Tuesday, March 17, 2015

SOA Fundamentals for Managers

If you are considering or have decided to embark on Service Oriented Architecture migration, this video should help you sell it to your managers.

Here is the transcript:

HELLLO my name is Mike Oliver I am the lead architect for the smart SOA CoE I would like to take a couple a minutes to introduce to the service oriented architecture fundamentals. 


SOA  is the acronym for service oriented architecture what it isn’t... a technology or a product to buy.
Like object oriented programming it is a way of thinking that puts a priority on following developing applications around and with services.  The priorities are: business value over technical strategy; strategic goals over project specific benefits; intrinsic interoperability over custom integration; shared services over specific purpose implementation; flexibility over optimization; and evolutionary refinement over initial perfection. 

A SOA has the following benefits: increased agility; decreased time to production; reduced total cost or ownership; improved control; and closer tie of business needs to IT.

HOW DO WE REALIZE THESE BENEFITS? We migrate application one at a time to SOA,
and SOA governance.  While there will be some upfront costs for training and development, in the longer run, costs are reduced as more and more assets become reusable services. Remember it is a way of thinking more than anything else. 

There are technologies that can help, like the IBM integration bus (ESB) and the WebSphere service registry and repository (WSRR). But there are many choices for technology including open source and other vendors. Through standards and design patterns we can easily have a mix of vendor technologies which means we are never locked into one vendor for long.

Thank you, Mike “MO” Oliver lead architect Smart SOA COE.

Monday, March 16, 2015

How to grow your small business video

Here is a video we show at Small Business Networking seminars we put on every month in collaboration with our subscribers.

Here is the transcript.

Hello my name is Mike Oliver.  I'm the founder of Explorer 4 and Open for Business Online and I have some tools I want to share with you in the seminar. I'm gonna show you how to grow your small business.  Lets get started. How do you grow your small business? You need more customers right? You have some customers now, they already know you.

Most of the customers probably come from people walking by. If I don’t walk by I won’t know you exist and cannot buy from you.

I can find some businesses by searching the Internet with my smartphone. But if that business is not listed on the Internet you cannot find them.

So what can we do? Let’s see. Hmm, are we having fun yet? You can take advantage of the World Wide Web to reach all around the world. You just get a domain name and create a website! It just takes a bit of programming, graphic design and knowledge, oh and don't forget hosting and maintenance and monitoring.

Okay what else can you do to grow your small business? How about business networking? In Business Networking you bring together a bunch of business owners and you get to know each other. The more people that know you the more business you’ll get. After you connect with other business owners their customers may ask about your kind of business and get a referral. They will give you more business. Your customer is happy to find a fish store and your new friend is happy to have a new customer. Simply put, business networking is the lowest-cost way to grow your business!

How else can you grow your small business? Have you got one of these (smartphone) How about all those smart phone users. They're everywhere wherever you go you can be with them. They just go to the Google map application and search for what you want. It will list all of those around you that match.

I love Mexican food. If I'm in Makati and I search for a Mexican food Google maps will show me all of the Mexican restaurants that they've listed. You know what all the Mexican restaurants in Makati  don't show on this map? The reason they don't show is that whoever put them on the Internet didn't do it properly. We know how to do that.

What else can you do to grow your small business. Social media like Facebook Twitter and LinkedIn are all factors in getting the word out. If you don't know how to do all of these things who's gonna help you? Explore 4 and Open 4 Business Online, that two. In fact, you've already started the business networking. It is going on right now. We can do all these things for you.
  • Business Networking
  • Website Creation
  • Website Hosting
  • Google Map Listings
  • Social Media Promotions
  • Maintenance and Monitoring
How much would that be worth to you? You can start for free and match your needs to your budget but always less than hiring somebody to do it for you. Did I mentioned that you can start for free?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Open 4 Business Online Taps IBM Cloud to Deliver Stable, Secured Software Architecture

IBM and Open 4 Business Online have published a press release and you can read it at http://infochat.com.ph/open-4-business-online-taps-ibm-cloud-to-deliver-stable-secured-software-architecture/ and other news channels have picked it up.

But while this is a great thing for us and for our subscribers, it also serves to highlight some of the things we do and how we keep our prices down while at the same time provide a secure and high performance product to our subscribers.

Small Businesses can sign up for free and start taking advantage of our services at any time.  They can match their needs with our services and rest assured they are getting the best services at the lowest cost and this press release comes from one of the largest companies in the world that sees that same value proposition.

We are IBM Business Partners and believe our focus on the Small Business person's needs builds on that partnership to reduce the risk alongside the costs to their needs.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

SOA Terminology

Part of the SOA Fundamentals course being produced for Udemy and SkillFeeds.  This lecture covers most of the terms used in any of the certification exams for SOA Professional.  Terms included are: What is Service Oriented Computing; Service Oriented Architecture; Service Inventory; Atomic Service; Facade; Composition Controller; Orchestration; Autonomy; Statelessness; Standardized Service Contracts; Loose Coupling; Concurrent Contracts; Centralized Logic; Centralized Contracts; Centralized Schemas; Reusability; Composability; Composition Sub-Controller; and more.

When the course is completed, students will be able to take the course, learn the SOA Fundamentals and then take one of the entry level SOA Certification Exams.  The quizes and sample questions in this course will directly correlate to the questions on the exams.  If you take and exam and feel one of the questions needs improvement we will update the course after researching the question and potential answers based on your feedback.  This course will then be a living resource for any SOA Professional.