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We regularly write about our technical experiences (good and bad) and what we're learning from the market.

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PaaS: Only a Part of The Composable Enterprise

Posted by Saul Caganoff on 26 September 2014

composable-enterprise, platforms, Architecture

Is PaaS the secret sauce for the Composable Enterprise? Certainly Warner Music Group and their CTO Jonathan Murray have put a lot of effort into using CloudFoundry as the container for applications in their new enterprise. But I think PaaS is only one side of the coin.

Krish Subramanian as the Director of OpenShift...

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Value Cross Referencing in Integration

Posted by Edward McLoughlin on 25 September 2014

Architecture, tech

In almost every integration project in existence, you’ll find that at some point you need to map one set of representative values to another. It doesn’t take long to think of a few common examples. Lets take two hypothetical systems named Xup and Yonder. How do they each represent countries in addresses?

Country

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The Digital Enterprise Shift

Posted by Saul Caganoff on 10 September 2014

composable-enterprise, platforms, Architecture

Continuing my series on the Composable Enterprise I’m looking at how different thought-leaders and organizations perceive the shift from our current methods of doing business to the digital platforms that will drive future, more agile businesses. This week I cover the “The Digital Enterprise Shift”, a whitepaper...

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Characterizing Microservices

Posted by Saul Caganoff on 03 September 2014

Microservices, api, Architecture, soa

My last microservices post welcomed the opportunity to further the conversation about service oriented architectures, because frankly the SOA job isn’t done yet. But I didn’t actually talk about what microservices are. Here I write down a simple definition.

Well, actually there isn’t one. Microservices are a little...

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Composable Capabilities on Demand

Posted by Saul Caganoff on 28 August 2014

composable-enterprise, platforms, Architecture

My last post on the Composable Enterprise gave an overview of Jonathan Murray’s manifesto. While this is leading edge stuff, it is by no means new. We’ve been aiming for composable architectures for many decades now, going back to DCE and CORBA and perhaps even earlier. This speaks to how difficult the challenge is...

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Microservices! Really?

Posted by Saul Caganoff on 21 August 2014

Microservices, soa, api, Architecture

My colleague Yamen recently started the Sydney Microservices meetup group and the response was surprisingly strong with more than 86 people registered within 10 days. The first meetup on September 3 has 36 RSVPs. This is merely a local indication of the buzz that surrounds microservices at the moment.

You may have...

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The Composable Enterprise

Posted by Admin on 14 August 2014

composable-enterprise, platforms, Architecture, belief

Fifty-five percent of businesses are under threat from digital disruption. An MIT CISR Research Report that landed in my inbox this morning reports that out of a sample of 105 senior executives that attended a recent workshop on digital business models, 55% assess their business as being in the "red zone"—significant...

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Business Insights from Data in Motion

Posted by Admin on 23 July 2014

elasticsearch, Architecture, belief

Building distributed systems is our métier. One lesson we learned very early is the importance of visibility across all the elements in a system. But the more extended and loosely coupled your systems, the harder it is to achieve the visibility required. Loose coupling promotes availability and resilience but works...

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Platforms Beat Monoliths

Posted by Admin on 25 June 2014

belief, Architecture, platforms

IT goes through cycles—fat clients vs thin clients, centralised mainframes vs distributed computing. These tend to be areas where the costs and benefits of either end of the spectrum are difficult to discriminate between the alternatives. It takes time for the industry to settle on an equilibrium position, and quite...

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The Benefits of A Layered Architecture

Posted by Admin on 11 June 2014

Architecture, belief, platforms

Perhaps the number one problem in enterprise IT is 'change'—how to handle it and how to keep up with a changing world. Gartner says that "IT organizations' application strategies often aren't dynamic enough to handle changes in technology."

We spend a lot of time, effort and money building systems which (if we're...

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