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November 2008 Archives

Governance or no governance, someone is always making a decision on the direction of SOA projects -- why not do it right?This is a case where the well-worn phrase, "you can't be just a little bit pregnant" applies to service... Read More..
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On Tuesday, December 2 (Noon Eastern), I have the honor of hosting the latest ebizQ Webcast, titled "Create a Center of Excellence in SOA Governance." William A. Brown, senior and master certified executive IT architect at IBM, will share his... Read More..
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With the government taking in and spending trillions of dollars, we hope they are doing so in the most efficient way possible. A little bit of leakage or latency from a $250-billion initiative, after all, could mean a couple of... Read More..
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The government is well-known for redundancy on a large scale, so it's no surprise that the Department of Defense maintains an entirely different electronic health records system than the Veteran's Affairs Administration.Well, duplication is duplication, and the two departments finally... Read More..
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Electric companies have a great system designed to reduce power outage incidents. If one line or transformer goes out, the system can automatically reroute power through other lines.One power company has taken this self-healing resilience a step further, to its... Read More..
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SOA in Action! Today!

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Just a reminder that today's the day! ebizQ SOA in Action -- 2008. At 2:00 Eastern Time, I will have the pleasure of moderating what will be a scintillating panel discussion as part of ebizQ's SOA in Action virtual conference.... Read More..
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Dematic, a $1.5-billion global logistics company, recently replaced its core IT architecture in 72 days with a platform built on SOA and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), according to a report in CIO. Sound implausible? The company's IT department was... Read More..

Miko Matsumura, Bjoern Brauel, and Jignesh Shah, all with SoftwareAG, have just come out with a book called "SOA Adoption for Dummies," which draws a very compelling analogy to the world of rock science. I can definitely see Miko's thinking... Read More..
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Are we really all that "disillusioned" with SOA? That's what analysts and pundits keep trying to tell us. A couple of weeks back, Gartner released a study that said not as many companies were initiating new SOA efforts as before.... Read More..
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It was great to see Beth Gold-Bernstein's latest post on SOA: Getting It Right, copies of which will be awarded to five selected attendees at next week's SOA in Action megaconference here at ebizQ. This past summer, I had the... Read More..
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Two SOA studies hit the streets this week, and both seem to confirm what we've been seeing within the SOA space in recent times: that return on investment -- for the business -- has become the most important criteria for... Read More..

In response to my recent posts of SOA-related job descriptions for SOA evangelists and architects, ("Job Descriptions: The People That Keep the SOA Engine Running," a reader, Jewell Griffith, asked if there was a description of "business analyst." A couple... Read More..
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There's been plenty of discussion about the dearth of skills needed to align the business and the IT department to move SOA forward, but what exactly goes into such jobs? Mike Tavis recently posted some good job descriptions for the... Read More..

In this blog (formerly known as "SOA in Action"), Joe McKendrick examines how BPM and related business and IT approaches can promote business transformation.

Joe McKendrick

Joe McKendrick is an author and independent analyst who tracks the impact of information technology on management and markets. View more


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