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Software AG - Fourth in a Series on Software Community Blogs

This post on Software AG is the fourth in our awareness series on the community blogs of enterprise software firms who have products that iTKO customers are looking to test and validate.

First off, the company is part of an SOA community and accompanying platform we support, the Centrasite initiative, which consists of a SOA Registry/Repository, and other management tools. We offer LISA to CentraSite customers as a way to validate Policy so it can be directly enforced, as well as publishing some whitepapers and advice to the community at large.

Software AG has a community site with an invitation to join their Software AG blog. The blog says “Spanning a range of topics from emerging technologies to the latest trends in SOA, BPM and BAM, Software AG blogs chronicle the unvarnished thoughts of Software AG employees. Find out what company leaders, topic experts and guest bloggers think about the technology landscape of today - and tomorrow. Become a part of the conversation by reading and sharing your comments with us!”  While they do not allow non-employee blogs, like SAP and Oracle, you can make comments and join the conversation. They blog was just started in April 2008 and there are 6 posts on SOA governance so far and 5 on SOA. There are nine bloggers so far and their pictures are found in the right column.

The top post when I looked was WOA + SOA + POA = SOA, posted by (our associate since his days when Infravio was merged into webMethods, and then webM into Software AG), Miko Matsumura, Deputy CTO, Software AG with 294 visits. Miko quotes one of our favorite bloggers, Joe McKendrick, who cites Anne Thomas-Manes in defense of SOA success stories, "The issue, Anne points out, appears to be that SOA is still siloed within the IT organization, and the transformative effects have not yet spread to the business. Line of business managers, she observes, are not ready to share services, the crux of SOA value. Anne says so far, she has only come across one company that has been able to connect SOA success to business success, through the establishment of strong positive and negative incentives that encourage people to adopt a better attitude toward sharing."

Miko agrees that SOA is currently overly siloed in IT, and writes that there have to be ways to get the value expressed in business. He puts the answer in the larger context by discussing that SOA is really all of the following: Component Patterns (SOA), Process Patterns (POA), and Human Patterns (WOA). He concludes, “Since SOA is Seismological, consider that it is an inevitability, but only if you look at it in the geological time scale. WOA is sociological and therefore has a greater chance of establishing momentum in the short term. What remains to be seen is if WOA, SOA and POA emerge as a postmodern rethinking of the role of technology in business.”

Here's to breaking down the silos that Joe and Miko describe, and getting all teams to open up about the value they expect to receive, as well as the value they acheive.

I enjoyed browsing the Software AG blog posts. Their efforts are just starting but the quality and depth of posts is high.

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