Guidance and sample for secure, scalable, available and interoperable WebServices using .NET platform…Oslo approaching

StockTrader 2.0 and Configuration Service 2.0 now live on MSDN! .NET StockTrader 2.0 and Configuration Services 2.0 Home Page Executive Summary Last May, we released the .NET StockTrader 1.0 as guidance for building service-oriented, enterprise-ready applications using .NET.  We’ve just updated it with new features to show expanded capabilities of what you can do with…

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Harvard Business positioning SOA in Business Terms

Ever wondered about how to position SOA in business terms? Hereunder the intro of an Harvard Business Review article about this: “If your company embraced the reengineering revolution and is now hitting a wall, look beyond business processes to the new frontier of efficiency: the activities that make up those processes. Advances in IT–especially a…

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Comparing Megavendors IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP in SaaS

  Shift in application architecture over the years A critical shift in the concept of an “application” is well under way. Once end users stopped creating their own monolithic applications, applications became vendor-constructed monoliths — mass-market-focused bundles of black-box or opaque functionality delivered on a vendor-specified release schedule. With the advent of new technical capabilities…

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S+S Architecture Site on MSDN

A new section released on the MSDN Architecture center a section dedicated to Software + Services (S+S). We realized that depending on whether you are a large enterprise, an ISV, a hosting company or trying to establish yourself as a trusted marketplace for software services, you will have a different perspective on S+S. This site’s…

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The BizTalk® Adapter Pack for the masses

The BizTalk® Adapter Pack provides a single solution to easily and securely connect to Line of Business (LOB) data from any custom-developed .NET application, SQL Server-based business intelligence solution, or an Office Business Application (OBA).  The three adapters available in this release are Siebel, SAP and Oracle DB.  For clarity for OBA’s:  the adapter pack…

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Metadata for an Enterprise SOA

If an organization wishes to maximize reuse and make sure that all their services are well behaved and operational, then information will need to be stored and maintained such that all services are well known and capable of being managed. Since we want to manage the entire lifecycle of services in a SOA this information…

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SOA and BPM: you can’t have the one without the other?

SOA is about obtaining better enterprise agility and….so is BPM…SOA is about interconnecting “stovepiped” applications and…so is BPM…SOA has business aspects and technological aspects and…so has BPM… Articles about SOA usually contain info about BPM as if it was a part of SOA: having exposed business services does not provide agility per se, agility is…

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SOA nirvana not yet reached by most enterprises

Still struggling with SOA in your enterprise?  Don’t worry (too) much, you are in good company! Indeed, for most companies SOA has not yet lived up to its promises according to a recent study reported in a Computerworld article:  Only 37% of companies using service-oriented architecture (SOA) technology have seen it result in a positive…

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Forrester Publishes Application Server Platforms Report, Q3 2007

Summary On July 11th, Forrester released its Application Server Platforms Wave. Forrester defines an application server platform as “infrastructure software for building Web and composite applications and, increasingly, applications based on service-oriented architecture (SOA) design principles”. Forrester evaluated 9 vendors in the assessment – BEA Systems, IBM, Magic Software, Microsoft, Oracle, Pegasystems, Red Hat’s JBoss…

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Biztalk enhanced support for SOA, ESB, BPM, WF

Microsoft announced that BizTalk Server 2006 R2 will ship in September. In the B2B area it offers key new features like: RFID EDI support (i.e. much improved) Availability Statement 2 (AS2) support Prebuilt integration with SharePoint Server Broader Enterprise SSO In the area of SOA, BPM, Workflow, ESB it also includes significant new offerings like: ESB…

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