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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 J2MERemote Possibilities

What happens when the hype of Web services meets the increasingly popular and ever-changing world of wireless computing? Most likely, confusion and disillusionment. In this two-part article, we'll explore the uncharted waters of wireless Web services. We'll use the J2ME platform for developing our Web service clients and access remote services on the Internet using standardized industry protocols. In this first article, we'll examine XML-RPC, a simple, lightweight mechanism for invoking remote services with XML. The second article will compare and contrast XML-RPC with SOAP, a mo... (more)

SOA World Product Review — Testing...1...2...3...Testing

Few topics evoke more groans and eye rolling from software engineers and Web developers than the dreaded "TESTING." Testing falls into the same category as documentation, refactoring code, dusting, and visiting the dentist. Put it off until the last minute, do as little as possible, do it quickly, and move on to something else. I must confess that I have the same visceral reaction to the thought of 'testing' as others do. Consequently, I approached the prospect of reviewing a testing tool with the loathing of visiting the dentist. I was very relieved to discover that Parasoft's S... (more)

SOA Governance: Start Small and Build Incrementally

If governance were a house, you would be left with the options of either building it from the ground-up or attempting to haul a complete house in on a large truck. While the latter is possible, it is fraught with difficulty. The house does not lend itself well to transport. It may become damaged during the move. It may not fit on your lot or connect smoothly to your utilities, requiring modifications to be made on the spot. The former option, building the entire house on site, certainly has its challenges (proper design, accurate implementation, quality assurance), but the risks ... (more)

Book Excerpt: Enabling Agile Business with SOA

This content is excerpted from Service Oriented Architecture Field Guide for Executives (978-0-470-26091-3) with permission from the publisher, John Wiley & Sons. You may not make any other use, or authorize any others to make any other use of this excerpt, in any print or non-print format, including electronic or multimedia. SOA Value Story Ronald Schmelzer, of industry think tank ZapThink, describes four key benefits to SOA.[1] Reducing integration expenses (both development costs and maintenance costs) Increasing asset reuse (no need to re-invent the wheel each time) Increasin... (more)