Right now it seems there is a general acceptance that cloud applications are probably a bit more cost effective when compared to on-premise applications.
I've been spending the year assessing where enterprise architecture -- and SOA in particular -- are headed as we begin to leave the first decade of the 21st century. 1) Modern software architecture, with SOA as the top-level organizing principle, seems to have more and more trouble keeping up with the rate of change in most organizations. While important cross-cutting concerns -- like security efforts or the imposed siloed architectures of enterprise software suites (ERP, CRM, HRM, etc) or even turf boundaries (see Conway's Law) -- are also responsible for many of these issues, at the core seems to be a project-oriented focus instead of a product-oriented focus with SOA. As an industry it's also apparent that we have too few examples of good SOA to point to and use as reference models. Interestingly, this means the openness and visibility of today's modern Web seems to provide living examples of what's effective at driving forward business results with SOA. Key to the story of WOA is that at least one critical feedback loop is present in online businesses that is much less evident in most SOA efforts today: Their business will fundamentally thrive or die based on the adoption of their services.
Imagine how we might behave and prioritize our efforts if our success was largely based on the number of points and overall level of consumption of SOA services, internally as well as partners and customers. While there are certainly many aspects of WOA that need to have an enterprise context added to them to work for traditional businesses, you can see from the visual above that a successful and capable service-based approach has emerged naturally side-by-side with classical SOA. We certainly don't need to throw away everything that we've done with SOA to achieve these performance improvements, far from it. We are also starting to see evidence that a more mature melding of Web-oriented service models with the enterprise is actually starting to happen.
While emerging initiatives such as JBOSS's REST-* may or may not help with this transition, as more of the foundation of WOA is available in organizations, richer and more effective outcomes on the business side of the the WOA equation are possible as well.
In an upcoming post, I'll look at emerging new SOA practices that are coming from other sources as well.
Note: I'll be holding a discussion on The Future of SOA and enterprise REST at ebizQ's SOA in Action on October 28th. There's been a lot of discussion in IT circles and online lately about the future of enterprise architecture. But there's long been something fairly unsatisfying about the relationship that enterprise architecture has had with the business side of most organizations.
This morning here on ebizQ Brenda Michelson examined the latest list of enterprise architecture pitfalls as part of the larger discussion that's taking place these days about EA.
In other words, problems aren't solutions and EA definitely seems to have some problems to solve.
Looked at this way, enterprise architecture is thus the responsibility of almost everyone in an organization that makes longer-term decisions (business or technical), especially when they are captured and represented in a IT system somewhere. One key way in which civilization (and technology) advances is when things that were formerly difficult become easier to do.
Identifying these points where choice might be needed and making it possible is one of the most important and central activities in software architecture.
We are perhaps learning to what degree that enterprises and the resources within them have properties and abilities that can't be declarative prescribed or controlled in a straightforward manner. The fact is that enterprise architects are often looked at these days as the police, invoking "governance" as a mandate to do things that sound right on the face of them: introduce standardization, reduce duplication and waste, and improve the levels of integration and connectivity between systems. So unfortunately, in this way, far too often enterprise architectural involvement actually creates a bottleneck for business activities and becomes an active dampener on what is possible. A large number of good things can come from this relatively simple (though far from consequence free) act.
Business units and their workers will become more architecturally-aware and assume more local responsibility for EA.
I should be clear that some organizations, and probably ones that are having unusual success with their enterprise architectural efforts, are likely doing some of this to some degree or another already. Finally, of course, one of the big problems with this whole discussion is that it smacks of architectural astronautics.
Given the trend for business units to try to solve more and more IT problems themselves, all of this is not just theory, it's rapidly becoming practice and traditional EA is at risk on many fronts as a result.
While reports vary these days on the exact level of demand for cloud computing by businesses, it's clear that there is fairly broad general interest if the features and cost are right and the risks are reasonable. The real question for many IT departments is whether the cost of transition to an external compute cloud will be low enough to benefit from any medium-term savings.
For those planning their cloud usage, you can use Amazon's handy cloud services calculator to run your own scenarios. You can't pay more for better uptime and existing SLAs are not sufficient for important business systems. Even through the downturn the pace of change in the technology landscape in the last several years has moved at a breakneck pace.
Generational shifts are also contributing to this "future shock" with millenial workers expecting modern workplaces that are up-to-date with the latest capabilities including social software, mobile applications, and self-service IT. All of this is a lot to manage to and plan for, but today's leaner, recession-impacted organizations often have to do more with less while changing the way they have to think about what they do.
As you can see in the visual below, I've tried to map whether these changes are business or technology ones, or as is often the case, both.
