SOA Fatigue

Dave Linthicum recently blogged about not attending SOA conferences because he is able to determine the core trends and messages they would be promoting.  I’ve thought this about SOA books, reports, trade magazines and online articles for well over a year.    Does this mean SOA is dead?   Is it time for yet another IT crisis?   …


Say What?

Interesting perspective from Randy Heffner (Forrester) in the latest issue of Redmond Magazine: Perhaps Randy is unaware of our work on XML, SOAP and the Web Services Workshops that led to the WS-* specifications.   The quote above seems to be inspired by current OASIS activities associated with SCA.  Conflating multi-platform WS-* specifications and standards with…


SOA and Business Process Conference 2007

The 2007 Microsoft SOA & Business Process Conference will be held from October 29th through November 2nd, 2007 at the Microsoft Conference Center on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, WA.  Customers and partners can learn about Microsoft’s current and long-term strategy for SOA & Business Process.  Visit the conference website for more information.


BizTalk 24/7

Saravana Kumar just launched a nice aggregation of BizTalk resources at BizTalk 24/7.   Worth a look if you are working with or new to BizTalk.


How do you define "Composite Applications"?

While we’re all puzzling over how to define SOA let’s throw another term into the mix.    The term Composite Applications is getting a lot of attention these days.   The problem, like SOA, is that there seems to be many differerent opinions on what Composite Applications are.  Gartner defines Composite Applications like this: “Composite applications leverage…


Nailing Jello to the Wall

  Joe McKendrick has a blog entry about just a bunch of Web Services and SOA.   He cites some research from Saugatuck that states “…many companies are merely managing a collection of Web services, and have yet to make a strong commitment to SOA as a management discipline”.   Joe asks: what constitutes a “proper” SOA?  I think…


A Round-up of Microsoft SOA Resources

      Microsoft believes that software empowers individuals to accomplish difficult tasks.   Our approach towards educating our partners and customers on SOA reflects this belief.    For this reason the bulk of our resources are designed to be actionable instead of passive, instructor-led courses.  These offerings are available in a broad variety of formats, many of which are…


Microsoft and Linux

If you haven’t heard about this already, you owe it to yourself to check this out.  The most exciting part of the announcement (imho): Web Services for managing physical and virtual servers: Microsoft and Novell will undertake work to make it easier for customers to manage mixed Windows and SUSE Linux Enterprise environments and to…


Hammer Time

The apparent backlash (if you can call it that) against WS-BPEL 2.0 has begun.   I knew things were going to get interesting when I heard Dave Linthicum’sSOA Podcast mention BPEL getting “hammered” by both the press and the blogosphere.  There are a variety of reasons for the “hammering”, some justified, some not.   Stefan has posted a summary…


WS-* Specs and Status at a glance

Below is a slide from an internal event I spoke at last week. Thanks to Jorgen for summarizing the status of these specs. This “status” slide is current as of 8/2/2006.