Category Archives: Enterprise Architecture

Architecture: 1000 ways to skin the cat, either way, the cat’s till dead

Thanks to @jadkins for the colorful ending to that cliched saying, which really got me thinking. Sometimes we just make certain aspects of architecture too difficult for no reason. Good design is important and can have significant financial impact if done incorrectly, but chances are the negative impact comes into play during the engineering effort,… Read More »

Metering and Instrumentation: Two Critical and Oft Forgotten Features of Cloud Services

Additionally, proper inclusion of metering and instrumentation interfaces into you Cloud service means that you have greater control over the granularity of the data produced through these interfaces. Most metering solutions I’ve seen today are very coarse-grained and often focused on infrastructure usage, such as cost per CPU cycle or gigabyte. What if you wanted to produce a service that had tiered pricing? This would require that those service operations provide the details of each transaction to a metering service.

The Reason Enterprise Architects Should Study Economics

Thus, it is here that Enterprise Architects, especially those we call Chief Architects, truly show their mettle. It is their experience, coupled with the ability to focus on the right set of variables, understanding the impact of change of those variables and being able to communicate that in a way that allows the business to make effective business decisions, which sets top notch practioners apart from Sr. Software Engineers that the organization placated with a title to keep them happy so they wouldn’t leave.

IT Business Edge’s Loraine Lawson Interviews Me On SOA & EA

A couple of weeks ago I did an interview with Loraine Lawson (@lowrain) who covers integration technology for IT Business Edge.  There were two different aspects to the interview, one focused on my blog entry “Perhaps SOA is More Strategy Than Architecture” and the other my beliefs on Enterprise Architecture and why I still believe… Read More »

The Role of The Business Analyst in an SOA World

Those of us that are part of SOA-related projects where traditional business analysts (BA) are involved often find ourselves frustrated by the incongruence between the analyst’s approach to requirements gathering and the SOA design.  The problem arises because SOA models functionality of a business across multiple boundaries, whereas the business analyst wants to focus on… Read More »

SOA & Cybersecurity

I recently started my research into cybersecurity and I am working to become more prolific in this area. Naturally, given my inclination to Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), I am really interested in issues related to both SOA and cybersecurity. One thing I noticed immediately regarding cybersecurity is that, in general, there are relatively few experts… Read More »