Portals and Web Services: Services at the User Interface
Lately, there has been so much talk about Web Services, Service-Oriented Architectures, and machine-to-machine communications of all sorts that it’s easy to forget that computers are meant to serve the needs of humans. After all, interacting with humans requires different approaches from interacting with automated systems. In particular, humans require a user interface that provides both an intuitive visual display of information as well as a logical way in which to interact with a particular system. Fortunately, there exist a wide range of solutions to our user interface challenges: rich clients with graphical user interfaces (GUIs), portals with Web-browser based interfaces, text-based interfaces, and solutions in between. However, this plethora of user interfaces has presented yet another problem: user interface integration. Until the rise of the World Wide Web, the user interface for a particular application was necessarily tightly coupled to the application logic beneath the interface. And for a…

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High-Performance Information Aggregation Using XML-Based Operational Data Servers
Financial Service Providers are essentially information-based businesses: their primary asset is the information they store and share. These companies are struggling today with finding the most flexible and cost-effective means to integrate and aggregate information from a wide range of unstructured and semi-structured enterprise data sources. Today’s integration solutions are either targeted only at structured sources of information such as databases, or are too rigid and expensive to handle enterprise information integration and aggregation needs. Furthermore, the unique requirements of Financial Services firms for real-time, scalable access to disparate information has not been successfully met by today’s vendors. This paper presents a solution in the form of a mid-tier information aggregation server that provides an XML-based operational data store as a way of providing aggregated access to multiple data sources. Raining Data’s TigerLogic XDMS is used as a strong example of an XML operational data server that provides a way…

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ZapThink: Report Shows Web Services-based Process to Displace Integration Solutions / Implementing Service-Oriented Process Key to Meeting Business Agility Requirements
ZapThink: Report Shows Web Services-based Process to Displace Integration Solutions Implementing Service-Oriented Process Key to Meeting Business Agility Requirements (View More Information…) WALTHAM, MA, April 16, 2003 — As enterprises apply Service-oriented architecture principles to business process management and automation, they will find that such “Service-Oriented Process” solutions will supplant the need for today’s integration solutions, concludes a report published today by ZapThink, LLC, an analyst firm focused on XML, Web Services, and Service-oriented architectures. The report concludes that Service-oriented process tools enable business users to assemble business-oriented Web Services into business processes that are themselves exposed as Web Services. “The success of business depends upon IT systems that are able to deliver functionality that meets business requirements in a flexible, agile way,” explains Ronald Schmelzer, senior analyst at ZapThink, “Yet most corporate IT infrastructures are littered with a heterogeneous array of…

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ZapNote: Document Sciences
The process of creating content — information meant for human consumption — is typically effort-intensive. People must spend time organizing information prior to creation, constructing the content, and laying out the information so that it is easily read. With so much time, cost, and effort invested in content, it makes sense to reduce costs by reusing content as much as possible. The critical step to moving towards an architecture that supports content reuse is the creation of fine-grained content components that can then be combined to form coarse-grained documents in a service-oriented fashion. Adding value to the content creation, management, and publishing pieces of the content lifecycle, Document Sciences provides a comprehensive content processing solution framework called xPression that helps enterprises optimize their content lifecycle processes in order to better communicate. The product facilitates reuse by taking the service-oriented vision of content to heart.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]…

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