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  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd (23 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848761627
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848761629
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Dr. Michael Poulin started to work in service-oriented environment with Java and CORBA in 1996, and crossed from pure technological world of Novell and IBM into the financial world of Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan, and Fidelity Investments in 2000.

He specialises in linking Technology capabilities with Business needs and strategies. He holds architect certification in Java, TOGAF, and SOA. In 2001, he was included into the catalogue of International WHO'S WHO of Information Technology (IWW Historical Society). Since 2007 he contributes as a Member to the OASIS SOA Technical Committee.

He has authored several articles on different aspects of architecture and design, been written periodic BLOG "Business Ecology Initiative & Service-Oriented Solutions" on ebizQ, and co-authored the first and the second Public Review Daft of the OASIS Reference Architecture Foundation (RAF)for SOA.

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I have written this book in the tough time , sitting on my coach and waiting for another recruiter to call me with good news... In all those days I was asking myself: why people from the department of Information Technology (IT) are the first disposable candidates, when the budget of the company starts melting? Why we are so "fragile" and such mishaps as redundancies, lay-outs, out-sourcing have started to strike IT people on a regular base? Why we are so "unlucky" whilst everyone knows that in many fields of economy Business is not able to move a finger without Technology in our days? What Business and Technology have to do, how to cooperate with each other on a daily routine to contribute into the enterprise efficiency and IT stability?


In this book, I offer you the answers I have come up with. I tested them with many industry experts and by working for a few global financial companies as a solution architect. I've articulated different aspects of my answers in public forums but found that in separate presentations I can cover just a few aspects due to the time factor. In the book, I give you a full spectrum of reasons that led me to the answers as well as many conclusions and consequences that I formulated and compared with related observations and opinions of other specialists listed in the 93 references.


So, my answer to the existing problems in collaboration between Business and Technology in the fast changing market is the concept of service orientation (SO). This concept can be equally applied to the organisation of Business and IT. The book address the Business-Technology relationships issues, enterprise architectures as well as topics of IT development, management and funding. All these themes are not about SOA (service oriented architecture) itself, but about a much wider approach to the Business-Technology cooperation. The book discusses the Business and Technology innovation process, as if we are climbing a ladder to the enterprise efficiency while every step of a ladder we consider from the service orientation perspective.

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I was recommended to buy this book to help me with building enterprise services. So I bought it. But instead of Web Services I found a number of guidelines on service architecture organisation. Though that's not what I was after, I came across several hints on service ROI that turned out to be rather useful.

This book is definitely more for the architects rather than developers. A good buy overall with some original ideas; would recommend it to those in Enterprise Architecture.
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This book includes many best practice in Enterprise Architecture and also helped me to understand what enterprise architecture should be. As the author have many publications, I believe this book is suitable for developer or architect who would like to understand and gain more knowledge in enterprise architecturing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice background information all in one book 14 Sept. 2009
By H. Ozawa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Discussion on definition and background information seems to make this book another abstract concept book, but after the few introductory chapters, this book goes into discuss more practical issues. For example, a much needed equation for flexibility is provided as well as equations for service-oriented solution.
Most books are written solely with the purpose to conveying the author's single view. This books, however, contains quotes from many references so readers will be able to know how many organizations view concepts related to SOA. For example, readers will be able to find definition of "SOA" by IBM, W3C, Wikipedia, and OMG. Furthermore, related topics such as OOA, EDA, process-driven architectural types are also discussed so readers will be able to better comprehend the differences.
With so many quotes, this book may look like it's just a collection of quotes but it actually goes on to try to derive a workable definition based on enterprise view (SOE - Service Oriented Enterprise). Enterprise view is advocated over isolated business view to obtain the business goal.
I recommend this book as the first book to read to anyone who is interested in knowing more about service orientation. The book is compact but there are many references at the end of each chapter to for further reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Right on time book 22 July 2009
By Jeff Whitehead - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It is an unusual book -Ladder to SOE: How to Create Resourceful and Efficient Solutions for Market Changes within Business and Technology.

While the author seems to be a technical architect, the book crosses into the business side and examines SOA or rather it examines Service Orientation at the enterprise level through the business eyes. This approach makes sense because it explains many problems we are having with SOA in IT. The book gives original recommendations and treatments for these problems.

What's surprised me the most is that this book is very well in line with recent OMG Business Ecology Initiative (BEI); I did not expect to find a book on BEI yet.

I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in bridging between Technology and Business as well as to any technical architect dealing with SOA.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suprising and honest 19 Aug. 2009
By Olga Ginzburg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Finally, someone said it! Your SOA can not be success without Business taking SO to the heart! I wish I knew this before taking on my previous project. This book show you that Service Orientation is today's business best strategy. It is Business that should request services and SOA from IT organizations - then all ladder steps fall in place. The other aspect I liked is wide range of opinions quoted and discussed in the book. I feel I'm being involved into cutting edge developments on the subject
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice grasp on all aspects of Business and IT 7 Aug. 2009
By AD - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I think the author was able to provide deep analysis of all aspects of interactions between business and information technology. He nicely bridged SOA+Business=SOE. The question in my mind still remains is it really possible to build this ideal SOE ?! I will recommend this book to system architects, product managers, program managers who are working on or are interested in SOA, ITIL, Service Driven Data Centers. This book is definitely thought provoking !
5.0 out of 5 stars The book for those who think in services 24 July 2009
By Stephen Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It is a good book for thinkers - it is not preaching but rather discussing solutions to the problems. I recommend this book to people interested to learn how to cross IT barrier into the business and make real value of service orientation at all enterprise levels including management, design and development.
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