Welcome!

Machine Learning Authors: Pat Romanski, Yeshim Deniz, Liz McMillan, Elizabeth White, Corey Roth

Related Topics: Microservices Expo

Microservices Expo: Article

Web 2.0 and SOA Power Panel on SYS-CON TV

One of the more intersting trends I'm seeing in software is the rapid move towards simpler services like RSS and REST

One of the more intersting trends I'm seeing in software is the rapid move towards simpler services like RSS and REST for connecting systems of all kinds together.  It's not that SOAP and WS-* aren't terrific, but they can be much harder to use and often require white-robed experts to apply properly.  George Morimisato, one of the co-authors of the SSE standard has been quoted as saying "the chance of a standard being adopted is inversely proportional to its complexity."  And folks, some of our SOA technologies are just too unwieldy.

I've been talking a lot lately about the bustling world-wide information ecosystem, with the vast networks of blogs, feeds, filters, aggregators, search engines, mash-ups and more as creating a Global SOA (SOA definition here).  I originally explored these ideas seriously a few months ago and received quite a bit of encouraging feedback.  Further discussions have resulted in some invited speaking engagements here in the DC area where I discuss Web 2.0 and it's close connection and overlap with SOA concepts like composite applications, software as a service, information supply chains and more.  It does seem that people are quite eager for easier ways to build SOAs.

And in case you're not sure any of this is important, Gartner has recently claimed that by 2008, 80% of all software development will be based on SOA principles. It, like Web 2.0, is the future.


Web 2.0 as Global SOA Value Proposition


  • Simpler Integration is Faster and Higher Quality: I talked about this in my article 5 Reasons Why Web 2.0 Matters, but Web 2.0 concepts encourage using simpler, easier to use standards, and more malleable integration techniques.  Mash-ups instead of composite applications, RSS/REST instead of SOAP, etc.  My assertion is that these simpler approachs are cheaper to build, easier to maintain, and less prone to breakage.
  • Stronger Loose Coupling: Traditional SOA technologies force you to control the other end of the conversation.  While sometimes this is absolutely necessary, old school SOA requires it whether you need it or not.  Web 2.0 approaches to integration don't encourage this absolute control and foster a much more lightweight, loose-coupled syndication approach instead of forceful integration.
  • A Complete Tolerance Continuum: Mainstream behind-the-firewall SOA has an absolute, rigid view of functionality and integration.  Web 2.0 is more free wheeling, though sometimes to a fault admittedly.  So I'm not advocating the replacement of our SOA tools and technologies at all, just the addition of Web 2.0 techniques both for lighter weight integration and for better software including architectures of participation, real-time feedback mechanisms, social immersion, tagging/folksonomies for organizing information instead of taxonomies, data as the new functionality, etc.
Recently, Jeremy Geelan, Group Publisher over SYS-CON's terrific IT magazines including the SOA Web Services Journal and the Java Developer’s Journal (and who is quite a blogger himself), was kind enough to invite me to a panel discussion of these ideas.  So last week, Thad Scheer, CEO of Sphere of Influence, and I trekked to the Reuter's TV studio in Times Square and taped the Web 2.0 and SOA Power Panel. If you're interested in Web 2.0 or SOA, I encourage you take a look and hear about how these ideas are both thought provoking and exciting.


posted Tuesday, 13 December 2005 10:45 AM EST

More Stories By RIA News Desk

Ever since Google popularized a smarter, more responsive and interactive Web experience by using AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript + XML) for its Google Maps & Gmail applications, SYS-CON's RIA News Desk has been covering every aspect of Rich Internet Applications and those creating and deploying them. If you have breaking RIA news, please send it to [email protected] to share your product and company news coverage with AJAXWorld readers.

Comments (2) View Comments

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


Most Recent Comments
SYS-CON Canada News Desk 12/13/05 11:43:14 AM EST

Web 2.0 and SOA Power Panel on SYS-CON TV
One of the more intersting trends I'm seeing in software is the rapid move towards simpler services like RSS and REST for connecting systems of all kinds together. It's not that SOAP and WS-* aren't terrific, but they can be much harder to use and often require white-robed experts to apply properly. George Morimisato, one of the co-authors of the SSE standard has been quoted as saying 'the chance of a standard being adopted is inversely proportional to its complexity.' And folks, some of our SOA technologies are just too unwieldy.

SOA Web Services Journal News Desk 12/13/05 11:30:44 AM EST

Web 2.0 and SOA Power Panel on SYS-CON TV
One of the more intersting trends I'm seeing in software is the rapid move towards simpler services like RSS and REST for connecting systems of all kinds together. It's not that SOAP and WS-* aren't terrific, but they can be much harder to use and often require white-robed experts to apply properly. George Morimisato, one of the co-authors of the SSE standard has been quoted as saying 'the chance of a standard being adopted is inversely proportional to its complexity.' And folks, some of our SOA technologies are just too unwieldy.

CloudEXPO Stories
The technologies behind big data and cloud computing are converging quickly, offering businesses new capabilities for fast, easy, wide-ranging access to data. However, to capitalize on the cost-efficiencies and time-to-value opportunities of analytics in the cloud, big data and cloud technologies must be integrated and managed properly. Pythian's Director of Big Data and Data Science, Danil Zburivsky will explore: The main technology components and best practices being deployed to take advantage of data and analytics in the cloud, Architecture, integration, governance and security scenarios and Key challenges and success factors of moving data and analytics to the cloud
The standardization of container runtimes and images has sparked the creation of an almost overwhelming number of new open source projects that build on and otherwise work with these specifications. Of course, there's Kubernetes, which orchestrates and manages collections of containers. It was one of the first and best-known examples of projects that make containers truly useful for production use. However, more recently, the container ecosystem has truly exploded. A service mesh like Istio addresses many of the challenges faced by developers and operators as monolithic applications transition towards a distributed microservice architecture. A tracing tool like Jaeger analyzes what's happening as a transaction moves through a distributed system. Monitoring software like Prometheus captures time-series events for real-time alerting and other uses. Grafeas and Kritis provide security polic...
SYS-CON Events announced today that DatacenterDynamics has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. DatacenterDynamics is a brand of DCD Group, a global B2B media and publishing company that develops products to help senior professionals in the world's most ICT dependent organizations make risk-based infrastructure and capacity decisions.
Most DevOps journeys involve several phases of maturity. Research shows that the inflection point where organizations begin to see maximum value is when they implement tight integration deploying their code to their infrastructure. Success at this level is the last barrier to at-will deployment. Storage, for instance, is more capable than where we read and write data. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Josh Atwell, a Developer Advocate for NetApp, will discuss the role and value extensible storage infrastructure has in accelerating software development activities, improve code quality, reveal multiple deployment options through automated testing, and support continuous integration efforts. All this will be described using tools common in DevOps organizations.
Dynatrace is an application performance management software company with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. Building the Future of Monitoring with Artificial Intelligence Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more business becomes digital the more stakeholders are interested in this data including how it relates to business. Some of these people have never used a monitoring tool before. They have a question on their mind like "How is my application doing" but no idea how to get a proper answer.