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March 19, 2010  7:13 PM

Java Symposium keynote video – Red Hat’s Bob McWhirter on cloud in application delivery

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

Red Hat’s chief architect of cloud computing, Bob McWhirter said the cloud is the next logical step for application delivery in his keynote on cloud computing at TheServerSide Java Symposium. Arguing about what applications are “cloud worthy” misses the point, he said.

“Ultimately the cloud is a continuum,” said McWhirter. “It’s the same technologies just a little bit different – the next step of the process of where we’re going with technology.”

When the goal of an enterprise is delivering service that happens to come over the internet, he said, meddling with hardware is becoming unnecessary.

March 19, 2010  7:03 PM

Java Symposium keynote video – Oracle’s David Shaffer on the SOA and the layers of the cloud

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

At TheServerSide Java symposium this year, excitement about hooking SOA into cloud computing abounds. In his keynote, “Application Grids and SOA,” Oracle VP of product management David Shaffer talked about the three major sub-components of cloud computing.

Infrastructure as a Service, comprising mostly hardware and storage, he said provides a base platform for the cloud. Driven in many ways by Amazon’s EC2 offering, IaaS is not exactly new but becoming very mature, he said. The next layer up,  Platform as a Service, is a bit newer on the scene and many vendors are just getting started. Shaffer said while there are many providers are starting to bundle platform components into new products, some companies are using this approach internally “to create more dynamic data centers.” Shaffer said the third layer, Software as a Service, can blend the two together and even be service oriented.

March 19, 2010  4:17 PM

Oracle’s Purdy talks Java, C++, and JDK 7

Mike Pontacoloni Profile: Mpontacoloni

Oracle’s Cameron Purdy spoke about Java and C++ in a presentation at TheServerSide Java Symposium Thursday. Purdy explained some of the advantages Java has over C++, and how these advantages helped Java become a more popular programming language. Continued »

March 18, 2010  9:00 PM

TSSJS 2010: Why resource-oriented ESBs can save SOA projects

Mike Pontacoloni Profile: Mpontacoloni

by SearchSOA staff

Have any of your SOA projects failed to meet requirements and expectations? You’re not alone, but the good news is that the resource-oriented architecture (ROA) and enterprise service bus (ESB) technologies can put your SOA projects on the right track.

In a session at TheServerSide Java Symposium this week, Jeremy Deane explained the connection between ROA, ESBs and winning SOA projects. Deane is technical architect of Collaborative Consulting. He described ROA services’ transport capabilities and security authentication and authorization, among other aspects of ROA.

An ESB, Deane said, is a less expensive platform for service provisioning than JBOWS (Just a Bunch of Web Services). JBOWS ends up being a “spaghetti service architecture” that’s easy to implement but hard to manage. ESB middleware, on the other hand, pulls service provisioning together and separates service providers from users.

In this video, Deane lists the key benefits of resource-oriented ESBs, as well as key concepts.

You can view Deane’s presentation
and, on that same site see other TSS Java Symposium presentations.

March 17, 2010  6:38 PM

“Father of Java” James Gosling on Oracle-Sun

Mike Pontacoloni Profile: Mpontacoloni

James Gosling discusses the impact of the Oracle-Sun acquistion at 2010 TheServerSide Java Symposium in Las Vegas.

March 16, 2010  9:20 PM

More BPM consolidation as products grow in scale

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

With all of the recent acquisitions and releases, the Business Process Management (BPM) industry is evolving quickly.

Just this week, Pegasystems said it would buy Chordiant for $161.5 million, adding Customer Relationship Management (CRM) to its bag of tricks. Known for its rules-driven aptitude for process automation, Pega could now incorporate Chordiant’s features in optimizing a company’s experiences with customers. Continued »

March 12, 2010  10:22 PM

Citrix releases new application/XML acceleration appliances

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

The XML appliance market has been sluggish since around 2005, but some say advanced messaging protocols and the rise of cloud computing may bring these devices back to the forefront. Over the past decade, XML appliances have gone from hardware-based XML acceleration and security to full-blown B2B integration tools. Continued »

March 9, 2010  4:57 PM

Tibco updates Spotfire in-memory analytics package

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Middleware giant TIBCO Software Inc has launched TIBCO Spotfire 3.1, described as an updated in-memory analytics platform for predictive analytics. The package now supports services that allow central deployment and execution of models based on S+ and R programming languages for statistical app creation. Continued »

March 9, 2010  3:32 PM

Software AG builds “social BPM platform” out of IDS Scheer purchase

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

Enterprise IT vendors sure have been busy trying to make their products more “social” lately. At the CeBIT conference in Germany last week, Software AG released the beta version of what it is calling a “social BPM platform.” This entails a set of features that leverage cloud computing to allow collaborators to work together across organizational and geographic lines.

The offering, ARISalign, is built on top of Amazon Web Services and makes use of the ARIS technology that Software AG acquired in the purchase of IDS Scheer in July. The social network component provides groups and forums where users can collaborate with project stakeholders and communicate with other users, even those outside of the enterprise.

As in a social network like LinkedIn, users can develop a professional profile, add a picture and message one another. Since the product is run from a cloud computing environment, users access it through a browser. The company is sending the message that ARISalign is easy enough to use that employees in just about any department can have some bearing on process discovery.

Even so, the primary function of ARISalign seems limited to process discovery and modeling without execution. Does your enterprise spend enough time modeling business processes to need an internal community built around it?

While Software AG is calling this platform the “Facebook of BPM,” there is no word yet on whether users will have the option to send a “poke” to fellow collaborators or tag them in a photo.

March 8, 2010  6:53 PM

SearchSOA.com’s parent company acquires ebizQ.net

Mike Pontacoloni Profile: Mpontacoloni

TechTarget, SearchSOA.com’s parent company, today announced that it has acquired ebizQ.net, a provider of news and tips on SOA, cloud, and BPM. EbizQ.net is known for looking at these technologies from a business perspective.

Read the full press release from TechTarget.

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