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DevOps is speeding towards the IT world like a freight train and the hype around it is deafening. There is no reason to be afraid of this change as it is the natural reaction to the agile movement that revolutionized development just a few years ago. By definition, DevOps is the natural alignment of IT performance to business profitability. The relevance of this has yet to be quantified but it has been suggested that the route to the CEO's chair will come from the IT leaders that successfully make the transition to a DevOps model. If this still seems foreign to you, I recommend reading up on DevOps Blog from IT Revolution, the OpsCode Blog, and check out The Phoenix Project. Despite all the talk around simple monitoring tools, breaking through the walls between Dev and Ops still poses a real challenge. This is because of a misunderstanding around Operations real purp... (more)

Samsung Takes Part of Sharp, Upsetting Industry’s Balance

Sharp, the big Apple supplier fighting for its life, is going to sell a roughly 3% position in itself to Samsung, which is an even bigger Apple supplier and one of Sharp's biggest rivals. The price is reportedly about a cheap $112 million, below market value. Sharp is trying to claw back from a record loss attributed to slowing demand for TVs and Apple iPhones, but may simply have to get acquired. Samsung, which won't be involved in Sharp's management, should get a steady supply of LCDs for its money. Sharp, the largest LCD maker in Japan, also sold a piece of itself to Qualcomm, the mobile chipmaker, after failing to close a deal with Foxconn a year after negotiations started. The talks reportedly floundered on the price of the stock. Foxconn is talking about returning to the bargaining table. Talks with Intel apparently also hit the rocks. Apple is Sharp's biggest ... (more)

SYS-CON Media Readers Cast More Than 4,000 Votes In First Week Of Voting

This year it looks certain that a new participation record will be set, as more than 4,000 votes have already been recorded in just the first seven days of voting, and more than 50,000 SYS-CON Media readers are estimated to cast their votes in this year's Readers' Choice Awards. The winners of this years awards will be announced in November at Web Services Edge 2005 West - International Web Services Conference & Expo in San Francisco. The list of companies heading the various polls reads like a "Who's Who" of the most active and enterprising players in the i-technology space - including all the industry's top software and hardware vendors, services providers, and technical publishers. Highlights after just one week's voting include: 2005 JDJ Readers' Choice Awards: There are 26 categories in this year's JDJ awards. In the coveted "Best Java Application Server" categor... (more)

Cloud People: A Who's Who of Cloud Computing

Behind every cloud service or cloud-based solution, there are real people... A robust ecosystem of solutions providers has emerged around cloud computing. But who are the CEOs & CTOs behind those providers, who are the internal and external entrepreneurs driving companies involved in the Cloud, who are the leading engineers, developers, analysts, researchers, marketing professionals, authors...who, in short, are the people behind the cloud? This list will be updated weekly between now and November 4-7, 2013, when 13th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley opens its doors in the Santa Clara Convention Center, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. Here are some highly prominent "Cloud People" to kick off with... RANDY BIAS | @randybias "Randy Bias is visionary. He sees things others don't." [Emphasis added.] That is how Mårten Mickos puts it, as succinctly as ever.... (more)

WOA for the Enterprise

WOA, or "web-oriented architecture," has proven itself as a viable approach to building large-scale, worldwide web services. This article introduces the principles behind WOA, how it is applied, and why it should be used even inside the enterprise. What Is WOA and Why Should I Care? Before diving into the meat of this article, let's quickly review where WOA came from and why it has gained traction among many new technology companies. WOA has been defined by Gartner as SOA + WWW + REST. In other words, it's a soup of mostly unpronounceable acronyms. SOA should be familiar to most readers. It was introduced in 2003 and has been widely associated with SOAP and the WS-* stack, although it's not directly related. SOA, or service-oriented architecture, is an approach to software design that aims to decompose a problem into modular, distributable, sharable, and loosely coup... (more)

