• October 24, 2001 24 Oct'01

    Web services: Coming soon, sort of

    The industry has to clearly outline the advantages of Web services if they want the technology to catch on in business.

  • October 24, 2001 24 Oct'01

    XML's challenge is a war of the words

    Dr. Charles F. Goldbarb believes that XML will foment revolution by bridging the gap between document and data processing. For this revolution to succeed, however, XML proponents need to rebel against the computer industry's wayward way with words.

  • October 24, 2001 24 Oct'01

    XML's challenge is a war on words

    The founder of Standard Generalized Markup Language said the lack of clear language in the high tech industry could be its downfall.

  • October 23, 2001 23 Oct'01

    More than just a new Interface

    Web services are being hyped by vendors as the latest, greatest, and newest silver bullet to hit IT since sliced, bread. Alas, they do not simplify the lives of software architects and IT managers. Rather, they add yet another new ...

  • October 23, 2001 23 Oct'01

    Web Services (Part 1)

    Web services are currently garnering a lot of attention. Some of the attention is good, some of it not so good. In the latter category, Web services are unfortunately being hyped as the next

  • October 23, 2001 23 Oct'01

    Quick Takes: Web services catching on

    Nimble Technology has released a software platform to power Web services and Altova has readied a line of software tools for XML application development.

  • October 23, 2001 23 Oct'01

    Web Services (Part 2)

    Steve Vinoski continues his article, saying because Web services represent the evolution and convergence of EDI, traditional middleware, and the Web itself, some tend to exaggerate their capabilities. Some describe them as finally providing true ...

  • October 18, 2001 18 Oct'01

    A Brief History of the Development of SGML

    SGML, in its present form, is the result of the efforts of many people, channelled into four major activities that occurred over the past twenty years: generic coding, the GML and SGML languages, the SGML standard, and major SGML applications.

  • October 18, 2001 18 Oct'01

    The Roots of SGML -- A Personal Recollection (Part 2)

    Dr. Charles F. Goldfarb, the father of XML technology, continues with his interesting perspective of the roots of generalized markup.

  • October 18, 2001 18 Oct'01

    SALT vs. VoiceXML?

    The Speech Application Language Tags Forum is creating an alternative to Voice Extensible Markup Language because of shortcomings it sees in that markup language in handling simultaneous voice and data dialogues.

  • October 18, 2001 18 Oct'01

    The Roots of SGML -- A Personal Recollection (Part 1)

    The wonderful SGML '96 conference and its theme have awakened all sorts of interesting memories and ideas, going back over the nearly thirty years that I've been involved with generalized markup. I'd like to share some of them with you. But as this ...

  • October 18, 2001 18 Oct'01

    Roundtable: What can and can't Web services do?

    There's still a lot of confusion as to what Web services can and can't do. We asked leading experts to briefly outline a real world use of Web services that provides business value. Here's what the experts had to say...

  • October 16, 2001 16 Oct'01

    Quick Takes: Books and advice

    A new book on Extensible Markup Language has been published and Gartner has advised businesses to get cracking on Web services or lose out.

  • October 15, 2001 15 Oct'01

    Roundtable: What do you see as the most important emerging XML standard?

    It seems every day there's a new XML proposal or protocol. It can be confusing. So we asked the keynote speakers at XMLEdge 2001 to briefly outline what they thought was the most important emerging XML standard. Here's what the experts had to say...

  • October 12, 2001 12 Oct'01

    A Messaging Primer: How Messaging Solves Today's Business Problems

    This paper outlines messaging middleware. It is a high-level discussion that describes how these technologies work, and it talks about the various types of business problems that are being solved today using messaging. This whitepaper discusses the ...

  • October 09, 2001 09 Oct'01

    Quick Takes: Back to school

    The Middleware Company is offering an Enterprise JavaBean for Architects class and Circata has developed a new version of its Circata Exellar Mobility Platform.

  • October 09, 2001 09 Oct'01

    EAI players: 'App server vendors still need us'

    BEA, whose WebLogic application server platform helped propel its meteoric growth over the last five years, is now looking to spread its wings further by positioning itself as an integration vendor.

