• January 29, 2004 29 Jan'04

    XML-based financial standard gets new support

    Westbridge Technology has added support in its Web services products for Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL), an XML-based financial reporting standard.

  • January 28, 2004 28 Jan'04

    2004: A leap year for service-oriented architectures

    Now that it's 2004, it's time for the rubber to hit the road for SOAs. ZapThink analyst Ron Schmelzer explores the topic in-depth in this commentary.

  • January 27, 2004 27 Jan'04

    Confluent creates agents for Tibco, C++

    Confluent Software has added agents to its Web services management software that offer operational best practice enforcement components for Tibco and C++ environments.

  • January 13, 2004 13 Jan'04

    Mindreef adds Visual Studio integration to WS tool

    Mindreef on Monday released an updated version of SOAPscope, the company's Web services diagnostic tool.

  • January 12, 2004 12 Jan'04

    Pervasive acquires Data Junction

    Pervasive recently announced that it was acquiring Data Junction. The question Philip Howard asks in this column is: why?

  • January 07, 2004 07 Jan'04

    SIIA FISD MDDL Streaming

    Is XML verbosity creating a bandwidth issues? Peter Abrahams comments in this column. He uses financial market data feeds as an example.

  • January 06, 2004 06 Jan'04

    Evolution of mobile computing services

    In issue 1.00 of On Demand, Neil McEvoy of the Genesis Forum introduced the concept of The Singularity, the logical destination of XML Web services evolution. The continuing convergence of standards to allow ...

  • December 31, 2003 31 Dec'03

    Oracle 10g - stands for grid at a tenth of the price

    Larry Ellison, President of Oracle, said at a recent conference that a twin processor Lintel server for USD5000 is the only rational building block for enterprise computing. It is faster and nearly ten times cheaper than the equivalent power on a ...

  • December 17, 2003 17 Dec'03

    Implementing WS-Security

    This article describes how the emerging WS-Security standard was used to secure a Web service that was developed and deployed in the fall of 2002. The article will discuss the security-related requirements of the Web service and how they were met ...

  • December 09, 2003 09 Dec'03

    Business rules in Confluent's world

    Confluent Software says its updated software is the muscle behind centralized business rules for enterprise-wide Web services.

  • December 08, 2003 08 Dec'03

    With age comes WSDM

    Computer Associates International today began shipping Web Services Distributed Management (WSDM), a new plank in its Unicenter platform. CA is also trumpeting several related partnerships.

  • December 02, 2003 02 Dec'03

    Informatica PowerCenter 7

    Informatica announced PowerCenter 7 last month and it should be available sometime before Christmas. Phil Howard of offers a brief preview of the product.

  • November 26, 2003 26 Nov'03

    Xyleme: An interesting conjunction

    Technically, Xyleme is usually thought of as an XML database. However, this is not accurate in a variety of ways, writes Phil Howard of

  • November 20, 2003 20 Nov'03

    J2EE 1.4 approved, free download to be offered

    Version 1.4 of the J2EE specification was approved this week by the Java Community Process. A free download of the new specification is expected to be available on Monday.

  • November 19, 2003 19 Nov'03

    Complexity breeds complexity

    The KISS principle (Keep It Simple Stupid) has always stood the test of time. It has worked particularly well where IT solutions are concerned. Steve Barrie of comments.

  • November 19, 2003 19 Nov'03

    Update: OASIS joins WS-I, W3C declines

    The Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I) said on Tuesday that four technical standards groups, including OASIS and OMG, have become members of the industry consortium. The W3C declined an invitation to join.

  • November 11, 2003 11 Nov'03

    New site promises open source portlet code

    Sun Microsystems, BEA Systems and others have thrown their weight behind a new open source site to help developers build portlets for their enterprise portals.

  • November 07, 2003 07 Nov'03

    Secure the e-mail in your .NET apps with SSL e-mail components

    If you are confused about how to implement security in an e-mail app, you are not alone. With SSL, S/MIME, PGP, certificates, all can get quite confusing. This article from Quiksoft focuses on SSL from an e-mail developer's ...

  • November 05, 2003 05 Nov'03

    Solsoft creates Web services API for security-policy software

    Solsoft has released a Web services application programming interface (API) for its network security policy management software.

  • November 03, 2003 03 Nov'03

    Web services-based integration (WSBI) at Fairfax County Public Schools

    Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), the 12th largest school system in the U.S., uses the webMethods integration platform to integrate more than 30 major information systems in use at their public schools. The Web-services based integration (WSBI) ...

  • October 31, 2003 31 Oct'03

    October 2003: The Month in Review on

    It's downright spooky trying to keep up with the flow of vital business information nowadays, isn't it? But don't be frightened or tricked into falling behind. We have a Halloween treat especially for you. Visit our monstrous assortment of Web ...

  • October 23, 2003 23 Oct'03

    Software AG's Adabas DB now Web services-enabled

    Software AG's U.S. unit has released a new XML gateway that it says will allow data from Software AG's Adabas database system to be published using Web services.

