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In today's business environment, change is the only constant, which makes speed and agility a key basis for competitive advantage. This is why so many organizations are moving toward services oriented architectures as the new basis for IT. But despite the considerable promise of SOA, it adds new complexity that can introduce IT and business risk. This is why governance has become an imperative for SOA projects today. This session will discuss the requirements for governing an SOA and the importance of a governance foundation for optimizing the value and mitigating the risks of a service orientation. It will discuss how governance enables organizations to transform the complexity inherent to SOA from a risk factor to a value generator. It will also introduce an innovative new approach for using SOA governance as the means for automating corporate governance by using ... (more)

The “Last Mile” of IT Process Automation

You can roughly approximate the health of the economic climate by a CIO's list of priorities. In times of prosperity, his or her priorities are optimized for revenue growth. In more challenging times-like today-cost reduction tops the agenda. Of course, this is no great surprise. This is the pattern we expect with the ebbs and flows of the business cycle. We saw it in 2002, and we're seeing it again today. But this time is different. The last recession was characterized by deep wholesale cuts in IT spending-in part, because so many organizations had spent heavily on promises of e... (more)

Adopting Enterprise Cloud Computing: A Graduated Transformation

Enterprise IT organizations are in the midst of deep and lasting change. IT used to be your cable company: It held the local monopoly for IT services. The wait you experienced was a frustrating, but necessary part of your relationship with enterprise IT. You had no choice. But with the rise of public cloud services like Amazon EC2, business lines now have a choice. Why wait months when minutes will do? That question will ultimately cause application owners to vote with their feet, as demand follows the path of least resistance to the public cloud. That is, unless IT leaders can t... (more)

Recession-Proofing IT via Virtualization and Cloud Computing

Recessions are about as appealing as a root canal; but they do force us to think differently. Now that the recession is official, it's an ideal time to explore how virtualization and cloud computing can help "recession-proof" IT by transforming yesterday’s costly and rigid computing model to one that puts costs under control and sets applications free. The National Bureau of Economic Research recently declared that the U.S. has been in a recession since December 2007. The news would be darkly amusing if it weren’t so utterly painful. But now that the recession is official, this ... (more)

SOA's Second Act: Dynamic Documents Top the Agenda

While SOA has traditionally had something of a data obsession. While the focus has been on service-enablement of structured and transactional data and processes, documents and document-centric processes have been conspicuously absent from the SOA agenda. With structured data in order, organizations are now beginning to take a closer look at the role of unstructured assets as part of SOA.  The domains of documents and data have long been two worlds divided. Data is stored in relational databases, mainframe systems, and data warehouses. Documents are kept in content management syst... (more)