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  • Eclipse to detail platform, SOA plans at conference

    Posted March 23, 2009 - 1:51 pm

    Microsoft, IBM to ponder IDEs at EclipseCon 2009, while Eclipse will show off progress of its E4 platform.
  • Studying Symantec and Altiris

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 12:41 am

    Tuesday and Wednesday I'll be at the ManageFusion users conference as a guest of Symantec. They'll announce various end client, server, and network management products and upgrades. Since Symantec bought the network management company Altiris a couple of years ago, they've gradually been introducing more security into the Altiris products and more management into the Symantec products. This is one of those high tech mergers that seem to make sense, at least form the outside.
  • Software AG launches AlignSpace social network for BPM

    Posted March 3, 2009 - 4:31 pm

    Software AG wants to get people talking about business process management with a new social-networking site.
  • SOA Pattern of the Week (#4): Service Normalization

    Posted February 25, 2009 - 4:45 pm

    Service Normalization is one of many patterns that support service reusability, but its goals go beyond that. Like data normalization, the Service Normalization pattern is intent on reducing redundancy and waste in order to avoid the governance burden associated with having to maintain and synchronize similar or duplicate bodies of service logic.

  • IBM floats software in Amazon's cloud

    Posted February 11, 2009 - 10:15 pm

    IBM is delivering some of its infrastructure software as an on-demand service through Amazon Web Services, the companies said Wednesday.
  • SOA Pattern of the Week (#3): Domain Inventory

    Posted February 5, 2009 - 5:30 pm

    Enterprise-wide harmonization is a desirable and ideal target state that fully supports pretty much everything SOA and service-orientation stand for. For those that have achieved such a state, bless your standardized hearts. You have accomplished something that has eluded many others. However, not attaining this state does not mean you cannot successfully adopt SOA.
  • Microsoft contributes code to Apache SOA project

    Posted January 21, 2009 - 4:39 pm

    Microsoft is contributing code to an Apache open-source SOA project, continuing the company's softening of its attitude toward open-source software and the community that supports it.
  • Engine Yard powers SOA for the cloud

    Posted January 14, 2009 - 3:15 pm

    Engine Yard, which has specialized in Ruby on Rails application-hosting, is introducing Wednesday a platform to extend SOA to the cloud. The company also is extending its Rails stack to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud platform, for quicker deployment of Engine Yard customer applications.
  • SOA gets an obituary

    Posted January 6, 2009 - 3:20 pm

    SOA is dead but services remain alive, according to a prominent analyst who published an obituary for SOA in a blog post on Monday.
  • The SOA knowledge gap

    Posted January 5, 2009 - 4:34 pm

    Most enterprise employees outside of IT work for a team, in a department, in a division or some similar hierarchical structure. This pattern of organization has effectively served large corporations, governments, and militaries for a long time. But it can present challenges for SOA analysis when the IT solution requires input from representatives in all parts of the business.
  • Anatomy of a Web Service Contract

    Posted December 17, 2008 - 4:07 pm

    For Web services to succeed as part of SOA, they require balanced, effective technical contracts that enable services to be evolved and repeatedly reused for years to come. Now, a team of industry experts presents the first end-to-end guide to designing and governing Web service contracts.
  • Video

    Cyber-criminals Get Organized

    Posted November 24, 2008 - 2:29 pm

    Symantec just released a new way to make us lose sleep at night, called the Symantec Report on the Underground Economy. In case you weren't depressed enough by the regular economy, Symantec will be happy to bum you out about the increasingly organized world of hackers, spammers, and phishers.
  • Ensuring Service Enablement from SOA

    Posted November 18, 2008 - 6:46 am

    The single reason that you use IT within your organization is for service enablement. IT has proven itself to be essential to provide the levels of service that customers demand.
  • Gartner: Four disruptions to transform the software industry

    Posted October 20, 2008 - 10:47 am

    Change is not just a political hot topic these days. According to a Gartner analyst, four emerging software solutions are reshaping software as we know it and will likely cause major disruptions to vendors and how the software industry delivers its products and services.
  • IBM goes back to basics with its SOA strategy

    Posted October 16, 2008 - 9:14 am

    IBM’s ability to conduct a grassroots SOA world tour demonstrates its competitive advantages
  • John Stepper brings SOA to Deutsche Bank

    Posted October 13, 2008 - 9:15 am

    My last one-on-one interview featured a coding cowboy's successful fast-draw approach to service-oriented architecture. But that's not the only maverick approach in innovative IT shops. At Deutsche Bank in New York, John Stepper is doing the SOA equivalent of changing an engine while the car is running.
  • 8 characteristics of successful SOA implementations

    Posted October 6, 2008 - 12:17 pm

    The SOA Consortium and CIO magazine recently announced the winners of the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Case Study Competition. All of the winners successfully delivered business or mission value using an SOA approach -- and they all shared these 8 characteristics.
  • OppenheimerFunds gets ROI from Agile, SOA

    Posted September 29, 2008 - 10:55 am

    OppenheimerFunds used to have a data entry problem. Address changes that customers made on its website had to be manually re-entered into a variety of back-end systems before they went into effect. The company had a choice: to solve this one immediate problem, or to invest a little more time and money in order to plan a little bit further ahead.
  • Oracle's Fusion app suite may not ship until 2010

    Posted September 25, 2008 - 9:30 am

    Oracle may not deliver the first suite of its long-awaited Fusion Applications until 2010, according to Steve Miranda, senior vice president of Fusion application development.
  • Rozwat talks about cloud, but holds back on Fusion

    Posted September 24, 2008 - 9:14 am

    Chuck Rozwat, Oracle's head of product development, largely deflected questions about hotly anticipated technologies such as Fusion Applications during a Q&A session with reporters at the OpenWorld conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, but did reveal more details of the vendor's plans around cloud computing.
  • Oracle aims to get Fusion to some by next year

    Posted September 22, 2008 - 12:31 pm

    Oracle is aiming to get the first version of Fusion Applications into the hands of early adopters in 2009, and the initial version of the software will deliver a significant chunk of functionality, an Oracle executive said during a panel session Sunday at the OpenWorld conference in San Francisco.
  • Oracle to make new push for government business

    Posted September 18, 2008 - 5:19 pm

    Oracle is planning to launch iGovernment, a product initiative aimed at the public sector that combines Oracle's database, middleware and application technology.
  • The benefits of an open-source SOA

    Posted September 10, 2008 - 5:40 pm

    Service-oriented architectures are helping companies do everything from automate business processes to increase agility, but implementing the technology is not necessarily forthright.
  • The benefits of an open-source SOA

    Posted September 10, 2008 - 5:39 pm

    Service-oriented architectures are helping companies do everything from automate business processes to increase agility, but implementing the technology is not necessarily forthright.
  • Oracle buys ClearApp for SOA management

    Posted September 2, 2008 - 1:46 pm

    Oracle plans to buy ClearApp, maker of software for managing the performance of composite applications in SOA (service-oriented architecture) environments, the company announced Tuesday.
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