World-champion architectures in training
If there’s a constant in this month’s issue, it’s that big-time enterprises
are looking for service-oriented architectures to give them the ability
to float and sting like Ali.
Like everyone else, the top ERP vendors have
SOA on the brain. As Alan Radding writes in this month’s cover story,
“New App Dev Platforms for the Resourceful Enterprise,” the result is
ERPs that combine data, processing, dev tools, process modeling, SDKs,
APIs and middleware—which, when taken together—look an awful lot
like an app dev platform for SOAs.
Although SOAs built on open-source apps are still rare, they’re inevitable
for the same reasons open-source Web and app servers have
become the platforms of choice for other development projects, reports
regular contributor Alan Joch. That’s not going to happen any time soon,
Just how business process management fits into service-enabled
enterprises also is getting a hard look by BPM vendors, writes Kathleen
Richards, our new senior editor. With the right framework, Richards
notes, IT can quickly deploy BPM projects and manage change from a
central XML definition that represents the business data that can be
reused on different levels of an SOA. Despite the hype, BPM tools have
a long way to go, Richards concludes.
Enterprise apps often have different versions of what is supposed to be the same data, reports regular Alan Earls, who couldn't help thinking about the famous Abbott and Costello “Who’s on first” routine when he researched his story on master data management. MDM promises to make it possible for enterprises to build a single view of all its data through a physical or logical hub. The concept is simple; getting there isn’t, Earls found out.
Some enterprises are evaluating whether it makes sense to ask their
codejockeys to agree to quality-level agreements, for the same reasons
they ask third-party providers to adhere to service-level agreements. Not
surprisingly, the idea hasn’t gotten much traction. Still, it seems to be
the direction many Global 2000 enterprises are about to take, writes regular
contributor Stephen Swoyer.
Finally, Linda Briggs checks in with a story on business rules engines,
which, she found, many enterprises are using
to comply with regulatory mandates and to give
them speed in the market arena.
Michael Alexander is editor-in-chief of Application Development Trends.