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This section publishes occasional contributed articles from industry figures, focussing on management and strategy surrounding the general theme of "loosely coupled business." To enquire about submitting an article, send an email to for further information.


Humans as part of the SOA equation
July 26th, 2006
Duane Nickull, Adobe Systems: One could state that humans are not directly part of SOA any more than business process is; however both business processes and humans utilize the SOA infrastructure. more

Governance, the key to SOA success
May 17th, 2006
Roman Stanek, Systinet, a Mercury division: SOA governance is about managing the quality, consistency, predictability, change and interdependencies of services. It's about blending the flexibility of service orientation with the control of traditional IT architectures. more

SOA at the user interface
April 24th, 2006
David Davies, Corizon: SOA's core principles of re-usable, well-defined services and loose coupling aren't applied at the UI level. This is a waste. more

How to implement the SOA Reference Model
March 29th, 2006
Duane Nickull, Adobe Systems: Architects will want to ensure that their concrete architecture has a physical manifestation of each of the elements represented in the abstract model. more

Why we need the OASIS SOA Reference Model
January 4th, 2006
Duane Nickull, Adobe Systems: A good reference model provides common semantics that can be used unambiguously across and between different implementations. more

Buying into network-based business computing
November 21st, 2005
Mike Carter, CXO Systems: New 'network-aware' software companies will arise that leverage SOA and lightweight application layers to deliver new functionality for user consumption. more

Mobile agents create a fluid SOA
November 11th, 2005
Marc Schneiderman, Mobile Agent Technologies: A mobile agent-based SOA easily supports the dynamic and rapid assembly of software applications which are extensible, scalable and outperform those created using today's leading distributed component models. more

The three 'C's of SOA programming
October 4th, 2005
Miko Matsumura, Infravio: When your IT systems need to respond quickly, SOA's new programming layers, via configuration or composition changes, can help you achieve business agility. more

SOA is no excuse to slap lipstick on a pig
September 12th, 2005
Ronan Bradley, PolarLake: It is baffling to hear an IT professional arguing for 'hard-coded' solutions, within a 'service-oriented' architecture, on the pages of a website called 'loosely coupled'. more

Into the realm of service-oriented integration
August 29th, 2005
Ali Arsanjani, IBM: SOA is a journey of gradual, small transformations that increasingly decouple service descriptions from service implementations offered by multiple service providers. more

Core principles for service-oriented architectures
August 15th, 2005
Thomas Erl, SOA Systems: Autonomy, loose coupling, abstraction, and the need for a formal contract can be considered the core principles that form the baseline foundation for SOA. more

Web services ease mainframe integration
August 2nd, 2005
Mike Gilbert, Micro Focus: Smart IT organizations are achieving the transition to SOA in several evolutionary steps, selecting the most suitable candidate legacy applications first. more

BPEL: setting business processes free
July 18th, 2005
Matjaz Juric, Packt Publishing: With the support provided by BPEL servers we can develop portable business processes that can be shared among partners no matter which software platform they use. more

New rules govern SOA lifecycle
July 1st, 2005
Jared Rodriguez, Skyway Software: The main value propositions behind SOA are reuse, efficient development, simplified maintenance and portability ... However, managing those processes is a significant challenge. more

Don't look in the attic for fresh answers
May 16th, 2005
Charlie Isaacs, KANA: By integrating contact center applications such as case tracking and service resolution management systems within an SOA, the entire enterprise becomes the organization's customer data warehouse. more

ESB, fabric, app servers, brokers: What's best?
April 27th, 2005
Ron Schmelzer, ZapThink: While developers often focus on the system-to-system aspects of SOA, the business audience is more concerned about the larger business agility, cost of ownership, and governance benefits. more

Risks of running SOA without registry
February 28th, 2005
Luc Clement, Systinet: Without a registry to track services and their inter-relationships, an SOA environment not only lacks coherence and control, it invites chaos. more

Be sure to manage your metadata
February 18th, 2005
Jim Gabriel, digitalML: Metadata evolution management is the real problem facing the long term lifecycle management of web services development projects. more

De-MOM-ifying the ESB
January 14th, 2005
Chris Warner & Olivier Moratin, Software AG: An ESB that forces you to use yet another MOM implementation will merely add to the complexity of the architecture. more

