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The iTKO SOA Testing, Validation & Virtualization Blog The practice and technology of Virtualization really has legs - it keeps moving forward, from hardware virtualization, virtual test beds, to virtual endpoints, to actually simulating the behavior of the software itself, which we're calling Service-Oriented Virtualization (or "SOV" if you need a TLA for it). Now we are seeing the Performance Lab getting into the action on this practice. For interconnected apps like SOA and serious enterprise integrations, the guys with the load testing firepower have tools like LoadRunner and SilkTest in their lab, but they get left out of the process until very near the end, when an interface is available. SOV can break that dependency of waiting for "all the moons to align" before they can get a test window. The initial uses of SOV were to allow the development and testing team t... (more)

The ESB - SOA Hullaballoo

Jason English's Blog With multiple ESB platforms, you are still providing a very good way to bring underlying business applications and transaction systems to bear with an integration and messaging framework, sometimes with business process management as well. Yes they are different systems, but they can be pulled together effectively as long as the validation is there, and as long as the multiple teams have a means to virtualize their dependencies and continue developing and testing new functionality. I had a talk with Rich Seeley from SearchSOA a couple weeks ago, and his artic... (more)

Turning SOA Whining into Debate, Planning, and Action

Joe McKendrick recently wondered if there is too much "whining" and not enough action on SOA? in a ZDNet post. He was responding to post by Nicholas Petreley of CIO.com on Less SOA QQ and More SOA Pew Pew. Let me translate: QQ means whining and Pew Pew means action. To be more specific the urban dictionary offers some definitions of Pew Pew: Sound made by lasers, usually related to star wars.  And  also a common term in the world of Warcraft most typically meaning to do damage, or perform a combat action. So is Nicholas telling us to ready-fire-aim?  Joe points out that there is ... (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)

Will SOA Fold into Cloud Computing?

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 pra... (more)