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IAB Studio is a tightly integrated set of development and runtime tools you can use to easily create browser-based applications, reports, and workflows with rich user interface controls. It makes liberal use of client-side event processing and AJAX-based communication to a J2EE server to provide a more responsive user experience with lighter server loads. IAB Studio is broken down into three components: Application Builder, Reporting Suite, and Workflow Suite. Application Builder provides all of the containers and controls you need to assemble rich user interfaces complete with data grids, entry forms, and tree-view controls. Reporting Suite adds several capabilities that greatly simplify report and chart production. Workflow Suite lets you use a graphical UI to create workflow models using a variety of tasks types. It executes these models in its own engine. Applic... (more)

Creating a Flashy Monitoring Application

Do you know what's the main goal of any gas station owner? To get lots of trucking accounts. Business from small car drivers is worth pennies, and it gets on my nerves to hear them ask again and again, "Five dollars of regular, please." Trucks are different. They usually pump in a couple of hundreds of gallons at a time. For instance, here comes a flashy 18-wheeler with a sign "Software Delivered." These guys ship reusable open source components around the globe. As a former programmer, I was trying to play it smart by asking why they don't just let people download these components from the Internet? But the smiley truckers (many of whom used to be software developers too) just shrug and tell me that nothing beats personal delivery, plus the tips. If you think about it, their ventures are the basis of a new business model. Ten years ago, only professional vendors wo... (more)

Back to the Future with Cloud Computing

Marco Seiriö's CEP Blog First there was the service bureau, then the application service providers (ASP), after that came software as a service (SaaS) and now its time for Cloud Computing. Basically we have one single concept which is as old as IBM Mainframes. Every generation seems to rediscover it, and create their own version of it. The goal this time seems to be to have a huge number of servers called a Computing Cloud, it sounds really good if you don’t understand anything about software development. Just throw your software into this huge friendly cloud and it will automatically execute on an “Elastic” could of computing power. Just buy capacity where it happens to be cheap today and when you need more power just click in a slick web gui and add more processing power to your application. Can we see a problem here? The problem is that only a tiny fraction of... (more)

Cloud Computing Was the Big News of 2009

Early Bird Registration Cloud Expo This time of year is a great time to reflect upon the last 12 months and see what has occurred as well as discuss the impact of the events on this year and next. The Big News The big news in IT this year has to be Cloud Computing. Like the result of a Gremlin fed after midnight, Cloud Computing turned into the Stripe of the IT world. As pundits and vendors raced to gain mindshare as a means of priming the economy-dulled sales pipeline, IT buyers were caught trying to figure out, "is this the next great frontier, or am I going to look like an ass for recommending yet another useless acquisition?" Cloud Expo New York will draw more than 5,000 delegates on April 9-21, 2010 at te Jacob Javits Convention Center Interestingly, cost is not the major driver behind these offerings, but instead access to compute resources on demand that don'... (more)

Big Data Skills – Opportunities and Threats

Big Data. There are few conversations in the IT community which do not start, address, or end on the topic.  Some conversations are visionary in nature, some critical, and many considering the challenges we’ll need to overcome in the process of understanding how to deal with Big Data. Definitions of Big Data almost parallel the 3 V's of Big Data, which are velocity, volume, and variety.  We may call it a byproduct of massive data growth, cheap technology, and our ability to save everything.  We may address the enormous volumes of data generated by social media, smart grids, and other online transactions. However we also need to compress those ideas into a form we can understand and use as a basis for our discussions.  For simplicity, we'll use Gartner's definition that "big data are high volume, high velocity, and/or high variety information assets that require new... (more)

JAIN/SLEE: EJB for Communications

While the JAIN APIs still play only a minor role on Sun's Java Web site, the JAIN initiative is getting stronger. The JAIN technologies (Java APIs for Integrated Networks) have the potential to radically change the existing service architecture for communications service providers. Following the link "Other Java Technologies/JAIN APIs" from Sun's Java Web site, you'll probably find your way to a completely unknown world: Java technologies for telecommunication products and services. This article introduces you to the basics of JAIN and then explores JAIN/SLEE in greater detail. By the way, SLEE means Service Logic Execution environment and is abbreviated to JAIN/SLEE or JSLEE. Motivation The service architectures of many telecommunications service providers have become a lot more complex over the past few years. This is because many providers merged, or new technolo... (more)

