Events vs. Services: The Real Story
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is an approach to distributed computing that considers software functionality as Services on the network. Event-Driven Architecture (EDA) is an approach where events trigger asynchronous messages that are then sent between independent software components. Some people think that these two approaches are different, alternative takes on distributed computing, but that’s not correct. In fact, SOA supports a variety of interactions, many of which are event-driven. To truly understand the power of SOA, it’s important to keep in mind that SOA represents an abstraction layer that masks the complexity of the underlying technology, including the details of how various pieces of software interact–whether via events or some other kind of message. In fact, SOA allows for a range of approaches depending upon the complexity of the underlying environment. In complex, heterogeneous enterprise environments, SOA often requires rigorous Service contracts enforced on a reliable messaging infrastructure like…

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Process, Presentation, and Integration
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), just like any other software architecture approach, is difficult. Because enterprise SOAs can abstract a broad, heterogeneous set of applications and systems, building an SOA that provides agility, flexibility, and reuse to the business user is particularly challenging. The challenge for software vendors looking to offer SOA solutions to the market is to put the control of the business into the hands of business users. Users must have a flexible interface that allows them to build, modify, and manage the business processes in the enterprise. The underlying infrastructure should be invisible to the business user, yet respond quickly and efficiently to changes in the business environment. SOA solutions must therefore tie together the presentation layer, business process, and the underlying infrastructure, enabling business users to create and manage composite applications. Netherlands-based Cordys is a global enterprise solutions vendor who is tackling three key elements of…

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Systinet's Leadership Grows with over 50,000 Registered Web Service and SOA Enablers
“For many enterprises, Web services have moved beyond the hype stage and are now a reality, as companies take the next step and build Service-Oriented Architectures,” said Jason Bloomberg, senior analyst at ZapThink. “Systinet was early to the Web services scene and has set the pace for the SOA enablement technology market ever since. 50,000 users is a significant milestone for an independent vendor, making Systinet a clear thought leader for Web services enablement.” Read more at: Business Wire…

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Software AG: XML Business Integration Portfolio
Companies continue to invest in their increasingly complex IT infrastructure while seeing gradually diminishing benefits, due to the challenges of trying to achieve their business needs from an heterogeneous environment of systems of different types, ages, architectures, and technologies. To address these challenges, companies require a technology solution that provides a standards-based, comprehensive technology platform for working in a heterogeneous IT environment. Software AG’s XML Business Integration Portfolio enables companies to realize reduced integration costs and greater business agility through the delivery of Service-Oriented Architectures to disparate, heterogeneous IT systems by means of a combination of legacy-enablement, unstructured and structured data integration through Enterprise Information Integration, a reliable Enterprise Service Bus, and integration approaches based on SOA.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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SCO Delivers SCOx Web Services Substrate (WSS) in New UnixWare 7.1.4
“Although the Web Services market is still emerging, many companies today are finding substantial business value in their Web Services initiatives, both in terms of reduced cost and increased agility,” said Jason Bloomberg, Senior Analyst at ZapThink. “SCO understands the potential of this market and how Web Services technologies can help companies solve a range of application and legacy integration problems. The company is making solid moves to roll out its innovative Web Services-based products like the SCOx Web Services Substrate to its SCO UNIX customers and resellers.” Read more at: Silicon Valley Biz Ink…

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EA Summit: ZapThink Roadmap for SOA Adoption
Companies seeking to implement IT infrastructures that enable business agility have found that service-oriented architectures (SOA) based on Web services provide a cost-effective approach. This workshop provides companies of all sizes and industries with a detailed plan for SOA adoption, including the steps and phases by which companies can move from today’s brittle infrastructures to loosely-coupled asynchronous applications and systems. The session covers concepts in point-to-point Web services implementations for integration; securing, managing, and adding process layers to these services; implementing registries and management for loose coupling; moving to asynchronous invocations for greater reliability; and concepts in virtualization, grid computing, and more. [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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ESB: Just another TLA?
Analyst firms are often fond of creating new terms that define constantly shifting markets. After all, such new terms help to categorize vendor companies into segments that they can easily quantify and explain in the context of the greater IT marketplace. They also help the analyst groups organize themselves and their research. Many times, however, such analyst-speak is more of a hindrance than a help. New terminology often introduces ambiguity and confusion in the market when end-users aren’t sure about how to apply the new term to the vendors they are considering for a particular project. Such confusion is especially prevalent surrounding the term Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) that is making its way into the PowerPoint presentations of vendors very small to very large. Just how useful is the term ESB? Is it just another Three-Letter Acronym (TLA) of limited use? ESBs: What are They? An ESB…

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