  • October 05, 2001 05 Oct'01

    Product Brief: TIBCO's Turbo XML

    Turbo XML is an Integrated Development Environment for developing and managing XML assets, with facilities for creating, validating, converting, and managing XML schemas, files and DTDs.

  • October 04, 2001 04 Oct'01

    Finding XrML a home

    ContentGuard, a provider of digital rights management technology, has taken the first steps to promoting its digital rights management language.

  • October 04, 2001 04 Oct'01

    Middleware meets wireless boom

    A forest of Palms, Handsprings and numerous other PDAs is crowding consumer and business markets, but without a foundation of middleware, it has faced stunted growth.

  • October 02, 2001 02 Oct'01

    Roundtable: What exactly are Web services?

    What exactly are Web services? We asked leading authorities on the front lines of this technology to respond. Here's what they had to say.

  • October 02, 2001 02 Oct'01

    Microsoft extends wireless middleware footprint

    Microsoft and wireless infrastructure services provider MobileSys are offering secure wireless access via the Microsoft Information Server 2002 Enterprise Edition and the MobileSys global data network.

  • October 02, 2001 02 Oct'01

    What is Wireless JMS Middleware?

    In this paper, Dr. Silvano Maffeis, CTO, Softwired cites the problems with wireless platforms based on markup-languages and offers a Java-based solution. He introduces Wireless JMS and discusses how Softwired approaches this technology with their ...

  • October 01, 2001 01 Oct'01

    Quick Takes: New middleware products

    Transoft is selling its Transoft Application Transformation for HP 3000 and Talarian was named a top middleware vendor by the Standish Group.

  • October 01, 2001 01 Oct'01

    Quiz #13: AS/400

    This week's new quiz was suggested by one of our visitors who had just taken a quiz. (We have several other visitor-suggested quizes in the wings.) As one of the world's most widely-installed "solutions" for the small- and medium-size business, it...

  • September 27, 2001 27 Sep'01

    Quick Takes: Web services conference on tap

    A Gartner conference on application integration and Web services is planned for next month and Jacada, an application interface and workflow company, has two new products.

  • September 27, 2001 27 Sep'01

    Product Brief: The Shinka Business Integration Platform

    The Shinka Business Integration Platform platform enables integration of heterogeneous systems, providing a complete execution and development environment for Web Services.

  • September 26, 2001 26 Sep'01

    Kinzan buys portal maker to boost back-end integration

    Kinzan Inc. says its acquisition of an enterprise application portal provider will simplify integration between its front-end applications and back-end systems such as customer relationship management.

  • September 26, 2001 26 Sep'01

    JD Edwards launches B2B application

    Edwards has adapted its eXtended Process Integration middleware technology to link with external suppliers, customers and partners and create private b-to-b exchanges.

  • September 25, 2001 25 Sep'01

    Sun releases Java 2 Enterprise Edition 1.3

    Sun Microsystems has released version 1.3 of the Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE). It's the first full release of the platform since December 1999 and the first to come from Sun's joint technology-building Java Community Process.

  • September 24, 2001 24 Sep'01

    Product Brief: Sonic Software's SonicMQ

    SonicMQ, is a JMS based messaging server that was recently certified as compatible with J2EE. SonicMQ supports publish-and-subscribe, point-to-point messaging and XML.

  • September 21, 2001 21 Sep'01

    Product Brief: SilverStream eXtend Product Suite

    The SilverStream eXtend product suite is an integrated environment for the development and deployment of Web services applications using J2EE and XML. It offers a comprehensive set of tools and technologies allowing business managers and developers ...

  • September 19, 2001 19 Sep'01

    Fast and Easy Backups over the Web

    Backup is the bane of computers but a lifesaver when computers go bad.

  • September 19, 2001 19 Sep'01

    Quick Takes: Web services everywhere

    A Web services conference is being planned and Linux programmers are gung ho on the Web services Internet application model.

  • September 19, 2001 19 Sep'01

    Security and availability dominate user concern

    A recent searchEnterpriseServer survey concludes that users are most concerned about the security and availability of their systems. That includes the threat from hackers and downtime due to upgrades.

  • September 19, 2001 19 Sep'01

    How to break into a network: Identify wireless network security risks

    Attaching your enterprise architecture to a wireless network can create serious security concerns. Learn how to avoid these wireless security risks.

