Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Enterprises Tout Linux's Cost, Performance Benefits - Yahoo! News

Enterprises Tout Linux's Cost, Performance Benefits - Yahoo! News

Good to hear from folks who have actually done the switch to Linux. Look at some of the names in the article and the story gets even better. I suspect we will see more Microsoft funded research to dispute this.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Linux Today - SearchEnterpriseLinux: EnterpriseDB CEO: Open Source Databases are 'Unstoppable Force'

Linux Today - SearchEnterpriseLinux: EnterpriseDB CEO: Open Source Databases are 'Unstoppable Force'

Andy use to work for webMethods as the Web Services Standards guy. We had a customer visit with webMethods a while back and I got to meet Andy. A very personable and engaging person. Not your typical CEO type. Sounds like they have a pretty good business case and plan. It will be interesting to see how much market share they can erode from Oracle. It shouldn't take to much to make them very successful.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Real World Integration

There is a lot of discussion going around on the future of Enterprise Integration. Will it be all SOA? Will there be an ESB required? What will happen to pure play EAI vendors? Where does Open-Source fit in? Having done a lot of "Real World Integration" and spoken with a lot of individuals from other companies, I think I can safely say that Enterprise Integration will continue to be one of the more complex and challenging disciplines with in any organization.

I don't think pure play vendors are going anywhere (assuming they stay financially viable), SOA will continue to grow in hype but practical implementation will still be very challenging. ESB's will be interesting to watch. I'm not convinced that they will be able to distinguish themselves above and beyond the pure play EAI vendors (one in the same sometimes). And Open-Source will continue to put pressure on every traditional software shop which is a good thing.

There is a lot of buzz around the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Their are now what I call "purist" who believe that ultimately all applications will just talk with each other via the WS-* standard de-jour. While an interesting goal, not one really based in reality. The average software shop (not the Oracle's, Microsoft's or IBM's) will not have the vision or resources to embed this integration layer into their core apps. A lot of developers still struggle with basic integration concepts. The large number of standards associated with the WS-* specs, make it extremely unlikely that wide spread understanding much less adoption will occur. This will also make interoperability a difficult challenge as developers struggle to interpret the standards. Except perhaps in the larger software shops.

But what if they could? Would that really be a good thing? I'm not sure. I believe manageability of that type of distributed infrastructure would be much more costly than a more centralized approach. A lot of folks who implement pure play integration solutions end up with a more central architecture even though the products usually support a distributed model. Certainly some of the reason that happens is cost. But I think a big contributing factor is complexity. Lots of moving parts create lots of support issues.

Don't get me wrong. I think a move to embrace the SOA architectural style is a good thing. But only when taken with a dose of reality. More on the reality of integration to come.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

webMethods Customer Council

I'm hanging out at webMethods HQ this week at their Customer Council event. They bring in customers to talk with various folks about direction, support, quality etc. This is one of the positives with working with webMethods. They are a very approachable software company. Access is provided to all levels of folks within the organization. This was a big selling point to me when evaluating webMethods.

Of course the other big benefit of this event, is meeting the other customers and sharing stories. It's always good to find out what others are doing and what they are experiencing.

Monday, May 16, 2005

IT Execs Should Learn More About Coding - Yahoo! News

IT Execs Should Learn More About Coding - Yahoo! News

I thought this was interesting. There is certainly a big push for IT folks to learn "the business". What about CIO's knowing the howto's of coding?

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

David Kirkpatrick - Execs Tell Software Makers: 'Some of You Are Doomed' - FORTUNE

David Kirkpatrick - Execs Tell Software Makers: 'Some of You Are Doomed' - FORTUNE

A very interesting article on the quality of software today. I think a lot of us can relate to some of the views expressed by the CIO's. Those of us on the integration side get exposed to a lot more technology, both the good and bad. Real time integration seems to really bring out or expose a lot of the problems.