NexaWeb: Rich Client for High Performance Web Services
Two of the often conflicting desires in IT is the need on the one hand for rich user interfaces that maximize a user’s productivity and on the other hand, the desire to decentralize computing so that a user can gain access to the widest base of IT assets at the lowest possible cost. These two forces are at odds because rich client interfaces, until recently, have only been possible in certain limited scenarios in which the business logic and computing resources were combined with the interface. However, a new class of presentation layer is emerging. This rich client interface to Web Services provides an end user experience that is similar to client/server applications, with a rich graphical user interface, responsive performance and highly interactive functionality. In this vein, Nexaweb provides a software platform that combines the richness of client/server and desktop applications with the ability to interact with high-performance,…

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ZapNote: JackBe – Implementing Nimble and Quick Interfaces
Companies originally moved to adopt standards-based technologies like the Web and other Internet technologies as a way to achieve distributed computing functionality at a very low total cost of ownership. But these companies were forced to trade off the user interface and productivity advantages that other distributed computing methods, such as traditional client/server applications used to give them. JackBe aims to solve these rich client challenges while simultaneously offering the lowest possible cost of ownership through its aptly named NQ (“Nimble and Quick”) suite. The NQ Suite offers rich client interaction using standard browser-based technologies such as HTML, DHTML, JavaScript, XML, and XSL and standard server-side web and application server technologies.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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ZapNote: DreamFactory – Server-Less Rich Client for Web Services
Users are coming to expect increasingly greater interactivity from their distributed applications. They are demanding a set of rich user experience capabilities from their Web and composite applications that include visual interactivity elements and instant access to information they have become accustomed to as part of their desktop computing experience. In addition, businesses want to gain the operational and cost advantages of deploying applications over the Internet, but don’t want the limitations that Web browsers impose on user interfaces. DreamFactory hopes to eliminate the trade-offs that companies must make between rich client interfaces and low-cost distributed computing by offering a 100% client-based rich client solution that leverages XML, Web Services, and Internet protocols. Rather than requiring a proprietary server or other server-side technology, DreamFactory’s solution enables companies to build rich client solutions based on WebSphere, WebLogic, .NET, and other standards-based applications and platforms.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]…

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ZapNote: Xlipstream – Information Integration at Network Speed
In order for companies to realize the value of the information contained in critical business processes, they must integrate and connect the various silos of information in the enterprise, where much of the information is locked up in closed, proprietary, and yesterday’s systems. Many of these companies find the evolving set of software-based integration solutions currently on the market to be inadequate for extracting such information. Such companies require a solution that allows them to integrate with proprietary systems without requiring software installation at all. Xlipstream’s XGA solution is a hardware appliance that meets these difficult needs for information integration by transforming output intended for printing into XML. Xlipstream’s solution is compelling because of its plug-and-play, low maintenance, print-stream based approach that allows companies to solve integration challenges without making any changes to their current print-based processes.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Service Orientation Market Trends
Key Points: ZapThink sees a consolidation of most SO functionality into a single market category that can be delivered as individual products, product suites, or service offerings that contain broad functionality, including features that are currently associated with the security, management, process, integration, and tools segments. We call that market the SOA Implementation Framework market. The total SOA Implementation Framework market opportunity will go from $4.4 billion in 2005 to $43 billion by 2010. The big winners from the shift to Service Orientation will be large vendors who are able to leverage the innovation of the smaller players to build fully functional SOA Implementation Frameworks. New entrants will find opportunity in adding value to these large vendors’ products, or by finding opportunity in the gaps between their solutions.   Table of Contents: I. Report Scope II. Context: The Shift to Service Orientation 2.1. The shift to Service Orientation affects all…

