Why Is Automation Hard?

Why Is Automation Hard?

Automation is hard for many reasons. Not because automation is merely a concept that is hard to understand. It is hard because of the human factor. People are naturally resistant to change. That doesn’t mean that people can’t change. They do it everyday....
Dynamic Service Level Agreements

Dynamic Service Level Agreements

Web service messages in a SOA environment can be measured for compliance to service level agreements. There are many tools and applications out on the market that allow the measurement and enforcement of these types of SLAs, but what happens when you have something...
Service Level Agreements: The Chicken and The Egg

Service Level Agreements: The Chicken and The Egg

[row][span6] Service Level Agreements, or service contracts, have been a hotly contested item in the SOA world. Generally, the business needs drive the creation of service level agreements. While I do understand that business drivers and the business analysts...
Dependency Tracking in an SOA Environment

Dependency Tracking in an SOA Environment

[row][span6] One thing I have noticed over the last 6-1/2 years or so in the SOA world is a pretty complicated thing, and that is tracking dependencies. Most IT Architects and Business Analysts who get dragged (usually kicking and screaming) into creating SOA...
Should SOA Policies be Enforced by Date?

Should SOA Policies be Enforced by Date?

[row][span6] An associate of mine recently asked me if policies on services in a service oriented architecture should be enforced by date, or better yet, be able to expire or sunset them. I gave it a quick thought and replied “It depends..” So I have given...

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