Software powerhouse SAP has come a long way from being the provider of rigid, megalithic and monolithic ERP systems that took center stage in the 1990s. Now, the company says it wants to open up its vast platform toenable a new wave of entrepreneurial development projects, according to a recent piece by CNET's Martin LaMonica.
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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A running joke is that some IT vendors do such a poor job of explaining their products that if they were to try to sell sushi, it will be marketed as "cold, wet, dead fish." Are software as a service (SaaS) and on-demand computing providers similarly underselling what they do?
Larry Kim, product manager of the XML Products Group at DataDirect Technologies shared the results of a survey the company just commissioned on the long-anticipated XQuery standard. XQuery promises to do for XML data what SQL did for relational data -- that is, make it possible to write a standardized query that will pull the right data out of any database, regardless of vendor or format.
Phil Windley writes this compelling piece on why SOAP may be on the way out as a top choice of transport mechanism, being trumped by the simpler REST (XML over HTTP) formula. Carlos Peres is quoted as observing that the SOAP envelope is "extra machinery" that "has never been shown to improve interoperability.
It may be too soon to tell, but there are some signs that Asia will implement SOA more rapidly than America will. As Actional CEO Tom Ryan told us this week, "We are seeing a growing increase in activity and acquisition and implementations of SOA in the Asia-Pacific -- almost outpacing what's going on here in the U.
Actional Corp. has joined HP Services and Getronics to deploy a new SOA-based e-government exchange that enables Hong Kong's citizens,producers andvariousgovernmentalagencies toeasily access and sharerelevant information.
In previous posts on this blogsite, we talked about what some industry observers say is a looming XML performance crisis. The main culprit, it seems, is text XML, which carries with it a pile of metadata that could choke systems at the receiving end.
Yahoo is making its internal systems resources available to developers through Web services, notes Alice LaPlante in Web Services Pipeline. "Yahoo has joined the ranks of Google, eBay, Amazon.
In a recent opinion piece at SandHill.com, John Hagel, author of the forthcoming book The Only Sustainable Edge, argues that SOA is generating tangible benefits in the marketplace.
SOA in a box? Perhaps we're being sold too much box for something that requires a lot of thinking outside the box.