From The Founder and Senior Analyst of ZapThink

Ron Schmelzer

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As we predicted earlier in the year, cloud computing is starting to take hold, especially if you believe the marketing literature of vendors and consulting firms. Yet, we are seeing an increasing number of Cloud success stories, ranging from simplistic consumption of utility Services and offloading of compute resources to the sort of application and process clouds we discussed in a previous ZapFlash. Perhaps the reason why usage of the Cloud is still nascent in the enterprise is because of an increasing chorus of concerns being voiced about the usage of Cloud resources: Cloud availability. Cloud security. Erosion of data integrity. Data replication and consistency issues. Potential loss of privacy. Lack of auditing and logging visibility. Potential for regulatory violations. Application sprawl & dependencies. Inappropriate usage of Services. Difficulty in managing i... (more)

The Dissolution of the Rich Internet Application (RIA) Market

Traditional market research focuses on the size and growth of well-defined market segments. As vendors enter and compete in those markets, customers participate by purchasing products and services within those segments, and market research seeks to establish the patterns of such transactions in order to predict the future trends for such markets. In the Information Technology (IT) space, however, many markets are transitory in that as new technologies and behavior patterns emerge, what might formerly have been separate markets vying for customer dollars merge into a single market... (more)

SOA Zombies Gathering in Boston: July 23, 2009

Is SOA Dead? If so, then watch out, because SOA zombies are getting together to network at ZapThink's ZapForum Boston "Night of the Living SOA Dead" on Thursday, July 23, 2009 at MJ O'Connor's Bar in Boston, Massachusetts. At the event, a few dozen SOA pundits, peers, colleagues, competitors, and will join in a panel on SOA's future all the while encouraging networking, drinks, food, and a hearty debate on the topic of SOA's long life ahead with a panel of distinguished guests on the topic of SOA. Open to public enrollment and attendance, the topic of discussion for the panel wil... (more)

Breaking XML to Optimize Performance

As XML becomes ubiquitous throughout the enterprise, it increasingly taxes the systems that must deal with it. Even though there are a wide range of hardware and software solutions coming to market that aim to alleviate XML's performance bottlenecks (See ZapThink's XML Proxies Report), many developers are nevertheless resorting to a variety of tactics to improve the performance of XML processing and transmission that are… well… creative. Many of these creative approaches simplify certain aspects of XML in order to squeeze document size, improve parser performance, and speed the m... (more)

Understanding the Value of Reference Architectures

There’s nothing more that architects love to do than argue about definitions. If you ever find yourself with idle time in a room of architects, try asking for a definition of “Service” or “architecture” and see what sort of creative melee you can start. That being said, definitions are indeed very important so that we can have a common language to communicate the intent and benefit of the very things we are trying to convince business to invest in. From that perspective, a number of concepts have emerged in the past decade or so that have become top of mind for self-styled ente... (more)