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Few topics evoke more groans and eye rolling from software engineers and Web developers than the dreaded "TESTING." Testing falls into the same category as documentation, refactoring code, dusting, and visiting the dentist. Put it off until the last minute, do as little as possible, do it quickly, and move on to something else. I must confess that I have the same visceral reaction to the thought of 'testing' as others do. Consequently, I approached the prospect of reviewing a testing tool with the loathing of visiting the dentist. I was very relieved to discover that Parasoft's SOAtest 5.0 took a lot of the pain, frustration, and busy work out of the testing experience. Parasoft's SOAtest 5.0 is a comprehensive testing and analysis tool suite tailored to the unique testing and validation needs of Service Oriented Architectures. It supports functional testing, scenari... (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)

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)

Big Data May Have Big Problems in 2013

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you are aware of the hype around Big Data and Predictive Analytics.  The potential is mind-blowing, but organizations looking to pursue Big Data must be cautious and consider the enabling pieces that need to be in place in order to be successful.  Otherwise, irrational exuberance may well lead to a Big Investment in a Big Disappointment. Earlier this month, I was interviewed for the Cloud Computing Journal as a survey of IT pundits on the subject of Big Data Predictions for 2013.  While many were extolling the virtues of Big Data, I was th... (more)

Business Architecture – Functional Model

Across my client base, one of the most misunderstood architecture domains is that of Business Architecture.  This is terribly unfortunate, because Business Architecture is the cornerstone for any successful Enterprise, Solution, or Project Architecture.  Ultimately, it all needs to be grounded in the business needs and target objectives.  Otherwise, what’s the point? To crystalize the concept of business architecture, it helps to examine the models and artifacts that are used to elaborate a particular organization’s business architecture.  In this post, I will explore one of the c... (more)