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  • Blog Post: Names at Insight!

    I'm very pleased with myself because after much effort by many people it's my pleasure to anounce that Jack Greenfield , the co-author of the now legendary " Software Factories " book will be providing the closing plenary at the Microsoft Architect Insight Conference on March 5-6 this year. However...
  • Blog Post: Unbundling the bank

    “Technology is the primary business driver in the banking industry” or so Craig Heimark said during his session at QCon today, not that the business is really aware, all they see is the changes in the competitive landscape. However, as he argues this change is driven (although enabled might be a better...
  • Blog Post: Service Oriented Architectural Layers

    I mentioned in an earlier blog that I’d talk about SO layers at some point. Well, given that they featured in my presentation the other day I guess that now is as good a time as any to do so. S OA as I've said previously is more than just a distributed technology; it is a decentralised technology...
  • Blog Post: WAX Workshop

    On Tuesday I ran WAX ; a Workshop to discuss the intersection of existing and emerging architectures including SOA, Web 2.0, SaaS etc. with 24 guys from a diverse set of backgrounds including Analysts, Vendors, Enterprises and Web 2.0 companies (see the WAX site for names). The day was split into...
  • Blog Post: SaaS: For dummies

    SaaS is a continually evolving mix of existing and emerging technologies and business models and as I have suggested seems to be best described in terms of the following six characteristics (although I am sure there are more). Application Licensing Location Management ...
  • Blog Post: Service Oriented Anti-patterns; a road map for Service Oriented Anarchy

    I’ve had bloggers block (or is it bloggers droop?) for a while now. I’ve wanted to write something about SOA, but the thoughts just wouldn’t coalesce into anything I could relay in any legible form. That is until know I guess, unless I get a response saying anything to the contrary of course J ! ...
  • Blog Post: 1. SaaS: Application

    Today a SaaS application is most readily recognised and associated with user interactive web applications accessed directly over the internet (eg. the web application). Already synonymous with the SaaS phenomena is the likes of the infamous Salesforce.com for example. However, SaaS as a concept caters...
  • Blog Post: Service Modelling Language Talk

    If you're interested in hearing about the latest developments in the roadmap towards building self-managing dynamic systems then I've been invited to do a talk to the BCS SPA group about the new SML specification announced at the end of July. Click here to register .... http://bcs-spa.org/cgi-bin/view...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the World of ME!

    The following diagram provides a view of the user significant business drivers that were identified during WAX . The power of 'ME' when measured in millions is an extremely significant force .... welcome to the "World of Me"!
  • Blog Post: Six characteristics of SaaS

    The world of IT doesn’t stand still and never has this been truer than it is today. SOA and related concepts are still riding strong on the wave but a new contender is starting to make its way through into the mainstream; this being the concept of Software as a Service (SaaS). SaaS is a very nebulous...
  • Blog Post: 2. SaaS: Licensing

    One of the most defining characteristics of SaaS is probably that of licensing provided as a subscription-based model rather than the single up-front license fee sold for perpetual use as described by traditional software “products”. This subscription model is most typically realised through a relatively...
  • Blog Post: Implementing SOA

    I had the very great pleasure of chair a conference on Implementing SOA in the Banking Industry in Vienna last week as the European Regional Chair of the International Association of Software Architects (IASA). It was a truly excellent quality conference with great speakers from many of the large European...
  • Blog Post: The Enterprise Service Bus – product or architecture?

    There’s a bit of a buzz going around at the moment relating to ESB; probably the result of someone shaking a “marketing tree” somewhere! The problem with the world of TLAs is that they are easy to invent, but it is a completely different matter to then fully define what they actually mean! ESB is...
  • Blog Post: 3. SaaS: Location

    In terms of location a SaaS Application is most readily associated with that of an internet hosted web application (and hence hosting may have been a better description in hindsight). However, in reality this only represents one of many location (hosting) models that are available including these described...