Anecdote from Harry Chapin: "My grandfather was a painter. He died at age 88. He illustrated Robert Frost’s first two books of poetry. He was looking at me one day and he said, `Harry, there’s two kinds of tired. There’s good tired and there’s bad-tired. Ironically enough, bad-tired can be a day in which you won, but you won other people’s battles, you lived other people’s days, other people’s agendas and dreams, and when it’s all over, there’s very little you in there, and when you hit the hay at night, you toss and turn, you don’t settle easy.
Good tired, ironically enough, can be a day in which you lost, but you knew you fought your battles, you chased your dreams, you lived your days. And when you hit the hay at night, you settle easy, you sleep the sleep of the just, and you can say, ‘Take me away.’ "
Archives for August 2008
Had the delicious blog posting job worked, I would have already recommended the below links. But it didn’t (shocking) so here I am, impersonating a batch job. We’ve all been there before, eh?
"At the Schindler bitranch, we call these "superstitions:" information accepted on faith, without personal knowledge or examination. People pass along "everyone knows" data without questioning it, and others repeat the superstition as though it’s undeniably true. Confidence isn’t knowledge; in fact, confidence can prevent knowledge and innovation from happening, because an unquestioned belief means you never measure, never test, never look at alternatives."
need to check these out, Jitterbit + "Other open-source data integration vendors include Talend, XAware and SnapLogic, which also has a community site and is building a library of completed connectors and pipelines."
Last week, Todd & I were chatting about the (wrongly) implied command & control nature of SOA Governance, and how that inhibits success. In that conversation, I passed along the link to an article on inspiration & leadership, previously sent thru my links here. Todd, being Todd, expanded/augmented that quick conversation into this great post. Think of it as a preview for his upcoming book on SOA Governance.
One of my responsibilities for the SOA Consortium is planning and moderating the member meeting program. And self-congratulations aside, I have to say our programs offer excellent speakers, insights and conversations. Continuing this trend, I’m thrilled to share that Jeanne Ross, Director and Principal Research Scientist of MIT’s Center for Information Systems Research, has agreed to keynote our September meeting in Orlando. Yes, Jeanne Ross, co-author of Enterprise Architecture as Strategy, and IT Governance. I know, my EA roots are showing.
Joining Jeanne on the agenda are Dr. Michael J. Kurtz, Assistant Archivist for Records Services, Washington DC, National Archives and Records Administration, and Geoff Raines and Larry Pizette of MITRE Corporation.
“Have the recordings from our earlier meetings enticed you to attend one in person? Well, if you are a SOA practitioner, you’ll definitely want to join us in Orlando on September 24-25 as we do a SOA reality check and dig into sustaining SOA success.
Kicking off our SOA reality check, I’m thrilled to share that Jeanne Ross, Director and Principal Research Scientist MIT Center for Information Systems Research, will be our keynote speaker. In her talk, Jeanne will present new research on SOA Adoption & Value:
MIT’s Center for Information Systems Research and Diamond Management and Technology Consultants recently collaborated on research project surveying architecture leaders on SOA adoption, current practices, value and results and barriers to SOA success.
The research objective is to help those responsible for architecture better understand how their organizations stack up on a variety of key SOA metrics: investment, progress, reuse, and others.
In this presentation, Jeanne Ross will share the results of the survey analysis, including insights gained on the linkages, if any, between SOA initiatives and company financial performance.
And what would be a reality check, without real-world stories and lessons learned? We have two great invited speaker sessions:
Dr. Michael J. Kurtz, Assistant Archivist for Records Services, Washington DC, National Archives and Records Administration, on Records Management in a Federal Service Oriented Environment
A multi-agency Records Management Service initiative has been undertaken by an Interagency Project Team composed of nineteen Federal Agencies under the leadership of the National Archives and Records Administration. The service is being developed in the context of the US Federal Government’s over-arching approach to move to Service Oriented Architecture in the Enterprise Architecture of its agencies. This presentation provides an overview of the activities of a government Community of Practice defining and enabling a Records Management Service in order to realize the vision of Service Oriented Architecture in Federal Government.
Geoff Raines and Larry Pizette of MITRE Corporation on Leveraging Federal IT Investment – Using Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
This presentation will explore SOA, as implemented through the common Web Services standards. It offers Federal senior leadership teams a path forward, given the diverse and complex information technology (IT) portfolio that they have inherited, allowing for incremental and focused improvement of their IT support systems. We will also discuss the SOA Trade space and briefly cover our project team’s efforts.
Rounding out our SOA reality check, our own Richard M. Soley, Executive Director of the SOA Consortium, will announce the winners of our case study contest, co-sponsored by CIO Magazine. In addition to the announcements, Fill Bowen and I will share many of the SOA Lessons from Case Study Contest Entries.
And that’s just Wednesday. On Thursday, we focus our attention on sustaining SOA success. After an invited speaker talk on SOA & ITIL, we’ll have our first ever ‘SOA Soapbox Derby’.
The purpose of the SOA Soapbox Derby is to allow practitioners to exchange ideas on activities that are critical to sustaining SOA success. Derby participants will have 10-15 minutes to soapbox, followed by another 15 minutes (or so) to engage in related conversation with meeting attendees. Any practitioner attending the SOA Consortium meeting may participate in the ‘SOA Soapbox Derby’. For more information, contact me in advance, or onsite.
Thursday afternoon, we’ll focus on community of practice activities, including the unveiling of the SOA Consortium Planning Framework.
Interested? For more information, including registration, please go here.”