In an impressive display of cooperation, IBM and Microsoft, along with BEA Systems and TIBCO Software, just announced they will submit the latest version of the Web Services ReliableMessaging (WS-RM) specification to the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) for finalization as a Web services standard.
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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Forrester Research has released the results of an interesting study on service-oriented architecture, conducted last November, which seems to suggest that just about everyone who's anyone is doing SOA now, or planning to do it real soon. (A summary appears in this TechTarget article.
SOA's first proving ground is integration and consolidation, especially within large, diverse operations. Verizon Communications claims it averages about 2.
ComputerWorld reports that the US Department of Defense is moving to Web services and SOA in a big way, as only the DoD can do. According the article, DoD is spending $2 million on Web services registry technology to help developers with the Army, Navy and Air Force locate specific Web services and make "several hundred" Web services available to end users.
Recent survey data made public by Conformative Systems, though skimpy, points to to an issue that is increasingly being faced by companies in the midst of multiple Web services or SOA projects -- systems performance. The survey estimates that the median XML LAN traffic load among participants in 2004 was 20%, with over half anticipating XML traffic to grow to more than 40% in 2005.
Since SOA, and Web services for that matter, is still a new approach to businesses, there are few reference cases, and therefore, the ROI case still a lot of fuzzy math. This new piece in TechTarget discusses what we do know about Web services/ROI so far, and what to expect at which stage of the process.
Salesforce.com is using Web services to extend the capacities of its core customer relationship platform.
ZDnet's Dan Farber recently sat down with Harvard Medical School CIO John Halamka, to talk about his technology-driven healthcare organization. (See post here, which will lead you to a video).
Joshua Greenbaum, a principal at Enterprise Applications Consulting, argues that the traditional software business model is heavily threatened by the spectre of SOA and composite applications. "The whole notion of a software license -- and with it maintenance and service -- will be under attack as soon as service-oriented architectures and composite applications start dominating the market," he contends in Web Services Pipeline.
Systinet, a provider of?SOA governance and life-cycle management solutions,?