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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118409779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118409770
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The pace of change in business has once again accelerated, except now the context for this change is far more complex than the simpler, one-dimensional dot-com days. The evidence of revolution is all around us—it's time to identify individual trends and tie them together into a single story of transformation. That's The Agile Architecture Revolution.

Providing practical advice for leveraging the change in your environment to achieve business success, this innovative new book:

  • Focuses on architecture, connecting the dots between Service-Oriented Architecture and the revolutionary concept of enterprise as a complex system
  • Places the discussion of architecture into the broader context of change impacting enterprise IT and, with it, business in general
  • Looks at implementation with in-depth consideration of Cloud Computing and Representational State Transfer (REST)
  • Ties the threads of the story together to make the case that we face an Agile Architecture Revolution

All about how business—that is, people—use technology to meet changing business needs, The Agile Architecture Revolution will open your eyes to a new way of thinking about technology, about business, and—about change itself.

From the Back Cover

"So, if business agility is good, how can IT achieve it? The current thinking is that we need to change our approach to design and development and move to newer methods and approaches around software architecture. The right answer is that we need to change what we build, not how we build it. This book describes a true revolution, a different way of thinking about how we build and leverage software."
—From the Foreword by David S. Linthicum, Cloud Computing and SOA Thought Leader, Author, Blogger, and Consultant

How can your business get what it really wants and needs from IT?

How can your business aim to survive, even in environments of unpredictable change?

The answer is business agility.

A revolution in how we think about architecture, about software development, about IT supporting the business, and in how we think about leveraging new platforms such as cloud computing, The Agile Architecture Revolution reinvents Enterprise Architecture as you know it to support continuous business transformation.

Laying out a multidimensional vision for achieving business agility through agile architectures, author Jason Bloomberg reveals how your business can—and indeed, must—build a system that can change its behavior and data semantics on-demand, in support of your changing business.

Both visionary and realistic, The Agile Architecture Revolution looks at the convergence of concepts that have the power to change the way we think about software, and finally bring IT back to a place of productivity and value.


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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg's groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Certification Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg's previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC's eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Griffin on April 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Jason's book is well worth the read. It's thought provoking and will challenge many belief systems you currently have about Enterprise IT. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because the first 2 chapters ramble on a bit about complex systems, the points are very valid but it takes a little to long to get there. After those chapters however the book picks up the pace and gets at the heart of the current "revolution", as Jason calls it, that we are in the midst of experiencing. I firmly believe that architects and CIOs that read this and sort of grasp what Jason is saying about agility will be far better off than the vast majority. If you are trying to understand what REST is really about beyond the religious arguments, what true cloud computing is really about and how all of this is evolving at a very rapid pace then I highly recommend this book.

Predicting the future of IT has always been a difficult chore but I think Jason's view is pretty spot on for this point in time. Agility is the center of it all but it goes well beyond just speed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 8, 2013
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I found the first half of the book informative but not particularly persuasive. It seemed choppy, like a series of stand-alone blog articles stitched together. However, the patient reader is rewarded once REST is under the microscope. Don't let the first part discourage. The book gains traction as one reads; be patient!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Iwan on February 3, 2014
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Jason Bloomberg, known for his ZapThink blog posts, has been able to write a book on Enterprise Architecture as it should be perceived by decision-makers.

He outlines a rather iconoclastic view on an SOA as it benefits the business goals for any enterprise that is facing competition in the market place. Sometimes hard to grasp unless you've hit the brick wall yourself, the book goes from business requirement of being agile as an enterprise to utilizing RESTful webservices and the Cloud.
Apart from the chapter on SOA at the start of the book, he manages to write towards a broad audience that is not technical perse. Yet, the book is highly interesting for techies as well.

I think this book is a must read for any architect, business or IT, as well as CIO's and (business) line-management.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kocka Slavomir on October 21, 2013
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The book contains few ideas, worth thinking about, but in general, after 100 pages, I only got information, that agile architecture is in fact SOA architecture, and that they in ZapThink knew everything, and how great they are... :( I forced me to read approximately 1/3 of the book, but, I found no value. Just introduction to introduction to introduction...
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Bunker on July 9, 2013
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This book is an excellent read that point to the future. It also helps to see through the vendor marketing spin in a consistent manner. A must read for all ICT professionals and Senior business managers.
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