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  • Does Your Organization Have the Skills to Use SOA?

    Posted September 2, 2008 - 12:04 pm

    If your company is considering SOA, there are many issues and challenges that need to be addressed in order to improve the chances for a successful implementation. One issue that is often overlooked early on is an assessment of the company's existing skill sets and the application development culture.
  • Why Steve Ballmer Will Make Microsoft Good for SOA

    Posted September 2, 2008 - 11:41 am

    The increasing popularity of SOA could be one of Microsoft's best tickets into the server room. Microsoft already has a solid software foundation for good SOA with .Net. All Microsoft has to do is polish up its offerings and push them as part of its new mission to interface cleanly with open standards. Ballmer is just the guy to make it a reality.
  • A Sterling Example of SOA

    Posted August 29, 2008 - 2:42 pm

    Last week I promised to move from dissertation to illumination by shining a light on some sterling examples of real-world SOAs. In each case, the IT professionals leading these initiatives understood from the get-go that SOA is more about business processes than services.
  • Examining the Pieces of the Service Puzzle

    Posted August 15, 2008 - 10:37 am

    Last week, I promised to explore the difference between architectures and service-oriented architectures. Here's the kicker: There isn't a difference. Or there's a world of difference. It gets down to semantics.
  • You Can Hide So SOA Won't Run

    Posted August 11, 2008 - 2:31 pm

    One of the best ways to secure SOA services is to hide them behind a port knocking firewall. Port knocking makes your system appear as if it offers no services at all. Any cracker who comes a-knocking' will either conclude that nobody is home, or that your administrators are smart enough to make access so difficult it's not worth the trouble to try to break in. But here's an even better way to hide your SOA services so they appear invisible to anyone except legitimate clients.
  • How to troubleshoot sluggish apps

    Posted August 8, 2008 - 2:29 pm

    There's more at stake than lost productivity when application response times slow to a standstill. Company revenue also takes a hit. Here we analyze three scenarios in which application-performance problems could elude network managers.
  • Best reuse plays in SOA

    Posted August 7, 2008 - 10:37 am

    SOA is touted for its efficiency and agility, and if at least some of the stuff is already in place, indeed in every place, why isn't anyone getting to clock out and go home early?
  • Tight Budgets? Try Open-Source SOA!

    Posted August 4, 2008 - 2:34 pm

    Implementing SOA can be an extremely expensive undertaking. You might need to purchase several products within the SOA stack like an enterprise service bus (ESB), a business process modeling (BPM) tool, a portal, a rules engine and a data services tool. But it doesn't stop there. Leveraging open source products and services can help ease the pain.
  • Testing service-oriented architectures: A primer

    Posted August 4, 2008 - 2:29 pm

    How to test service-oriented architectures is no idle question. A failure in a SOA system at Heathrow Airport's US$8.6 Billion Terminal 5 caused 1.6 British Pounds (about 3.2 million U.S. dollars) of losses in one week. The error? Simply that a filter put in to ensure that the baggage handler was tested in isolation was never removed-so event messages were never passed on to other, dependent systems.
  • VMware tool aims to help developers

    Posted August 4, 2008 - 1:08 pm

    VMware wants to make it easier for IT departments to manage the virtual machine configurations that they use for testing or developing software, and will release an upgraded Lab Manager tool on Thursday.
  • SOA security more than authentication

    Posted July 30, 2008 - 3:53 pm

    One of the greatest things about SOA services is that they are discoverable. And one of the worst things about SOA--from a security perspective--is that services are discoverable. Obviously, you can choose a superb authentication process to shore up your security. That may be enough. But why not add another layer of protection so that your services are harder to crack than the ones next door?
  • Microsoft adds workflow to cloud-based SOA platform

    Posted July 18, 2008 - 9:59 am

    Microsoft added this week workflow capabilities to BizTalk Services, the company's platform-in-the-cloud project for SOA and business process management.
  • Oracle lays out BEA product strategy

    Posted July 1, 2008 - 7:07 pm

    Oracle executives described the company's plans to integrate its products with those of BEA Systems in exhaustive detail during a nearly two-hour webcast on Tuesday.
  • Progress makes another SOA buy

    Posted June 27, 2008 - 1:20 pm

    Application infrastructure vendor Progress Software has purchased Mindreef, a Hollis, New Hampshire, maker of tools for testing SOAs (service oriented architectures). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

  • Progress buys Iona for SOA wares

    Posted June 25, 2008 - 3:38 pm

    close in September.

  • Sun bolsters SOA software with data management

    Posted June 18, 2008 - 11:10 am

    Sun Microsystems is updating its SOA and business integration software, adding a data management option and leveraging enterprise service bus capabilities based around the JBI (Java Business Integration) specification. Event processing and business process management are featured as well.
  • Study: SOA deployments on rise

    Posted June 11, 2008 - 3:46 pm

    Forty-two percent of respondents to a recent IBM-funded study said SOA (service-oriented architecture) is the top spending priority of their organizations, the company announced Wednesday.
  • SOA users shun IBM service catalog

    Posted April 8, 2008 - 4:47 pm

    IBM's SOA Business Catalog has failed to meet a target of collecting 10,000 services by last year's end. Customers aren't interested in acquiring individual services but look for integrated packages instead, said Steve Mills, senior vice president and group executive of IBM's Software Group.
  • Red Hat buys Amentra to bolster JBoss enterprise plan

    Posted March 13, 2008 - 2:20 pm

    Red Hat has purchased Amentra, an IT consulting firm with open-source expertise, to sell its JBoss Java infrastructure to enterprises as the basis for SOAs (service-oriented architectures).
  • SOA spend up despite unclear benefits

    Posted February 26, 2008 - 3:09 pm

    The number of companies investing in service-oriented architecture (SOA) has doubled over the past year in every part of the world, with a typical annual spend of nearly $1.4 million, according to a new research report from the analyst firm AMR Research that surveyed 405 companies in the U.S., Germany and China.
  • Successful SOA implementations are on the increase

    Posted February 15, 2008 - 2:18 pm

    Most SOA implementations are now successful, with nearly four out of ten enterprises meeting all their goals and 60 percent meeting most of them.
  • Red Hat's JBoss dons Black Tie to target BEA Tuxedo

    Posted February 14, 2008 - 9:40 pm

    Red Hat Thursday revealed a JBoss middleware project aimed at displacing BEA's Tuxedo transaction-monitoring engine, which has a significant legacy install base.
  • Tibco adds Eclipse, ESB to SOA platform

    Posted February 11, 2008 - 5:57 pm

    Tibco Software is shipping its ActiveMatrix 2.0 platform Monday for managing SOA, featuring an Eclipse-based development environment and an enterprise service bus.
  • WSO2 joining open-source SOA registry field

    Posted February 11, 2008 - 5:51 pm

    WSO2 debuted its WSO2 Registry on Monday, providing registry and repository services for SOA.
  • Progress Software views BPM with Actional SOA tool

    Posted January 28, 2008 - 2:48 pm

    Progress Software is launching its Progress Actional 7.1 SOA management platform Monday, featuring visibility across business processes and into related services and IT infrastructure.

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