Backbase: AJAX-based Rich Internet Applications
Users today increasingly demand more from their online user experiences. Gone are the days of static web pages and poor interaction; today’s new mantra is Rich Internet Applications. Combining real-time user interaction with rich user interface capabilities, Rich Internet Applications leverage increasingly sophisticated browser-side technology to enable users to interact with online, distributed applications as if they were on their own machine. Increasingly, companies are looking to Flash as well as Asynchronous Javascript and XML (AJAX) based technologies to make their RIA wishes come true. Pioneering the field of AJAX-based rich internet applications is BACKBASE, a software vendor that aims to simplify the way that RIAs are built, deployed, and consumed. The company aims to simplify RIA development by extending the already well-known HTML and web development approaches and technologies, making it a simple step for developers to extend today’s Web interfaces to be tomorrow’s Rich Internet apps.

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Industry Luminaries to Debate Implementation for Service-Oriented Architecture on Live Webcast
WALTHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 25, 2005–Companies are grappling with the best way to implement the rapidly growing Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) approach to distributed computing, including Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), SOA Fabric, and other means to implement SOA. To address these issues, ZapThink is hosting the industry’s key luminaries on this topic – Gordon Van Huizen from Sonic Software and Frank Martinez from Blue Titan – on its May 4, 2005 ZapForum Webcast entitled “The Great Debate: ESBs, Fabrics, or Something else?” “There’s way too much inconsistency in how companies are defining and tackling the various methods for implementing SOA,” said Ronald Schmelzer, senior analyst with ZapThink, LLC. “We hope to settle some of the issues around ESBs, SOA Fabrics, and other modes of implementing SOA once and for all on our May ZapForum Webcast.” Run like a call-in radio talk show, the ZapForum Webcast starts with thought-provoking content lead…

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Announcing ZapForum Webcasts: The Hottest New Concept for People Interested in SOA Today!
Think of a call-in radio talk show combined with presentations from ZapThink’s leading experts. Now throw in an ever-growing network of influential SOA implementers. Add insightful commentary from guest speakers, and you have a ZapForum Webcast – the hottest new concept for people interested in SOA today! Sometimes Irreverent Often Controversial Always Insightful Every month ZapThink will host the online ZapForum Webcast. Each Webcast will start with thought-provoking content lead by ZapThink SOA experts. After this session, the ZapForum Webcast will feature a guest or two who will present, speak, and take Q&A from online attendees. Afterwards, the rest of the hour is open to the audience for Q&A and shared experiences, so expect to hear what’s really on people’s minds! Attendance at each Webcast is open to all registered ZapThink users! JOIN AND LEVERAGE THE GROWING NETWORK OF EDUCATED, INFORMED, AND INFLUENTIAL INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE MAKING SOA…

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ZapThink 2004 SOA Retrospective and Looking Ahead to 2005
Well, it is that time of the year again — when thoughts turn from the tactical to the strategic as companies of all sizes plan their upcoming year and make resolutions anew. With 2004 in our rear-view mirror, what have we learned from the past, and what new resolutions can companies fulfill in the year ahead? What will this year, devoid of distractions of the political race, Olympics, and potentially in mid-economic recovery mean for companies investing in Service Orientation and the Web Services technologies that support them? What will newfound mergers and partnerships, continued consolidation, and maturation of different technologies mean for the market? In this upcoming year, what will companies come to expect from the providers of solutions, and what will those providers expect in return? And finally, what can you all expect from ZapThink as we continue to dig deeper into the widespread changes that Service Orientation…

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First Steps to Building a Single View of an SOA
This presentation was presented for the Software AG webinar and explained the key steps needed to realizing and implementing an SOA. Topics covered: Big picture methodology The SOA implementation Road Map How the ESB fits in Where semantic integration fits in Common pit-falls Cultural issues Things to look for in a vendor Common misconceptions[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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ZapThink: XML Inefficiency Choking Networks
Market for High Performance and Appliance Approaches for XML to reach $1.2 Billion by 2010 WALTHAM, MA, November 16, 2004 — The rapid adoption of XML and Web Services has a significant downside. As network traffic based on XML increases, IT data center administrators and developers are quickly realizing that the operational inefficiencies of XML are bogging down their general-purpose hardware and software, according to ZapThink’s latest report, “High Performance and Appliance Approaches for XML.” Increased requirements for advanced security, reliability, and scalability can put an overwhelming burden on existing network infrastructure that is already stretched to the limit handling basic XML processing tasks. As a result, customers are increasingly demanding a new class of appliance and optimized software solutions to handle their XML processing needs. “Network traffic increases due to the increasing quantity and size of messages, both XML and non-XML based, will tax existing corporate IT…

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Will Binary XML Solve XML Performance Woes?
XML’s blatant inefficiency is one oft-cited downside to anything XML-based, including Web Services. Text-based, metadata-laden XML is intended both for machine processing and human readability, resulting in message sizes that can easily be 10 to 50 times larger than equivalent messages sent via binary encodings. To make matters worse, conducting a simple point-to-point exchange between XML conversant endpoints might require each of the following operations: decryption, validation, parsing, marshalling, serialization, canonicalization, document signing, and encryption. Each of these steps must be executed on a per-message basis, and as such can impose a significant load on processing machines. To make matters worse, XML traffic is content-oriented, rather than protocol-oriented. As a result, devices responsible for performing any operation on XML traffic must make decisions based upon the content of the messages, rather than the protocols that underlie those messages. All of these operations impact XML processing performance, threatening to grind such…

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Infosys: Global Consulting Powerhouse
Infosys is a global IT services powerhouse that is transforming the world of professional services, systems integration, and global outsourced IT development and management. Their growth has been unimpeded, even through the difficult post dot-com boom years, mainly due to their innovative Global Delivery Model (GDM) approach. Web Services and SOA factor into their growth story by providing the technical underpinnings for achieving even greater amounts of efficiency and business value for their customers. This ZapNote explores Infosys’s overall business and one of the implementation frameworks they have developed to bootstrap Web Services implementations by providing an infrastructure for implementing SOA. [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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