Sunday, May 20, 2007
Links for 2007-05-20
Why is the software industry nearly incapable of producing virtually anything that even resembles excellence? I mean, there are a handful of exceptions, but I think they really just prove the rule. Is it human nature, systemic problems with business or are we collectively just too stupid or uncaring to produce first-rate software?
In order to develop an understanding of where and how open source software fits into the picture, it's important to grasp the opportunities for disruption technologies within the context of SOA. Alex Fletcher provides commentary on how we should frame this problem space.
One of the problems faced by IT groups is that their job function is basically to write code. This is a problem because sometimes, you shouldn't write code. Sometimes, the problem is best solved by NOT writing code.
Another blogger gets it twisted in terms of measuring EA. There is no ROI in governance, defining roadmaps, setting standards, etc. There is an ROI in terms of innovation and enabling revenue growth by focusing on the strategic intent of the business. Cost cutting should always be a secondary focus of EA.
Good to see Brenda Michelson keeping others honest especially those folks at MIT.
Both Mark Wahl and Charlton Barreto need to consider that identity alone is sometimes insufficient in terms of establishing a federation. Sometimes including authorization/entitlement information in the message exchange is required. One way to do this is via XACML which WS-Federation doesn't seem to address as well as SAML.
Tyler Cowen, a writer for The New York Post, inspires an alternative vision as to why income inequality is so pronounced in America. I believe it goes well beyond education where we need to focus on holding all parties especially outsourcing firms to EEOC standards.
I wonder what my boss would think if I wanted to be a beta tester? Anyway, the mainframe is not a second-class citizen (COBOL on the mainframe is) and should receive better industry analyst coverage.