SOA: Growing up?

Added on by Bill.

In the article What Must EA Do To Sustain SOA, Forrester basically tells architects to get out of the trees and do your job, and let others do theirs. Architectures are like children: you spawn them, nurture them, watch them grow but at some point you just have to let them go out on their own. The Forrester Topic Overview: Service Oriented Architecture confirms there is a lot at stake and hence it is easy to understand the reluctance of the architect to let go. But the architect has to believe that if they raised their architectures well then they should be able to survive in the real world.

    What Must EA Do To Sustain SOA? by Alex Cullen - Forrester Research

    The current form of EA leadership risks too much ownership by EA and not
    enough by the organization. All too often, EA becomes:

    Too tactical. The EA group stays involved with individual services and loses focus on the overall strategy.

    Too operational. EA gets pulled into an operational role — troubleshooting problems, managing enhancements, and monitoring service levels.

    Too involved. The rest of IT looks to EA whenever there is an issue or decision, hindering development of effective processes to manage these issues.
    Topic Overview: Service-Oriented Architecture by Randy Heffner, Larry Fulton - Forrester Research

    SOA is gaining recognition as a key element of strategic business transformation — a much higher level of business impact than mere application integration.
      SOA's ability to save IT costs and build business flexibility has driven broad adoption: 62% of enterprises are using or will use SOA by the end of 2007, and 40% of enterprises are using SOA for strategic business transformation.
        55% to 70% of SOA users identified lowering business and application costs as drivers for SOA
          75% to 85% of SOA users — identified improving business and application flexibility as drivers for SOA
            It's not just industry hype, either. SOA is delivering results that make people want more of it. Current SOA users report strong satisfaction with SOA: 70% of current enterprise SOA users say that they will increase their use of SOA, while only 3% will decrease their use.
              In addition to SOA's strategic business benefits, SOA also applies inside of IT, optimizing application integration scenarios, extending the life of existing applications, and increasing the flexibility of many types of IT-based business solutions.

                Why Max

                Added on by Bill.

                The on-again, off-again WiMax seems to be on, again. This has got to be the next big leap in connectivity, if not WiMax specifically, but widely available wireless. Me and my iPod look forward to that day.

                Sprint says WiMax on track for end of April | Technology | Internet | Reuters

                Sprint Nextel is on track to launch commercial services for its next-generation WiMax high-speed wireless network at the end of April,
                  "People will be excited about our rates. They won't be ecstatic about them because we're not going to give it away,"

                    Laos and Cambodia

                    Added on by Bill.

                    Will is off to Laos and Cambodia. The plan is summarized on the map below, followed by a narrative:
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                    1. January 25 fly Shanghai to Bangkok Thailand
                    We arrive in Bangkok around 1am

                    2. January 26 Bangkok to Vientiane Laos
                    We're going to take a 3am bus from Bangkok to Vientiane (capital of Laos) we'll get in around 5pm on the 26th

                    3. January 28 Vientiane to Vang Vien
                    We'll take a bus to Vang Vien. This is a jungle village in the middle of nowhere Laos.

                    4. February 1 Vang Vien to Lomphrabang
                    on the 1st or so we'll take a bus to Lomphrabang (ancient capital of Laos) and be there for another day or two.

                    5. February 3 (about) Lomphrabang to Phenomphen Cambodia
                    We fly from Lomphrabang to Phenomphen (capital of Cambodia). We'll be here for 2 days or so.

                    6. Phenomphen to SiemReap
                    We'll take a bus to SiemReap. we'll be here roughly from the 5th-8th.

                    7. SiemReap to Bangkok
                    From SiemReap we'll either fly, or take a bus back to Bangkok depending on how much money we have left. We're going to stay in Bangkok for a couple days and on the 11th I fly out to Hong Kong.