Below is a breakdown of each of the topics above, many of which I'll be exploring here in depth in coming months.
Please enclose your own thoughts on what's going to be big this fall in IT and business below in comments. It’s a paradox: Forecasting enterprise cloud costs is a hard task to do well, yet understanding all the costs up front is one of the main requirements of a successful cloud initiative. Commodity prices are falling and as a result investors and analysts are calling for more complete and transparent disclosure of the total costs of production in the gold mining industry. The Canadian economy relies on mining and resource extraction which accounts for over 8% of GDP according to Stats Canada. In 2013 the The World Gold Council (WGC) established a working group of its member companies to create a new cost framework. Unfortunately for investors there was great debate over what should be classified as “sustaining.” The Council decided not to lay out a specific definition because companies are dealing with so many unique circumstances.
All-in Sustaining Costs (AISC) are an extension of Cash Costs measures and incorporate costs related to sustaining production.
In their 2013 guidance note the WGC provided a breakdown of what should be included in AISC as shown in the table below. We have found that most mining companies tend to hide their AISC numbers deep inside the management discussion and analysis sections of their statutory reports.
In addition to the AISC, mining management should also measure and track their All-in Cost per ounce to get a complete picture of their operation. Cloud Cruiser is now able to provide insight in costs of using public Windows Azure in addition to the  current support of Windows Azure Pack running in private clouds. Using  hybrid cloud infrastructures organizations have a choice where to deploy a workload. Ansible is one of the four main players in the automation market, younger then the well known Chef and Puppet, has been launched in 2013 in Durham, N.C. If we compare with the same quarter in 2015 earnings per share, from continuing operations, decreased 22%.


DockerCon 2016 began yesterday in Seattle with a number of announcements from Docker and key partners.
Yesterday, Bellevue (WA) based company WinDocks, released a free edition of its homonymous port of the Docker daemon to Windows called WinDocks Community Edition.
Containers’ security is one of the emerging topics in those companies moving this technology into production. Today OpenStack Foundation has released the 13th version of its IaaS platform for public, private and hybrid clouds. Yesterday Docker announced to have acquired a semi-stealth startup called Conductant, focused on workloads orchestration.
Today Cisco announced the intent to acquire CliQr Technologies Inc., a privately held company based in San Jose, CA. Yesterday VMware announced version 7 of both its vCloud and vRealize suites, confirming its efforts to be relevant in the CMPs (Cloud Management Platforms) space. Cloud computing can help speed applications to market by enabling developers and business units to access infrastructure in a matter of minutes. The focus on SOA still tends to be on the [over]engineering of seams and processes instead of removing constraints on the business and increasing ready access to value.
Reducing execution chokepoints by making SOA more self-service (running your SOA like a business) by broader audiences in the organization.
Using new service delivery models that make SOA the easiest, cheapest, and fastest way to solve problems. Opening up broad access to data and people using models such as deeply linked REST-based data webs and open supply chains.
No doubt this will take years, but this evidence and others shows that we are already beginning to incorporate the lessons of WOA into enterprise SOA.
As the highest level and most strategic technical function in most organizations, good enterprise architecture is vital to the vision, capability, and healthy operation of today's modern organization. If if these outcomes are desirable (and they can be), several important things are missing. We're already witnessing this with the rise of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), cloud computing, enterprise mashups, collaborative intranets that can be maintained almost entirely by workers (Enterprise 2.0), and the growing use of smaller, more granular microapplications such as widgets, gadgets, and visual feeds to combine and connect things together across corporate networks.
While duplicate software and data was previously considered wasteful, it's still surprisingly common in most organizations. As business units assume more, though again, not all, control of the architecture of their business (and some of the technology underlying it), they will need serious help. This means as businesses increasingly mind meld with their technologies and begin to attain truly integrated strategic control over their destiny, the 20th century view of IT and business will almost certainly undergo a transformation like no other it's encountered before. Both Microsoft and Amazon offer almost identical pricing for Windows instances while Google App Engine is not even a player in Windows compute clouds.
GAE is one of the most granular of the cloud computing services, only requiring for you to pay for what you actually use (for example, you have to commit to at least an hour of compute time at a time from Amazon) but does not provide a major cost advantage for large applications. It's unclear why, given open questions about cloud reliability, why no vendors will offer differentiated service where enterprises can pay more for a better SLA. In the meantime, expect few changes from the big players until after Azure launches and limited ones from the smaller players, which often use services such as EC2 to provide their own offerings. How did it affect your decision to switch (or not) from internal infrastructure to the cloud? Transformations in the marketplace itself as well as major new trends in culture and society are putting concerted pressure on businesses and IT departments to find new ways to adapt.
