ZapNote: Westbridge Technology
Many software vendors entering the Web Services arena are jostling each other with respect to their various business models. Are they a Web Services infrastructure platform or a Web Services security platform? Or maybe they are a Web Services management platform, or even a Web Services gateway or router? While most vendors focus on one core competency, Westbridge Technology is developing a product that will be all of these things. The Westbridge Technology XML Message Server is fundamentally a Web Services management platform. However, it also offers security features, message transformation and routing, as well as directory administration, all on top of a powerful policy engine. If Westbridge can execute on their vision, they will be a solid contender for the elusive enterprise IT dollar, although they have set the bar quite high.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Purchase: $395[/hide]…

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Service-Oriented Management
Web Services management applications provide software that helps companies manage the systems and applications that underlie their Web Services implementations. The Web Services management products on the market today offer functionality in five basic categories: system management, lifecycle management, business management, security management, and the most important, Service-Oriented Architecture enablement. The latter category is especially important because many Web Services management products provide the critical infrastructure necessary for companies to take their fine-grained, atomic Web Services and other data sources and encapsulate and compose them into coarse-grained business Services that make up a Service-Oriented Architecture. Such architectures offer far more long-term business value than the point-to-point applications of Web Services common today.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Purchase: $1495[/hide]…

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ZapNote: Infravio
One of the challenges of Web Services is the ability to reuse Web Service components and address lower-levels of data integration, such as matching data formats and the underlying data structures. The critical problem with existing approaches is that most enterprise systems that need to be integrated, such as SAP, provide schema rather than compiled objects for their interfaces, and so there is a need for a middle-layer to move between the schema and the SOAP message layer. The Infravio Web Services Management System (WSMS) provides a foundation-level architecture for Web Services development, deployment, and management. The Infravio WSMS provides a model for component re-use, code generation, and normalization of functionality through a standards-based, rather than single-vendor, platform-based approach to Web Services management.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Purchase: $395[/hide]…

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ZapNote: Flamenco Networks
While a lot of effort and emphasis has been placed on the development of Web Services standards and specifications, there are a number of cross-platform and cross-organization implementation issues associated with actually putting Web Services technologies to use. Flamenco Networks has unveiled a three-layered approach to Web Services connection provisioning, optimized SOAP communications, and value-added network services. The system provides a means to automate Web Service roll out, synchronize infrastructure configuration, and provide value-added services in the form of third-party non-repudiation, service level agreements, secure and reliable delivery, and ongoing management of the Web Services network.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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ZapNote: Business Layers
eProvisioning describes the process of identifying and allocating resources to users with business needs, including employees, customers, business partners, and contractors. Increasingly XML is being used to solve this problem, and Business Layers has both a product and proposed specification called Active Digital Profile (ADPr) to meet these needs.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Purchase: $395[/hide]…

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Web Services Technologies & Trends
From its inception through 2002, the primary application for Web Services in the enterprise was to simplify point-to-point integration between systems, thereby reducing the cost of integration. This application of Web Services, however, only scratches the surface of the true potential of Web Services — enabling companies to build agile business processes and IT systems that can respond to change through the use of loosely coupled, standards-based Service-oriented architectures. The business value of such architectures in terms of the business agility they provide is substantial, but as of early 2003, only a few early adopter enterprises have built such architectures, partly because few tools for building Service-oriented architectures are available on the market, and furthermore, there is little understanding of the best practices companies should follow to build such architectures. This report seeks to clarify the requirements for realizing the value of Web Services by providing a set of emerging…

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Web Services Technologies and Trends
Key Findings: The Web Services market is segmented into three major segments: Web Services Platforms consisting of a Web Services Development Environment and Web Services Runtime Environment Web Service Application Development Suites Web Services Operations Management 75% of surveyed companies stated that their planned Web Service deployments will be internally-focused 64% of surveyed companies stated that Enterprise and Data Integration was the primary focus of their Web Service implementations 61% of surveyed companies plan a pilot test of Web Service-based applications within the next 12 months 58% of current Web Services pilots are being deployed on the Java2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) infrastructure Table of Contents: Executive Summary Scope of Report Web Services — Baseline Definitions Problems addressed by Web Services and ROI Current State of the Market of Web Services Market Sizing, Numbers, and Stats Pieces of the Puzzle: Standards and Specifications SOAP Implementations Portability and Interoperability Issues and Challenges…

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