By Arthur Cole
Even though Betz and others, like Intellyx CEO Jason Bloomberg, couch their
comments within headlines like “Is Agile Killing Enterprise
Architecture?” the real story is a bit more nuanced. It starts with the
admission that most enterprise architectures don’t agree on what EA is, so
whether Agile or anything else can kill it is a matter of perspective. If EA
is simply a means for IT to maintain lock-step control over modeling,
planning, governing or otherwise controlling architecture, then Agile will,
and should, kill it. But if Agile can be used to add new dimensions to EA
regarding flexible resource allocation, sharing and other advanced functions,
then it won’t be killing EA but causing it to thrive.
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The word quantum often portends New Age mumbo-jumbo, in spite of the fact
that quantum mechanics underlies many of today’s most important
technologies, including lasers and the semiconductors found in every computer
Nevertheless, today quantum computing is becoming a reality. And while it may
look to the layperson like mere mumbo-jumbo, in reality of the technology has
largely moved out of the theoretical stage, as recent news indicates.
In fact, two important announcements over the last few weeks underscore the
progress quantum computing is making.
The D-Wave 2X Quantum C... (more)
The word digital has been with us for years, but today it’s experiencing a
renaissance, as enterprises in every industry reinvent themselves as
software-driven organizations. And yet, digital paradoxically isn’t about
software. Digital is all about the customer.
The only reason technology is central to the digital movement is because more
than ever before, customer preferences and behavior are driving enterprise
technology decisions. Customers—consumers as well as
business-to-business—demand diversity in their technology touchpoints,
ranging from computers to televisions smartph... (more)
Given my years at ZapThink, fighting to help architects understand what
Service-Oriented Architecture really was and how to get it right, it’s no
surprise that many people ask me this question.
If you took my SOA course, you can probably guess my answer: it depends.
Even to this day we don’t have a universally accepted definition of SOA.
But even if we did, we’d also have to figure out what “SOA done wrong”
means, in order to contrast microservices with it.
However, the question “Are Microservices ‘SOA Done Right’?” itself is
a mix of apples and, well not oranges – more like confu... (more)
SOA World Magazine Becomes Microservices Journal
Even though it's now Microservices Journal, long-time fans of SOA World
Magazine can take comfort in the fact that the URL - soa.sys-con.com -
remains unchanged. And that's no mistake, as microservices are really nothing
more than a new and improved take on the Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)
best practices we struggled to hammer out over the last decade.
Skeptics, however, might say that this change is nothing more than an
exercise in buzzword-hopping. SOA is passé, and now that people are talking
about microservices instead, ... (more)