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Organizations looking to reduce integration costs are increasingly adopting a service-oriented architecture (SOA) to maximize their IT investment. The preeminence of Web services as a tool that can support a wide range of dynamic business processes has made it the SOA tool of choice.
Within any organization, communication between the core business operations and the IT group has traditionally been a challenging and adversarial relationship. Most miscommunications between the two groups result from misunderstandings related to software and other issues. Now the gap ...
Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is at the heart of many major IT initiatives and vendor offerings. However, while SOA has the potential to deliver business value through streamlined application integration, as well as integration with partners and suppliers, the open nature of SOA ...
An interesting convergence is taking place in the IT management world, toward Web services-based management protocols. One of the driving factors in this convergence is the effort to improve the agility of enterprise IT, such as HP's Adaptive Enterprise, IBM's On Demand Computing, and ...
The fact that you're reading this article means that you are probably planning a service-oriented architecture (SOA) initiative and recognize that some level of governance is required in order to be successful. If you are like most people in this position, you are also somewhat confuse...
Service-oriented architecture (SOA) and Web services are being critically considered by most organizations today in some form or another. The adoption of SOA and Web services has gained momentum after the standardization of various aspects such as security, business process coordinati...
The world of IT management has changed a great deal since the early days of SNMP and network management. IT organizations today are building and deploying a wide range of systems and applications that must be managed in a consistent and reliable way. Applications are being built from t...
Business data is one of the most critical components of the IT portfolio of any enterprise. Most e-business applications are responsible for reading and writing business data in some form or other. Therefore, the efficient storage, retrieval, and management of the data constitute a cha...
The article 'Web Service Management - Architecture patterns' (Vol: 5 Iss: 3) that had appeared in Web Services Journal is no longer available from SYS-CON Media, but you can read it as it was originally published in IBM Systems Journal. 'Web Service Management - Architecture patterns' ...
Web services are gaining industry-wide acceptance and usage. They are moving from proof-of-concept deployments to actual usage in mission-critical enterprise applications. While Web services allow businesses to connect to partners and customers, the same flexibility and connectivity pr...
The acclaimed essayist and novelist Nora Ephron once said, 'What my mother believed about cooking is that if you worked hard and prospered, someone else would do it for you.' Nothing could better capture the spirit of service-oriented architectures (SOAs) than this statement from a per...
The more widely service-oriented architectures become incorporated into core business applications and processes, the more critical the ability to easily configure, manage, and monitor the overall infrastructure becomes. By their very nature, service-oriented architectures, or SOAs, ar...
Rather than taking a myopic Web services management approach to realizing the promise of shared services, enterprise architects should focus on building the architecture that controls chaos and enables sharing and reuse.
It's relatively easy to build custom Web services. Customers are finding that it's much more difficult, however, to successfully secure and scale them in production. Six tips from Canada's largest loyalty reward program provider, a global financial services company, and Reactivity, Inc...
The acclaimed essayist and novelist Nora Ephron once said 'What my mother believed about cooking is that if you worked hard and prospered, someone else would do it for you.' Nothing could better capture the spirit of Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs) than this statement from a pers...
Rather than taking a myopic Web services management approach to realizing the promise of shared services, enterprise architects should focus on building the architecture that controls chaos and enables sharing and reuse.
Web services provide organizations with a flexible, standards-based mechanism for deploying business logic and functionality to distributed consumers. Consumers, whether internal or external, can access necessary components such as account information, credit card validation, and much ...
When I tell customers that my company does Web services management, the question I often hear is 'so what do you mean by Web services management?' It's no wonder there's so much confusion on this issue, because the term 'management' has been used to mean many different things.
This article makes the case that Web services provide a significant benefit to Sarbanes-Oxley compliance projects, and that they will therefore be used extensively on these projects. We begin with a very brief primer on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, then describe the connection between S...
Web services are no longer a collection of buzzwords in the field of e-commerce. Instead, Web services technology enables companies to effectively integrate applications from disparate platforms and partners into a composite application built on business processes.
Web services are like your local auto repair shop. You don't want to do business with them until you have a clear idea of the level of service you can expect. Despite the many advantages of these new, standards-based systems, they will not become core business assets without capabiliti...
Application versioning has always been a challenge for the developer community. With the introduction of Web services, this issue becomes even more difficult as developers are dealing with a more distributed set of components that aren't necessarily under their control.
One day, Snow White decided to deploy a Web service. Her IT dwarves immediately went to work and were pleasantly surprised to find how easy it was to create the Web service using modern development tools. To Snow White's development dwarves, it almost seemed like magic.
Much has happened to the World Wide Web since its start, with continuing and dramatic improvements that have created one of the most powerful information sharing and communications tools worldwide. During the past few years, Web applications and services have burst onto the scene, expa...
As Web services move beyond opportunistic implementations and proof-of-concept deployments to support enterprise-wide services in mission-critical applications, the need for Web services management becomes ever more pressing.
If the content of a SOAP message is not understood or the recipient of a message does not know what to do with it when they get it, then using Web services for business, even with extensions for reliable delivery and security, will just not work.
This article outlines a set of best practices for service-oriented integration (SOI) by reviewing the evolution of integration practices, applying those lessons to service-oriented architectures (SOA), and finally analyzing SOA and SOI with the specific technology set of Web services t...
Web services have become the integration platform of choice for enterprise applications. Those applications by the very nature of their enterprise-scale components can be complex in structure, which is compounded by the need to share common data or context across business processes sup...
In the first part of this article (WSJ, Vol. 3, issue 9), we examined the need to integrate business transaction management (BTM) software into business process management standards and products. We believe that BTM offers previously inaccessible levels of application coordination and ...
If your company is like most, it is likely that your suppliers, vendors, distributors, and partners have exposed dozens of Web services for your use.
The Internet makes it possible to deliver information almost instantaneously - anytime, anywhere - and is redefining the traditional boundaries around organizations and their IT systems. The Internet has turned buyers into sellers, sellers into buyers, and set new expectations for h...
Business transaction management (BTM) is a promising new development in general-purpose enterprise software. Most large companies are devoting significant resources to the problem of reliable, consistent integration of application services.
Portlets are visual components that make up a Web page residing in a Web portal. Typically, when an end user requests a personalized Web page, multiple portlets are invoked when that page is created. An example is a news/financial portal that displays a single page that includes update...
Web services is now delivering on the promise of interconnecting systems, within and between organizational boundaries. But the benefits of open interoperability of such distributed resources only increase the complexity of the computing environment that has to be managed.
Web services represent a quantum leap forward towards achieving not only interenterprise application integration, but also cross-enterprise application interoperability. These services will enhance operational efficiency and agility, and unlock the intrinsic value of the company's good...
The emergence of Web services is forcing sites to substantially rethink how existing applications can and should work together. Previously, considerations about where certain functions should execute focused principally on the tier.
WSJ readers are already familiar with the concept and promise of Web services. For some time, media and industry analysts have been touting the revolution about to occur in the programming world as a result of universally accessible, reusable code that can be assembled to accomplish an...
Many companies are in the initial planning and pilot stages with Web services initiatives and may not think they need to consider management solutions right now. They need to think again.
Web services have become a very popular method for connecting distributed systems. The open standards-based techniques that Web services leverage provide many benefits in an enterprise computing environment, including cross-platform interoperability, simple firewall configuration, and ...
In the history of technology, the growth rate of the World Wide Web (W3) was unprecedented. The Internet spread faster and matured more rapidly than the TV, the radio, or even the light bulb. It was the 'big bang' phenomenon of information. W3 helped transform global business into a gi...


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