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Business Transformation in Action

Joe McKendrick

SOA Roundup: Bad Habits, Good Habits for SOA, BPM, PaaS and Cloud

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This past week or so, the ebizQ site has been abuzz with discussion around a myriad of new initiatives reshaping organizations.

Does business process management (BPM) need master data management (MDM) to function effectively? Clay Richardson, analyst at Forrester and highly regarded BPM expert, says a new wave of intelligent solutions -- called "process analytics" -- is reshaping the management of today's organizations. Richardson recently spoke with Peter Schooff, and will be a keynote speaker at ebizQ's upcoming BPM in Action virtual conference next Wednesday, June 23rd.

Peter also asked if it's time for 'Cloud 2.0'? in a recent ebizQ interactive forum, and received a lot of thoughtful replies. The consensus was it's probably too early to start talking about a Cloud 2.0, as pointed out by Tarak Modi: "Is there a universally agreed upon definition of Cloud 1.0? (Just think of all the debate around the 'private' cloud)."

Jack Vaughn takes us on an in-depth journey into HP's cloud initiatives -- not that the vendor is outright calling it "cloud." Jack explains what's up with the invention company. Interestingly, HP appears to be leveraging its Systinet technology (acquired through the Mercury acquisition) to help companies manage internal clouds. Systinet was known for its SOA governance solutions.

Ian Tomlin explores the emerging Platform as a Service (or PaaS) market, and how vendors are now stepping up to provide cost-effective was to build on PaaS -- particularly the framework offered through Microsoft Azure. "Organizations today want to see a step-change lowering of the cost of designing and operating applications," he writes. "Microsoft themselves at the launch of Azure stated their vision is to reduce the cost of developing and operating applications by a factor of ten. But today for Microsoft, this objective remains a vision."

Dave Linthicum is worried that many of the "bad habits" that have been seen in enterprises over the years are now being transferred to the cloud. For example, he says, many companies are paying for unused or underused 'shelfware' -- and may soon be paying oodles for unused and underused cloud services. "Cloud computing won't change behavior, and that enterprises perhaps need to learn more about how to use cloud computing, rather than chasing the hype these days," says Dave, who has made a career out of fighting bad enterprise habits. "Many in IT are 'managing by magazine,' and while cloud computing is hugely exciting, it could be the wrong path for many enterprises."  

Noam Tamarkin continued his online discussion on integration issues, questioning whether companies are probably better off doing the work to integrate best-of-breed solutions from different vendors, versus relying on a single vendor.  Previously he brought up the whole matter of SOAP for SOA. The bottom line, he says, is "the protocol and specific technology is not critical as long as the service is clear, usable and perform well. Anyway, protocols and technologies come and go while the application stays."

As mentioned above, this week. on Wednesday, June 23, is ebizQ's BPM in Action virtual conference. Topics ranging from event processing, social BPM, business process competency centers, and advanced decisioning are part of the day's packed agenda. You'll hear from featured speakers including Gartner's Elise Olding, Forrester's Clay Richardson, CalTech's Mani Chandy, James Taylor and Dave Linthicum.

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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