links for 2009-01-24
By OTN ArchBeat on Jan 23, 2009
Kate Carruthers writes, "Within companies there is often little trust between departments and an unwillingness to rely upon things that other people have built."
"SOA is all about making the business more adaptable to change. Why is this an issue? Because the processes and systems we have to support us are so rigid, so slow, so difficult to modify that they have become obstacles to future success. These process and system difficencies have been caused by many years of “oiling the squeeking wheel”. What I mean by that is mostly no-one has been really willing to tackle the problems at the core of the enterprise – they just focus on their particular project and seek to deliver it cheaply and quickly."
Billy Cripe advises that, "Enterprises that adopt a simple 'if we deploy it, they will come' attitude are forgetting the basic rule of software deployments: technology is a means not an end. The end is the solution of your business problem(s). Technology, social or otherwise should help you get there. To that extent, then, clear goals and purposes for the technology should be at least outlined at some point during the decision making and implementation process.
OTN honcho Justin Kestelyn reports on a particularly disturbing variety of fashion crime, as practiced by members of the Oracle ACE community.