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The saying goes, 'when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.' It comes from carpentry, where it implies a certain amount of limited capability for a craftsman, but it has applicability in a wide range of situations. In particular for the IT industry, it denotes that s...
In July 2003 a consortium of Web services vendors released the Web services Composite Application Framework (WS-CAF) to the community. WS-CAF is comprised of three specifications that together provide a means of reliably composing individual Web services into larger aggregate applicati...
Web portal software has emerged as one of the most important components of software enterprises over the last few years. That success has carried with it the challenge of how to integrate disparate software services into the portal - services that can live across multiple platforms, op...
The use of a range of wireless, Internet-enabled portable computing devices has dramatically extended the reach of online services. Nonetheless, complications such as wireless service gaps, time constraints, and hardware inconvenience can make contacting corporate enterprise systems wh...
Called to larger tasks, messaging technology is now in a phase of evolution. A mixed message model is needed to combine the best of Web services and traditional asynchronous message delivery to provide the flexibility required for today's real-time enterprise.
There's a phenomenon I've witnessed again and again in my years building systems. I call it 'Guerilla IT.' Listen to my description and see if you've witnessed it inside your organization.
Like most companies, you want to streamline your business, automate manual processes, and expose key functionality to partners and customers. And like most companies, you probably have a mixture of applications and hardware - some new, some old.
Whether you're in a clothing store, a car dealership, or a bank's online catalog looking for low-interest loans, you're more liable to buy if you get some personal attention. You want someone to answer your questions in real time.
BPEL (Business Process Execution Language) makes business processes and composite Web services first-class citizens of the Java and .NET platforms, while preventing vendor lock-in. The result is a drastic reduction in the complexity, delivery time, and cost associated with implementing...
As soon as new business applications roll out, someone is waiting to change them. Most application developers are resigned to this reality because they understand that business conditions change, and the applications that support key business processes have to change with them.
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.
The benefits of BPM (business process management) reach from the mail room to the board room and beyond. BPM, with enhancements enabled by Web services, provides tactical benefits that significantly enhance application creation and extension, while delivering strategic benefits to comp...
When dealing with application integration, as you know by now, we are dealing with much complexity. The notion of ontologies helps the application integration architect prepare generalizations that make the problem domain more understandable.