Cloud Security Alliance (CSA)
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) was created in an effort to promote best practices for security in a cloud computing environment. The not-for-profit also aims to provide education on how cloud computing can help secure other types of computing. Having gained first notoriety in 2008, the CSA has continued to grow under the leadership of its coalition board, which is made up of industry practitioners, corporations, associations and other key stakeholders.
The Distributed Management Task Force, Inc. (DMTF)
The Distributed Management Task Force, Inc. (DMTF), formerly the Desktop Management Task Force, is an organization that was founded in 1992 that is geared towards the development, maintenance and promotion of systems management standards for enterprise IT environments. The standards they put forward are meant to aid building systems management infrastructure components is a way that is platform-independent and technology neutral. Often interoperability between IT products created by different manufacturers and companies is a problem, which is one problem DMTF seeks to alleviate.
Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS)
As part of the University of California's system, the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science at UC Irvine has risen to the top since it began as an academic department in 1968. Considered an independent school since 2002, the Bren School is the only strictly computer science school in the University of California system. The school has three of its own departments in computer science, informatics and statistics, and boasts seven sections for undergraduate degrees. Among its noteworthy alumni are Roy T. Fielding and Paul Mockapetris.
ECMA International
Ecma Internationals is a non-profit, membership-based organization focused on the standards for information and communication systems. The organization creates standards documents and reports that are intended to facilitate the use of information communication technology (ICT) and consumer electronics (CE). More than 400 Ecma standards and 100 technical reports have been published thus far and are available for use without any copyright restrictions. Founded in 1961 in Europe and headquartered in Geneva, ECMA stands for the European Computer Manufacturers Association, but "International" was appended to the name in 1994 to reflect the worldwide reach of the organization. As a result, Ecma is no longer capitalized as an acronym.
European Telecommunications Standard Institute (ETSI)
The European Telecommunications Standard Institute (ETSI) is an independent, non-profit organization geared towards the standardization of telecommunications technologies based in Sophia Antipolis, France. Though ETSI's current focus in within Europe, the organization seeks to continue its efforts on a global scale. Created by the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) in 1988, ETSI is officially recognized by the European Commission and the European Free Trade Association.
Harvard Law
Known globally as a premier prestigious center for legal education, Harvard Law School (HLS) is the oldest continually operating school of its kind in the United States and holds the world's largest academic law library. HLS offers programs for Juris Doctor, Master of Laws and Doctor of Juridical Science as well as several joint degree programs, coordinated programs and concurrent degree opportunities with other Harvard University schools. The student body includes members from every U.S. state and more than 70 other countries around the world.
Health Level Seven (HL7)
Health Level Seven (HL7) International is part of the group that makes up the American National Standards Institutes (ANSI) and is an accredited Standards Developing Organization (SDO) within the healthcare industry. The focus on HL7 is on (electronic) clinical and administrative data and HL7 aims to provide interoperability standards to improve care delivery, optimize workflow, reduce ambiguity, as well as enhance knowledge transfer. HL7's stakeholders include healthcare providers, government agencies, vendor community members, fellow SDOs and healthcare patients. HL7 was founded in 1987 to create a standard for hospital information systems and has grown into an international organization with global affiliate organizations. The organization is also known for the creation of the Service-Aware Interoperability Framework - Canonical Definition (SAIF-CD).
Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA)
The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) has a main focus of managing Domain Name System (DNS) root zones, but it also oversees global IP address allocation, autonomous system number allocation, management of media types as well as the management of other symbols and numbers associated with Internet Protocol. IANA was established in 1988 by the U.S. government and is managed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and under contract with the United States Department of Commerce (DOC). The IANA also works closely with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Request For Comments (RFC) editorial team.
The International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) is a multinational consulting and technology corporation that specializes in manufacturing and selling hardware and software, but it also offers infrastructure and hosting and consulting services in many different areas. Originally founded in 1911 under a different name, IBM has grown into one of the largest companies around the world. IBM holds more technology-based patents than any other US company working in the technology sector and has nine international research labs.
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) works closely with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to develop and promote Internet standards, especially in areas such as TCP/IP and the Internet Protocol Suite. This organization is not based on membership, but is run and managed through its participants volunteering. To address more specialized focus areas, the IETF is made up of working groups and informal discussion groups. Essentially, IETF seeks to create standards for the Internet that improve its usability.
JavaScript Object Notation (JSON)
The JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) is a lightweight text-based data-interchange format designed for human-readability. Though JSON is language independent and has parsers available for many languages, it was derived from JavaScript as a specialized means of representing simple data structures and associative arrays (objects). Often this format is used to serialize and transmit structured data over network connections, especially serving as an alternative to Extensible Markup Language (XML) by transmitting data between server and web applications.
