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Like many IT professionals, I'm an amateur musician. As such, I know how much effort it can be to get a group of people to work together, start together, end together and make a pleasant sort of noise together. And I play in a small group, so I can imagine the coordination effort of so...
Sanjit Roy reviews XML and Web Services Unleashed (Bloomberg, Darby, et al, Sams Publishing, paperback, $49,99):When I received my copy of this book, I was eager to read it after examining the table of contents. It covered almost every topic one could think of related to XML! I have...
As Web services technology begins to impact business process management (BPM) and application-to-application integration, a question arises: 'What business and technical challenges will we face applying Web services technology to BPM and application integration?' This article prese...
In this uncertain global economy, many companies have pared resources to the point that they have driven employees to a level of frustration that few of us deem tolerable. Corporate executives and stockholders consistently want more: more revenues, more profitability, and 'more wit...
The journey of business process management (BPM) from technologies such as document flow routing to service-oriented architecture (SOA)-based Web services has been a process of evolution rather than revolution.
Enterprise application integration (EAI) has been getting a lot of attention lately. Regardless of size, companies need to get their internal applications to work together and expose them to their trading partners in order to gain a competitive advantage. Integration comes in different...
As the usage of Web service interfaces grows, we're starting to see the emergence of some key sectors where Web services will make a huge impact. Much as Java found its sweet spot on the Web application server, Web services will find its own sweet spots. Grid computing and e-busine...
Web services has promised many things. One primary promise has been the ability to piece applications together by snapping Web services together like so many Lego blocks. The output of one service becomes the input to the next and so on.
The Web has always been service-oriented. Services such as auctions or ticket-buying services are available today to general Web users. Essentially, what the Web did for interactions between business functions and their users, Web services will do for interactions between functions...
What has surprised everyone in the past few years is how challenging it has been to actually do e-business. One of the reasons why this is so is that companies have found it difficult to manage their business processes, especially when they stretch across multiple systems, software app...
You've just gone to your CIO with a plan to implement your IT organization's high-profile B2B 'Project X' using Web services. Your CIO patiently listens while you explain the benefits of using third-party Web services as part of your mission-critical infrastructure, how contracts w...
I love Web services, for all the things they can't do. It's not that I'm a pessimist, prone to look at the glass as half empty. Quite the contrary. Whenever I hear about Web services, I think about all the promises that won't be kept, and to me that looks like an opportunity to fil...