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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you are aware of the hype around Big Data and Predictive Analytics.  The potential is mind-blowing, but organizations looking to pursue Big Data must be cautious and consider the enabling pieces that need to be in place in order to be successful.  Otherwise, irrational exuberance may well lead to a Big Investment in a Big Disappointment. Earlier this month, I was interviewed for the Cloud Computing Journal as a survey of IT pundits on the subject of Big Data Predictions for 2013.  While many were extolling the virtues of Big Data, I was the proverbial party-pooper.  My cautionary tale is repeated here for ease of access and in hopes of facilitating a dialogue on the subject: 2013 holds the potential for Big Data and Analytics to either generate real returns for the next wave of adopters or potentially ‘jump the shark’ and be... (more)

WASP: Taking the Sting Out of Web Services Development

In the October issue of Web Services Journal (Vol. 2, issue 10), I wrote an article on how to assemble a free C# .NET development environment by combining Eclipse, the Java 2 platform, Microsoft's .NET SDK, and a C# Eclipse plug-in from Improve Technologies. This time, I'm going to extend the Eclipse workbench to provide a Java Web services development environment by adding a free plug-in from Systinet (www.systinet.com). Java Web Services Development with Eclipse By way of review, IBM released the Eclipse project (www.eclipse.org) to the open source community in November 2001. Ec... (more)

SOA World Product Review — Testing...1...2...3...Testing

Few topics evoke more groans and eye rolling from software engineers and Web developers than the dreaded "TESTING." Testing falls into the same category as documentation, refactoring code, dusting, and visiting the dentist. Put it off until the last minute, do as little as possible, do it quickly, and move on to something else. I must confess that I have the same visceral reaction to the thought of 'testing' as others do. Consequently, I approached the prospect of reviewing a testing tool with the loathing of visiting the dentist. I was very relieved to discover that Parasoft's S... (more)

Ten Steps to Successful Cloud Adoption

A Journey of False Starts This is not the first time you’ve had your heart set on revolutionizing your information systems: One year, you rolled out a big Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) initiative, but it was too brittle and carried high maintenance costs. For a while you experimented with Web Services, but found that while they were easy to work with, they were largely insufficient to meet your broader needs due to a lack of architectural design guidelines. Out-sourcing, in-sourcing, up-sourcing, down-sourcing, and cross-sourcing just seemed to shuffle the work aroun... (more)

Identify & Achieve ROI with Your SOA Training

An ancient Chinese proverb says, "Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand." For many people, even entire organizations, the approach to education seems to be along the lines of learning facts, figures, details, tools and standards. This results in a shallow understanding of both the business problem and the new Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) strategies available for addressing the business's needs. The next step is either to scrap the initiative or pour more time and money into patching the solution to bridge the chasm that could have been ... (more)