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I'm on my way to STARwest in Disneyland, CA today, and since it's been a little while since my last software quality-focused conference, I'm particularly interested to see how these testing experts and vendors are addressing the needs of a more distributed computing environment. Our own expert Rajeev Gupta is coming in to present "Building the SOA Quality Center of Excellence". Joe McKendrick recently posted, CTO Predicts SOA Will Fade into SaaS.  He quoted Ron Huxter, CTO of the provincial government of Ontario, “Over the last ten years, we’ve got most of the common business practices identified. The issues that we’re coming into now are sourcing the actual services -- in two to three years, SOA will fade into yet another sales banner like everything else has and it will transform into software-as-a-service (SaaS).” Ron acknowledges that new issues in cost structur... (more)

Cloud Computing – Adding a Fifth Dimension

Dan Woods provides an interesting analysis in Forbes, Parsing The Cloud, on where Cloud Computing may be going next. He makes a good case that the cloud will become more complex and diverse. He offers four drivers of this diversity. First, compliance is going to happen. Governments have already stepped in. The Swiss banking laws dictate that computers storing customer information must be housed inside its borders. Other countries may follow so they can tax, inspect, or otherwise exert control. Network topology will also affect the speed of data access. Different industries have... (more)

Some More Good SOA Business Blogs

I have now written a six part series on software community blogs. This has included some of our larger partners such as Oracle, TIBCO, and Software AG who maintain multiple blogs with a community. I also covered the Agile Commons blog by our partner, Rally. We have some other partners who have excellent individual blogs, or in the case of Infosys, a great collection of blogs. A list can be found in the right side of this blog. Here are three more of them. dynaTrace is a leader in lifecycle application performance management. The dynaTrace blog covers issues related to performanc... (more)

Agile SOA Across the Lifecycle - Part Five: IT and SOA Governance

This is the fifth of a six part series of posts on the Agile SOA life cycle. Here we will at look at IT and SOA Governance. With the introduction of agile, spiral, and scrum development methodologies, the traditional waterfall development approach of testing a near-finished app at the end of many Agile development cycles won't be agile at all, as the elements of the application are constantly changing.  Traditional models of IT governance will also not work. To aggravate testing, the service-oriented architecture (SOA) design pattern is used to make IT  more responsive to changes... (more)

Employing Virtual Environments for Manual Testers

Virtualization Track at Cloud Expo Any die-hard software geek tends to be fascinated with solving the biggest, most complex IT problems enterprises face. In terms of testers, this means moving away from manual testing and getting teams to "go agile" with early development testing, or looking "between the boxes" into validating complex middle-tier technologies. In today's enterprise, most of the business logic happens deeper within the applications where services communicate transactions through an ESB and other messaging and data layers, both within the company's IT environment ... (more)