WebSphere Application Server now has support for Ajax.
Ajax for IBM WebSphere Platform is a beta that is part of the WebSphere Software Early Programs. I've talked about Ajax and Java in the past; now they're easier to use together in WAS.[Read More]
Bobby Woolf: WebSphere SOA and JEE in Practice
From archive: April 2007 X
IBM is using SOA to help electric utilities create smarter power grids.
The initiative, called Intelligent Utility Network (IUF), is an effort "to apply 'smart' technologies within a utility's electric distribution system to improve reliability and energy efficiency." Internet News describes this as SOA for the electric grid, which helps "utilities monitor their assets and operations and help consumers manage and use energy in a more cost-effective and energy-efficient way."
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IBM has a methodology for performing SOA governance.
SOA Governance and Management Method (SGMM) (on my wiki) is an approach that's been around for about a year now, but that is finally becoming widely available.
For more postings on SOA governance:
Google has now launched a free Internet broadband access service.
The company that gave us free e-mail (Gmail) and free word processors and spreadsheets (Google Docs & Spreadsheets) now gives you free broadband access to their site and the rest of the Internet, as explained in the press release "Google announces free in-home wireless broadband service." The new service, called TiSP, became available at the beginning of this month. Check out How TiSP Works for installation instructions, and the TiSP FAQ for system requirements.[Read More]
It's not just enough to model your IT as reusable services, you need to model your business that way as well.
This is the topic of an upcoming IBM Webcast, "My CEO thought Flexibility & SOA were just an IT issue until I told him this...," which will run on Tuesday, April 10, 2007, at 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM GMT. The speaker is Sandy Carter, IBM's Vice President of SOA & WebSphere Marketing, Strategy, and Channels. Another speaker will be the CFO of Delaware Electric Cooperative; see SOA Success at Delaware Electric.
Also check out Sandy's new book, The New Language of Business. If you register, you'll get access to this sample book chapter: "Chapter 11: Putting It All Together."
With SOA, we tell IT to align themselves with the business. Two problems I've heard about are: the business doesn't know what it wants, and the business (seemingly) does things in such a disordered fashion that it's impossible to model as reusable software components. To get past this, the business needs to explicitly perform its operations as reusable components and communicate that model to IT so that they can develop software to automate and support these components.
SOA, it's not just for IT anymore. Business has to get involved too. If your business execs need to get this message, send them to this webcast.
For a list of current and past webcasts on SOA, check out Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Webcasts.[Read More]
Service compoenent architecture (SCA) has reached some important milestones.
In "SCA V1.0 Publication & OASIS Standardization Intent Announcement," the OSOA announces SCA v1.0, to go with SDO 2.1. The specs have now been submitted to OASIS for ratification as a standard.
I've talked about Service Component Architecture (SCA), the new programming model designed specifically for SOA, and Service Data Objects (SDO), a programming model for portable data. SCA is built into WebSphere Process Server and is being standardized by the Open Service Oriented Architecture (OSOA) organization, a collaboration of a dozen top software vendors including IBM.
You can get more links on my wiki; Open Service-Oriented Architecture is a good place to start.[Read More]