The SOA wave -- which promises to embed business processes in code -- will drivetighter alignment between business and IT, according to a recent piece in Optimize Magazine. Citing Forrester Research analyst Randy Heffner, the article makes the case that IT development roles and responsibilities are shifting.
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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The OASIS ebXML Registry Technical Committee has voted to approve the ebXML Registry Version 3.0 specification as a "Committee Draft" andto advance the draft for public review in preparation for ballot as anOASIS Standard.
Just when the world is starting to figure out the nuances and applications of WSDL (Web Services Description Language), a new way of describing Web services messages has been thrown into the mix. A new "experimentalframework" for Web Services description -- called the SOAP Service Description Language (SSDL) -- has just been released.
We've entered the "practical phase" of Web services, says Halsey Minor, CEO of Grand Central in a recent interview with Business Week. "The first phase was a bunch of people designing a whole bunch of standards -- primarily those were a bunch of computer scientists.
Over the past week, fellow ZDNet bloggers George Ou and David Berlind have been discussing the potential and peril of grid computing. George points to some of the impracticalities of grid between organizations, and the fact that grid may be the wrong answer to other infrastructure issues.
Jon Fancey provides a good explanation of BPEL (Business Process Execution Language) now posted on Microsoft's MSDN site. BPEL scripts will serve as the orchestration glue between various Web services to make the whole SOA work.
Maybe it's a sign we're relying on IT too much when we "outsource" our Valentine's Day sentiments to the Web infrastructure -- and things can and do go wrong.To quote writer Dave Barry, the way to remember your anniversary is that "it's the day before you have to buy a very expensive present.
The Gartner gang may see great things on the horizon with Microsoft's upcoming Indigo platform, but a "show-me" attitude reigns in the IT trenches. ComputerWorld's Heather Havenstein took the pulse of users at Microsoft's VSLive conference in San Francisco, and found plenty of healthy skepticism.
Gartner is bullish on Indigo, Microsoft's upcoming Web services deployment and communications platform. Since Microsoft dominates up to 90% of the client-side or desktop computing market, the new Web services features will see significant adoption as the next version of the Windows operating system (Longhorn) rolls out.
Redmonk's James Governor alerted us to the potential of REST as a simpler alternative to SOAP (see my previous post), and also shed the spotlight on another under-reported spec that could make life simpler: ebXML (Electronic Business using eXtensible Markup Language).ebXML is a modular suite of specifications that provide a standard method to exchange business messages, conduct trading relationships, communicate data in common terms and define and register business processes.