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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...
4 Jun 2008
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...
29 May 2008
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...
14 Apr 2008
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...
19 Feb 2008
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...
19 Feb 2008
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...
5 Feb 2008
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...
30 Nov 2007
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...
23 Aug 2007
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”....
18 Jul 2007
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...
17 Jul 2007
ESB Guidance Package
The Microsoft ESB Guidance provides architectural guidance, patterns, practices, and a set of BizTalk Server and .NET components to simplify the development of an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) on the Microsoft platform and to allow Microsoft customers to extend their own messaging and integration solutions...
27 Jun 2007
Visibility and Control in a Service-Oriented Architecture
Services alone do not constitute a service-oriented architecture (SOA). Capabilities must be acquired that provide visibility and control into service development and service execution. Without these capabilities, IT offerings will become fragile as the number of services in the data center grows. This...
27 Jun 2007
Enterprise Architecture: 20 year retrospective and links with SOA
IASA is the "International Association of Software Architects" and "Perpectives of the IASA" is their periodical newsletter. The April issue is entirely devoted to a retrospective on EA (20 years ago John Zachman published a first paper on EA) and also explains the links between EA and SOA. Defintively...
18 Jun 2007
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