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At one point in my career I worked right across the street from Enron. I used to pass the big E on the sidewalk as I made my way to the account I was working on. Like most of us, the fall of Enron surprised and angered me.
Web services have emerged as an excellent method of integrating pairs of applications. Free and cheap Web services development tools from many different vendors make it easy to expose one application's capabilities to other applications that wish to invoke them.
The technical programs of technology conferences make very useful weather vanes for the state of the union in the technology space, and the i-technology devised by the advisory board for the seventh successive 'Edge' conference was no exception.
As data integration tools produce and consume information, a service-oriented architecture presents opportunities for information exchange, data-driven process automation, and business agility. Web services proponents like to rhapsodize about a somewhat quixotic world in which Web serv...
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.
Even if you work for a great company, if it isn't a technology company it will mean that no matter how cool, obvious, or forward thinking technological advances are, you will always have to be able to translate their benefits into real business dollars and sense.
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...
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.
As Web services become more prevalent in the application tier and Web application sophistication increases, alternative approaches to the traditional Web tier are being developed. The Workstation Server product suite by General Interface provides a refreshing standards-based alternativ...
There has been much debate lately on what exactly WSDL's purpose is, and much of that debate has focused on whether WSDL is an interface definition language (IDL), or whether WSDL is better used to specify message-level contracts (without any associated operational semantics).
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...
In order for companies to benefit from the strategic value of information technology, there needs to be much closer alignment between IT and the business side. So far, these two counterparts have had a difficult time seeing eye to eye. The problem is that despite earnest intentions b...
Parasoft, a provider of Automated Error Prevention (AEP) software, has announced the general availability of AEP Team Starter Kits, which enable development organizations of all sizes to effectively prevent software errors by following the same best practices and error prevention techn...