and cost that plagues traditional on-premises middleware integration methods. It should also spur the … [Read more...] about PODCAST What Makes IaaS Tick?
Some recent Iona Technologies announcements point up the growing practice of multiple ESBs within enterprises, often associated in a federated manner, and sometimes using ESBs tasked with specific types of integration duties.Iona is taking a "hybrid" approach to ESB offerings, with a coordinated open source and commercial strategy. [Disclosure: Iona has been a sponsor of BriefingsDirect podcasts.] Iona Technical Director Jim Strachan addresses some of the open source issues here. Iona has also upgraded its Artix ESB, and has partnered to bring a management dashboard benefit to the mix.These moves reflect how enterprises and service providers are using ESBs in innovative ways, in effect creating distributed ESBs to support SOA, SaaS and guerrilla SOA -- while building a path to holistic SOA that follows a crawl, walk, run ramp-up.Indeed, some new use traits are emerging on how ESBs are actually being used in the market. One is that multiple ESBs are often used, or come into play, rather … [Read more...] about ESBs Finding Their Place in the Mix
This podcast discussion centers on how the role and impact of integration has shifted, and how a more comprehensive and managed approach to integration is required, thanks to such major trends as cloud, hybrid computing and managing massive datasets.Moreover, the tools that support enterprise integration need to be usable by more types of workers, those that are involved with business process activities and data analysis. The so-called democratization of IT effect is also rapidly progressing into this traditionally complex and isolated world of applications and data integration.So, how do enterprises face up to the generational shift of the function of integration to new and more empowered users, so that businesses can react and exploit more applications and data resources and do so in a managed and governed fashion? This is no small task.We're finding that modern, lightweight, and open source platforms that leverage modular architectures are a new and proven resource for the rapid and … [Read more...] about PODCAST Open Source and the Democratization of IT
As Red Hat and its JBoss unit ramp up their SOA (service-oriented architectures) offerings and capabilities, they are re-emerging as a powerful mischief-maker to the established commercial vendors -- this time on the subject of data lifecycle in the age of SOA. However, there soon could be much more mischief from Raleigh, N.C.Red Hat has announced a series of SOA-focused bundles of open source products and associated services, as well as the acquisition of enterprise information integration (EII) vendorMetaMatrix for an undisclosed fee.MetaMatrix's proprietary software provides a data services layer that decouples applications from their data sources, but Red Hat plans to move MetaMatrix to an open source license and a subscription model in less than a year.Herein lies the mischief. If Red Hat can offer a capable EII product set in open source and spur on community development energies that attract more types of data and applications/services, then that puts pressure on the race for … [Read more...] about OPINION Red Hat Gets Into Mischief
Welcome to the latest BriefingsDirect Analyst Insights Edition, Vol. 36, a periodic discussion and dissection of software, services, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and compute cloud-related news and events with a panel of IT analysts.In this episode, recorded Jan. 12, 2009, our guests examine what might keep SOA alive and vibrant -- the ability for the architectural approach to grow inclusive of service types like service-oriented communications (SOC).We also visit the purported demise of large-scale SOA to calibrate the life span of SOA -- is it dead or alive?Please join noted IT industry analysts and experts Todd Landry, vice president of NEC Sphere; Jim Kobielus, senior analyst at Forrester Research; Tony Baer, senior analyst at Ovum; Joe McKendrick, independent analyst and prolific blogger; Dave Linthicum, founder of Blue Mountain Labs; JP Morgenthal, senior analyst at Burton Group, and Anne Thomas Manes, vice president and research director at Burton Group.Our discussion is … [Read more...] about PODCAST Reports of SOA’s Death: Greatly Exaggerated or Dead-On?