Farewell PaceMetrics

April 23, 2006

In a few days time I’m finishing up at PaceMetrics, the company I’ve been with for the last three years. Leaving Pace was a tough enough decision for me. I joined on an up curve just as the company was starting to build its fourth generation BAM (Business Activity Monitor), and winning a huge deal with a tier one investment bank. To deliver that project and productise it, I was lucky enough to quickly assemble one of the best software development teams I’ve ever had. This team was world class, all experienced, seasoned, innovative, agile engineers. We had a really stellar project manager and business architect in Colm Toolan, and a super professional services team, and the result was PaceMaker 4:

– fully Java, J2EE (POJOs of course!) and JMS based, leveraging best-of-breed open source components and tools
– loosely coupled components communicating asynchronously using XML-based messagess
– a simple maven based build
– a super-scalable, fully reliable, and architecturally innovative BAM engine – thanks James 🙂
– a scalable web front end built on some pretty cool caching technology
– enterprise ready monitoring and management through JMX from our own custom web based admin console
– Eclipse based tooling (courtesy of yours truely)

Its been a great few years, but in the end I’ve been tempted away by the shimmering lights of SOA and ESBs. I’ll post more on that in a couple of days.


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