What Does Your Choice in Soda Say About You?

What do Diet Dr. Pepper, Michelob Ultra, Cracker Barrel, Brooks Brothers, and Jaguar all have in common? At first glance you would think not much, but in reality, these items reflect preferences by Republicans that vote. On the opposite side of the spectrum, apathetic Democrats prefer 7-UP, Milwaukee’s Best, Church’s Chicken, Burlington Coat Factory, and Plymouths.

Welcome to the world of Big Data!

A world where the soda or beer you drink, the car Continue reading

Open Source Software Use in the Government

Proponents of open source software use in the government were elated when Assistant Secretary of Defense Networks & Information Integration (ASD(NII)) DoD CIO David Wennergren issued the “Clarifying Guidance Regarding Open Source Software (OSS)” memorandum in 2009.   In this memorandum, open source was classified as “commercial computer software”, putting it on par with commercial off the shelf software (COTS) from software vendors such as Microsoft and Oracle.

In addition, the memorandum also provided clarification on DoD Instruction 8500.2,

“Information Assurance (IA) Implementation” (reference (g)) includes an Information Assurance Control, “DCPD-1 Public Domain Software Controls,” which limits the use of “binary or machine-executable public domain software or other software products with limited or no warranty,” on the grounds that these items are Continue reading

Data Discovery vs Service Discovery

bigdataWith huge amounts of data being created and stored across multiple systems in different formats across the enterprise, Big Data has become a big issue for many organizations. The demand for real-time (or near real-time) information from multiple systems of record is forcing companies to rethink their current data strategy by placing mission critical information at the center of the IT portfolio. One of the biggest challenges that organizations face with this new data strategy Continue reading

SOA Governance Book Gaining Traction

Looks like Eric’s book on SOA Governance is continuing to resonate with readers.

SOA World: SOA and IT Governance Guide
Research and Markets has announced the addition of John Wiley and Sons Ltd’s new report “Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Governance for the Services Driven Enterprise” to their offerings. This book will be a complete guide to service-oriented architecture governance, providing a comprehensive enterprise view of specific policies for business, organizational, compliance, security, and technology facets of SOA and IT governance. Written by Eric Marks and SOA industry leaders, “Service-Oriented Architecture Governance for the Services Driven Enterprise” provides a business-driven perspective to SOA and IT governance from a strategic and tactical perspective while also providing modeling and planning tools to help evolve a company’s ongoing governance requirements.