SOA Rebranded as Cloud Computing Services

August 18th, 2010

Just have to love some marketing folks and analysts that jump to the latest buzz word and extol the differences, benefits, pitfalls, fear, uncertainty and doubt.   There have recently been some press releases concerning cloud computing concepts and technology that seems to have been lifted from previous Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) overviews from the same vendors. 

Cloud Computing Security Issues – nothing really new or different

Security compliance, addressed either by physical controls or logical controls, will still apply whether you operate on your premises or in a virtual environment.  Virtual environments just make this harder and when you rely upon a third party the phrase “trust but verify” is an apt response to ensure that this particular computing model does

IT is a Love Hate Relation

June 5th, 2010

Business grudgingly relies on IT to manage the books, usually to automate boring repeatable tasks fast and cheaply and sometimes to create a unique value to the business (when possible).  IT is rarely viewed as an equal partner in business and more as a utility player that makes things happen….slowly.  When the world of IT

Workers, Wages, and H-1B

October 30th, 2008
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H-1B visas were designed to bring into the U.S. specialists when companies cannot find an American citizen with equivalent skills.  Or they cannot find sufficient quantities of these specialized skills.  In a recent study, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services found that 13% of the requests for H-1B visas were fraudulent and 7% contain technical violations. 

Growth, Debt and Outsourcing

October 30th, 2008
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Economic growth in the U.S. has averaged 2.7% over the past years.  Taking out personal consumption, the growth was 1.3% per year in 10 years ending in 2007.  That is the slowest growth rate since the 1950s.  U.S. consumers have run up about $3 trillion in excess borrowing and spending over the same period.  This

Sourcing’s Hidden Sore Points – India

October 18th, 2007

There is nothing wrong with sourcing selective activities away from your internal staff to an external service provider.  You can use this tool to save money, focus on your core business, spend less management time on non-essential tasks, and possibly redeploy savings towards more strategic initiatives.  This does not automatically translate that you should source

Outsourcing Analysis and Avoiding Failure

February 6th, 2007

In today’s economy, businesses face enormous hurdles no matter what their particular business endeavor.  Competition from larger, more established firms, globalization, the looming potential for technological obsolescence and the need to keep costs under control can make management of most companies an extreme challenge. Focusing on the core business can be difficult especially when growth

Offshore Development, Outsourcing, Visas and Adapting a Changing World

February 5th, 2007

SIIA is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry.  Their recent report issued January 11, 2007 titled “SIIA Report on Global Software Development Shows Importance to Business Growth” was the culmination of a survey with 114 American-based software companies last year.  Sixty-eight respondents had offshore operations while forty-six did not.Software companies