SOA in the Unification Model

This is third in a series on the impact of the business operating model on Service Oriented Architecture.  (see overview) What can you get from this series? My prior post raised a bit of ire with one of my readers, a fellow whom I respect.  He felt that my posts were not telling a positive…

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SOA in the Coordination Model

This is second in a series on the impact of the business operating model on Service Oriented Architecture.  (see overview) Quick note about the CISR models Before I go into a lot of detail about the operating models, I want to make one thing clear: The operating models from CISR follow the same laws as…

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SOA and the CISR Operating Models

I’m begining a new series on Integration.  Five parts.   Clear up some of the noise on SOA.  This series will refer to the set of four Operating Models described in the excellent book, “Enterprise Architecture as Strategy” from the great minds at MIT’s Center for Information Systems Research (CISR), Jeanne Ross and Peter Weill.  If you…

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A Tale of Two Visions

As I am called upon, more and more, to present a clear “vision” for how SOA will occur, I realize that folks are using the same words for two completely different requests.  The trick is to provide both. The question may be phrased as “Where are we going with SOA?” or “What is our integration…

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If you don’t like the senator’s politics, attack his clothing

Pete Lacey started an interesting discussion a few days ago when he reopened the debate over the use of the term “SOA” in his blog post “What is SOA?”.  He certainly dove in to attack the idea of SOA, but did not come to any useful conclusions. He starts by offering a humorous anecdote to…

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The culture of art vs. the culture of engineering

You know what seperates an artist from an engineer?  Let’s say Joe designs something pretty cool.  Mary sees it and uses that design.  In Engineering, Mary is wise.  In Art, Mary is a thief. For years, in many IT shops, and throughout the computing world, we have built a culture where it is better to…

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The New Life of Joe – Part Three – The Users Are Coming!

Joe was in a good mood when he walked into the meeting with his Process Management leads for the first time.  Perhaps is was because Selina had just walked him through a consistent process for tracking and managing project information that didn’t keep everyone in “fire fighting mode” all month long.  “Orderly is good,” he…

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The new life of Joe – Part Two – Managing Complexity

Selina Colander is up in Joe’s face.  Joe Freeflier, the new IT manager for the Sales, Marketing, and Public Relations IT group, called an all-day meeting for the project managers to attend a complete budget and timeline review for all in-flight projects.  Selina is not sure it is a good use of people’s time.  “Don’t…

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