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The operations of many large organizations rest on large applications that are characterized as 'legacy.' To increase flexibility or reduce costs businesses are looking to modernize these applications, for instance, via renovation, introducing an SOA architecture, or even re-implementi...
JSR 168 has changed the playing field for portal development, letting vendors (and especially ISVs) develop portlets that various portals can consume. Likewise, WSRP has provided a standard so portals can consume portlets that reside remotely from the consuming portal. But questions re...
Agile IT systems are systems that are malleable enough to address business uncertainties. Such systems can effectively respond to internal and external stimuli in a very short period of time. Flexible IT systems imply that the IT architecture underlying them is itself flexible and lend...
We've seen a dramatic rise in the use of SOA and integration to provide better business process visibility and agility to organizations. The ease and low cost of assembling new systems together makes SOA an efficient and valuable business asset.
To ensure the success of your mainframe SOA initiatives, it's important to be able to support both bottom-up and contract-first design approaches. With the former, businesses may see an opportunity to jumpstart the SOA, quickly packaging bite-sized chunks of mainframe code as Web Servi...
Companies that decide to invest in SOA sometimes end up going to extremes - too little or too much. Too little happens when some stakeholder latches onto the buzzword and wants to get the benefits promised. However, the environment may be too conservative to invest in the infrastructur...
The emergence of the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) over the past two years has spurred the deployment of componentized applications based on a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). SOA enables the development of business systems and processes with loosely coupled components (often called...
Companies are under tremendous pressure to meet the complex business requirements found in their IT infrastructures. For example, they need to expose their applications to external trading partners, comply with government regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, integrate merged companies o...
As editor, I review a great many proposals for articles. A good portion of them deal with SOA, which is to be expected. When I review them, I'm reminded that there are two very different views of SOA, which in my opinion are both equally true. I call this the SOA Dichotomy, because the...
Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) facilitates the development of applications as modular business services that can be easily integrated, secured, and administered. Benefits of an SOA approach include more-rapid development, decreased maintenance and change management costs, and impr...
Services Oriented Architectures (SOAs) and business collaboration technologies and platforms, often enabled by Web Services and orchestration constructs like BPEL, can be a tremendous business benefit. SOAs can provide the fl exibility in enterprises to adapt to rapidly changing busine...