- 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: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,760,167 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"
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.
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This is a god start for moving forward on the reading of more detail books.
I give it 4 instead of 5 due to the overuse of force field analysis and the lack of a point in the later chapters. More than half of the book is extremely useful. It would get 5 if they chopped out the useless stuff and the excessive use of force field analysis.
Author Barry, begins with a high-level story of how a person on a business trip interacts with a SOA based on Web services and cloud computing. In addition, the author provides a high-level explanation for the technology and standards used for the business trip. He then explains the Web services connections. The author then, weaves the concepts of service-oriented architecture into a discussion of cloud computing. Next, he introduces force field analysis and applies it to the adoption of Web services. In addition, the author applies force field analysis to service-oriented architectures. He continues by providing force field analysis for adopting two types pf cloud providers: software as a service and platform as a service. Then, the author deals with managing the human aspect of the change that occurs with the adoption of a service-oriented architecture with cloud computing. Next, he provides tips on how to make development easier. The author then introduces incremental SOA analysis that aims to help manage change by improving the project selection process in a way that also improves the chance of success for the selected project. In addition, he provides three basic experiments that use Web services and then uses the story about the business trip discussed earlier to address more advanced uses of Web services. The author continues by providing design concepts and considerations along with staffing and change issues to take into account when establishing a service-oriented architecture. Then, he discusses a way to evaluate external services and the systems and hardware that support these services. Finally, the author summarizes the Web services, service-oriented architectures, and cloud computing related to the business trip described earlier.
This most excellent book presents a straightforward approach that will help you get your organization ready to take advantage of a SOA--in whatever form it takes. Perhaps more importantly, the author has written a great nontechnical book on a technical subject.
I particularly liked the material covering obstacles you are likely to encounter in your own organization and how to address them. This is perhaps the most unique and valuable part of the book. We all know about the existence of organizational "anti-bodies" that impede change. The book covers recognizing them, picking pilot projects to avoid them, and then moving the organization forward based on success.
There are lots of topics around the construction of SOA-based applications and the book touches on almost all of them. A few could have been covered in a bit more depth: it would have been interesting to hear more on legal issues, application reliability, and selection of vendors. Perhaps Mr. Barry will cover more of these in a next edition or another book!
Overall, this is an excellent book for getting started in cloud services and moving your organization toward a cloud-based future.
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