The proliferation of interconnected systems and data in most organizations increasingly spells trouble as complexity mounts in today's IT landscape. Process optimization and automation has been a popular topic since the advent of the first workflow systems.
By offering economies of scale, access to innovative new application models, agility gains, and reduction in the costs of management and support, cloud computing has a bright future in most organizations despite ongoing reservations about security, control, and performance.
In a seminal new piece, the Wall Street Journal recently explored how technology is allowing us to tap into new wells of innovation that were previously too expensive or difficult to reach.
The discipline of enterprise architecture is evolving and becoming more collaborative and inclusive, yet more autonomous as well. Coined by Harvard Business School professor Andrew Mcafee, Enterprise 2.0 refers to the application of social tools to freeform collaboration in the workplace. The mashup approach to software development is now so common on the Web that it's hardly remarked upon, but it's still fairly rare in the enterprise.
While many Web 2.0 tools are flourishing in the workplace, blogs have lagged behind, often because of the time and writing skills required to fully exploit them. The arrival of Apple's iPhone ensured that palmtop business computing wouldn't be far behind.
Taking your private SOA, opening it up to partners, and attaching a business model to it is still something that mostly Web companies do, but an growing number of traditional businesses are opening up their data to partners now in a form of decentralized, self-service business development.
Developing Web applications, which is an increasingly large segment of the business application development market, has been getting consistently easier and faster over the last few years using the latest productivity-oriented languages and frameworks such as Ruby combined with Rails, Java and Grails, or PHP and CakePHP.
With social computing tools and mashups potentially creating data spills and exposed services with vital business functions, security tools that can identify a myried of problems in the enterprise architecture stack in very short amounts of time are of increasing interest. Service-oriented architecture remains the top level organizing principle for enterprise IT and business systems today. While Enterprise 2.0 and Social CRM are also on this list (and are subsets of Social Computing), there is a broader transformation taking place in many organizations right now that includes the strategic application of social software to real business problems. The world of UC is getting much harder now that so many new communication channels are proliferating.
Last year, we launched PlanForCloud to help enterprises adopt cloud computing and ensure success in their early cloud projects. This compares to the United States, or biggest trading partner, whose mining sector registers at a scant 2% of GDP according to the US Bureau of Economic Analysis. The Group developed a set of non-GAAP measures, which are intended to provide further transparency into the costs associated with producing gold. The Council encourages all companies to disclose their sustaining and non-sustaining capital spending as clearly as possible.
Occasionally a company will disclose their AISC on the first pages of their annual report but without any context or discussion of the breakdown.
The All-in Costs capture the Non-Sustaining costs of a mining operation which are defined as the additional costs incurred for new operations or by ‘major projects’ in existing operations that will increase production. The chart below shows the breakdown of the All-in Costs broken down by Sustaining and non-sustaining for a hypothetical miner. Purposely designed to get you up and running quickly, this is the only solution that gives you rich reports across hybrid cloud consumption. As any IT architect will happily tell you, in today's 21st century enterprise, technology is used pervasively to enable, automate, streamline, and transform business processes of every description.
There are undoubtedly cheaper offerings from smaller clouds but they are less likely to be suitable for enterprise use, though certainly there are exceptions. Along the way, we’ve helped thousands of customers in virtually every industry to manage millions of cloud servers.
It is no wonder investors are becoming concerned given the current falls in commodity prices.


We believe complete and detailed visual disclosure of a company’s AISC with supporting discussion and comments will give mining companies a decided edge when competing for investor dollars and confidence. Investors and analysts suffer because one company’s AISC is not necessarily the same as another’s. It is able to compare different cloud platforms on costs and shows cost savings if workloads are shifted to a different platform. Understanding how your costs are changing as you grow your usage of the cloud can be quite challenging.RightScale Cloud Analytics helps you visualize, analyze, and optimize cloud costs across public and private clouds as well as virtualized environments such as VMware. Built on deep expertise and hundreds of customer projects, you fast track your way to success.
At its very best, enterprise architecture provides the bright lines that articulate the full range of possibilities for a business, even describing how to go about getting there. It can compare costs of resources like websites, virtual machines, storage, databases and networking.
This is particularly true when the technical architecture is the business, a convergence that's only going to increase in our organizations, not decrease.
As Microsoft gets ready to launch Azure and Google App Engine gets serious about the enterprise, expect pricing models to get even more competitive. We’re thrilled to announce RightScale Cloud Analytics, a new product from RightScale that enables you to visualize, forecast, and optimize costs across your entire cloud portfolio.
