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A Journey of False Starts This is not the first time you’ve had your heart set on revolutionizing your information systems: One year, you rolled out a big Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) initiative, but it was too brittle and carried high maintenance costs. For a while you experimented with Web Services, but found that while they were easy to work with, they were largely insufficient to meet your broader needs due to a lack of architectural design guidelines. Out-sourcing, in-sourcing, up-sourcing, down-sourcing, and cross-sourcing just seemed to shuffle the work around and tended to result in the blame-game. You’ve bought every pill and tonic you could find (ESBs, network appliances, UDDI registries, load balancers, etc.), each with varying degrees of success. One crazy weekend you deployed a full-scale dynamic rules engine to fully automate decision log... (more)

Wireless Web Serviceswith J2ME Part IISOAP or XML-RPC? The answer depends on your needs

Last month in Part I (WSJ Vol. 2 Issue 1) we discussed J2ME and accessing Web services from wireless devices using the XML-RPC protocol. In this article, we will consider SOAP as a vehicle for accessing Web services from wireless devices, comparing and contrast-ing it with XML-RPC. Our sample application will again be a J2ME midlet, however, we will use EnhydraME's kSOAP rather than kXML-RPC to provide the protocol's implementation. Overview of SOAP The Simple Object Access Protocol is, according to the 1.1 specification, "a lightweight protocol for exchange of information in a de... (more)

WASP: Taking the Sting Out of Web Services Development

In the October issue of Web Services Journal (Vol. 2, issue 10), I wrote an article on how to assemble a free C# .NET development environment by combining Eclipse, the Java 2 platform, Microsoft's .NET SDK, and a C# Eclipse plug-in from Improve Technologies. This time, I'm going to extend the Eclipse workbench to provide a Java Web services development environment by adding a free plug-in from Systinet (www.systinet.com). Java Web Services Development with Eclipse By way of review, IBM released the Eclipse project (www.eclipse.org) to the open source community in November 2001. Ec... (more)

Big Data May Have Big Problems in 2013

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you are aware of the hype around Big Data and Predictive Analytics.  The potential is mind-blowing, but organizations looking to pursue Big Data must be cautious and consider the enabling pieces that need to be in place in order to be successful.  Otherwise, irrational exuberance may well lead to a Big Investment in a Big Disappointment. Earlier this month, I was interviewed for the Cloud Computing Journal as a survey of IT pundits on the subject of Big Data Predictions for 2013.  While many were extolling the virtues of Big Data, I was th... (more)

Socrates and Enterprise Agility

Back in my debate days, I was introduced to The Socratic Method, which is a line of reasoning popularized by Socrates in which seemingly “fundamental” concepts that appear to defy definition were explored to either bring clarity or to reveal one or more false assumptions. Far too often I find in the business community that we toss around jargon without digging any deeper to unpack terms and concepts that are regarded as ‘fundamental’ or ‘self-defining’. One such concept that I think warrants some attention is the term ‘agile’. If Socrates were a business consultant today, he mi... (more)