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10th International "SOA Web Services Edge 2006 Conference & Expo" panel discussion taped live at SYS-CON.TV's Times Square studios will stream on Monday, December 5, 2005, and "Enterprise Open Source Power Panel" will stream on Wednesday, December 7, 2005. In this first "SOA and Web Services Power Panel" series, SYS-CON's group publisher and  "SOA Web Services Edge" conference chair Jeremy Geelan was joined by Eric Newcomer of IONA, Paul Lipton of CA, Aaron White of Mindreef and David Kershaw of Altova. "Enterprise Open Source Power Panel" participants included Andy Astor of EnterprsieDB, Shaun Connolly of JBoss, Yakov Fain of JDJ, and Eric Newcomer of IONA. "SOA and Web Services Power Panel" to stream on Monday, December 5, 2005 on SYS-CON.TV SOA Web Services Edge East 2006 Conference & Expo and Enterprise Open Source 2006 Conference & Expo, both to be held in Jun... (more)

Integration with Windows Vista, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Application Virtualization

Aspen Technology announced that aspenONE version 2006.5 uses the latest Microsoft technologies to simplify IT rollout and management. The integration of aspenONE with Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Office Excel, and SoftGrid Application Virtualization supports IT standards, speeds time to deployment, and extends the reach of aspenONE within operations for improved manufacturing performance. “aspenONE makes it possible to solve the difficult challenge of optimizing manufacturing performance in complex process industries such as energy, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. By incorporating the latest Microsoft technologies into the integrated suite of aspenONE applications, AspenTech enables process manufacturers to take full advantage of our combined technology solutions across the enterprise,” said Chris Colyer, Microsoft Director of Worldwide Manufacturi... (more)

Oracle SOA Suite

Service-oriented architecture is an architectural approach to building software applications as a collection of reusable business services. Interest in SOA is growing within the business community. To address the need for an infrastructure to enable the building of service-oriented applications, a new breed of SOA suites is emerging. Vendors such as Oracle, BEA Systems, and IBM now provide platforms specifically focused on SOA applications. In established, complex IT environments with diverse applications - including legacy applications that are tied together with custom adapters, and business scenarios that demand extensive partner interaction - the move to SOA may appear challenging. However, new SOA suites make it easy. We at Sierra Atlantic decided to review one of them - Oracle SOA Suite. Sierra Atlantic has more than a decade of experience implementing applicat... (more)

Real-World AJAX

So, what do AJAX and SOA have in common? The answer: Everything. Is AJAX an enterprise technology? The answer: Absolutely. As we move to next-generation enterprise architectures using newer notions such as Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), there's a need for a dynamic Web interface that can layer over services and provide more value to the enterprise. Moreover, the enterprise in general can benefit from the advantages of AJAX; it's just a matter of making enterprise developers as well as the SOA architects aware of AJAX. AJAX is becoming the standard dynamic interface for the Web. It adds value to SOA as well, providing the core-enabling technology for user interaction no matter whether we're dealing with applications that are remotely hosted or local to the enterprise. In essence, AJAX provides better edge technology for SOAs, or the top layer of technology deal... (more)

XA Transactions

Most developers have at least heard of XA, which describes the standard protocol that allows coordination, commitment, and recovery between transaction managers and resource managers. Products such as CICS, Tuxedo, and even BEA WebLogic Server act as transaction managers, coordinating transactions across different resource managers. Typical XA resources are databases, messaging queuing products such as JMS or WebSphere MQ, mainframe applications, ERP packages, or anything else that can be coordinated with the transaction manager. XA is used to coordinate what is commonly called a two-phase commit (2PC) transaction. The classic example of a 2PC transaction is when two different databases need to be updated atomically. Most people think of something like a bank that has one database for savings accounts and a different one for checking accounts. If a customer wants t... (more)