  • September 18, 2001 18 Sep'01

    Why dull plumbing software is becoming sexy

    The middleware market is expected to surge in the next few years. And the hottest part of the market is for so-called businessware.

  • September 17, 2001 17 Sep'01

    SSSCA: like the DMCA, only worse

    Many in the computer industry are alarmed by the proposed Security Systems Standards and Certification Act, which would make it illegal to sell anything with a microprocessor in it unless the device had copy protection built in.

  • September 17, 2001 17 Sep'01

    Tragedy could force businesses to rethink disaster recovery plans

    It's no longer just about earthquakes or floods. This week's tragic events in New York and Washington have businesses throughout the country rethinking their disaster recovery plans.

  • September 17, 2001 17 Sep'01

    U.S. has much to learn about disaster recovery, physical security

    Disaster recovery and security measures for IT organizations have improved in recent years, but Tuesday's terrorist attacks in the United States are a chilling reminder that there is still much to learn.

  • September 14, 2001 14 Sep'01

    SOAP: Disrupting the Balance of Power (Part 2)

    Just as the Web server created a new less skilled design center, populated by the 'Webmaster'. The SOAP-based XML Web service will create a new less skilled design center. Business processes will be published, customized and integrated by what we ...

  • September 14, 2001 14 Sep'01

    SOAP: Disrupting the balance of power (Part 1)

    The Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) is making profound changes to the communications and interactions landscape. In the truest sense of the phrase, SOAP is a disruptive technology. SOAP is not only being adopted and endorsed by rivals such as ...

  • September 14, 2001 14 Sep'01

    Part II: It's a Web Services World

    What excites many people about Web Services is their usage on the Internet. Already there are sets of functioning Web Services available for use on Typically these expose very simple interfaces, because only very simple ...

  • September 14, 2001 14 Sep'01

    Part I: It's a Web Services World

    While many people agree that Web Services is a hot new technology, very few are sure about the exact definition of Web Services or the types of problems that can be solved by Web Services. Beyond agreeing that Web Services are defined using WSDL, ...

  • September 13, 2001 13 Sep'01

    WebMethods pushes Web services

    The race to support emerging Web services standards is on. Integration software vendor webMethods said it will support current standards.

  • September 13, 2001 13 Sep'01

    Pros and Cons of E-Learning

    Technology has changed everything in the workplace, including the way we train employees. It seems it was only yesterday that forward-thinking companies were setting up computers in their training rooms to give employees hands-on experience before ...

  • September 13, 2001 13 Sep'01

    Quick Takes: Product update

    Actional's Control Broker adapter technology will be integrated with BEA's WebLogic Integration 2.o and Empirix has updated its Bean-test.

  • September 13, 2001 13 Sep'01

    Beefing Up Business Processes

    Businesses of all kinds are finding hidden millions to add to their bottom lines by using statistical measures and quality improvement techniques to boost performance and availability across the board. If statistical measures of quality improvement ...

  • September 12, 2001 12 Sep'01

    Life's an eBiz and then UDDI

    UDDI (pronounced You Die) means Universal Description, Discovery and Integration, a web business directory. You can think of it as letting your B2B applications do the walking through the Web Yellow Pages.

  • September 10, 2001 10 Sep'01

    How to make the most of performance management tools

    Making the "always available" promise of the Internet a reality is Gelco Information Network's Ryan Rager's job. Learn from his experience with these tips on selecting, deploying, and managing performance management tools.

  • September 10, 2001 10 Sep'01

    New Stratus server won't put up with downtime

    Stratus announced its new ftServer 3200, a fault-tolerant server that promises to run Windows applications with 24x7 redundancy. Stratus also unveiled a new reseller program that will give customers more purchasing venues.

  • September 10, 2001 10 Sep'01

    Quiz #12: Database II

    Some of you may have found our "Quiz #8: Database Basics" not quite challenging enough, so here's a tougher one. Good luck!

  • September 10, 2001 10 Sep'01

    Just how available should production data be?

    The entire notion of making a traditional firm into an "eBusiness" depends on the ability to provide critical information to those that need it.

