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It seems that every organization today is doomed to struggle under the burden of a diverse and dispersed inventory of applications. This motley assortment of apps run on different platforms: on mainframes, large Unix clusters, Linux and Windows servers, in virtual machines, on desktops and on mobile devices, and increasingly in the cloud. They employ different data stores: file systems on various platforms, a variety of databases and often Hadoop plus its various components – both on premise as well as in the cloud. They are haphazardly linked together in the data layer by ETL software, or in the application layer by different species of middleware to exchange messages or data, or at the user interface by workflow software or, even more loosely, by portals.

The complexity of these software ecosystems grows as the variety of applications increase and data volumes escalate. Thus far, all attempts by the IT industry to reverse the burgeoning complexity have failed. The latest valiant attempt to tame the beast has been Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). This approach to abstracting application functionality and data as looselycoupled services has virtues, but the hoped-for business agility and IT productivity have been disappointingly limited in practice. Instead, SOA engendered a heavyweight connectivity protocol that spawned application complexity and latency. Its static interfaces limit reuse and overburden SOA registries. Moreover, the approach lacks an architecture for data – a surprising omission that constrains its utility. SOA fails to adequately specify a distributed information environment, despite the availability of Enterprise Service Buses (ESBs) and other componentry on the market today.

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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 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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