"Mergermania" Isn't Just Back - It's Back With a Vengeance

When in October of last year I asked the rhetorical question "Is Mergermania Back?" (JDJ, Vol. 9, issue 10), there wasn't much doubt that it already was, but it took until last month to truly demonstrate just to what extent. It's not just back; in March we saw it's back with a vengeance. IBM has gobbled up Ascential ($1.1 billion) and - SAP's attempts to do the same notwithstanding - Oracle just snagged Retek ($643.3 million), a much smaller deal than its January takeover of PeopleSoft ($10.6 billion), but a significant one nonetheless. Its industry significance was underlined by the CEO of Retek, Marty Leestma, who was crystal clear why ERP arch-rivals SAP and Oracle had both pursued his company so keenly, and said so: "This is the first time in 15 years that there hasn't been a new game-changing technology out there, and that's driving this consolidation," he said... (more)

Microsoft's Ballmer: "I See Nothing But Opportunity"

Steve Ballmer presented a lengthy keynote and partner session at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Minneapolis. Below is the complete transcript of the session. Steve Ballmer It is my honor, privilege, excitement, to be here with you today. For all the things I do -- and many of you have had a chance to hear this many times as I travel the world -- but everything I get to do working for Microsoft, there's one thing that's most energizing for me -- one thing, one thing -- meeting with our partners. And you say, this guy gives this line to every audience he meets with. Nooo. What's special about this group? What gets me particularly pumped up? What is particularly exciting? Our partners are a unique blend, you are, of two elements. Number one, you've made a bet on us. You believe in us, you want us to win, you need us to win. You're kind of like employees... (more)

Linux Looking Forward: Twenty Linux Luminaries Look at Linux in 2004

In the course of putting this issue together we decided we wanted to get some predictions for what will be happening with Linux over the next year. So, we came up with some questions and sent them out to a bunch of people we know in the Linux community whose opinions we respect. Well, the response surprised us to say the least. It seemed like everyone had some ideas. The community of people that is developing around this magazine really came through! After we saw the response we were getting, we thought our readers might be interested in giving us some of their ideas as well, so we published a short blurb on LinuxWorld.com with the predictions we received from Eric Raymond (Open Source evangelist and author of The Cathedral and the Bazaar and The Art of Unix Programming) and John Terpstra (cofounder of the Samba project and lead author of The Official Samba-3 HOWTO a... (more)

Process-Centric Realization of SOA

Agile and adaptive business processes and supporting IT infrastructure are the holy grail of enterprise applications. The industry is heading in the right direction to start delivering on this promise. SOAs (service-oriented architectures) promise to enable businesses to align their business processes to customer needs, and optimize them to improve customer responsiveness and drive efficiency. A process-oriented realization of SOAs is necessary to deliver on this promise. The process-oriented model is based on an SOA component model augmented with an underlying formal model in which business processes are expressed through orchestration and choreography. This model blends the bottom-up framework of SOA with a top-down, process-centric view. By simplifying the set of activities that are part of the life cycle of business processes, we'll outline how this approach is... (more)

Java Technology for the Wireless Industry

The Java Technology for the Wireless Industry specification (JTWI) encompasses a standard set of J2ME APIs for mobile device development that is being widely adopted by mobile telephone service providers, making it an important platform for Java developers. Its core component, the Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP), provides a number of specialized libraries for multimedia and games development; however, its underlying subset of general purpose Java classes is strictly limited. In addition, support for persistence via the Record Management System is relatively poor. This raises an important question: Is JTWI a realistic application development tool or is it only good for games and other software trivia? In this article, we try to answer this question by exploring the viability of MIDP as a tool for nontrivial application development. An enterprise applicatio... (more)

Connecting the Java World to Grid-Enabled Databases

Grid computing is not necessarily a new concept; however, its adoption within the enterprise has given birth to a new concept called enterprise grid computing, which is being embraced by the entire IT industry. Enterprise grid computing aims to consolidate IT resources - including both infrastructure software and applications - and optimize their usage, cutting costs substantially along the way. Since Java and J2EE are widely used as enterprise software platforms, how do they align with this vision? This article outlines a set of challenges that JDBC faces as the database connectivity layer within enterprise grid environments and illustrates how the Oracle Database 10g JDBC driver addresses these challenges. First, I'll introduce the concept of enterprise grid computing; then I'll examine how Java and J2EE operate in grid environments and identify their database co... (more)