  • October 22, 2003 22 Oct'03

    Without information your STP initiative is vacant

    The market always talks about straight through processing (STP) and how achieving a level of end to end STP will improve efficiency, reduce operational risk and reduce costs. Aneet Shah comments in this column from

  • October 21, 2003 21 Oct'03

    Ascential completes Mercator acquisition

    Ascential recently completed its acquisition of Mercator. What does this mean for Ascential? What does it mean for the existing Mercator product and its users? And what does it mean for partners of Mercator? Learn more in this column from ...

  • October 20, 2003 20 Oct'03

    IBM WebFountain: Taking Web search to the next level

    Organizations have gained considerable business value from consolidating their structured data into data warehouses and extracting new insights from this data with advanced data analysis tools. Martin Langham of comments.

  • October 17, 2003 17 Oct'03

    Iona squeezes new life out of CORBA, middleware

    Iona Technologies has come along with a new platform of service-oriented integration tools designed to recycle middleware and CORBA-based software as Web services.

  • October 13, 2003 13 Oct'03

    Quiz #40: Authentication Methods

    There are quite a few ways to authenticate users who want access to your organization's network resources. Depending on how critical the data is that you're protecting, one method may or may not provide the level of protection you want. Take this ...

  • October 13, 2003 13 Oct'03

    WebMethods to acquire The Mind Electric

    WebMethods today announced that it will acquire The Mind Electric (TME) and its flagship Glue software, a Java-based platform for building Web services.

  • October 08, 2003 08 Oct'03

    The demise of the XML database

    While you can still buy an XML database purely because it provides faster storage capability and greater functionality than a conventional database, all the erstwhile XML database vendors are increasingly turning to other sources of use for their ...

  • October 07, 2003 07 Oct'03

    Actional sells adapter business to iWay

    Actional has sold its adapter business for an undisclosed sum to iWay Software, the two companies announced today. Actional says it will now focus all of its attention on Web services management.

  • October 03, 2003 03 Oct'03

    Managing integration systems with the Open Management Interface (OMI)

    OMI is a Web-service based specification that provides unprecedented interoperability among existing systems management solutions. For the first time, operations staff can use their existing management consoles to get an end-to-end, enterprise-wide ...

  • October 01, 2003 01 Oct'03

    Jacada upgrades terminal emulation software

    Jacada has added new features to its terminal emulation software, such as a thin-client Java File Transfer Protocol (FTP) component and J2EE support.

  • September 30, 2003 30 Sep'03

    Autonomic Web services

    Web services are great. Web services are proliferating. The future is Web services. These statements are all probably (0.9) true. However Web services are also scary especially for operations managers, writes Peter Abrahams of

  • September 26, 2003 26 Sep'03

    Mills and Gates demonstrate Reliable Web Services

    Bill Gates and Steve Mills took a platform together, presumable in response to the OASIS demonstration of reliable messaging. Peter Abrahams of comments.

  • September 16, 2003 16 Sep'03

    Data visualization: Is it coming of age?

    Fractal Edge has patented its fractal data visualization system, based on assessment of its own power and ease of use. Bob McDowall comments in this column.

  • September 15, 2003 15 Sep'03

    SOAP testing tool extends support to ebXML

    Parasoft has released a version of its SOAPtest 2.1 with support for ebXML, the suite of specifications for companies to conduct business over the Internet.

  • September 10, 2003 10 Sep'03

    WebCohort secures the 'Enterprise Application Sphere'

    Shlomo Kramer, co-founder of Check Point Software, has set up WebCohort. It provides Web application and database security solutions, to protect enterprise applications from internal and external, known and unknown attacks. John McIntosh of Bloor ...

  • September 09, 2003 09 Sep'03

    Web services choreography

    WSDL (Web Services Description Language) describes the motions of a single dancer on the Web services stage. Web services choreography describes the interactions of an entire cast. This article provides an introduction to the concepts of Web ...

  • September 04, 2003 04 Sep'03

    RFID for inbound logistics

    The jury is still out on whether or not radio frequency identification technology is the next big thing for streamlining supply chain operations. Fran Howarth of comments on a company that's taking the matter seriously.

  • September 02, 2003 02 Sep'03

    Optimyz updates Web services testing tool

    Optimyz Software has released the latest version of its Web services testing tool.

  • August 27, 2003 27 Aug'03

    Quiz #38: Wireless Standards and Protocols

    To a newcomer, wireless networking standards probably sound like a bunch of gobbledygook. Show off your wireless standards and protocol smarts in our quiz.

  • August 22, 2003 22 Aug'03

    Web Services Reliable Messaging

    Today Web services are inherently unreliable and are not well-suited for conversational-type processes that may run over several days. But unless Web services messages can be sent reliably they will never be adopted for mission-critical, more ...

  • August 19, 2003 19 Aug'03

    Sybase unveils latest version of ASE

    The latest version of Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE), release 12.5.1, has recently been unveiled by Sybase. This is currently in beta and is scheduled for general availability next month. Phil Howard comments in this column.

  • August 14, 2003 14 Aug'03

    Quiz #37: Customers and Call Centers

    Staying in touch with customers and having top-notch call centers is important for any business. Check your know-how on the topic with this quiz.

