There are plenty interesting web sites out there. Consultant blogs, IT discussions, resources for the professional services industry. We have a selection that should prove to be useful and sometimes entertaining. Welcome to the Resources and Reviews page!
SOA security
Do you oversee or create systems in which many applications, controlled by different entities, process confidential data? These applications come together to provide a “higher level” service than what each of them can provide by themselves. But a higher level service demands a higher level security, as systems such as credit card transactions have lots of security weak points.

This is where Manning’s new book on SOA security comes in handy. It aims at readers without a lot of prior security knowledge who are interested in simple, practical and working solutions. Real life examples are taken from finance, logistics, Government and other popular domains. Although it’s not in print yet, it’s available through an online early access system.

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How to become an independent IT consultant
The Software Simplist is a blog by Udi Dahan, an IT expert, consultant, and author. In this post he gives his recipe for becoming a successful IT consultant. It has six ingredients: Have a niche, Get to be well-known, Get published, Speak at conferences, Get your expertise, and Make it billable. Easier said than done? Read the entire article and you might find it quite doable.

His blog mostly deals with software architecture, so you’ll find resourceful posts on topics such as SOA, web services, distributed systems…

Check it out: Software Simplist

Getting a head start in London
Many of our visitors and forum members are based in the UK and interested in London, as discussions often show. How to relocate to London? How to cut expenses living there? Where to go to find a flat and where to buy an interview shirt?

Now there's HEADstart2London to resolve these any many other issues. This web site helps you set up financially and professionally before you get to London. Its resources include information on healthcare, national insurance, taxes and other unavoidables that would take you long to research on your own.

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