Processus, Presentation et Integration (French)
L’architecture orientée services (SOA, Service-Oriented Architecture) est par nature complexe. La construction d’une SOA synonyme d’agilité, de souplesse et de réutilisation représente un défi particulier pour les entreprise, car elle implique le regroupement de nombreux systèmes et applications hétérogènes. Pour les éditeurs qui souhaitent commercialiser des solutions SOA, le défi consiste à donner aux entreprises le contrôle de leur activité par le biais d’une interface souple qui leur permet de créer, modifier et gérer leurs processus métier. Invisible pour l’utilisateur, l’infrastructure sous-jacente doit répondre rapidement et efficacement aux changements de l’environnement commercial. Les solutions SOA doivent par conséquent relier la couche de présentation, les processus métier et l’infrastructure sous-jacente pour permettre aux entreprises de créer et de gérer des applications composites. Cordys, fournisseur mondial de solutions d’entreprise implanté aux Pays-Bas, se focalise sur trois éléments clés de cette infrastructure SOA : processus, présentation et intégration. Grâce à cette…

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Putting The Control Of The Business Process Into The Business User’s Hands
In business, the only constant is change. Businesses, like people, are continuously evolving and as such face rapid and continual change. As markets and customer needs evolve, enterprises must respond with new ways to attract and retain customers and partners, increase operational efficiency, and achieve greater visibility into their business processes. In most businesses, however, business people control the processes, while IT people control the systems. IT staff see business processes through the lens of the low-level parts of the flow, rather than at the business level. As a result, they aren’t capable of implementing the processes so that they will meet continuously changing business requirements, thus impeding business agility. Business users are increasingly demanding that they have control over their own business processes — and so, are requiring systems that put control of the flow and logic into their hands, not those of IT. Fiorano Software offers…

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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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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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Webalo: Enabling User Interactivity as a Service
Once companies successfully address the challenge of Service-orienting their critical systems, they are still faced with the challenge of delivering those Services to the widest set of Service consumers. It is clear that at some point all organizations will have to grapple with handling heterogeneous Service consumers as well as Service producers. Webalo’s User Proxy Server (UPS) focuses on solving this problem by providing a user interface abstraction layer that intermediates between task-oriented processes requiring human intervention and user interface devices. The UPS enables companies to deliver the value proposition of Service-Oriented Architectures to disparate, heterogeneous consumer devices through a user proxy that abstracts user interface capabilities as Services and provides a user context across multiple Service interactions. [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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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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Resurrecting the VAN: The Web Services Network
Both software vendors and enterprise end-users have always looked to make business-to-business interactions automated, reliable, and secure. While many companies currently seek a set of products and specifications that improve B2B interactions, many large firms will tell you that they’ve been accomplishing the goals of reliable, secure, guaranteed interaction between companies for decades, in the form of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). However, it’s not EDI’s technology (which today is both arcane and obsolete), but rather its infrastructure that’s given it such longevity. We’re talking about the Value-Added Network (VAN) here — a set of capabilities offered by third-party network providers to guarantee the required level of interaction between any two participants on the network. A Third-Party “Network” for Web Services In the 1980s, companies found that their primary challenge in trying to automate their business connections was managing point-to-point electronic relationships with dozens or even hundreds of suppliers.

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Why is "Business Logic" an Oxymoron?
Dear executive: quick! Where is your business logic? In the business or application tier of your n-tier architecture? Ingrained in your business and enterprise applications? How about stored procedures in your databases? You wouldn’t have any business logic in your client apps, portals, or Web pages, would you? How about your identity and access management software? What’s that you say? All of the above? The fact of the matter is, for most large organizations (and many midsize ones, as well), business logic resides in all of these places, and more. Where it doesn’t reside is in the hands of the business people. And there’s the contradiction: how can business logic be business logic if it’s locked away in the technology, rather than in the hands of the business? The business logic shell game There’s nothing new here — hard-coding business logic into applications dates back to the very early…

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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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2004: A Leap Year for Service-Oriented Architectures
The standards are maturing, the products are on the market, and the architects have figured out what Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs) are all about. Now that it’s 2004, it’s time for the rubber to hit the road. ZapThink has even seen several significant, albeit frequently tentative, implementations of SOAs that have already realized return for the companies that implemented them. Even more companies have architecture teams actively planning out their SOAs. Yet, while 2003 showed tentative steps in SOA adoption by end-users, 2004 will prove to be the break-out year for the technology. For end-users, this means a certain set of action items to make SOA a reality. For vendors, this means that 2004 will be a do-or-die year for their products. Beyond the pilot project and on to the incremental project One of the steps companies took in 2003 towards SOAs was to implement focused Web Services and/or…

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