Kodak Google v Apple Patent Auction on Hold

Poor benighted Kodak. It thinks its 1,100 patents, which it has to sell to pay off its creditors, are worth somewhere between $2.2 billion and $2.6 billion but was reportedly able to attract initial auction bids of only $500 million from bidders like the rival consortia led by Apple and Google. It's altogether a far cry from Nortel's $4.5 billion experience last year. The consortia reportedly involve Google-RPX-Samsung-LG-HTC on the one hand and Apple-Microsoft-Intellectual Ventures on the other. The auction is crippled by the fact that a prized patent was invalidated by the International Trade Commission last month. Apple, by the way, figures it already owns some of the QuickTime-related patents but a court told it it was too late to assert ownership. Under the court-imposed rules Kodak was supposed to come up with a winner by end of business Monday. It didn't. It ... (more)

Lessons to Learn from the Hibernate Core Implementation

Hibernate is an open source Java persistence framework project. Perform powerful object relational mapping and query databases using HQL and SQL. In general the widely used libraries are well designed and implemented, and it's very interesting to learn from them some coding best practices. Let's take a look inside the hibernate core library and discover some of its design keys. In this post Hibernate Core is analyzed by JArchitect to go deep inside its design and implementation. Package by Feature Package-by-feature uses packages to reflect the feature set. It places all items related to a single feature (and only that feature) into a single directory/package. This results in packages with high cohesion and high modularity, and with minimal coupling between packages. Items that work closely together are placed next to each other. Here's a good article talking about p... (more)

SOA Is Here - Are You Ready for IT?

While significant attention has been paid to the benefits offered by service-oriented architecture (SOA), which has led to an increased understanding of the challenges that SOA poses as well, far less consideration has been given to the changes that this approach will impart on the IT organization itself. With the discussions around SOA having recently shifted from "if" and "why" to "when" and "how," three important questions now need to be addressed by organizations embarking on an SOA strategy: How will you manage your SOA, how will you pay for your SOA, and how will you staff your SOA? As most would agree, using existing services within an SOA to develop and support new applications provides IT with the opportunity to take a quantum leap forward with regard to productivity and efficiency. As a result, enterprises can address a variety of process requirements fas... (more)

As Enterprise RIA Development Market Mushrooms, Marc Fleury Joins Board of Appcelerator

JBoss founder and former CEO Marc Fleury, the guy who couldn't get on with Red Hat after it acquired JBoss for $350 million, has joined the advisory board of Appcelerator Inc, an Atlanta start-up doing open source software for cross-platform SOA-ready rapid rich Internet application (RIA) development. The company means to make waves for Adobe Flex. The announcement follows Ben Sabrin, the first non-founder employee of JBoss, joining Appcelerator as VP of strategy and business development. Appcelerator CEO Jeff Haynie is quoted as saying about Fleury, "We believe the knowledge he developed building JBoss, to the point where it quickly became a true challenger to much larger competitors and a substantial industry force, will be invaluable to Appcelerator as we look to achieve similar dominance in our pursuit of the enterprise RIA development market." According to Fleury... (more)

Response to Yahoo! Architect Douglas Crockford's Comments on XML

Yahoo! Architect and upcoming AJAXWorld 2008 East keynoter Douglas Crockford has caused a stir by writing about how, while the web has grown up from a document delivery system to an application delivery system,  the browser has not kept pace, so that as Crockford puts it "there are now new proprietary platforms from Adobe and Microsoft and others that are hoping to replace the web." Against this background, Crockford argues, XML itself is jeopardized. "Is XML on the web trending up or trending down?" Crockford asks, before answering: "Clearly, it is trending down. For data transfer applications, XML is losing ground to JSON because JSON is simply a better data transfer format. And XHTML has failed to displace HTML in the marketplace. The benefit of clientside validation has proven to not be a benefit."This caused Kurt Cagle, a developer and author, with nearly 20 boo... (more)

10 Measures for Successful SOA Implementations

The saying "you can't manage what you don't measure" has never been so applicable to software engineering as it currently is to SOA development. As organizations are struggling with the day-to-day development implications of SOA, business leadership is beginning to realize that success does not come without effective organizational measures. Cross-organizational measures are needed to bring transparency to those operational benefactors impacted by SOA's promise of agility and cost reduction. But what should you measure and are all measures equally important? The answer to these questions is rooted in understanding the nature of the first part of the opening quote - you can't manage. We manage because we want to control and we need to control because we want to reduce risk to have outcome certainty. As such, every organization that implements SOA and every SOA imple... (more)