Trust comes first in XML security
December 13th, 2004
Mark O'Neill, Vordel: A company needs to question the motives of a vendor who recommends a solution where XML validation is performed at the perimeter, on untrusted XML documents. more

Saving ESB from a dead end
December 6th, 2004
Ronan Bradley, PolarLake: Mediation is the missing piece of the jigsaw. It is essential when integrating newly defined web services with existing infrastructure. more

Demystifying ESB
November 1st, 2004
Bob Sutor, IBM: An ESB is something you build for your enterprise or organization to give you the connection architecture you need to meet your IT and business goals. more

TLC to heal the IT/business rift
October 11th, 2004
Olivier Moratin & Christopher Warner, Software AG: By surrounding web services with a strong integration framework, metadata management and a semantics approach, business and IT can have a more productive and healthier relationship. more

The case for SOA
September 27th, 2004
Kishore Channabasavaiah, Kerrie Holley & Edward Tuggle, IBM: Organizations that focus their development effort around the creation of services, using existing technologies, combined with the component-based approach to software development will realize several benefits. more

CORBA in a loosely coupled world
September 8th, 2004
Steve Vinoski, Iona Technologies: CORBA bindings for WSDL are key to allowing existing, deployed CORBA applications to continue to work in a web services world. more

The CIO's dilemma
July 26th, 2004
Mike Gilbert, Micro Focus: Applications the IT group has written are unique to that organization's way of doing business. They embody data, processes, rules and concepts uniquely intertwined with the people who run the business. more

SOA is more than web services
June 30th, 2004
Kishore Channabasavaiah, Kerrie Holley & Edward Tuggle, IBM: SOA is more than any particular set of technologies, such as web services; it transcends them. more

Architects of SOA success
June 7th, 2004
Frank Martinez, Blue Titan Software: The new Chief Architect realizes that SOA success happens for business, as well as for technical, reasons. more

The death of data warehousing
March 11th, 2004
Michael M Carter, CXO Systems: The cost, complexity, and utility of the data warehouse will become marginalized as the principles of "distributed intelligence" take hold. more

The invisible threat to CEOs
November 18th, 2003
Freddie McMahon, Decisionality: There is a huge gulf between how work is expected to be done and how it is actually performed; and this has become so pronounced in large organizations that it is the single biggest threat to executives. more

Avoiding the ERP II straightjacket
October 30th, 2003
Andy Hayler, Kalido: Perhaps it is time to realize that standardization of business processes across a global enterprise is a pipe dream. more

Not so simple after all
October 13th, 2003
Ronan Bradley, PolarLake: As web services moves into the area of application integration, there is a need for a new integration layer, which navigates the differences in technology and information model of the applications. more

BPM-2: The Next Generation
September 29th, 2003
Jeff Schneider, Momentum Software: BPM-2 is designed to be a digital framework describing your business and systems. Think of it as a nerve center that sends signals to all of the organs of your system. more

Web services and the forgotten OSI Layer Six
September 5th, 2003
Sekhar Sarukkai, Confluent Software, & David Cohen: Operational policies, such as security and QOS, do not belong in the application layer. Web services technologies enable a clean separation of this layer-six functionality from business logic. more

Web-Service ASPs
July 22nd, 2003
Phil Wainewright, Procullux Ventures: There's a false security in investing in all this custom-built, custom-configured software that you've installed in your premises that is still there even if the provider goes bust. Because what you've gained is inflexibility. more

Why services?
July 11th, 2003
Doug Kaye, RDS Strategies: Services are a new way of building distributed applications. We have five decades of experience with traditional applications, but just a few years with those built from services. more

Anatomy of an On Demand organization
June 27th, 2003
Neil McEvoy, Genesis Forum: The more you move away from thinking about your organization, and more towards thinking in terms of 'your network', the easier it becomes to understand the need for, the benefits of, and the methods of achieving an On Demand 'real time' enterprise. more

SOA and web services
April 15th, 2003
Lawrence Wilkes, CBDI: The application of web services protocols doesn't guarantee the delivery of good services. SOA is about the proper design and architecture of good services. more

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