Showing posts from February, 2009

Obama Declares War on Investors, Entrepreneurs, Businesses, And More

Obama Declares War on Investors, Entrepreneurs, Businesses, And More - Money and Politics Blog -
Essentially, the Obama economic policies represent a major Democratic party relapse into Great Society social spending and taxing. It is a return to the LBJ/Nixon era, and a move away from the Reagan/Clinton period. House Republicans, fortunately, are 90 days sober, as they are putting up a valiant fight to stop the big-government onslaught and move the GOP back to first principles.

Noteworthy up here on Wall Street, a great many Obama supporters — especially hedge-fund types who voted for “change” — are becoming disillusioned with the performances of Obama and Treasury man Geithner.

There is a growing sense of buyer’s remorse.

Is this the dawn of a Socialist America? Yikes!! (For the lack of a better word). That being said, "growing sense of buyer’s remorse"?? What! just after one month? That's a naive attitude, don't you think?

Update: So I went through the entire …

Downloaded WSO2 WSAS? Want Mediation? Here's How

So you have the brand new Web Services Application Server (WSAS) 3.0 running and now thinking about mediation. Traditionally, the only option has been to download an ESB. The WSO2 ESB for instance. You still have that choice ('choice' being the operative word here). But with the new Carbon platform (on which WSAS 3.0 is based on), you don't have to download a new product once again. Just download the 'Mediation Feature Pack' and add it to your existing WSAS 3.0 installation and you will have mediation in no time.

Here's a quick visual How to. If you need more details, there's an article as well.

SOA: Under Construction

CIO - SOA: Under Construction
The ultimate objective of SOA is a supremely agile infrastructure, where IT develops composite applications atop of a layer of abstraction that spans multiple platforms and domains across the enterprise. But nobody can "boil the ocean" and achieve that goal all at once. Practical SOA initiatives begin with a related set of business processes that would clearly benefit from greater flexibility -- where market conditions are in constant flux, for example, or new services must be deployed on the fly for competitive reasons. At some point that top-down approach meets the bottom-up reality of existing software assets and infrastructure.

The link at the beginning is an article from December 2006. An informative read for those thinking of utilising SOA as part of their IT strategy. It talks about tactical issues such as,
Building, exposing, and monitoring services
Whether to go for an ESB or not and why?Security and GovernanceTesting and Debugging Services

Is Your SOA Platform Situation Aware?

Does your SOA Platform provide Situational Awareness?

Roy Schulte, vice president of Gartner, observes that the executive dashboard may be among the keys to bridging SOA and Business Process Management. “Business users may not understand SOA, BPM, CEP or XTP [eXtreme Transaction Processing], but they know what they want to see on their dashboard and they may be willing to fund back end architecture and development projects to get more information faster.”

For a SOA Platform to add value at a strategic level, it should possess the ability to give a birds-eye view of what's going on in your business. The fact that a SOA Platform is deemed awesome by your geeks is a good feeling. But will it put the analysis of this quarter’s sales results and inventory levels in front of your eyes?

Here are some resources
Converting your WSO2 Mashup Server to a Personalized Dashboard

SOA, BPM, CEP: Getting IT Budget in a Tight Economy

SOA, BPM, CEP: Getting IT Budget in a Tight Economy | WebSphere Journal
“Unlike the (days of the) era—where IT was perceived as wasteful—organisztions now view IT as a way to transform their businesses and adopt leaner operating models,” said Gartner analyst Peter Sondergaard. “IT leaders that are called on to reduce 2009 IT spending should do so in a way that will not impede the organization in the future.”

Some really good points for CIOs and Architects in directing the corporate IT strategy "right now".

The Role of a SOA Platform During Mergers and Acquisitions

Mergers and Acquisitions are tricky business manoeuvres and if not done skilfully, can produce the very opposite of the synergy they try to achieve. But during certain economic climates M&As become a necessity for survival than an option. The role of IT in consolidating systems, especially when pushed by financial and management reporting requirements is crucial. Without the proper analysis or a framework in place for such consolidation, the negative effects on operations will last for years.

Is SOA the Silver Bullet?

No. Because we all know there's no such thing in the real world. But using Service Orientation does allow IT to gain control of an otherwise chaotic situation. It allows the use of a top down approach to identify critical business processes and transform them into services. A proper SOA platform will additionally fscilitate the abstraction of legacy systems into services. This simply means that irrelevant of the fact whether one company has a forward thinking IT st…

The slow economic demise of Japan

For Japan, a Long, Slow Slide -
"Japan is still the world's second-largest economy, as measured by gross size, although the island nation has been surpassed by China in purchasing power. In coming decades, the economies of China and India will dwarf Japan's, according to many projections. By 2050, Japan's economy will be about the size of Indonesia's or Brazil's, according to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers."

An interesting comment I saw while reading the article when it debuted on social media sites is that Japan has relied heavily on the advice of one Ben Bernanke, whose address at a meeting of the Japan Society of Monetary Economics was cited as a reference. Obviously his advice has not yielded results. Incidentally, the same plays an influential role in the current US economy as a member of the Financial Stability Oversight Board.. Although this may sound as speculation, it does make one wonder about the future of their Troubled Ass…

WSO2 Carbon :: Hummer, Prius or Smartcar?

