Is anyone reaping the benefits of SOA? At a well attended Catalyst Conference session called "SOA: Dreams vs Reality", a show of hands showed no hands. Anne Thomas Manes, VP & Research Director, went on to provide some tips:
SOA is about design, not technology (as a corollary you don't need ESB or a vendor's latest product to do SOA)
You cannot buy SOA, you must design it
Cultural and political factors are significant impediments to SOA implementations
SOA is a long-term journey. If your organization is not willing to make a significant investment (enterprise-level planning; infrastructure & governance; organizational and cultural shift), don't waste your time.
Looking forward to going running tomorrow morning with Ron Dickson. Ron was at Sun and recently moved over to Vauu, a company in the role management and identity compliance space. He is a serious tri-athlete. Both of us brought our running shoes so it's time for a go bright and early tomorrow.
"Make no mistake about it --- it is a juggernaut".
O'Kelly concluded that "SharePoint 2007 is a watershed product with very strong synergy across Microsoft's product/services offerings" and will significantly "reorder the collaboration/content management competitive landscape." While "far from perfect" the new version of Sharepoint, according to O'Kelly, is "also far beyond 'good enough'".
Oracle's BI Standard Edition One might be just the right tool to bootstrap a BI project for your organization. (The proviso here is that you never want to start any IT project with a tool!)
SE One " includes Oracle's Database 10g Standard Edition One, as well as the
Oracle Business Intelligence Server for churning metadata and Oracle
Warehouse Builder 10g, which ensures data quality and auditing and relational
and dimensional modeling.
Mindful that SMBs
typically have small or no IT departments to help them
install and configure software, the system employs business user
interfaces that do not require coding or other technical skills, said
David Planeaux, director of BI product marketing for the company."
You will probably still need an Oracle DBA. No? Or are Oracle databases now self-supporting and self-tuning? I will follow-up with Oracle to see whether this product is available for higher education.
Venue: SF is always a winner. My review of the Hilton is mixed. I don't like having to shell out $12.95/day for a network connection AND a bloody $15/day for use of the fitness center. Fortunately, Burton has done a nice job of setting up wireless throughout the conference area.