  • September 06, 2001 06 Sep'01

    Quick Takes: Middleware booming

    IDC predicts the middleware market will grow 12% annually during the next four years and Vertel is now selling a Java edition of its Object Management product line.

  • August 30, 2001 30 Aug'01

    Java is living up to its promises

    In the six years since Java was introduced, the programming language has made a name for itself by enabling portable applications.

  • August 29, 2001 29 Aug'01

    Quiz #6: Servers

    Take our fun quiz on servers to see how your IT knowledge stacks up.

  • August 29, 2001 29 Aug'01

    Quiz #4: Networking Hardware

    Take our fun quiz on networking hardware to see how your IT knowledge stacks up.

  • August 29, 2001 29 Aug'01

    Quiz #2: Security Basics

    Take our fun quiz on security basics to see how your security knowledge stacks up.

  • August 29, 2001 29 Aug'01

    Quiz #3: Data Storage

    Take our fun quiz to see how your data storage IT knowledge stacks up.

  • August 29, 2001 29 Aug'01

    Quiz #7: Protocols

    Take our fun quiz on protocols to see how your IT knowledge stacks up.

  • August 29, 2001 29 Aug'01

    Quiz #5: Getting your Message across a Network

    Take our fun quiz on networking to see how your IT knowledge stacks up.

  • August 29, 2001 29 Aug'01

    Quiz #8: Database Basics

    Take our fun quiz on databases to see how your IT knowledge stacks up.

  • August 29, 2001 29 Aug'01

    Quiz #10: TCP/IP

    Take our fun quiz on TCP/IP to see how your IT knowledge stacks up.

  • August 29, 2001 29 Aug'01

    Quiz #9: Wireless

    Take our fun quiz on wireless to see how your IT knowledge stacks up.

  • August 28, 2001 28 Aug'01

    Quiz #1: Help Desk Basics

    Our first self-study quiz tests some basic computer and Internet terminology and is dedicated to help desk representatives everywhere.

  • August 28, 2001 28 Aug'01

    Quiz #11: Ego-Booster

    Several readers have requested an easy quiz designed to boost a battered IT professional's ego, so this week's quiz is a creampuff.

  • August 27, 2001 27 Aug'01

    IPlanet simplifies its integration story

    Sun-Netscape joint venture iPlanet has consolidated some of its integration products to make life a bit simpler.

  • August 27, 2001 27 Aug'01

    Quick Takes: Business-process software provider snapped up

    Jacada plans to acquire business-process technology provider Propelis Software for $6 million, and Cape Clear updates Web services platform, in this edition of Quick Takes.

  • August 24, 2001 24 Aug'01

    Let the uptimes roll: why you need 24 x 7 availability

    Indeed, in sorting the prevailing e-business buzzwords and trends, high availability must, by its very nature, stand out as a top business imperative. How a company deals with its short- and long-term e-business strategies can have dire ...

  • August 23, 2001 23 Aug'01

    RDF and metadata

    Ed Tittel discusses his two favorite topics -- XML and metadata, in this article about an interesting XML application called the Resource Description Framework, or RDF. RDF exists to provide a framework for the kind of metadata that's intended to ...

  • August 21, 2001 21 Aug'01

    Do you have the right e-commerce applications?

    Consistent availability is the single most important objective for any company relying on Internet technologies for e-commerce. Every segment of the system's architecture, from operating systems and applications to hardware and communication links, ...

  • August 21, 2001 21 Aug'01

    Web capacity planning: A delicate balancing act

    During the last few years, companies like Inc., eBay Inc., and Yahoo Inc. have quickly been transformed from start-ups to well established multi-million dollar enterprises. However, the transition has not always been smooth. Regularly, ...

  • August 16, 2001 16 Aug'01

    EAI enables business for fulfillment house

    PBD Inc., a product-fulfillment services company based in Alpharetta, Ga., jumped into the e-commerce waters three or four years ago. It's first efforts were successful, but the company found that it wanted a more sophisticated way of transferring ...

  • August 02, 2001 02 Aug'01

    Chordiant: From CIM David to CRM Goliath?

    Chordiant Software is attempting is to use Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) and XML to close the gap between customer interaction management (CIM) and customer relationship management (CRM).

