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You've heard the hype about .NET. You've read a couple of vague articles about dynamic discovery and invocation, service-oriented architecture, and how SOAP and a handful of other XML standards are forever changing the software industry. These ideas have intrigued you and you're interested in learning more - or at the very least, you recognize the importance of being able to add these acronyms to your resumé. In either case, you want to explore the world of .NET, but are unable or unwilling to fork over a thousand bucks for Microsoft's Visual Studio .NET product. This article is for you. The Eclipse Project Visual Studio .NET is not the only option for exploring .NET in a commercial-quality integrated development environment (IDE); it's just the most expensive one. On November 5, 2001, IBM released the Eclipse project (with an estimated value of $40 million worth o... (more)

SOA Governance: Start Small and Build Incrementally

If governance were a house, you would be left with the options of either building it from the ground-up or attempting to haul a complete house in on a large truck. While the latter is possible, it is fraught with difficulty. The house does not lend itself well to transport. It may become damaged during the move. It may not fit on your lot or connect smoothly to your utilities, requiring modifications to be made on the spot. The former option, building the entire house on site, certainly has its challenges (proper design, accurate implementation, quality assurance), but the risks ... (more)

Industry Buzzing with Interest Around Cloud Computing

Unless you have been under a rock (hiding from the depressing economic news, no doubt), then you know that the industry is buzzing with interest around Cloud Computing.  Due to the extraordinary degree of interest and constant questions regarding Cloud that I have seen from my clients, I thought it might be good to provide a quick primer and link to some helpful resources. Cloud Computing 101 Definition: Delivering services and capabilities to systems or end users in a diverse network environment with the ability to abstract or even outsource infrastructure concerns such as data ... (more)

Real Value in Cloud Computing

I have officially come full circle from my position last summer regarding the reality of Cloud Clomputing in which I presented a skeptical view of Cloud's potential to actually materialize.  It is now quite apparent to me and increasingly to my clients and readers, that Cloud is real and it is here to stay.  I was reminded of this reality just this morning.  As I read through various news stories online, I came across the following fascinating story from Fortune Small Business - Cloud Computing: Supercomputers for Hire. The article clearly articulates a real life value proposition... (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)