Monday, August 29, 2005

[SOA] SOA Pipeline - 08.29.2005 - The Clueless CIO

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Monday, August 29, 2005


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  • Editor's Note: The Clueless CIO
  • Top SOA News
        - Sun Acquires SeeBeyond, Releases New Integration Suite
        - BEA Beefs Up Biz Process Support
        - Actuate Brews Java Reporting Solution
        - More News...
  • Editor's Picks
        - Logidex Makes Reuse More Logical
        - Hosted CRM Software
        - Review: Macromedia Studio 8
        - More Picks...
  • Voting Booth: Importance of the WS-I
  • Get More Out Of SOA Pipeline
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    Editor's Note: The Clueless CIO

    We recently ran a poll to determine how "in the loop" the CIO was about Web services development efforts. We chose to ask about Web services because that's where SOA efforts usually start: at the grass roots of the organization, and used to solve sticky integration issues that can't easily be worked out using more traditional methods.

    The results were highly instructive. Only 21 percent of respondents said that the CIO was "fully informed" about Web services development efforts. An additional 34 percent said s/he had a "general" idea of what was going on. But a whopping 45 percent said that the CIO "hadn't a clue." That's a really poor showing.

    True, it was better than the same poll that we had run a year earlier, in which 56 percent had poured scorn on the CIO for not knowing what was going on in his/her own organization, but 45 percent is still an unacceptable figure, especially since SOAs are supposedly becoming strategically essential to enterprises.

    Which brings us to this week's main feature, appropriately titled the CIO Challenge. Not surprisingly, given our poll, the key challenge facing CIOs is communication. The article focuses mainly on the communications issues between the technology and business arms of an enterprise, but the issues it raises and the advice it offers could very well be applied to internal communications as well. Read away!

    We also had a review of Logidex's LogicLibrary by the CRN Test Center. The Test Center's engineers believe that object orientation alone is not enough to create an agile enterprise that can reuse and maintain source code. After all, code discovery and cross-platform and environment manageability as well as reusability must play a key role in source management. This is especially critical with SOAs, which are a hodgepodge of reusable code. LogicLibrary passed all the tests with flying colors, offering a comprehensive solution for managing software assets and improving reusability. Its metadata repository can store COM components, Enterprise JavaBeans, .Net components, and legacy code. Check it out . . .it would be a valuable tool for any SOA development arsenal.

    Finally, we had a news item about Sun Microsystems having finished its acquisition of SOA integration vendor SeeBeyond. SeeBeyond stockholders approved the acquisition and will receive $4.25 per share for an aggregate consideration of about $383 million. The SeeBeyond subsidiary will operate under Sun's software division, and technology from the acquired company is expected to enhance the value of the Java Enterprise System platform. Sun president Jonathan Schwartz calls the synergy between the two companies "remarkable," and says that SeeBeyond technology has already been integrated into Sun's core product portfolio. If so, that was fast work. We'll see how this plays out in terms of improvements in Sun's ability to deliver on its SOA integration promises.

    That's all for this week. Have a good one.

    Alice LaPlante
    Editor, SOA Pipeline
    alaplante@aol.com
    www.SOA-Pipeline.com


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    Top SOA News

    Sun Acquires SeeBeyond, Releases New Integration Suite
    Sun Microsystems Inc. has acquired SeeBeyond Technology Corporation and announced the release of a new Java Integration Suite.

    BEA Beefs Up Biz Process Support
    BEA Systems this week is adding a bit of spit and polish to WebLogic Integration, server software for connecting applications, databases, business processes, and trading partners.

    Actuate Brews Java Reporting Solution
    Open source reporting project is a bold move.

    IBM To Help Startups In Emerging Markets
    IBM on Monday unveiled an initiative to help startups the emerging markets of Brazil, China, India and Russia to develop products around standards-based technology.

    Wanted: 20,000 IBM Mainframe Specialists
    A crisis is looming for IBM's mainframe computing environment and for once it's not a technical challenge: The mainframe community is beginning to run out of people to run the machines.

    IBM Ships Workplace Designer, Preps Notes/Domino 7
    IBM Software is now offering its toolset for building Workplace component applications and plans to ship Notes/Domino 7 in the next few weeks.


    Editor's Picks

    CIO Challenge
    Often, business leaders' goals compete with the technology group's priorities. To ensure that enterprisewide performance remains the No. 1 goal, the CIO must keep the lines of communication open and educate the business about technology alternatives.

    Logidex Makes Reuse More Logical
    CRN Test Center engineers believe object orientation alone is not enough to create an agile enterprise, one able to reuse and maintain source code more efficiently than others.

    Hosted CRM Software
    CRM hosts promise top-notch customer service plus better access for mobile salespeople. Of the six we examined, our Editor's Choice impressed us with its well-designed interface.

    Review: Macromedia Studio 8
    Macromedia's new upgrade of Studio offers some important new Web tools in several of its apps, but is not an overall improvement.

    Market Analysis: Business Service Management
    Network Architects managing massive infrastructures must make sure a downed server in North America doesn't mean the loss of a six-figure contract in Singapore. Is BSM the answer? Can it close the gap between IT and business goals?

    Observers Debate Microsoft's Latest Visual Studio Delay
    There are different takes on Monday's announcement that the Team Foundation Server piece of Visual Studio will be pushed back until early next year. Some believe it's just delays-as-usual; others wonder if there's inherently more risk in this piece of the puzzle.


    Voting Booth: Importance of WS-I

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    How important is the work of the Web Services Interopability (WS-I) organization to SOA efforts in enterprises? Very important? Important? Not important at all? Vote now, the polls are open!


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