August 18, 2013

Dependency Principles for SOA
Ganesh believes that an organisation which follows the rules will end up "achieving SOA". Of course we have many other examples over the years of where SOA has failed or succeeded, with corresponding attempts at principles and rules to follow to make SOA successful. The principles that Ganesh outlines can be classified into the four layers on which they operate:

IBM And Big Data Disruption: Insider's View
What's IBM's take on Hadoop as the new enterprise data warehouse and disruptor of data-integration and mainframe workloads? Bob Picciano, appointed in February as general manager of IBM's Information Management Software Division, says there's no doubt that Hadoop will displace certain workloads, but he's more dismissive about NoSQL and upstart databases including SAP Hana.

There's no free lunch when it comes to Google's Gmail
"I think the real issue here is naive users thinking that they can get something for nothing," said Dan Olds, an analyst at Gabriel Consulting Group. "Providers don't do anything for free. There's always an angle they're playing to either increase their revenue or profitability. And Google takes a back seat to no one when it comes to figuring out and exploiting all the angles. One of the best angles is using email contents to aim specific ads at users."

Do stakeholders fear EA taking over? They do.
The reality is that few EAs are able to come with that integrated and navigable architecture of the enterprise that would serve all stakeholders since most EA frameworks help little. This leaves a lot of space for pretenders that come with a few loose diagrams, plans and plenty of grand strategic talk. To compensate, the architects talk about EA as a strategy, operating model, business model

Ahead Of Their Time: Noble Flops
Ironically, the best flop of the period was Steve Jobs’ NeXT “Cube” (1989). This powerful personal computer, designed for the academic research market, bombed for two reasons: It cost $6,500 (close to $13,000 in today’s dollars), and it had a novel but painfully slow optical hard drive–a flop within a flop.

The Cloud and Business Innovation: The Implications of SMAC
Here is an edited down / extracted version of the Information Management weekly Research Alert. Key topics explored include: the evolution toward, and implications of, the “SMAC” stack (as in social, mobile, analytics and Cloud); the changing nature of ITs contribution to the business; and how SMAC is helping to change the value proposition to the customer (across a variety of industry use cases), as well as in the creation of “smart products.”

Infrastructure 2.0: As a matter of fact that isn't what it means
The biggest confusion out there seems to be that dynamic infrastructure is being viewed as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Dynamic infrastructure is not the same thing as IaaS. IaaS is a deployment model in which application infrastructure resides elsewhere, in the cloud, and is leveraged by organizations desiring an affordable option for scalability that reduces operating and capital expenses by sharing compute resources "out there" somewhere, at a provider.

What are you doing to prepare your company for the new style of IT convergence?
All this requires a new style of IT so that you, as a data center leader, can turn on a dime, flex capacity on demand, meet your company SLAs, and serve up information to the right audience in whichever device they desire. But the question remains: How do enterprises not only accommodate all these tectonic shifts, but also remain nimble enough to stay competitive? A new style of IT is where HP’s priorities lay and where convergence comes in

Test Driven Development
Bottom line is that nobody can teach you a programming approach like this by writing or making videos about it. They can only get you started and they can tell you why you should do it. The real power comes by you actually digging into it. The more you do it the more you master it and the more you can actually feel the benefits of it. I didn’t believe when people said it was addictive, in matter of fact I opposed to the whole idea.

Quote for the day:

"Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are." -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt