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The ability to rapidly assemble new shorter-life services will be the key differentiator for telecommunications service providers (SPs) striving to beat out cable, entertainment, and Internet companies as they encroach on each other's customer base. SOA and BPM offer potential solution...
Provisioning is the automation of all the steps required to manage user accounts or system access facilities or data relative to electronically published services. The Provisioning Services Technical Committee (PSTC) at OASIS, the premier standards body for SOA-related standards, defin...
With the evolution of distributed IT systems and the advent of Web Services, applications can now make more informed decisions by using real-time information from third-party sources. For example, today's automated trading applications can make over 30 trades a second by analyzing stoc...
To mark a new standard in the SOA space, I create a Google Alert and sift through the pile of links returned to get the scope of its maturation. I'm currently tracking over 60 standards, starting with SOAP and XML (XML happened way before Google was cool).
Software is now increasingly provided as a service; in other words, it is now offered as a hosted application that users access through Web browsers. Many companies see this as an effective way of outsourcing some of their IT requirements. However, they face an increasing number of int...
As most readers are probably aware, the Web Services-Business Process Execution Language (WS-BPEL) provides a broadly adopted process orchestration standard supported by many vendors today and used to define business processes that orchestrate services, systems, and people into end-to-...
Dynamic languages like Ruby and Python have been enjoying a burst of popularity in the Web development community and there are a plethora of frameworks for those platforms that allow them to solve a wide variety of problems. There's one company that's building its own dynamic language ...
When Web services first burst onto the scene, which in my mind was the beginning of the SOA movement, one of the biggest challenges faced by early implementers was the perceived lack of security. Fear and uncertainty abounded, and it was years before the majority of IT organizations be...