Samisa, WSO2's Director of Engineering, sparked an interesting internal debate with an analogy he used in Give up your SUV, and SUV like Middleware, which compared the new WSO2 Carbon Platform to a Smart Car in contrast to fuel guzzlers from other vendors (read Hummer). What he meant to point was the economies of scale. However, unintentionally he also implied that Carbon has all the other characteristics of Smart Cars that prevents wide adoption.

Needless to say, the car enthusiast in me just wouldn't play along. Apparently neither was Chintana's. So we all agreed that in reality, WSO2 Carbon isn't a Smart Car either. So what is it?

Imagine having the speed and agility of a Bugatti Veyron (SUVs are for Soccer moms, 'nuff said) with the economy of a Smart Car. Unrealistic in terms of Cars, yet very realistic in the world of Software. You can have a solution with significantly lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) with high Return on Investment (ROI), especially when it…

In tough times, CIOs have become a strategic asset!

Chief information officers get sexy - Feb. 12, 2009
There was a time when the geeks who keep a company's tech systems running could get by without knowing the finer details of corporate strategy. You called the chief information officer when you needed a server upgrade, not a strategic plan.

According to Fortune magazine, those days are over. Especially in these difficult times, where budget cuts are rampant with IT no exception. Yet while cutting costs, CIOs have to ensure the smooth technological function of other divisions and help guide the strategic vision of a company. Interesting read.

10 Harsh Truths About Corporate Websites by Paul Boag

10 Harsh Truths About Corporate Websites | How-To | Smashing Magazine
"Paul Boag is the founder of UK Web design agency Headscape, author of the Website Owners Manual and host of award-winning Web design podcast"
The points in summary are ...
You Need A Separate Web DivisionManaging Your Website Is A Full-Time JobPeriodic Redesign Is Not EnoughYour Website Cannot Appeal To EveryoneYou Are Wasting Money On Social NetworkingYour Website Is Not All About YouYou’re Not Getting Value From Your Web TeamDesign By Committee Brings DeathA CMS Is Not A Silver BulletYou Have Too Much Content

The Future

I came across this via the Twitter profile of @TS_Elliott, her site and finally through the YouTube stream of @selfbankmobile. The way I came across it is as amazing as the content of the video itself!

WSO2 Carbon. What's in it for you?

Here's a short and sweet version. "WSO2 Carbon will be for SOA what Eclipse is for IDEs".

In the Pre Carbon Era
I want SOA for my EnterpriseI download an application server, deploy some services
I find that certain legacy apps do not play nice with these new services. I need some sort of mediation. So, now I download an ESB, RTFM, install, configure and get my services to play togetherAfter some time as my SOA really kicks off, I find it necessary to have some kind of governance, which leads me to download yet another piece of software and repeat the cycle of RTFM, installation and configurationFrom today onwards, we live in a Post Carbon World. Things will be different from now on ...
I want SOA for my Enterprise
I download an application server (and this is where the similarity ends)When I neeed and ESB, instead of the vicious cycle before, I download just a few components and plug them into my already functioning application server and voila! I have my ESBGovernance? No p…

The Biz School Chronicles : Blue Ocean Strategy

Blue Ocean Strategy, How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant
Authors: W. Chan Kim, Renée Mauborgne

"The metaphor of red and blue oceans describes the market universe. Red oceans are all the industries in existence today—the known market space. In the red oceans, industry boundaries are defined and accepted, and the competitive rules of the game are known. Here companies try to outperform their rivals to grab a greater share of product or service demand. As the market space gets crowded, prospects for profits and growth are reduced. Products become commodities or niche, and cutthroat competition turns the ocean bloody. Hence, the term red oceans.Blue oceans, in contrast, denote all the industries not in existence today—the unknown market space, untainted by competition. In blue oceans, demand is created rather than fought over. There is ample opportunity for growth that is both profitable and rapid. In blue oceans, competition is irrelevant because th…

World, meet WSO2 Carbon!

If you love agility and the freedom to innovate but are tired of table d'hôte offerings by most middleware vendors today that won't give you the versatility to choose what fits your palate, take a look at WSO2 Carbon, an à la carte middleware offering allowing you to assemble your SOA using what you want, when you want, exactly the way you want.
We just released,WSO2 Web Services Application Server (WSAS)WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus (ESB)WSO2 RegistryWSO2 Business Process Server (BPS)based on the Carbon Platform.
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Facebook joins OpenID Foundation Board

OpenID » Blog Archive » Facebook joins OpenID Foundation Board with a commitment to better user experience
"Given the popularity and positive user experience of Facebook Connect, we look forward to Facebook working within the community to improve OpenID’s usability and reach. As a first step, Facebook will be hosting a design summit next week at their campus in Palo Alto which follows a similar summit on user experience hosted at Yahoo! last year. The summit will convene some of the top designers from Facebook, the DiSo Project, Google, JanRain, MySpace, Six Apart and Yahoo!, focusing on how existing OpenID implementations could support an experience similar to Facebook Connect."
If they embrace Gadgets and OpenSocial as well, it would be a huge step towards platform independent, write once run anywhere social applications. Let's hope they'll see the light.

WSO2 Elevator Pitch

Hear it from the founders.

Lanka going into orbit

Lanka going into orbit
Sri Lanka is to launch its first satellite, a Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) type, this year, an official said yesterday. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to name the satellite after space prophet Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Telecommunication Regulatory Commission Director General Priyantha Kariyapperuma said A second satellite, a geostationary type, would follow the Arthur C. Clarke LEO.