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Recently industry analysts, press, and bloggers have been writing about the state of service-oriented architecture (SOA) and whether it's "dead" or in the "trough of disillusionment." These discussions have been fueled by surveys that suggest a decline in the number of organizations considering SOA, or that organizations have evaluated, but decided to shelve SOA for the time being. Or, even worse, that after an initial investment in implementing SOA architectures, organizations have been unable to capitalize on these investments. So, what's happening? What were these companies expecting and where did things go wrong? More importantly, can anything be done to put things back on track? Let's review the original promises of SOA and the most likely culprits in its perceived demise. And after all the doom and gloom, I'll suggest how practitioners can revive their SOA dr... (more)

7 reasons NOT to use Model Driven Development

Eric ten Harkel, founder and manager of COOLProfs, started this really insightful and humorous look at some provocative reasons a company shouldn't use Model Driven Development:  You want to hide behind technologyProducing hours is all that mattersMethodology over deliveryYour most important goal is management attentionYour marketing manager is color blindYou are not in the 21st century yetHigh productivity is a threat With over 23 years of model based development using Agile-like methods, Eric took a look at how the industry has evolved and outlined his thoughts on opportun... (more)

Introducing Agile: Hidden Benefits (and Some Challenges)

Our next presentation was by Stefan Meier, Associate Director, Software Development, Information Sciences Department at XDx. Xdx is a biotech company that relies on software and technology for their Molecular Diagnostic Technology. They assess patients who have had a heart transplant and whether they are likely to accept or reject the transplant. They are also working on a clinical study to provide the data to find correlations between genetics and pathology in disease/immune system-related areas. Prior to Agile & OutSystems - the development team was 5 developers and 2 SQA and... (more)

OutSystems Agile User Conference - NextStep '09 Wrap-Up

Yes, it took an entire weekend to recover from NextStep! But we're back and just wanted to wrap-up an amazing Agile conference. First, the OutSystems team would like to thank everyone - guest speakers, customers, partners, members of the press and OutSystems employees - for coming to the conference and making it such an information rich, worthwhile and fun Agile event. Thank You!! You can check out the conference slide show with lots of photos that give a good sense of all that happened at last week's event! Next, we want to hear from YOU! Tell us what you thought of the conference i... (more)

Getting approval & funding for Agile IT projects - do we need to change corporate culture?

During last week's Agile-in-a-Day workshop in the Netherlands, I participated in an interesting discussion with the group of 25+ current and future Agile practitioners - on the impact of Agile methodologies on well established corporate processes and culture. In particular, on the question of moving Corporate IT to Agile and how that means changing the traditional way that IT projects get approved and funded.  The group felt that breaking the traditional cycle of detailed requirements documents, mandatory project deliverables and change requests would impact the entire project ap... (more)