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The phrase 'SOA governance' is more likely to generate a sense of apprehension among IT professionals than any warm feelings. After all, most companies are still in the early stages of SOA adoption and so the practice of governance - and likely the concept itself - will be new territo...
Let's face it, WS-BPEL 1.1 was not a great standard, and left so much out that many end users and vendors found it useless. In response, the vendors put a ton of proprietary extensions in their BPEL 1.1-based products, thus diluting its value to the point of 'Why bother?' This was a di...
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is gaining momentum as a new IT implementation paradigm. Organizations are eager to capitalize on its benefits. However, with many of these organizations focusing too narrowly on project-specific implementations, though, some are at risk of never a...
I recently attended a security conference where thousands of security products from hundreds of vendors were all vying for attention. While most of these products filled a legitimate need, the array of products reminded me of an orchestra warming up. Each instrument may sound good by ...
Over the past five years, an 'alphabet soup' of new Web Services Security specifications, standards, and buzzwords has been thrust upon the technology scene. As we have watched the evolution of many Web services security specifications, it has sometimes been difficult to wade through t...
I never quite fathomed the software development methodology craze that was gripping enterprise computing when I came onto the scene in the early '90s. In those days development teams were managing complexity and enforcing quality via draconian software development life cycles (SDLCs).
Since the beginning of the information technology era, IT managers have implemented various systems management applications, ranging from enterprise frameworks to open source products, in an attempt to manage the various servers, storage, and network devices currently found in their da...
The entire premise behind the Web services paradigm is enabling access to loosely coupled services via the Web. In essence, Web services are based on a synchronous request-response type interaction. On the other hand, a client's interaction with a Web service can be synchronous or asyn...