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ZapNote: RatchetSoft
As ZapThink discusses in most of its research, Web Services provide an excellent means for exposing application functionality as network-discoverable Services that can then be consumed and composed as needed to suit evolving business requirements. However, one of the challenges that developers face in attempting to build such Services is defining the exact Services that might be required by end users that will consume those Services. Indeed, accomplishing the goals of widespread application reuse has always been a challenge since in a truly loosely coupled environment the developer has little or no communication with the consumers of those application Services. RatchetSoft hopes to change the fundamental challenge of Service development and application reuse by providing a tool for developers called Ratchet-X that allows them to map user interface elements to Service interfaces. End users can then consume these Services without needing to communicate with the original application developer to meet…

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Ascential Software Brings Enterprise Data Integration Expertise to OASIS
Connecting systems within the enterprise as well as with suppliers, partners and customers is paramount for today’s enterprise,” said Ron Schmelzer, senior analyst at ZapThink, an IT market intelligence firm that provides advice and insight into XML, Web services, and Service Orientation. “Web services offer a new approach to solving integration challenges by leveraging the widespread adoption of standards for system-to-system communication. Ascential Software is taking full advantage of this trend and leads the market in delivering service-based solutions. The company, a 2003 ZapThought Leader, has transformed enterprise data integration by extending its data profiling, quality and transformation capabilities to Web services and SOAs.” Read more at: Ascential Press Release…

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Solving Information Integration Challenges in a Service-Oriented Enterprise
As enterprises grow and evolve, they create and store their assets in a wide array of disparate systems and sources ranging from mainframes to relational databases, file systems to directories. However, in order for companies to realize the value of the information stored in these systems, they must integrate and connect the disparate silos of information in the enterprise. As such, today’s enterprises face an immediate challenge of connecting relevant systems in a manner that is flexible, cost effective, manageable, and reliable. Web Services and Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs) offer compelling solutions for solving integration challenges in a standards-based, loosely coupled, business-oriented manner. However, Web Services address merely the interfaces between systems, applications, and data sources, and offers little, on its own, to solve information integration challenges. As a result, many users that have integration projects require access to data sources that are disparate and heterogeneous. Companies thus require a…

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ZapThink Recognizes Forward-Thinking Vendors as "ZapThought Leaders" of XML, Web Services, and Service Orientation
ZapThink Recognizes Forward-Thinking Vendors as “ZapThought Leaders” of XML, Web Services, and Service Orientation ZapThought Leadership program headlines major expansion of ZapThink’s services WALTHAM, MA, September 2, 2003 — Actional Corporation, Ascential Software (NASDAQ: ASCL), Digital Evolution, Flamenco Networks, Infravio, Netegrity (NASDAQ: NETE), Raining Data (NASDAQ: RDTA), Reactivity, Sonic Software, Swingtide, and Westbridge Technology are among the software vendors recognized as “ZapThought Leaders” by ZapThink LLC, the leading industry analyst firm with research focused on XML, Web Services, and Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs). “To be recognized as a ZapThought Leader, a vendor must be dedicated to helping their customers understand how to use XML, Web Services and SOAs to meet their business needs,” said Jason Bloomberg, Senior Analyst, ZapThink. “We are pleased to recognize so many outstanding vendors as ZapThought Leaders, ” said Ron Schmelzer, Senior Analyst, ZapThink. “The fact that these vendors are committed to helping their…

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Semantic Integration: Loosely Coupling the Meaning of Data
ZapThink recently had a number of interesting conversations with vendors and end users representing a wide array of interests, implementations, and solution categories. Despite the differences in their approaches, they all expressed the same profound belief that it was “data” (the information we intend to understand and use), rather than “applications” (the systems that process that information) that are the lifeblood of any organization. In many ways, they are right – information forms the basic foundation and reason for being for IT. However, these two concepts – data and applications- are inextricably linked. Data by themselves are often inaccessible and unintelligible without the applications that process them, and applications serve no usable purpose without data. As such, as we continue to delve into the transformative role that Web Services and Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs) are playing in the enterprise, the question of how the nature of data will evolve continues to…

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