That’s more than $5 million of cloud spend running through the simulation engine every day.Breakdown of Cloud SpendMany enterprises ask where they should be concentrating their cost optimization efforts. This WGC guidance focuses on costs incurred in the complete mining lifecycle from exploration to closure. Supported platforms are besides Microsoft public and private clouds: HP, Cisco, Amazon Web Services and OpenStack.
Your mobile phone beeps and upon checking your email, you find your weekly Cloud Analytics report.
Second is enterprise architecture's generally poor role as a direct enabler of business opportunities and improvements. This is often due to overhauls to enterprise architecture as well as the deployment of more modern and increasingly open versions of business applications, even if enterprise search engines are not improving much in and of themselves.
Data from PlanForCloud shows that the majority of cloud costs are associated with compute resources, accounting for 70 percent of the total bill.
Readiness & Set-UpIt’s important to get ready before you see your reports light up on usage and costs.
You arrive at the office and log into Cloud Analytics to comb through last week’s cloud costs. A technical expert will walk you through a checklist to ensure you have access, credentials and data sufficiency.At this step, you set up the Cloud Cruiser product. You drill down by day to see that there were higher costs for last Thursday:Your IT lead says this might be a normal spike in usage on Thursdays, but neither of you are sure if this is a normal usage pattern.
You will need a host and database server to collect all the data and a server to run the reports.
By the time you've realized that your spend was higher than you realized, it's too late to fix the problem.
For example, a Reserved Instance is an AWS-specific purchase option in which a user commits to using a specific resource type and pays up front to get a discounted hourly rate.
Cloud Analytics provides you with access to the details of what you are spending in near-real time so that you can avoid any surprises. Organizations that use Reserved Instances can save up to 65 percent compared to On-Demand prices. Smart CollectOnce you determine which of the Big 5 clouds you want to track (AWS, Azure, WAP, VMware and Openstack), select the relevant Cloud Cruiser template to start the collection. As you uncover insights through Cloud Analytics, your IT team can use these instance-level details to identify servers where they need to make changes.Analyze from Any AngleTo get a thorough understanding of cloud usage and costs, you need to look at data from every angle.
With Cloud Analytics you can start by visualizing trends over months or years and then focus in on particular weeks, days, or even hours. 45 percent using one-year Reserved Instances), only 20 percent of organizations are willing to commit to that timeframe. This may indicate that many early cloud projects have less than a three-year commitment, making shorter commitments on Reserved Instances a preferred option.When purchasing Reserved Instances, users also have to commit to a utilization level.
Business MappingAfter you start cloud usage and rate data collection, you need to map this data to business entities and structures that make sense for your business. This happens most often when users forget to shut down temporary instances, like those used in development or testing.
The higher the expected utilization, the greater the upfront cost and the lower the hourly cost of running those instances.The majority of users who commit to Reserved Instances go all-in and commit to the highest level — heavy utilization.
Using Cloud Analytics, these situations become readily apparent through the tell-tale trends of usage by your development and testing teams. Once you've identified the problem, Cloud Analytics provides a detailed list of all the instance IDs involved so that you can shut them down with RightScale Cloud Management.Forecast the Future Cloud cost management needs to go beyond what happened in the past to model what will happen in the future. Cloud Analytics combines past and present usage with information you provide about your future business plans. RCUs abstract compute usage across public and private clouds to provide a rate that is roughly equivalent, across different instance types on different clouds.
You define growth patterns based on your business expectations and incorporate one-time or seasonal adjustments that impact cloud usage. ReportsCloudSmart-Now reports provide cost summaries and breakdowns, in addition to printable invoices or chargeback statements, which are invaluable to functional owners or individual cloud consumers. Try out PlanForCloud to forecast your future cloud costs, and get in touch if you have any feedback or feature requests. These reports can easily be exported in a variety of formats, including PDF, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and CSV.
Contact usWe believe being “Cloud Smart” is a critical requirement to success when serving your business users. Include all of these circumstances in your forecast to get an accurate picture of cloud spend.
Once you’ve finalized your scenarios, you can use the detailed Cloud Analytics forecast data to set your budgets."RightScale Cloud Analytics promises to help us quickly understand our current cloud usage, accurately forecast and optimize our future cloud spend, and identify and eliminate undesirable costs. RightScale experienced this phenomenon firsthand when a cloud provider recommended purchasing RIs based on historical usage trends.
Unfortunately, the recommendations were completely wrong because the cloud provider didn't understand our future plans — including growth, new applications, changes in regions used, and changes in instance sizes. Only by combining past usage and future plans could we make an accurate decision on the optimal RI purchase.
Most importantly, Cloud Analytics integrates with RightScale Cloud Management to allow you to take action on your insight and optimize your cloud usage.



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