Links for 2007-08-06


  • Microsoft: My way or the highway with SOA? Though Microsoft can certainly afford to do “SOA their way” and though such approaches have certainly worked in the past, I wonder if this one might actually hurt them is the long run. As Joe says, “What Microsoft appears to be doing… goes completely against what SOA is supposed to be all about, which is the ability to deploy and run what you need based on what you need, unencumbered by the limitations of vendors’ systems.” Wouldn’t it be ironic if Microsoft’s way of forcing organizations to “do SOA” causes organizations to turn to SOA itself as a way to minimize their dependencies on Microsoft systems?
  • Project Zero: IBM enables REST-based development - Not surprising to see IBM adding support for REST, especially since Microsoft is doing the same by adding a Web Programming model to its WCF upgrades in the .NET 3.5 Framework. In many ways, this simply underscores David Chappell’s assertion that the REST versus WS-* debate is over. While we may still have a place in our hearts for one over the other, the major vendors seem to be saying “why not both?”
  • Binding SOA to BPM instead of BPM to SOA - Not sure I understand the assertion that we should attach SOA to the swimlane diagram and not BPMN Nick. Pools and Lanes are used heavily in BPMN, so what is it about BPMN that you have an issue with? If it’s the BPEL/automation side of BPMN, then I agree, but I think that BPMN can be very useful to organizations without that side, especially since what you get is a standard Process modeling language where none exists today.
  • Why Sales isn’t process driven - According to Steve Jones, the “mechanism for the implementation and measurement of a service” (process) isn’t always the same thing as the drivers for and value of the service (goals). Meaning that our services ought to pay attention to user goals first and the underlying process second. It’s a UCD/UX perspective for SOA…
  • PowerPoint: Boon or Bane? I tend to fall into the camp of PowerPoint is a misused tool, not a bad tool in and of itself, though its conventions in the form of automatic title and bullet regions do encourage bad behavior. 
  • Stuff – I read recently that it took the self-storage industry 25 years to build the first billion square feet of storage space and only 8 years for the second billion. Yet our houses have grown by 80% and we still face a storage crisis. Stuff is best gotten rid of…


  • mm

    Thanks for the link love, Brandon. Have a delightful day.