Who's Architecting the Cloud?
As the hype cycle for the cloud computing continues to gather steam, an increasing number of end users are starting to see the silver lining, while others are simply lost in the fog. It is clear that the debate over the definition, business model, and benefits of cloud will continue for some time, but it is also clear that the sluggish economic environment is increasing the appeal of having someone else pay for the robust infrastructure needed to run one’s applications. Yet, all this talk of leveraging cloud capabilities, or perhaps even building one’s own cloud, whether for public or private consumption, introduces thorny problems. How can we make sure that the cloud will bring us closer to the heavenly vision of IT we search for rather than a fog that hides a complex mess? Who will make sure that the cloud vision isn’t just another reinterpretation of…

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Does Cloud Computing Hold Water?
One of ZapThink’s favorite roles is that of iconoclast. When we see a growing hype bubble, we love being the ones to pop it. We relished dispelling the confusion over the SOA is dead meme, and now it’s time to let a little air out of the latest gas bag: Cloud Computing. Don’t get us wrong — we see a great future to Cloud Computing, but that doesn’t mitigate the fact that the hype around this trend is getting way too far ahead of the reality. People can’t even agree on what Cloud Computing is, and vendors are already rolling out products, conferences are ramping up, and pundits are working themselves into a frenzy. It’s time for a refreshing contrarian view, taking a critical look at why Cloud Computing will likely fail, or at the very least, why we’re nowhere near ready for it. Déjà Vu All Over…

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ZapThink Announces Major Update to Popular SOA Implementation Roadmap Poster
ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts, advisers, and educators in the field of Service-Oriented Architecture, is responding to customer demand with today’s publication of the third version of its popular “ZapThink SOA Implementation Roadmap” poster. The company distributed over 100,000 copies of its first two versions of the poster, the first in 2003 and then updated in 2005. The latest version adds cutting-edge thought leadership in SOA, includes detail on architectural artifacts, and expands coverage of SOA Quality, Enterprise Mashups, and more.   Read more at: Emediawire…

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The Human in the Machine
In the late 1700s, a clever inventor built a mechanical device he called The Mechanical Turk that could play a mean game of chess. It was so good, in fact, that people such as Benjamin Franklin and Napoleon Bonaparte traveled to play the machine, only to lose to it. The Turk was certainly a curiosity of the day, since there were no computers, no microprocessors, hard drives, or networks to speak of. So, how did this curious device work? It turned out that it was all an elaborate hoax, with a chess master hiding inside the machine operating an intricate set of springs and magnets to move the mannequin attached to the device. Playing chess at the grandmaster level, of course, is extraordinarily difficult, and it was only in the last decade that computers surpassed the best human players in ability. Ironically, computers are still unable to perform other,…

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