Liberty Alliance Project
The Liberty Alliance was established in 2001 by a group of organizations with the aim to establish standards, guidelines and best practices for identity management. It has released frameworks on a wide range of topics including Federation, Identity Assurance, Identity Governance, and Identity Web Services. The alliance is also actively engaged in discussion on policies issues related to identity management. It board includes members from many organizations and special interest groups including Oracle, Sun Microsystems, AOL, Computer Associates (CA), and Intel - just to name a few.
The Microsoft Corporation is a multinational corporation that was established in the U.S. in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen that focuses on a wide range of technology and computing products ranging from software to online services to video games. As the most dominant voice in the PC operating system and office suites markets, Microsoft continues to expand its boundaries into new areas with products like Bing (Internet search), Xbox (video games), MSN (digital services) and Windows Phone OS (mobile phones).
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a non-regulatory agency of the United States Department of Commerce (DOC), which was formerly known as the National Bureau of Standards (NBS). NIST is laboratory focused on measurement standards geared advancing measurement science, standards and technology in an effort to promote innovation and competiveness that can enhance continual economic security and quality of life. NIST is made up of scientists, engineers, and technicians - along with other personnel and guest researchers - that direct focus in one of following NIST laboratories: Engineering Laboratory (EL), Information Technology Laboratory (ITL), Material Measurement Laboratory (MML), Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML), Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), or NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR).
Object Management Group (OMG)
The Object Management Group (OMG), founded in 1989 by several companies, is a consortium that started out only aimed at setting standards for distributed object-oriented systems; however OMG has broadened its focus to created model-based standards for programs and systems and business processes. OMG is responsible for many standards, including ones centered on Common Object Request Broker Architecture (COBRA), Data Distribution Service (DDS), Unified Modeling Language (UML), and Architecture Driven Modernization (ADM) - to name a few. The OMG also offers several professional certifications.
Office of Government Commerce (OGC)
The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) supports acquisition and procurement of public sector organizations by providing guidance in terms of policies, processes, and negotiations associated with overarching service and provisioning frameworks. OGC operates as part of the UK Government Procurement Service and belongs to the Efficiency and Reform Group of the Cabinet Office. OGC is looking to maximize the benefits of taxpayer funds by optimizing the delivery of services. Often times, this effort is supported by encouraging better supplier relations and sustainable procurement, but OGC also look to maximize the benefits available of enlisting smaller suppliers and utilizing eProcurement.
Open Service Oriented Architecture (OSOA)
The Open Service-Oriented Architecture (OSOA) is an informal collaboration made up of industry leaders that seeks to define a language-neutral programming model geared specifically to take advantage of the characteristics and benefits of service-oriented architecture. OSOA does not consider itself a standards organization. OSOA only seeks to create an innovative programming model and specifications as part of an iterative process.
Open Cloud Consortium (OCC)
The Open Service-Oriented Architecture (OSOA) is an informal collaboration made up of industry leaders that seeks to define a language-neutral programming model geared specifically to take advantage of the characteristics and benefits of service-oriented architecture. OSOA does not consider itself a standards organization. OSOA only seeks to create an innovative programming model and specifications as part of an iterative process.
Open Grid Forum (OGF)
The Open Grid Forum (OGF) has been created to drive forward the evolution and adoption of applied distributed computing through building an open community via forums setup to explore trends, best practices and standards. The OGF community consists of vendors, researchers, architects and users of applied distributed computing technologies and environments such as virtualization, multi-Core, Web services, and SOA.
Open Group
The Open Group is a global consortium of diverse members that have come together with the aim of better achieving business goals through the development and use of IT standards. The overall focus of The Open Group is to address current and emerging trends, facilitate interoperability, offer services to enhance the group's continued efficiency, and act as a premier certification provider for the industry. The subject areas that The Open Group focuses on are enterprise architecture (EA), cloud computing, enterprise management, platform, product lifecycle, real-time and embedded systems, security, semantic interoperability, and service-oriented architecture (SOA).
Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information standards (OASIS)
The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) is a not-for-profit consortia that aims to dive the development, convergence and open standards for information in via working groups in the following areas: security, cloud computing, SOA, Web services, the smart grid, electronic publishing, and emergency management. Many leading organizations sponsor OASIS, such as IBM, Microsoft, HP, Intel and TELUS.
