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Turn contracts into code

Interfaces are one of the most important parts in software design. Designing software around properly defined interfaces has many benefits for instance in the areas of consistency, maintainability and reuse. A well written contract describes precisely how software artefacts (or services) interact with each other. Approaches such as Sustainable Service Design or the BiPRO standards . . . → Read More: Turn contracts into code

Free Visual XML Schema Designer

Those of you who utilize a contract first design such as in Sustainable Service Design have the need to edit XML Schema files frequently. If you are like me you are using a plain text or xml editor, as it gives you the greatest flexibility to express exactly what you want. But sometimes it is . . . → Read More: Free Visual XML Schema Designer

Sustainable Service Design

We all know the idea of sustainability from our daily life. But is it possible to apply this idea to software development? I think yes. Sustainable Service Design is a practical approach to design and implement software services with a great level of reuse both at technical and business levels. It is based on the . . . → Read More: Sustainable Service Design

BiPRO takes SOA to the next level!

The advocates of Service Orientation always pointed out that SOA comprises 50% technology and 50% business. At BiPRO this vision becomes true. BiPRO is a standardization organization for the insurance industry. BiPRO has members from the entire market including well known insurance companies and agents. By standardizing services at the business level using proven technical . . . → Read More: BiPRO takes SOA to the next level!

How to Link WSDL-Services To BPMN-Processes

Since BPMN2.0 it is not only possible to design processes but to also execute them using a process engine. The process flow has a appropriate visual representation in the standard. But executable processes are mostly data driven. They interact with external services and exchange data with them. In addition to that processes maintain their own . . . → Read More: How to Link WSDL-Services To BPMN-Processes

Web Service Security on BiPRO Day

At the upcoming BiPRO day on 11.June 2013 I am going to give a presentation introducing the most important standards in the area of web service security. The aim is to show the purpose of the standards and how they work together to create secure and interoperable message based web service solutions.

About BiPRO . . . → Read More: Web Service Security on BiPRO Day

Integrated Process Management with Open Source

If you ever tried to create an execution environment to automate business- or integration processes based on Open Source products, you know that this is not an easy task. Although Open Source products like Activiti or Apache Camel are of high quality, they do not run with production grade quality out-of-the-box. For serious usage scenarios . . . → Read More: Integrated Process Management with Open Source

Business Process Evolution and Versioning

(Automated) business processes evolve over time! And they usually evolve faster than IT systems do. So how can business process changes be delivered to the users quickly?

Let’s look at an example: Assume we have a process for vacation planning for the staff of a large company. Initially the process was automated based on the . . . → Read More: Business Process Evolution and Versioning

Scrum and Silverlight in Reinsurance

Today I would like to share a success story of a project I accompanied as Scrum Coach and Solution Architect from analysis to production.

Main success factors were:

Scrum (Agile Development) Cross functional Team Service-oriented Design (SOA) Silverlight RIA

You can read more in the case study Modernization of business partner management.

. . . → Read More: Scrum and Silverlight in Reinsurance

Core Values of Great Software

Over the last decade I have seen many software solutions. Some excellent and some really bad ones. But most solutions were somewhere in the middle. They just did what they were supposed to do.

But is this really good enough? I don’t think so. Especially today where time to market is critical and the budgets . . . → Read More: Core Values of Great Software