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Sometimes the old clichés are the best ones. I've been working with a number of different groups and companies recently, defining and refining their takes on service-oriented architecture and Web services. In thinking about the different perspectives necessary for a full understanding ...
Building an SOA usually means leveraging a loosely coupled-type architecture. While the benefits of a loosely coupled SOA with many services are apparent, the operational characteristics can be a nightmare. However, with a bit of planning, and the use of some standards, your SOA will b...
Recent trends in IT such as service-oriented architecture (SOA) and Web sevices, in conjunction with the still-increasing popularity of the .NET framework, put Microsoft's BizTalk Server in the center of attention for CIOs, CTOs, architects, and enterprise developers. Apparently everyo...
Finally, executives on the business side of management teams are asking for technology that can be delivered, modified, and executed by business people. The promises of many enterprise application investments were never realized in large part due to the fact that the business side was ...
Over the past few years Web services have grown from a conceptual draft based on the ideal of cross-platform programmatic interoperability to a formal specification and a vision of grand-scale distributed system architectures. Today we are putting that vision to work and designing syst...
Today most of the conversations surrounding service-oriented architectures (SOAs) focus on flexibility and breaking down applications into services: modular, reusable, componentized, with increased availability to the services as well as increased management of them. However, with thes...
Business process management (BPM) is a business management philosophy consisting of the idea that a business can be understood and managed solely in terms of business processes. BPM is process-centric and responsive to change in business requirements and objectives. Businesses are defi...
I'd like to take a moment to introduce myself. I've been working with SYS-CON for about eight years now, across different publications, so when Sean talked to me about providing regular content for WSJ, I thought to myself, 'Cool.' I am also the enterprise editor for JDJ - so you shoul...
In most software topics, the boundary between theory and practice in software is clearly demarcated: theory is for academics who seldom descend from the ivory tower, practice is for industry professionals who have long forgotten the concepts and application of theory. In concurrency, f...