|Service Oriented Enterprise
Friday, May 12, 2006
SOA Testing Recently, we've been working on our SOA testing methodology. As many of you know, testing becomes more complicated in any environment that has lots of shared resources (like SOA) and where they resources may be changed/versioned.
I recently had an interaction with Wayne Ariola at Parasoft, where he offered the following advice:
The key points from my point of view:
This got me thinking - what are the Golden Rules of SOA testing? Well, I think I've got my list which I intend to share at the Infoworld SOA event next week. Should be fun! posted by jeff | 9:10 AM
Thursday, May 11, 2006
The SOA Hype Cycle There have been a series of articles recently either bashing SOA or identifying that it has hit "rock bottom". Most of the people who take the time to write this are actually pretty big fans of SOA. Here's my take - analyst, press and vendors all believe in the hype cycle and many of them believe in 'self-fulfilling prophecies'. I am of the opinion that certain individuals are attempting to prematurely force the 'trough of disillusionment'. The thinking is that if they can declare the bottom of the trough then we can move on to the 'slope of enlightenment'. We can't force the hype cycle - up or down. It will happen on its own.
IMHO, we are still early in the cycle - very early. We're no where near hitting the bottom. Prepare for more smack talk - more crapping on SOA, especially from vendors who don't have products to meet the market or enterprises who were too stupid to figure it out.
I am predicting that after rock bottom is hit, the uplift will be much quicker than most. The reason is simple: SOA has a network effect. When the service network hits critical mass the value of the network is too high to ignore. Most organizations aren't there yet - they have 10 to 50 services (and 11-51 clients). The reuse numbers will stink for some time. Like a network - you'll know when it hits critical mass - when it's too big to ignore.
If you're interested in the actual hype/activity curve, check out:
http://www.google.com/trends?q=soa posted by jeff | 8:31 AM
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
SOA Software Acquires Blue Titan Yesterday, SOA Software announced the acquisition of Blue Titan, a provider of service networking infrastructure.
First, I'd like to congratulate Frank Martinez (aka, "Slim"). I'd also like to congratulate the people over at SOA Software for seeing and acting on this opportunity. Those who have worked with Blue Titan over the years realize that they have a multi-part value proposition: 1. The value of their current product suite, 2. The value of their vision. SOA Software acquired both product and vision.
The on-going consolidation in this market is good for everyone. We now have fewer vendors with better product suites enabling customers to buy integrated solutions. What remains unclear is who the big winners in the space will be; who will be the Mercator of the space? Who will be the Tibco?
SOA Software has assembled a set of product technologies that will enable them to compete on the multi-part RFP's that are floating around. However, their suite of tools now has overlap with many of the pure play vendors (SOA Mainframe Enablement, SOA Security Devices, SOA Mediation, SOA Monitoring, etc.) Recently, the game for small companies has been one of 'partnering in the ecosystem'. Guys like Systinet, Actional, Parasoft and GT Software have shown their ability to pull together to promote their individual and collective causes. However, the rapid consolidation is diminishing the ability for the small companies to "eco-partner" due to their new parent companies having overlap in their portfolio (Mercury, Progress, BEA, etc.) We are close to reaching the point where *enough* of the SOA mass has moved from pure play to conglomerate. When this happens the eco-partner system falls apart due to lack of critical mass and value proposition. This sets the stage for phase 2 of the battle - the battle of the conglomerates.
With the acquisition of Blue Titan, SOA Software may have bought some industrial strength software - but let's get real, what they really bought was a mean general to fight the real war. posted by jeff | 3:05 AM