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Today's IT organizations have tens of applications and services that perform some well-defined tasks such as inventory, billing, expense reporting, and order entry. With the evolution of Internet and e-business, enterprises have started to think about how different applications in a di...
In this second article about service-oriented architecture (SOA), I offer a concrete plan, along with tips and insights, to help you build an effective SOA roadmap, and to help ensure the success of your SOA initiative.
Web services have evolved from plain application-integration enablers to value-added stand-alone functionality providers such as getting a quote to a comprehensive business function like processing orders. Enterprises are exploiting this new revenue model by offering such business func...
One of the business benefits organizations strive to achieve by implementing a service-oriented architecture (SOA) or in utilizing Web services is the opportunity to reuse business components. Asset reuse is one of the core drivers of the SOA or Web service ROI calculation. Although le...
A large company found itself handicapped by an ornery snarl of siloed applications that compromised its agility, performance, and profitability. Its IT department was constantly behind schedule and over budget in hand coding point-to-point connectivity among supply chain, financials, C...
The notion of building bridges to service providers and managing the interaction will become more commonplace in 2006 as we learn to accept that many services we leverage within an enterprise are services we may not host. The technology exists today. We need to define and refine our ap...
Typically when we think about security for a Web service, our focus is on how to protect it from unauthorized and malicious users. Thus, we tend to concentrate on such things as authentication of the requestor, checking to see that the requestor is authorized to access the service, val...
Service-oriented architecture (SOA) has emerged as a key strategy for IT and line-of-business executives to jointly enhance business performance and agility in today's intense corporate climate. Using the SOA methodology, business applications are built as an assembly of loosely couple...
People who know me would generally agree I'm a straightforward guy - I pretty much just like to move in the direction I've said I was going, rather than try to move from side to side and finesse something. So when it comes to technology, I tend to like to go with technology because it ...