SOA meets situational applications, Part 1, Changing computing in the enterprise

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Luba Cherbakov, Andrew Bravery, and Aroop Pandya

Date archived: January 5, 2017 | First published: August 23, 2007

As Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) comes of age, gaining wider acceptance in the enterprise, the Web 2.0 buzz grows louder—perhaps matching the SOA hype of two years ago. Many clients and colleagues are asking, "What's the relationship between the SOA and situational applications?" "Are they orthogonal or complementary?" "Who cares about the distinction, and are these relevant to two totally different audiences?" This article covers the applicability of Web-based situational applications (SAs) to the enterprise, their relationship to SOA, and how you can use them to improve the current state of corporate IT. Learn about the IBM® experience in building the Situational Applications Environment (SAE), which was developed to support the community-based computing that takes advantage of both traditional SOA and emerging Web 2.0 technologies and approaches. Also, examine several SAs, and learn about their business situations and challenges, architectures, tangible business results, technologies that enabled the solution, and the lessons learned.

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