Admittedly, when I was heads-down in code earlier in my career, I did not pay
much attention to reference architectures. We had our own internal
architectures that served as ‘the way and the truth', and reference
architectures for our product or solution domain were simply out of scope.
Anyway, reference architectures are, by design, not detailed enough to
steer someone implementing one out of hundreds of components that will fall
under said architectures. So, for the most part I ignored them, even though I
could hear rumblings coming from rooms full of folks arguing over revision 25
of the reference architecture for some problem domain or another.
Fast forward a few years to a change of professional venue, and my outlook on
reference architectures is a good deal different. If I were still developing,
I'm sure my outlook would be much the same. However, talking with... (more)
The Open Group recently announced the formation of the Cloud Work Group.
According to the Open Group, this new group “exists to create a common
understanding among buyers and suppliers of how enterprises of all sizes and
scales of operation can include Cloud Computing technology in a safe and
secure way in their architectures to realize its significant cost,
scalability and agility benefits.” I think we can all get behind that goal,
but how exactly do they plan on accomplishing such lofty aims?
The Open Group is tackling this by first publishing a Business Scenarios for
A recent announcement from IBM signaled the availability of a new offering
in the smarter planet initiative: IBM Smart Business Development & Test on
the IBM Cloud. One of the newest offerings in the suite of cloud products
from IBM, the IBM Cloud provides a public cloud where users can launch and
run selected IBM software. As its name implies, the IBM Cloud is especially
focused on development and test scenarios.
The idea is to let developers and testers quickly spin up both development
and application runtime tools, use them, and just as quickly tear them down.
Since all of th... (more)
Not too long ago, I wrote a post about IBM's then very recent acquisition of
a mobile application platform company called Worklight. Given the fact that
is has been a while (at least in mobile market time) and IBM recently
released (6/15) the new IBM Worklight 5.0 product, I thought it was a good
time to revisit the topic.
First things first, the acquisition of Worklight by IBM and the subsequent
release of IBM Worklight does not change the nature of the solution. It is
still a mobile application platform, and it still provides the end-to-end
capabilities that you probably (or a... (more)
Over the past two weeks I’ve been talking to IT architects and engineers
from companies of all sizes and across many industries about cloud computing.
It seems that many are moving past the talk and hype of cloud computing and
looking into implementation details. Many of the companies I’ve talked with
are either already leveraging cloud computing (both public and private), or
they are currently researching or prototyping some sort of cloud computing
I wasn’t necessarily surprised by the number of companies already involved
in cloud computing. We’ve all seen the reports ... (more)