  • July 30, 2001 30 Jul'01

    Quick Takes: Templates for integration

    Mitem releases the latest version of its legacy integration software.

  • July 27, 2001 27 Jul'01

    Borland and WebGain battle over patents

    Borland has finally pulled the trigger on its threat of a lawsuit against WebGain over its VisualCafe and StructureBuilder products.

  • July 26, 2001 26 Jul'01

    HP adds XML to process management

    HP's new version of Process Manager, driven by an XML engine, manages to take potential enterprise chaos and turn it into order.

  • July 25, 2001 25 Jul'01

    Quick Takes: Getting graphical with Web services

    Cape Clear unveils an application development tool for building and deploying Web services.

  • July 25, 2001 25 Jul'01

    SHARE: Research before you negotiate for software

    Knowing a company's strengths and weaknesses give businesses a competitive edge when negotiating for software.

  • July 24, 2001 24 Jul'01

    SHARE: Users flock to WebSphere sessions

    WebSphere is drawing them in by the hundreds, but attendees of the SHARE conference in Minneapolis are mixed as to whether IBM is pushing its Java-based tool too hard, too fast.

  • July 13, 2001 13 Jul'01

    Time, industry support will help Web services succeed

    Web services are likely to emerge in a much more orderly fashion than the chaotic spawning of ASPs, writes columnist Peter Buxbaum.

  • July 11, 2001 11 Jul'01

    JD Edwards aims to make B2B collaboration easier

    Enterprise software maker JD Edwards says it is reinforcing its commitment to collaborative commerce.

  • July 09, 2001 09 Jul'01

    Quick Takes: Backing EJB

    CrossWorlds Software announces support for EJB component technology.

  • July 02, 2001 02 Jul'01

    Web services driven by slowing vendor growth?

    For all the noise surrounding Web services, that fact is that it is simply a new form of outsourcing.

  • July 02, 2001 02 Jul'01

    Quick Takes: Workflow engine revved up

    NEON Systems releases new Java-based business process and workflow engine technology.

  • June 29, 2001 29 Jun'01

    Web services getting ahead of itself

    The ample selection of Web services initiatives to choose from fail to address the availability of usable data.

  • June 27, 2001 27 Jun'01

    KnowNow unveils 'n-way' EAI over the Internet

    KnowNow is a startup that has already changed its stripes in the brief time it has been on the IT scene.

  • June 27, 2001 27 Jun'01

    Certification: Is it worth the pain?

    Professionals are no closer to answering the perennial question of whether certification is worth the money and time.

  • June 25, 2001 25 Jun'01

    Ultimus aims to put the 'flow' back in workflow

    The latest release of the Ultimus Workflow Suite, technology that automates the workflow process, includes support for XML data exchange.

  • June 25, 2001 25 Jun'01

    Quick Takes: EAI for the sell side

    NetVendor says it will integrate SeeBeyond?s eBusiness Integration technology into its e-commerce platform, and Attunity announces the introduction of a BEA WebLogic Integration adapter, in this edition of Quick Takes.

  • June 19, 2001 19 Jun'01

    Second version of UDDI standard published

    The companies driving the UDDI project have unveiled version two of the proposed business registry specification, which includes a number of significant enhancements.

  • June 13, 2001 13 Jun'01

    Quick Takes: Object persistence pays off

  • June 06, 2001 06 Jun'01

    Quick Takes: Vendors active at JavaOne

  • June 06, 2001 06 Jun'01

    What's new with the J2EE

    Rick Saletta, Sun's group marketing manager for enterprise Java technologies, Glen Martin, Sun's senior product manager for J2EE specifications, and Keith Wescourt, Sun's J2EE Web market manager for Java software talked about what developers can ...

  • May 30, 2001 30 May'01

    Quick Takes: Tools of the Web services trade

  • May 21, 2001 21 May'01

    Middleware vendors scramble for recognition

  • May 18, 2001 18 May'01

    B2Bi in a New York minute

  • May 18, 2001 18 May'01

    'Killer' workflows clear a path for application decisions

  • May 17, 2001 17 May'01

    Pace quickens in middleware strategy game

  • May 17, 2001 17 May'01

    Middleware market growing, shifting focus