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Seven Pitfalls to Avoid During Organizational Transformation

Seven Pitfalls to Avoid During Organizational Transformation | Software Infrastructure  101 |

leaders and their organizations suffer from fear of failure and practiced incumbency, especially when embarking on an ambitious change initiative.
The change journey is fraught with unknowns and the unexpected. Orchestrating organizational transformation in any large company is like launching a rocket into space. Much goes into preparations to be successful, but unforeseen factors like weather or wind pressure can affect the launch and flight path. A multitude of factors can misdirect the change program, resulting in delays, crashes, or becoming lost in orbit.


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Geoff Feldman's curator insight, May 20, 2016 10:03 AM
Organization Transformation - still need to follow the steps I learned back in the 1970!
Ante Lauc's curator insight, May 29, 2016 2:59 AM
With warm hearts and smart minds we can avoid all barriers.
Barbara Lond's curator insight, September 8, 2016 4:20 AM
I rather like this. In my experience the groundwork is not sufficiently done. I was involved in a project where 4 years into a large transformation project, there was no strategy, project office or a starting point for people coming into project.
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An explanation of the Microservices idea

An explanation of the Microservices idea | Software Infrastructure  101 |

The term "Microservice Architecture" has sprung up over the last few years to describe a particular way of designing software applications as suites of independently deployable services. While there is no precise definition of this architectural style, there are certain common characteristics around organization around business capability, automated deployment, intelligence in the endpoints, and decentralized control of languages and data.

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Manfred Bortenschlager's curator insight, October 9, 2014 12:18 AM

Martin Fowler's article on Microservices.


My take on it, as a summary:
Today we see a trend to ever increasing wealth and diversity of services -- a lot of them exposed via (often RESTful) Web APIs. Keeping on top of integrations is often a massive challenge for Enterprise Integration Architects. An emerging concept (first discussed in a software architecture workshop in 2011) is the one of microservices, where more complex services via "functional decomposition" are unbundled into their components so that each component becomes a "microservice". Each microservice provides exactly one business functionality. The microservice architecture pattern also suggests to combine the various microservices in a lightweight way. One clear benefit is better customizability since an Enterprise Integration Architect can pick and choose exactly those service she really requires. It is also more robust because if a service fails this is only a very small part of the whole enterprise application and can also be found and isolated quickly.

Today we see more and more organisations adopting the microservice approach for internal and external service integration. Amazon, Netflix, ebay and The Guardian are the most prominent examples. There are many discussions in various communities about what are the best technologies, formats and architectural styles. Strong opinions are around SOAP versus REST, XML vs JSON, or HATEOAS vs pragmatic REST. There is no right or wrong, all of these have their pros and cons. An organisation needs to find the right fit for their particular context and requirements. Key for successful EI via microservices is appropriate functional decomposition and lightweight orchestration (ideally based on established Web standards such as HTTP) of various microservices into a unique enterprise application covering the organisation's needs. 


A further scoop specifically about REST in microservices to follow.

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25 Ideas Shaping The Future Of Design - Co.Design

25 Ideas Shaping The Future Of Design - Co.Design | Software Infrastructure  101 |
What the landscape of design will look like in 2020, according to the most innovative designers of 2015.
Gus Lora's insight:

Great article discussing the the crossroads between creative design and architecture with business today.

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