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MQSoftware delivers business transaction assurance, business service monitoring, middleware management applications, and enterprise application integration products to help customers align IT operations and investments with their business applications. Working with BEA , BMC Software, HP, IBM, Oracle, and TIBCO Software, MQSoftware solutions provide a complete range of real-time transaction assurance and application services performance and availability management backed by comprehensive reporting and supported with powerful tools built for multiplatform infrastructures enabling precision control of customer service and cost-control. MQSoftware’s recognized expertise in implementing and managing SOA solutions adds value through real-time monitoring of business applications including the supporting infrastructure. Customers in vertical industries such as bankin... (more)

IBM & Cloud Computing: Exclusive Q&A

The IT industry is faced with a complexity and affordability crisis – explosive information growth, heavily interconnected and interdependent systems, on average 70% of IT spending going to maintenance, low utilization of resources driving up fixed cost, energy consumption becoming an ever bigger drain on budgets. At the same time, business needs for flexibility and responsiveness continue unabated. This creates an urgency for enterprises to rethink the way their data centers are set up and managed, and how they receive and deliver services. Bring this together with advances in technology - from service orientation, automation and service management to virtualization - and you have what Dr Kristof Kloeckner, VP of Cloud Computing Platforms at IBM vividly calls "a perfect storm." Kloeckner was a Keynote speaker at SYS-CON's 3-day 2nd International Cloud Computing C... (more)

Real-World AJAX Book Preview: Window Event Handling

This content is reprinted from Real-World AJAX: Secrets of the Masters published by SYS-CON Books. To order the entire book now along with companion DVDs for the special pre-order price, click here for more information. Aimed at everyone from enterprise developers to self-taught scripters, Real-World AJAX: Secrets of the Masters is the perfect book for anyone who wants to start developing AJAX applications. Window Event Handling The JavaScript file handles various window-related events such as resizing the window in response to mouse-drag events on the four edges, maximizing the window or closing the window in response to mouse-click events, or moving the window in response to mouse-drag events on the title bar. On the other side, the JavaScript file also fires window events to the toolkit's event management system so that if a listener is registered for a certain wi... (more)

IBM Expands SOA Software Portfolio, Buys AptSoft

“AptSoft complements IBM’s SOA strategy and augments our business events capabilities that are designed to help our customers maximize their existing investments in SOA” said Tom Rosamilia, general manager, IBM WebSphere software, as IBM today announced it is expanding its business event processing software portfolio by acquiring AptSoft Corporation, a privately-held software company based in Burlington, Massachusetts. Essentially, business event software identifies patterns and establishes connections among the millions of events that happen -- down to milliseconds -- and initiates a trigger when it spots a trend. AptSoft technology helps businesses uncover the cause-and-effect relationships among seemingly disparate business events that occur in milliseconds or throughout defined periods of time.  AptSoft’s business event processing software ... (more)

Turbo-Charging Applications with Mid-Tier Distributed Caching

Today's applications require faster and more frequent access to data at the mid-tier than ever before. This is due to a number of factors, including massive growth of data volumes and the extreme processing requirements that accompany such growth, the pressure from ever-changing business requirements, and the adoption of architectural approaches and frameworks such as Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Web 2.0 and the resulting demands that these frameworks make on data. The requirements of accessing and modifying this data quickly using many different forms such as batch, OLTP, and online access are stretching back-end data stores to the limit. Much of this overload is caused by the classic mismatch between the object and relational worlds and the massive overhead required to convert data between the two different formats. The problem is compounded further when... (more)

Red Hat to Present at SOA World Conference & Expo in New York City

Open source has made signficant inroads into middleware deployments in the enterprise. More and more, open source is being used to deliver the benefits of SOA and open source to the enterprise. There are many custom Enterprise Service Bus deployments waiting to be upgraded to a simple, open and affordable SOA integration platform. This session explores where open source is getting the most traction in SOA deployments, with a focus on ESB, and illustrates this by describing some of the customer SOA solutions the speaker sees at Red Hat. Speaker Bio: Pierre Fricke is director of product line management for Red Hat's JBoss Portal and SOA products. Starting with JBoss Portal and jBPM in 2005, he led the product strategy and management expansion into the integration and SOA market with JBoss Rules, Messaging and Enterprise Service Bus. Today, these products are the unit... (more)

