Cloud Computing and SOA: Same but Different
Presentation for the Cordys Webinar earlier in March 2009 on the topic of “Cloud Computing and SOA”. Key Takeaways: Cloud provides a good excuse to stop thinking about the ESB as central (or even necessary) for SOA Cloud, cloud, cloud — the same hype as SOA, SOA, SOA? From a SOA perspective, is Cloud Computing SaaS+Virtualization + SOA? SOA provides the fundamental architecture perspective on making loosely coupled, location independent, virtualized capabilities possible. Cloud is a way to apply SOA in a virtualized manner Will Cloud be the new hype center? [hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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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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SOA Industry Future Trends
Presentation for EDS Webinar on February 17, 2009. Covers future trends in SOA, including Software-as-a-Service, virtualization, cloud computing, Enterprise 2.0, and Enterprise Mashups. 29-slide PowerPoint in pdf format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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Goodbye 2008… Here we Come, 2009!
It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone, but with so much happening in 2008: global recession and economic stress, presidential elections, warfare and terrorism, natural disasters, and other happenings both good and bad, perhaps it’s good to shut the door quickly on this year and open up a new, more hopeful one. After all, it is at times of strife that sometimes the greatest successes emerge. And this is what we are hoping for in 2009: not just for the world at large, but for companies that adopt and implement the tenets of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). In this ZapFlash, as is our usual practice, we’ll take a look at some of the predictions we made for this year and see how they panned out, and make some new ones. We’ll scold ourselves for predictions that missed the mark, and of course, give ourselves kudos for the…

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The Buckaroo Banzai Effect: Location Independence, Service-Oriented Architecture, and the Cloud
Now that Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is finally becoming mainstream, an increasing number of people are asking us what comes after SOA. If SOA is one step in the evolution of distributed computing, the reasoning goes, then something is bound to be next in line. Furthermore, just as SOA built upon Web architectures, client/server, and the rest of what are now today’s legacy technologies, so too will this “Next Big Thing” (for want of a name) build upon, rather than replace SOA. Well-meaning pundits, analysts, bloggers, and others have sought to name this Next Big Thing — SOA 2.0, Web 3.0, etc. — but simply naming a concept before anybody really knows what that concept represents is sheer folly, and inevitably a lightning rod for derision. This ZapFlash, therefore will do no such thing. Instead, we’ll seek in a mere 1,500 words or so to identify the elements of the…

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