This week, we saw the launch of a commercial business model built around the growing convergence of open Web services standards and open-source software. A new company, WSO2, has been formed by several Web services pioneers to provide commercialized support to users of Apache Axis tools.
Service technology -- from SOA to cloud to IT service management -- promises many "-ilities": greater agility, flexibility, and reusability. Joe McKendrick explores the challenges and opportunities with service orientation, and how to capitalize on these emerging computing philosophies.
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Over at Loosely Coupled, Phil Wainewright has picked up on our recent piece on outcome-driven software pricing. He notes that, "Vendors get understandably excited about the technology they have on offer, and eventually a whole ecosystem of sales and marketing teams, industry analysts, journalists and technology-focused buyers ends up getting totally absorbed into a closed debate about which product, system or architecture is better than another.
RedMonk's James Governor took note of our report on IBM's hopes to nuture and point 'Generation Z' to its zSeries architecture. In a post entitled, appropriately enough, "Why Don't Toasters Work Properly?
Kudos to the headline writer for InfoWorld's story about IBM's mainframe training program at colleges -- "Dear IT graduate, just one word -- mainframes." Now, more legacy-to-SOA news: in a new press release, IBM announced that its WebSphere Portal is now supported on its zSeries mainframes and iSeries midrange servers.
Siebel Systems has had a rough year. One lousy earnings announcement after another.
ZDNet's David Berlind observed a change at the helm of OASIS. Namely, Sun's Eduardo Gutentag has replaced HP's Jim Hughes as chairman of the board of OASIS.
"Parasoft Corporation announced today they have changed the name of Parasoft SOAPtest, their industry leading Web services testing product, to Parasoft SOA Test. The product has been extended to support the broad range of messaging and transport protocols being used to support Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) implementations and Enterprise Service Bus (ESB)....
To find out the latest thinking about SOA security, I turned to a couple of ciphers — namely, TriCipher, and nCipher, two online security companies that recently conducted surveys on the state of advanced security. The results point to the fact that we have the technology for security, but we're going to have to work at managing the processes associated with security.
"Our existing approaches to integration and application development were costly to implement and sustain, fragmented and hard to consolidate, and time-consuming and slow to deliver value," says Kevin Poulter, application development manager for British American Tobacco, explaining why his company adopted an SOA approach.
BEA Systems is having a very busy summer. I can only imagine what it's like to work there -- keep your summer vacation time down to a day, please.