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Sometimes random thoughts in the blogosphere coalesce into a strange synergy of ideas. When this happens, my natural impulse, of course, is to blog once more. In this case, no sooner had I written my last blog post about the need for a well-architected balance between the RESTful API management headache and excessive governance, when Jim Franklin of SendGrid published this article on developer-led innovation, where rule #8 calls for setting standards for coding RESTful APIs. Add to this confluence an article from the latest issue of Fast Company Magazine on the rise and fall of Facebook’s “Hacker Way.” The Hacker Way – move fast, break things, and code wins arguments – helped drive Facebook’s culture until it got too big for the hackers to run the show. As a result, Facebook has been learning the hard way that hacker-led innovation has its drawbacks as well as its ... (more)

Streaming Analytics By @TheEbizWizard | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Streaming Analytics: Terminator or Star Trek? Since the dawn of enterprise digital computing, managers have been looking to computer operators to run data processing jobs on those original workhorses of computation. The goal: to generate reports that the managers would use to make decisions on how to run their companies or government agencies. Today, those large binders filled with perforated pages striped in glorious green and white may be long gone, but the batch job – paper report – human decision pattern remains engrained on our managerial consciousness, for better or worse. ... (more)

Net-Centricity: SOA in Battle

ZapThink recently conducted our Licensed ZapThink Architect Bootcamp course for a branch of the United States Department of Defense (DoD). As it happens, an increasing proportion of our US-based business is for the DoD, which is perfectly logical, given the strategic nature Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) plays for the DoD. SOA is so strategic, in fact, that SOA underlies how the DoD expects to achieve its mission in the 21st century -- namely, defending US interests by presenting the most powerful military presence on the globe. Furthermore, the story of how SOA became so st... (more)

Best Practices for SOA: Building a Data Services Layer

These days nearly every sizable organization has either implemented some form of SOA or has it on their roadmap. They quickly find that SOA efforts tend to expand like spider webs, eventually touching every corner of IT as well as the business itself. Due to the vital role that data plays both in business and systems operations, database architects, information specialists, data integration experts, and anyone responsible for data persistence in an organization are increasingly being called on to contribute to their organization’s SOA initiatives – whether or not this was intende... (more)

The Cloud: Floor Wax or Dessert Topping?

Who can forget Saturday Night Live’s classic Shimmer Floor Wax and Dessert Topping skit? Yes, Chevy Chase oozes, it’s a floor wax and a dessert topping. The humor results not just from the dissimilarity of the two products, but because so many vendors try to be good at too many things, even though they often end up being mediocre at all of them. Software vendors have been taking the floor wax/dessert topping approach to their respective markets for years, of course. ZapThink followed this trend closely in the SOA space during the ‘00s, as the dominant players were rolling up the... (more)