A sneak peek at up-and-coming trends in IT, a multidimensional vision for achieving business agility through agile architectures
The Agile Architecture Revolution places IT trends into the context of Enterprise Architecture, reinventing Enterprise Architecture to support continuous business transformation. It focuses on the challenges of large organizations, while placing such organizations into the broader business ecosystem that includes small and midsize organizations as well as startups.
- Organizes the important trends that are facing technology in businesses and public sector organizations today and over the next several years
- Presents the five broad organizing principles called Supertrends: location independence, global cubicle, democratization of technology, deep interoperability, and complex systems engineering
- Provides a new perspective on service-oriented architecture in conjunction with architectural approaches to cloud computing and mobile technologies that explain how organizations can achieve better business visibility through IT and enterprise architecture
Laying out a multidimensional vision for achieving agile architectures, this book discusses the crisis points that promise sudden, transformative change, unraveling how organizations' spending on IT will continue to undergo radical change over the next ten years.
From the Inside Flap
The pace of change in business has once again accelerated, except now the context for this change is far more complex than the simpler, one-dimensional dot-com days. The evidence of revolution is all around us—it's time to identify individual trends and tie them together into a single story of transformation. That's The Agile Architecture Revolution.
Providing practical advice for leveraging the change in your environment to achieve business success, this innovative new book:
- Focuses on architecture, connecting the dots between Service-Oriented Architecture and the revolutionary concept of enterprise as a complex system
- Places the discussion of architecture into the broader context of change impacting enterprise IT and, with it, business in general
- Looks at implementation with in-depth consideration of Cloud Computing and Representational State Transfer (REST)
- Ties the threads of the story together to make the case that we face an Agile Architecture Revolution
All about how business—that is, people—use technology to meet changing business needs, The Agile Architecture Revolution will open your eyes to a new way of thinking about technology, about business, and—about change itself.
From the Back Cover
"So, if business agility is good, how can IT achieve it? The current thinking is that we need to change our approach to design and development and move to newer methods and approaches around software architecture. The right answer is that we need to change what we build, not how we build it. This book describes a true revolution, a different way of thinking about how we build and leverage software."
—From the Foreword by David S. Linthicum, Cloud Computing and SOA Thought Leader, Author, Blogger, and Consultant
How can your business get what it really wants and needs from IT?
How can your business aim to survive, even in environments of unpredictable change?
The answer is business agility.
A revolution in how we think about architecture, about software development, about IT supporting the business, and in how we think about leveraging new platforms such as cloud computing, The Agile Architecture Revolution reinvents Enterprise Architecture as you know it to support continuous business transformation.
Laying out a multidimensional vision for achieving business agility through agile architectures, author Jason Bloomberg reveals how your business can—and indeed, must—build a system that can change its behavior and data semantics on-demand, in support of your changing business.
Both visionary and realistic, The Agile Architecture Revolution looks at the convergence of concepts that have the power to change the way we think about software, and finally bring IT back to a place of productivity and value.
About the Author
JASON BLOOMBERG is President of ZapThink, a Dovel Technologies Company. He is a thought leader in the areas of Enterprise Architecture, Service-Oriented Architecture, and Cloud Computing, and helps organizations around the world better leverage their IT resources to meet changing business needs. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, a leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in August 2011. He developed the only vendor-independent, Enterprise Architecture–focused SOA and Cloud Computing training available on the market. This training includes Enterprise Architecture considerations for various Cloud-based options, how to put together a Cloud road map, and how best to communicate the position the Cloud should take in the greater context of agile Enterprise Architecture.
Most helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
Slow start, strong finish
I found the first half of the book informative but not particularly persuasive. It seemed choppy, like a series of stand-alone blog articles stitched together. However, the patient reader is rewarded once REST is under the microscope. Don't let the first part discourage. The book gains traction as one reads; be patient!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
Must Read for Architects and CIOs
By Mark Griffin
Jason's book is well worth the read. It's thought provoking and will challenge many belief systems you currently have about Enterprise IT. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because the first 2 chapters ramble on a bit about complex systems, the points are very valid but it takes a little to long to get there. After those chapters however the book picks up the pace and gets at the heart of the current "revolution", as Jason calls it, that we are in the midst of experiencing. I firmly believe that architects and CIOs that read this and sort of grasp what Jason is saying about agility will be far better off than the vast majority. If you are trying to understand what REST is really about beyond the religious arguments, what true cloud computing is really about and how all of this is evolving at a very rapid pace then I highly recommend this book.
Predicting the future of IT has always been a difficult chore but I think Jason's view is pretty spot on for this point in time. Agility is the center of it all but it goes well beyond just speed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
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Amazing Narrative of IT Revolution that is Already Underway
By Raj Sharma
I recently read this book after seeing it mentioned in one of Jason's blogs. It has been eons since I have read a book with so much interest (leave alone a technical book). Moreover, I was surprised to see that it was published back in 2013. In an era of unprecedented technological changes, for Jason to have written this book that is even more relevant today than it was three years back is a real winner. A must read for every member of Enterprise IT. It is rare that you come across a non-fiction that you don't want to put down.