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When you set out to develop a new Web service, do you start banging out angle brackets right off the bat, or do you sketch out the logic of your service first? For most engineers, the graphical approach to implementing business logic is much more accessible. Only after a picture is cre...
The widespread adoption of distributed computing has been prognosticated for many years. Finally, a critical mass has been created of both enabling and demand trends that will ultimately realize the promised wave of distributed computing applications. This wave of distributed computing...
In a service-oriented architecture (SOA), a service is a unit of work performed by a service provider to achieve desired results for one or more service consumers. A service provides a function that is well defined, self-contained (for example, loosely coupled to its environment), desc...
When I first looked over MagooClient from Magoo Software, it was difficult to categorize. I expected that it would be another composite application builder, but that's not what I found. Instead I found a tool that not only allows users to interact with business processes, but that also...
Legacy systems are a core asset at many organizations. These legacy systems have been around for decades and have a very critical impact on day to day business processes. However, owing to a variety of reasons, these legacy systems have high TCO and represent a bottleneck towards the e...
The primary mission of information technology is to improve business processes and increase profits. Companies are constantly rethinking and struggling with how to use IT to a competitive advantage, reduce IT operating and maintenance costs, and reduce the total cost of ownership... al...
Day by day, company by company, IT organization by IT organization, today's enterprise is busy architecting for business-solution agility and the alignment of key assets around the emerging service-oriented architecture (SOA) umbrella. The ability to embrace SOA leads to the ability to...
It never ceases to amaze me how ambiguity in the definition of simple terms can lead to design choices that have a huge impact on the success of projects. Recently I had a long discussion with a colleague at a client site, where we are in the process of assessing the artifacts that hav...
It's December, and you know what that means: holiday wishes and New Year's predictions are due. That's right, once again we'll gaze into the WSJ mystic crystal ball (okay, so it's a Christmas ornament - we're on a budget here) and come up with our prognostications and pleadings. So, wi...