The End of Middleware As You Know It at SOA World

Dramatic industry changes - including vendor consolidation, outsourcing and the growth of open source - highlight the need for a better way. When a SOA implementation costs too much, the culprit is often the old-fashioned, proprietary and expensive server or hub-based middleware. A better, distributed approach to SOA infrastructure can help reduce cost and increase the benefit of SOA implementation. This presentation includes an overview of the industry trends driving us toward SOA and explains why traditional middleware systems do not meet modern requirements as well as a distributed approach to SOA infrastructure. Speaker Bio: As chief technology officer at IONA, Eric Newcomer is responsible for IONA's technology strategy and participation in standards bodies. Eric joined IONA in November 1999 as the company's transaction processing architect, after nearly 16 years... (more)

SOA and Digital Identity - Hope and Glory at SOAWorld

Adoption of federated identity technology has been slower than the hype might indicate, despite the maturity of standards such as SAML 2.0 and Web Services Security. This presentation examines the distinct business and technical identity management issues in both the commercial and user-centric spheres, and important catalysts to drive successful deployment. Speaker Bio: As part of the Security Group for IBM Tivoli Software, Ron is lead architect responsible for the architecture and design of Tivoli Access Manager family of products focusing on the application of standards based security technologies to both product and client solution architectures. A graduate of the University of California - Santa Barbara, Ron is a Security Architect, System Designer, and frequent speaker on Information Security. He has been principal investigator and co-author of numerous patents... (more)

DataServices World: Michael Carey to Give Data Modeling Session

Once upon a time data modeling played a central role in the process of developing applications. Thus far in the SOA era, there has been a heavy emphasis on process, and data has all-too-often been lost in the SOA shuffle. In this talk, we present a data model for SOA - i.e., a service-oriented data model. This model formalizes the notion of a data service, modeling data in SOA as a layer of interrelated data services. We explain the key components of this model, including a taxonomy of data service operation types, a mechanism for capturing the entities that the data services are "about", and an approach to modeling relationships in SOA. The content of this talk is based on the data services model embodied in the BEA AquaLogic Data Services Platform (ALDSP), and the approach is based on lessons learned over a period of several years of working with data services and... (more)

DataServices World: Data Services Layer and Its Role In SOA

The ever-increasing movement towards implementing complex SOA-based applications has triggered a direct attention of leading industry researchers and practitioners to the subject of layering in such applications, in general, and the relationship between the fields of database engineering and SOA, in particular. Common notion of interoperability, loose-coupling between consumers and providers, and complexity-hiding, and demands for enabling extensive reuse of application services to address unforeseen business requirements for new user types, for new types of information and for new composite views has brought to the forefront the concept of Data Services Layer (DSL) as a distinct architectural layer. DSL is an essential part of an application architecture that combines data access functions and corresponding database structures and promises ensuring the next harvest... (more)

Facelift Your SOA with Rich Internet Applications

We are entering an era of Rich Internet Applications (RIA) and enhancing the user experience of consumers of the services becomes an important part in designing and implementing SOA. But if you decide to develop rich clients, you'll be facing the dilemma - which way to go - remain with tried and true Java or .NET or experiment with such newcomers as AJAX, Flex, Silverlight, or JavaFX. While the Internet brings a lot of noise where "it's cool" is the most popular definition, this presentation is an overview of what's out there on the enterprise RIA market. We'll talk about the pros and cons of using various techniques and technologies for the development of the front end for complex SOA distributed systems. Speaker Bio: Yakov Fain is a managing principal of Farata Systems, a consulting, training and product company. He's authored several Java books and dozens of tec... (more)