Standard Operating Environment – Part I: Concepts and Structures

This article was originally posted on OpenSourceArchitects.org.

What is an SOE?

Modern IT departments face huge changes in the way they deploy and maintain servers. When I first entered the industry, UNIX, and hence Linux servers were in the parlance of cloud workloads, ‘pets’: few in number, lovingly tended machines that were individually configured and maintained by hand. They often ran many workloads at the same time (mail server, file server, database, shell accounts) on expensive hardware. A typical ratio of system administrators to servers might be 1:10 yet hardware costs, rather than labour, accounted for the greatest share of the IT department’s budget.

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Innovation versus Constraint

The following is not an unfamiliar story and it’s something that the Architects in Emerging Technology Practices of Red Hat Consulting see on a regular basis.  Technology choice which is based on ease of use, availability or specific functionality is not always the best approach within a large enterprise.

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Consulting Customer Snapshot: Red Hat Empowers an Energy Company

Welcome to our monthly series of blinded stories to highlight how customers are using Red Hat solutions to address business challenges and promote innovation.

This month highlights a migration from TIBCO to Red Hat JBoss Fuse with a Midwestern energy company, whose productivity was being drained by an outdated, unsupported version of TIBCO middleware.

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BPM, EA and Compliance

A few years ago, I was invited to join a debate forum belonging to a group of companies that despite not being involved with the financial segment, discussed the workings of each other’s internal controls areas, SOX compliance and benchmarking practices.

First of all, why were BPM and EA specialists invited to this forum, and second, why am I publishing matters of internal controls in a BPM area that contributes to the subjects of Enterprise Architecture?

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BPM and its contribution to Enterprise Architecture

When employing the homonym “BPM,” it is important to clarify the difference between Technical BPM and Business BPM. Technical BPM covers not only the IT tools for business process automation, but also contributes as another available resource for a company to perfect its process management.

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