New Perspectives on Governance, Management, and Industry Standards in the Service-Oriented Enterprise

Popular assumptions can often be dangerous. We will start by considering how the many unique architectural characteristics of SOA, such as loose-coupling, can actually be a two-edged sword affecting the requirements, nature and success of many important aspects of the architecture, especially runtime governance. In fact, the success of any SOA requires that one must gain an understanding of the true nature, performance characteristics and availability of the business transactions that flows in real-time through these highly distributed services and their supporting IT infrastructure. Similarly, security and governance usually play a critical role in the proper operation of a SOA. Although one may support these critical SOA functions using many different technologies and standards, there is no doubt that for most users today the popular WS- standards will play a cent... (more)

Making Sense of the BPM & SOA Standards Alphabet Soup

What is BPEL? What is XPDL? How are they different? What is the best use for each? What is BPMN, and why should I care? Which of these are primarily designed to help IT at a technical level, and which help an organization at a business level? Amongst the flurry of BPM and Web services standards that appear to overlap at times, there is a central core of important ones. This session, led by Keith Swenson, Fujitsu's Chief Architect and Co-Chair of the Workflow Management Coalition Technical Committee (WfMC), is aimed at lending clarity to the fuzzy world of BPM and Web services standards and at explaining the benefits of investing in standards-driven solutions. Speaker Bio: Keith Swenson is Vice President of Research and Development at Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation for the Interstage family of products. He is known for having been a pioneer in Web services, and ... (more)

SOA and Virtualization: Friend or Foe?

Depending on your perspective, SOA and virtualization are either synergistic or threaten increased complexity. This session will explain how implementing the right network architecture can make the most of both, promoting agility and reducing complexity. “Service virtualization” takes functionality that is common across applications and generalizes and leverages it across the business. Capabilities like multicast, encryption, load balancing and data caching – traditionally applications on dedicated servers – have migrated into the network, where they can be virtualized and shared by multiple applications delivered to end users across multiple devices. Attendees will learn how the right network architecture can support strategies like Web 2.0 and SOA, and how the network can reduce complexity and management costs, enhance system resiliency and... (more)

SOA and Virtualization: The Ultimate IT Power Couple

SOA and Virtualization are viewed today as the ultimate IT power couple. They've been called two of today's hottest technologies: virtualization provides cost savings and flexibility, while a service-oriented architecture (SOA) affords application reuse and fast response to business needs. At SYS-CON's 3rd International Virtualization Conference & Expo in New York City next month (June 23-24) a top lineup of industry experts will offer you the answers to the four big questions preoccupying every administrator, system analyst, system engineer and IT architect: What is a virtual machine? How does virtualization work? What are the advantages? What are the issues to watch out for? And the event is co-located with the 13th International SOAWorld Conference & Expo, so you can get the best of both worlds. SOA and Virtualization are viewed today as the ultimate IT power co... (more)

Efficient SOA: Get Out of This Mess with CEP

This article was originally published in NOW Magazine, which retains all rights. Follow the author at www.twitter.com/strukhoff or www.nowmagazineblog.blogspot.com If you’re already on the SOA path, you will no doubt continue. Maybe you’ve incorporated some business process management (BPM) as well, to bring the business-level view to the forefront of what you are doing. And maybe you aren’t in the mood to digest another three-letter acronym. But maybe you should. If you are looking at the business side first, automating what you can, and working to secure your IT budget by focusing on driving operational efficiency to the bottom line, you do need to consider one more acronym—CEP, or complex-event processing. CEP is just software, not an entire architecture or approach; and its entire purpose is to wring efficiency out of operations. CEP goes well with BPM and SO... (more)