SOA Talk


September 29, 2010  3:20 PM

Event processing goes mainstream

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Event processing gets a genuinely insightful treatment in a recent book by K. Mani Chandy and Roy Schulte. “Event Processing: Designing IT Systems for Agile Companies” (McGraw-Hill, 2010) is an objective view on what is shaping up to be the next big step forward for computer automation, the effects of which could be very widespread.

In their book, Chandy and Schulte discuss the results of reducing elapsed time for business processes, Continued »

September 28, 2010  8:05 PM

Open Source SOA Connect at heart of government health care update

Jack Vaughan Kathleen Kriz Profile: Kkriz

Health organizations determined to modernize will benefit from better sharing of data, but healthcare data needs to be handled in ways that ensure patient privacy. SOA efforts such as the open source Connect initiative may help meet these twin goals.

“One of the things we have all recognized is that for healthcare to improve, we need information to be available where and when it’s needed to those who are authorized to see it,” said Mary Jo Deering, Director for Informatics Dissemination at the National Cancer Institute, Continued »


September 22, 2010  7:39 PM

At JavaOne – Java on the front end gets its time to shine

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

It is known for its servers, but even before it purchased Java-originator Sun Microsystems, Oracle had interest in client side technology. Still, it was surprising how much time Oracle’s Thomas Kurian devoted to user interface issues in his JavaOne Keynote Monday.

The big push is to provide Java developers a single platform for doing server and client side programming.  These days, of course, those twain tend not to meet – you get out of Java to do a whole bunch of JavaScript or Flash.

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September 22, 2010  3:40 PM

Veryant isCOBOL gets a graphical interface

James Denman James Denman Profile: James Denman

Veryant, a COBOL and Java technology provider, released an update to the isCOBOL Applications Performance Suite (APS). The APS is a set of tools for developing, deploying and modernizing COBOL systems. According to Veryant, isCOBOL combines benefits of both COBOL and Java to allow organizations to improve legacy assets with rich Internet applications. Continued »


September 21, 2010  3:47 PM

Oracle World 2010: When hardware met software

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

If the JavaOne folks were salving their pride this week, feeling both packed tight and scattered in a bunch of hotels on the other side of San Francisco’s Market Street – kicked out, if you will, of the Moscone Center that used to be the sole home for JavaOne – then how did the OracleWorld people feel?

Well, if the OracleWorld people read the tea leaves right when Oracle rolled out the ExaData data warehouse in a box a couple of years ago, then they weren’t surprised by the heavy dose of hardware at the first day of this year’s OracleWorld. But if they didn’t read those tea leaves, they wandered into a big bundle of surprise at this year’s event. Oracle’s purchase of Sun is shaping up as a sea change for the company led by yachtsman Larry Ellison. Continued »


September 14, 2010  4:09 PM

One look at addressing memory loss in real-time Memcached data store

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

By Alan R. Earls
NorthScale, a company that provides commercial support for the Memcached in-memory key-value store, has recently turned to addressing a problem with Memcached – its susceptibility to data loss. Continued »


September 7, 2010  5:42 PM

“Computers are useless”

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Pablo Picasso was quoted as saying, “Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.” At this desk, we take that notion with more than a few grains of salt, as we’ve seen gigantic social changes driven by computerization. But the artist Picasso raises a telling point, suggesting that asking questions is the way to transformative endeavor. Continued »


August 30, 2010  5:04 PM

Monash on things that underly surge of Big Data

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

The end of the conventional RDB and birth of new DB types has been heard before, but the established RDB has usually won out. Early this year I’d asked Curt Monash, president of Monash Research, and editor and publisher of DBMS2 and other blogs for some guidance on what is new in data and the cloud.

There is something new afoot, he advised.  More applications have larger analytic components. Continued »


August 24, 2010  7:59 PM

Reporter’s Notebook: Push and pull in software development

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Newton’s Law seems at times to play out in the IT shop. It seems every action in software development seems to create an equal reaction. The thought arises as we look over notes from earlier this summer when we spoke with Shridar Mittal, CEO, ITKO. Continued »


August 23, 2010  4:15 PM

Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 1: More patterns for Azure

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

This week Microsoft released Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 1 to MSDN subscribers. It supports deployment on a Windows desktop, in Silverlight in a browser or as a cloud-based application running Azure.  This software tools represents yet another industry attempt to simplify programming for business users.  Continued »


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