Service-Oriented Integration
Connecting systems both within the enterprise and with suppliers, partners, and customers is of critical importance to today’s enterprise. However, integration remains complex, expensive, and risky. While Web Services won’t be the magic bullet that immediately solves these problems, they enable a new approach to integration. Service-Oriented Integration (SOI) leverages open standards, loose coupling, and dynamic description and discovery capabilities of Web Services to reduce the complexity, cost, and risk of integration. This report identifies the key aspects of SOI, solutions for implementing SOI, ROI metrics, and critical challenges.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Purchase: $1495[/hide]…

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Service-Oriented Process
Business processes have always been an important, if understated, asset of enterprises. The nature and methods by which a company runs its business changes on a daily basis at various different levels in the company — from high-level strategic changes to lower-level implementation details. As a result of these changes, enterprises constantly struggle to make their businesses more responsive to business changes by connecting their business requirements to their IT and human capabilities. However, automating business processes has historically been a difficult-to-achieve goal for most enterprises due to the flexibility of their IT infrastructure. Fortunately, businesses have a solution in Service-Oriented Process: a separate abstraction layer for business process definition and execution that leverages the capabilities of Service-oriented Architectures. Service-Oriented Process provides businesses an approach to tying business requirements to the Service model represented in the SOA metamodel, thereby providing a flexible approach towards implementing architectures that promote business agility.

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XML and Web Services Security
Key Findings: The next roadblock on the path to Web Services adoption is security. Security is today’s key enabler for Web Services. The XML and Web Services security market will reach $4.4 billion in 2006, which will represent 65% of the total authentication, authorization, and administration security market. This growth represents an average compound annual growth rate of 300%. Web Services offer great potential for B2B communication and integration, but the lack of robust security and manageability solutions currently inhibit the ability for companies to conduct business with each other via Web Services over the Internet. The combination of adequate funding, solid business models, seasoned management teams, and high quality engineering staff leads some startups to offer surprisingly robust XML and Web Services security solutions. The best positioned companies to be profitable in the XML and Web Services security space are those companies that already have deep technical knowledge…

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XML Security Technology Landscape
Key Findings: The next roadblock on the path to Web Services adoption is security. Security is today’s key enabler for Web Services. The XML and Web Services security market will reach $4.4 billion in 2006, which will represent 65% of the total authentication, authorization, and administration security market. This growth represents an average compound annual growth rate of 300%. Web Services offer great potential for B2B communication and integration, but the lack of robust security and manageability solutions currently inhibit the ability for companies to conduct business with each other via Web Services over the Internet. The combination of adequate funding, solid business models, seasoned management teams, and high quality engineering staff leads some startups to offer surprisingly robust XML and Web Services security solutions. The best positioned companies to be profitable in the XML and Web Services security space are those companies that already have deep technical knowledge…

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Service-Oriented Integration
Key Findings: Service-Oriented Integration (SOI) simplifies system integration by providing a single, simple architectural framework based on Web Services in which to build, deploy, and manage application functionality. The SOI market is expected to grow from $435 million in 2001 to about $6.2 billion in 2006. The top three EAI vendors have over 43% of the overall EAI market. With the entrance of Microsoft and other vendors in 2002, this landscape is expected to change. Web Services isn’t an integration technology, but a distributed computing technology that lends itself well to being used in integration scenarios. In a Web Services context, there really is no difference between EAI, B2Bi, and Data Integration. SOI solutions allow users to get a greater level of interaction and granularity with components deep within the application. SOI faces challenges in immature specifications, insufficient reliability, security, and transaction control. Microsoft and IBM have made strong…

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ZapNote: Vitria
The Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) and Business to Business Integration (B2Bi) space is getting more competitive by the day, with industry juggernauts IBM and BEA pushing into the markets dominated by the four established EAI vendors: WebMethods, Tibco, SeeBeyond, and Vitria. On top of these increased competitive pressures comes the advent of Web Services. With their open standards-based, loosely coupled approach to integration, Web Services provide a clear, short term cost benefit to companies looking to integrate systems, both within their enterprises as well as across their value chains. [hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Purchase: $395[/hide]…

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