Monday Jan 13, 2014

Service Oriented Architecture: New OTN Technical Articles

Several new SOA articles have appeared on OTN in recent weeks.

Among them are two new chapters in the Industrial SOA series, the creation of Jürgen Kress, Berthold Maier, Hajo Normann , Danilo Schmeidel , Guido Schmutz , Bernd Trops, Clemens Utschig-Utschig, and Torsten Winterberg .

  • MDM and SOA: Be Warned! offers a motive for using Master Data Management (MDM), presents typical variants for possible MDM architecture concepts, and illustrates the interplay of MDM and SOA.

  • Event-Driven SOA questions whether real companies and their business transactions are more event-driven than service-driven, and looks at the confluence of EDA and SOA.

Those interested in IT governance as it relates to SOA and enterprise architecture will want to check out SOA Governance Through Enterprise Architecture, a new article by Manuel Rosa and André de Oliveira Sampaio that describes in detail a strategy for increasing the visibility and viability of SOA goverance as part of a global enterprise architecture.

And those working with Oracle Fusion applications will want to take advantage of Integration with Fusion Applications, a 54-page sample chapter (PDF, 1.71MB) from the Oracle Fusion Applications Development and Extensibility Handbook (2013, Oracle Press), by by Vladimir Ajvaz, Anil Passi , and Dhaval Metha.

You'll find even more OTN SOA articles here.

Thursday Dec 19, 2013

The Talking Cure for Dysfunctional SOA

One of the SOA challenges mentioned in the recent OTN ArchBeat Podcast Old Habits Die Hard in the New SOA World is the persistent lack of communication among SOA stakeholders at some organizations.

How bad is it? Last week, during an interview for an upcoming podcast, Oracle ACE Director Simon Haslam, a consultant specializing in Oracle Fusion Middleware, told me that he has been in meetings on customer sites, "where we've sat in a room with some of the DBAs and middleware admins and network people, and they've hardly spoken to each other before. It's like 'Didn't I see you at last year's Christmas party?'"

Yeah, it can be that bad. So what can be done when SOA stakeholders behave like members of the US Congress?

In his contribution to Capgemini's TechnoVision 2014 series of blog posts, social media expert Rick Mans discusses enterprise social networks as a means of connecting all manner of information workers. Mans says:

"Since work has changed over the years, don’t make the mistake to transition work and processes one on one over to the enterprise social network. Take a step back, focus on what the outcome should be and then redesign your process with social in the center and the enterprise social network as an enabler. Otherwise you end up with a sub-optimal solution: the situation of 19th centuries processes run in a 21st century environment, that is just waiting for things to break down."

So can enterprise social networks help dysfunctional organizations do a better job at SOA? Maybe. They will at least open channels between stakeholders, a necessary first step in getting everyone pointed in the right direction so that SOA can progress. But as Mans' post suggests, social networks won't make a huge difference if  SOA stakeholder behavior doesn't change.




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