SOA and Hypecycle

Recent Gartner Hype Cycle and Infoworld’s Top 10 emerging technologies have provided enough evidence that companies had enough with their SOA investments and have moved on to embrace technologies which address their needs.  SOA based development, Products ruled last few years of market share.  Now there are less heard.  What happened to SOA.  Did the Hype die or did companies back out

Based on my recent client interactions and consulting engagements I have noticed that customers have simple business needs which is have their business process or function published. For them SOA turned out to be a Goliath.  More than what they could bite or chew on.  Product companies and their System Integrators started wooing customers with innumerable benefits of SOA

In short Companies were oversold about the over arching benefits of this SOA.  Though all this has been true the evolution of products, skilled resources and overall sustainability of SOA projects made it very difficult for a quick implementation.   Companies could not see the benefits or ROI of SOA projects similar to other development projects.  The downward trend or drop in importance to SOA in Gartner Hype Cycle is just because of reflection of above issues.

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Serving Right Content on your Portal

Choosing a Content system will be a mammoth task to any Organization.   A additional requirement of Portal can make things much more difficult.   To make matters worse there have been buyouts, consolidation of the products.   CMS Comparison papers and websites  may leave IT manager confused on where and how to start.

Some Companies have been successful in implementing portals for personalization and content management systems to store their content.  Until now the above came with huge cost and effort. New products and improvements in Portal and Content Systems provide every IT manager look for different options.  Listed below are some tips

  • Make sure what your Company or Client wants.  Whether its a Content system or Portal or  a simple web application.  Of late several Portals have built in some features of Content Management and vise-verca.
  • Do not make huge investments.  With new standards and API’s ( JSR’s and JCR) it will not be difficult to migrate content.  Try open source alternatives first in a small way and then narrow down to a product
  • With in content system make sure whether the requirement is to store Web Content or Documents (Enterprise Content).  There are leaders in each of this category

There are great open source alternatives such as Alfresco for ECM, Magnolia / Droopal for WCM and LifeRay for Portals.  If the company is thin on IT go with simple easy to use products such as MOSS.   Either way start something small and do a small proof of concept or a mini project before taking a plunge into world of CMS and Portals.

    Team Work at best – Cool Runnings

    Several of us would have sat through a seminar or meeting which HR has organized about Team Work.  We would have a renowned speaker or a Management consultant walk us through slides and exercises about Team building.  Lot of these might help the way we perceive the team and how we work, I still feel we could do something better where things remain engraved in our minds.

    I was recently watching an old movie “Cool Runnings”.   It’s a fictional comedy and I have watched this movie quite a few times.   The movie  depicts several facets of Team Work.    The movie is about a relatively unknown Jamaican Team  participating  in Winter Olympics at Canada.   

    The movie revolves on Team bonding and motivation.   Similar to a project which has a an architect, QA, Driving of bobsled involves 4 individuals a pilot, a brakeman and 2 pushers.  As in projects small errors have significant impact on the course and the time taken.  The movie also dwells on motivation.  How the team members motivate each other to make sure they are part of the Winter Olympics.   Above all the team makes sure that they reach the end point with their broken sledge.

    Though this is a fictional movie, I guess making it part of HR Seminar or team building exercises would go a long way.  Personally it would be engraved in each team members mind on how when they work together they can achieve impossible odds such as a Jamaican team in Winter Olympics