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Web Services, Service-Oriented Architectures, and Cloud Computing (The Savvy Manager's Guides) Paperback – April 15, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-1558609068 ISBN-10: 1558609067 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: The Savvy Manager's Guides
  • Paperback: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 1 edition (April 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558609067
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558609068
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,572,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The discussion on the common beliefs about enterprise architectures and how they relate to Web services is a gem and worth the price of the book. Similarly insightful chapters cover the impact of Web services on the enterprise, adoption steps and change management issues in implementing Web services projects. This a great book that every manager contemplating a Web services project should read." - Toufic Boubez, Ph.D., Author of "Building Web Services with Java: Making Sense of XML, SOAP, WSDL and UDDI"

Book Description

Interesting, timely, and above all, useful, Savvy Guides give IT managers the information they need to effectively manage their technologists, as well as conscientiously inform business decision makers, in the midst of technological revolution.

More About the Author

Douglas Barry specializes in enterprise architecture with an emphasis in service-oriented architecture, database systems, and object technology, His practice is aimed at accelerating your understanding and use of software technology. He is an author, columnist, guest lecturer, international speaker, and mentor.

Mr. Barry has consulted to over 80 companies operating in the areas of finance, stock trading, computer-aided design, telecommunications, electronic catalogs, software development, manufacturing, and military applications. He has written or edited six books and was the series editor for The Savvy Manager's Guides, published by Morgan Kaufmann. He has written over 40 magazine columns or articles and published over 400 pages of online articles at www.service-architecture.com/articles/.

Customer Reviews

You'll likely come away with 100 ideas too!
Bradley D. Brown
There must be hundreds of books on Web services, most of them with chapters that read like alphabet soup (UDDI, SOAP, WSDL, etc.).
Nelson King
Many complex options are easily compared or contrasted by a glance at one of the diagrams.
Paul Harmon

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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By "zhahadum" on June 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is management style book. It talks about all of the good things about web services. Yet it makes several crucial mistakes that clearly show that the author is by no means aware of what a service oriented architecture must provide. The crucial points that lead to failures using distributed architectures in the grand scale are not discussed. The whole problem is seen totally as a management issue. It is not. It is a vital technical challenge, and web services are by no means ready to take that challenge. Problems like transactions, security, undoability, Quality of service etc are not even slightly solved today. The savvy managers should read the book, give it to a savvy software architect, and afterwards discuss very carefully. Another annoying feature is that the author sees technical people as the ones being the greatest opposition to service oriented architectures. They can be, but the real problem are business managers and departments who do not want to be service providers in the first place because it means giving up some of their power and probably loose some of their workforce.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nelson King on June 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
There must be hundreds of books on Web services, most of them with chapters that read like alphabet soup (UDDI, SOAP, WSDL, etc.). I've read quite a few of these books and it's awfully easy to get lost in the details. Douglas Barry's Web Services and Service-Oriented Architectures, The Savvy Manager's Guide, does something else: it gives you a genuinely useful high-level view.
Barry makes a very important distinction: Web services (the term we hear about so much) are connections. Services are what these connections deliver. What is important in the long run are not the connections (Web services) but the goods they will provide (services of many kinds). As Barry and many others see it, the future of software is in the services that will be used to plug information (data) and programming into service-oriented applications.
Managing both the connections and the services will be a principal task of IT in the coming years, and it's Barry's contention that it can best be addressed by developing a service-oriented architecture. Much of the book is given over to discussing the nature of software architecture, what it means in the case of services, and how you would go about deciding what kind of architecture to use. This seems like esoteric stuff, but Barry does a very good job of removing excess jargon and inserting real-life analogies to clarify the topics.
The author also uses his own experience and point of view to humanize what could be a mind-numbing onslaught of abstractions. I'm particularly happy that he discusses the difficulties of implementing Web services and a service-oriented architecture - a reality check that's sorely missing from many other books.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Paul Lipton on August 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
Frankly, I feel that some reviewers misunderstand the purpose of this book. In my opinion, for the right person, this book is a gem! Any of us who have had the challenge of explaining new and difficult concepts to managers who left technology back in the COBOL days or never were technologists should be grateful.
As technologists, we forget just how much intimidating jargon we use and how many underlying assumptions we make when we explain things. As a software architect once said to me, "if I had more time, I'd make it simple." Clearly Barry has taken on the challenge of making it simple, and such efforts are incredibly valuable.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul Harmon on May 15, 2003
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I've always been a fan of Doug Barry. In the early Nineties Doug Barry focused on OO Databases. He produced a series of reports that compared every feature of every OO database. For awhile these magisterial volumes were the bible for any large company that wanted to buy an OO database. In this case, Doug presented the big picture by organizing the categories a team would use to analyze products, and then covered the details by presenting tables that showed exactly which features or functions each product had.
Doug's latest book is Web Services and Service-Oriented Architectures: The Savvy Manager's Guide.(Morgan Kaufmann, 2003). This book is written for architects and managers who are trying to figure out just what Web Services will mean for their organizations. It focuses on describing just what is involved in a Web Services Architecture and then explores the various options companies face as they think about how they might implement such an architecture. A quick glance at the contents gives you an idea of the scope:
I. Service-Oriented Architecture Overview
1. A Business Trip in the Not-Too-Distant Future
2. Information Technology Used in This Trip
3. Service-Oriented Architectures and Web Services
4. Forces Affecting the Adoption of Web Services and Other Integration Techniques
5. Growing Impact of Web Services
6. Service-Oriented Architectures and Beliefs about Enterprise Architectures
7. Starting to Adopt a Service-Oriented Architecture
II. Managing Change Needed for a Service-Oriented Architecture
8. Change Will Happen
9. Tips for Managing Change Issues During Development
III. Creating Service-Oriented Architectures
10. Architectures at Each Stage of Adoption for Web Services
11. Architectural Options
12.
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