Restlet is a lightweight, comprehensive, open source Representational State Transfer (REST) framework for the Java platform that is used for both server and client Web applications. It supports major Internet transport, data format, and service description standards like Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), Extensible Markup Language (XML), JavaScript Object Notation (JSON), and Atom. A Google Web Toolkit (GWT) port of the client-side library is also available. This framework models concepts like Resource, Representation, Connector and Component from Roy T. Fielding's notable dissertation, "Architectural Styles and the Design of Network-based Software Architectures", which takes a specific look at Web architectures.
Software Engineering Institute
The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) was created at Carnegie Mellon University in 1984 and specializes in helping organizations improve software engineering capabilities, especially in the areas of defect free software development and acquisition to meet the budgetary and scheduling requirements of the organizations. SEI typically works closely with organizations in the areas of defense and government in addition to other industry leaders and academic institutions.
Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA)
The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a non-profit trade association that aims to further storage networks within the IT community by fostering trust for the technology and application solutions storage networks provide. This goal is being reached through working groups and the creation of the Storage Networking World conference series and by maintaining vendor neutrality.
UserLand Software
UserLand Software, founded in 1988, is a software company specializing in the sale of web content management and blogging software packages and services. UserLand was one of the first adopters of Extensible Markup Language (XML) and is known for their involvement in the development and support of several key XML formats including XML-RPC, SOAP, RSS and OPML.
World Wide Web consortium (W3C)
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an organization made up of member organizations and individuals, along with others, dedicated to developing protocols and guidelines geared at ensuring the long-tail growth and standardization of the Web. Keys principles of the W3C are "web for all" and "web on everything" meaning that part of the consortium's effort is dedicated to enabling better global communication, commerce and knowledge sharing, as well as backing research that brings the Web to new technologies and devices. The standards created by W3C are used to define an Open Web Platform for Web design and applications, Web architecture, the semantic Web, XML technology, message-based design, web devices, and browsers and authoring tools.
Web Service Interoperability Organization (WS-I)
The Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) is an open industry organization created to establish and promote best practices for Web service interoperability - across platforms, operating systems and programming languages. Members of WS-I come from a wide-range of expertise and leadership roles within public companies and standards development organizations (SDOs). WS-I's community aims to create new profiles and testing tools based on the instituted best practices and Web service standards.
SOA Design Patterns by Thomas Erl
Foreword by Grady Booch
With contributions from David Chappell, Jason Hogg, Anish Karmarkar, Mark Little, David Orchard, Satadru Roy, Thomas Rischbeck, Arnaud Simon, Clemens Utschig, Dennis Wisnosky, and others.
Web Service Contract Design & Versioning for SOA by Thomas Erl, Anish Karmarkar, Priscilla Walmsley, Hugo Haas, Umit Yalcinalp, Canyang Kevin Liu, David Orchard, Andre Tost, James Pasley
SOA Principles of Service Design by Thomas Erl
Service-Oriented Architecture: A Field Guide to Integrating XML and Web Services by Thomas Erl
Service-Oriented Infrastructure:On-Premise and in the Cloud by Raj Balasubramanian, Benjamin Carlyle, Thomas Erl, Cesare Pautasso
Next Generation SOA:A Real-World Guide to Modern Service-Oriented Computing by Pethuru Cheliah, Thomas Erl, Clive Gee, Robert Laird, Berthold Maier, Hajo Normann, Leo Shuster, Bernd Trops, Clemens Utschig, Torsten Winterberg
SOA with .NET & Windows Azure: Realizing Service-Orientation with the Microsoft Platform by David Chou, John deVadoss, Thomas Erl, Nitin Gandhi, Hanu Kommalapati, Brian Loesgen, Christoph Schittko, Herbjorn Wilhelmsen, Mickey Williams
SOA Governance:
Governing Shared Services On-Premise & in the Cloud
by Stephen Bennett, Thomas Erl, Clive Gee, Anne Thomas Manes, Robert Schneider, Leo Shuster, Andre Tost, Chris Venable
SOA with Java by Raj Balasubramanian, David Chou, Thomas Erl, Thomas Plunkett, Satadru Roy, Philip Thomas, Andre Tost
Modern SOA Methodology: Methods for Applying Service-Orientation On-Premise & in the Cloud by Raj Balasubramanian, David Chou, Thomas Erl, Thomas Plunkett, Satadru Roy, Philip Thomas, Andre Tost
Cloud Computing: Concepts, Technology & Architecture by Thomas Erl, Zaigham Mahmood, Ricardo Puttini
Cloud Computing Design Patterns by Thomas Erl, Amin Naserpour

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