Microservices Matters

March 5, 2010  8:01 PM

David Linthicum chairs new SOA data integration community

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

Where do architects go to learn about data integration? Author and SOA expert David Linthicum is heading up a new online community where SOA architects can share their expertise on what Linthicum calls the “last mile of SOA.”

“What’s tripping up SOA architects today is they really don’t have a rudimentary understanding of how to do data integration in the context of SOA,” said Linthicum. “So we have a tendency as a community to define simple services and call that SOA without a good focus on how those services integrate with the back end databases.” Continued »

March 3, 2010  3:46 PM

Novell confirms $2b unsolicited takeover offer from NY investment firm

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

Novell Inc., an enterprise network software and services vendor out of Waltham, Mass, has confirmed the receipt of an unsolicited $2 billion takeover bid from New York-based private investment management firm, Elliott Associates, L.P.

Elliot made an offer of $5.75 per share in cash yesterday after the close of the markets. The company already owns 8.5% of Novell’s common stock, which makes Elliot one of the largest shareholders.

In a letter to Novell’s board of directors, Elliot Portfolio Manager Jesse Cohen wrote that his firm had been keeping an eye on Novell for a “considerable period of time,” writing:

Over the past several years, the Company has attempted to diversify away from its legacy division with a series of acquisitions and changes in strategic focus that have largely been unsuccessful. As a result, we believe the Company’s stock has meaningfully underperformed all relevant indices and peers.

While Novell is perhaps best known for its work in the inception of the local area network, the company has come to specialize in Linux. Novell owns Suse Linux and leads the Mono project, a free and open-source .NET development framework with multi-platform support.

March 1, 2010  11:44 PM

For SOA vendors, healthcare industry a new gold rush?

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

It seems as though the healthcare industry is weathering the recession pretty well—or so it looks from what some vendors have been investing in lately. Both Oracle and Axolotl Corp. released products today at the 2010 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference. Continued »

February 23, 2010  8:55 PM

Complex Event Processing with streaming databases

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Startup StreamBase Systems attacks the CEP space with a unique streaming database architecture that allows data records to be processed before they are stored. The company set up an exchange for CEP developers looking to share components and the like. Continued »

February 23, 2010  4:48 PM

Happy birthday, Ajax – son of SOA

Mike Pontacoloni Profile: Mpontacoloni

By Jack Vaughan
XML-based Web services were the most direct antecedent for SOA. They also spawned Ajax, or Asynchronous JavaScript and XML. We often tend to focus on the server-side advances in services, but we should not overlook the services advances on the front-end, and Ajax is chief among them.
This hit home recently as the SearchSOA.com crew gathered for an Ajax birthday party. You see, it was five years ago on February 18, 2005, that Jesse James Garrett coined the term ”Ajax” to represent a design style that was giving new life to browser client architecture and, perhaps, changing the server-side architecture as well. We invite you to read our conversation with Jesse James Garrett and other architecture thought leaders in “Ajax Web application development turns five.” Continued »

February 18, 2010  8:18 PM

Happy birthday Ajax

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, more commonly called Ajax, turned five today. As SearchSOA.com reports, it was on Feb. 18, 2005 that user interface expert Jesse James Garrett first coined the term.

As the story goes, Garrett had developed a prototype Ajax application for a client. The application tested so well with users, and was radically different from the team’s previous approach, that Garrett was asked to pitch it to the company’s president. Continued »

February 17, 2010  12:09 AM

Data integration market adopting the App Store model

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

Data integration is an area filled with too many types of implementations for a single vendor to cover all the bases. And vendors are starting to realize this. Both SnapLogic and Informatica are in the early stages of developing their own data integration marketplaces, which are similar to Apple’s App Store.

These new marketplaces will let consultants, developers and independent software vendors profit from all the work they put into integration projects, which often have a short scope of adoption. Continued »

February 15, 2010  9:05 PM

Oracle continues acquisition trail with telco service broker

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

Oracle announced on Feb. 10 that it has agreed to buy Convergin, provider of a J2EE-based service broker for the telecommunications industry. Through this acquisition, Oracle said it hopes to offer a carrier-grade, standards-based IT platform that allows communications service providers to evolve their service delivery capabilities.

Oracle said the transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2010.

Just a few days before this news broke, Oracle announced that it is buying AmberPoint, a vendor of SOA management and governance tools. Most notably, Oracle’s game-changing acquisition of Sun Microsystems got European Union approval in January.

February 12, 2010  9:13 PM

TestMaker offers scriptless testing for RIAs and SOA

RobBarry Rob Barry Profile: RobBarry

Testing can certainly be one of of the less glamorous responsibilities of an application developer. For teams looking for a shortcut, performance management company Apprenda offers a tool that it claims reduces test creation to mouse clicks.

TestMaker, now in version 5.4, is an open source product used to create tests for rich Internet applications and SOA. The product provides IT with out-of-the-box methods for functional testing, load testing and business service monitoring.

Apprenda says features in TestMaker 5.4 include the following:

• Scriptless, point-and-click test creation
• Root Cause Analysis and Correlation using Glassbox and Dynatrace monitoring services
• Improved failure analysis
• Continuous Integration Environment support for Hudson, Bamboo, Collabnet TeamForge, Ant, JUnit
• Updated support for latest versions of Selenium, SoapUI, Bluenog and Icefaces

February 8, 2010  10:17 PM

Quick bits: Jonathon Schwartz’s goodbye tweet – Oracle buys AmberPoint

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Last week, in the wake of the Oracle-Sun merger, Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz left. He tweeted on the way. This week Oracle was back buying, grabbing SOA governance software maker AmberPoint. Such software is useful as middleware moves deeper into the corporation. Here are a few quick bits … Continued »

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