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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Web Services Management
Key Points: The short term trend in the WSM market is primarily one of fragmentation. The longer term trend is to the SOAIF, as customers look to vendors to provide coordinated frameworks that offer not just management capabilities, but all the components needed to build, run, and manage SOAs. The opportunities for new entrants in the Web Services Management market will peak in 2004-2005, and drop off rapidly thereafter as incumbents move to consolidate the market. There is a rapidly closing window of opportunity for new entrants in the WSM space to achieve sufficient customer traction to establish themselves as successful WSM vendors. Companies building enterprise SOAs require SOA enablement capabilities, including dependency management, active routing, protocol translation, metadata management, and Service provisioning. Table of Contents: I. Web Services Management: A Transitional Market II. State of the WSM Market 2.1. Vendor Landscape 2.1.1. SOA Enablement 2.1.2. Web Services Security 2.1.3.

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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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The SOA Implementation Framework
The world of distributed computing is currently in the midst of a major transition, as tightly coupled, integration-centric approaches gradually lose favor and give way to loosely coupled, Service-oriented computing techniques. At the core of this trend are Service-oriented architectures (SOAs), which promise greater flexibility in the way that companies produce and consume IT assets, in particular when IT environments are heterogeneous and business requirements are dynamic. However, building SOAs is challening for most organizations, for several reasons: they involve a different way of thinking about software resources, they require a level of architectural discipline, and companies need a range of software solutions to build, run, and manage an SOA. In particular, companies need a framework of capabilities that include access to data sources and the composition of Services into business processes in a secure, managed environment. Today, most enterprises must purchase a range of products to assemble…

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Laszlo Systems: Rich Client Capabilities Based on Macromedia Flash
In the past, companies had to forego many of the user interface and productivity advantages that other distributed computing methods, such as traditional client/server applications, used to give them. Companies looking to implement rich client technologies across a heterogeneous IT infrastructure will be most interested in a new breed of solution focused specifically on providing rich user interaction across standards-based, loosely coupled distributed computing environments. This solution set is the class of rich client-focused technologies. Laszlo Systems has produced its own server-side offering called the Laszlo Presentation Server and XML-based development language called LZX to that provides rich client interaction and consumption of Web Services through the delivery of interactive Macromedia Flash SWF files to end-user clients.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Purchase: $495[/hide]…

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The Rich Client: The New Interface for the Next Generation of Distributed Computing
Companies originally moved to adopt standards-based technologies like those underlying the Web and the Internet as a way to achieve distributed computing functionality at a very low total cost of ownership. However, these companies had to forego many of the user interface and productivity advantages that other distributed computing methods, such as traditional client/server applications, used to give them. As a result, companies continue to struggle to address the issue of how to realize the benefits of rich clients in conjunction with the benefits of distributed, low-cost applications. While companies have long delivered application functionality to Webbrowsers, users are now coming to expect increasingly greater interactivity from this presentation tier. They are demanding a set of rich user experience capabilities that include visual interactivity elements and instant access to information, interaction with distributed and remote applications, and integration with local desktop applications. Businesses today want to gain the operational…

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Metadata: The Lifeblood of the SOA
Enterprises need information and application visibility across their IT environment, regardless of how far along they are in their plans to implement an enterprise-wide Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). Without visibility into the workings of the systems, applications, and other elements of their IT infrastructure, businesses are unable to manage or improve their IT environment, and most importantly, meet their business requirements. Today, however, only a few companies have implemented SOAs. As companies build such architectures, the need for visibility becomes even more acute, because an SOA represents an abstraction layer that masks the complexity of the underlying technology while at the same time providing greater power and agility to the business user. Thus, in an SOA, both IT and business users require visibility into the workings of the SOA at some level. The key to this visibility in both types of situations is metadata: information about the elements of the…

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Macromedia Flex: Expanding on Flash to Provide Rich Client Capabilities
Companies originally moved to adopt standards-based technologies like those underlying the Web and the Internet as a way to achieve distributed computing functionality at a very low total cost of ownership. However, such companies had to forego many of the user interface and productivity advantages that other distributed computing methods, such as traditional client/server applications, gave them. This fundamental drawback to thin clients like Web browsers let to an emerging class of vendor that offers rich client solutions that provide the optimal combination of rich, low-cost interaction through standards-based distributed computing. Macromedia was one of the early pioneers in rich user interaction across the Internet. In 1997, they made a splash in the market with their Flash product, and as of the date of this report, over 90% of Web browsers and 500 million users are equipped with the Macromedia Flash player. Continuing this legacy, Macromedia has introduced its…

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Curl: Pioneering Rich Clients for SOAs
A new class of presentation layer is emerging to solve a range of user interface challenges. Users are demanding a rich client interface to Web Services that provides an end user experience similar to client/server applications, with a rich graphical user interface, responsive performance and highly interactive functionality. The goal of this emerging rich client solution is to provide the optimal combination of rich, low-cost interaction through standards-based distributed computing. Curl is a veteran to the market of rich client solutions for distributed Internet applications. The basis of their solution is their own runtime environment called Surge that provides an executable environment for the Curl language. Curl also provides a language that supports a rich set of user interface capabilities that users can extend to provide additional functionality, from simple macros to direct control over the positioning of subcomponents. [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access…

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