  • August 14, 2003 14 Aug'03

    Developers sink 'waterfall' in favor of 'sync'

    In the world of software development, "sync and stabilize" is hot. "Waterfall" is not. That's the preliminary finding of a study previewed by an MIT researcher.

  • August 01, 2003 01 Aug'03

    Cleo releases EDI communications architecture

    Cleo Communications has released a new tool for Internet-based communications.

  • August 01, 2003 01 Aug'03

    CONNX updates data integration software

    CONNX Solutions has released the latest version of its flagship data access and integration software.

  • July 31, 2003 31 Jul'03

    Business Process Outsourcing: Two models that work

    Business process outsourcing has become much more of an obvious trend recently in companies both big and small. The reasons vary, from a wish to achieve economies of scale, to the access that it allows to technology infrastructure without the need ...

  • July 30, 2003 30 Jul'03

    Web services on the edge

    What Quality of Service do you offer your Internet users? Are you happy with it? Could you provide it at a lower cost? A recent discussion Peter Abrahams of aware that on-demand edge-computing was a solution he had not evaluated.

  • July 25, 2003 25 Jul'03

    Contivo offers integration tools for verticals

    Contivo Inc. has unveiled a new set of application implementation and integration tools for the manufacturing, petroleum and chemical industries.

  • July 24, 2003 24 Jul'03

    Gartner: Web services projects riding out budget cuts

    Web services projects have been slowed to a crawl by the weak economy, but nearly half of the companies that have gotten such efforts started have not abandoned them, according to research released Wednesday by Gartner Inc.

    "These survey results...

  • July 21, 2003 21 Jul'03

    HP releases Web services management spec

    Hewlett-Packard Co. on Monday released a proposed Web services standard it says will help companies manage such services -- and the platforms on which they run.

  • July 18, 2003 18 Jul'03

    Keyword sponsorship: An "adnoxious" Internet practice

    A recent feature in the Financial Times drew attention to an increasingly popular and attractive form of revenue generation for search engine providers; one that may be little known to many users of search engines. Bob McDowall of ...

  • July 11, 2003 11 Jul'03

    Jacada releases version 4.0 of Jacada Integrator

    Jacada has released version 4.0 of Jacada Integrator featuring J2EE Connector Architecture (JCA) support and new Visual Data Modeling capabilities.

  • July 09, 2003 09 Jul'03

    Quiz #34: Workstations

    You probably work at a workstation, but how much do you really know about them? This quiz will assess your knowledge of key terms related to workstations and their various components.

  • July 09, 2003 09 Jul'03

    Web services transactions standards: Core requirements

    This paper by Dr. Srinivas Padmanabhuni of Infosys Technologies Ltd. identifies the main requirements of Web services transactions. It then proceeds to look at the two main protocols proposed for Web services transactions in literature: (a) Oasis's ...

  • July 08, 2003 08 Jul'03

    Portals and Web services: Services at the user interface

    Humans require a user interface that provides both an intuitive visual display of information as well as a logical way in which to interact with a particular system. The plethora of user interfaces has presented yet another problem for Web services ...

  • July 03, 2003 03 Jul'03

    Systinet, Actional to integrate Web services tools

    Actional and Systinet have announced a deal to sell each other's Web services products and integrate their technologies. The companies say the alliance gives customers a complete Web services product set, and an analyst says it allows the vendors to...

  • July 02, 2003 02 Jul'03

    SOAP Learning Guide

    This guide explains what SOAP is, how it's used, and where it fits into the world of Web services. You'll find SOAP articles, tutorials, examples, tips, tools, white papers, expert advice and more to pump up your SOAP know-how quickly.

  • June 23, 2003 23 Jun'03

    What is BTO?

    A quick glance at the world of Information Technology and its history is certain to reveal that the industry has long been in love with buzz words, TLAs (three letter acronyms) and "techno babble. Tony Lock of Bloor Research warns us to watch out ...

  • June 11, 2003 11 Jun'03

    Is electronic money coming of age?

    IT security is a critical matter in the assessment of the reliability of e-money systems. As a consequence of this, the European Central Bank (ECB) has recently issued a report.

  • June 11, 2003 11 Jun'03

    New WebSphere adapters to ease legacy integration

    Yesterday, IBM announced the addition of a number of new adapters for its WebSphere platform. According to IBM, the adapters enable legacy applications to exchange information via WebSphere, reducing the need for custom integration.

  • June 10, 2003 10 Jun'03

    xPM -- what's it all about?

    xPM is called various things by various people. Most commonly, vendors refer to Business Performance Management, and this is probably the best description of what xPM is about. Unfortunately, BPM already stands for business process modeling (or ...

  • June 09, 2003 09 Jun'03

    Mobile Orchestration: Using Web services to empower your mobile workforce

    Dramatic advances in wireless Internet connectivity have organizations looking for ways to improve the productivity of mobile workers. As they are finding, unfortunately, technologies like WiFi and Intel's Centrino only set the stage for mobile ...

  • June 03, 2003 03 Jun'03

    Microsoft licenses -- new flexibility

    If there is one thing in IT life that is a cast iron, guaranteed, one hundred percent certainty it is that Microsoft has always been criticized for its licensing policies. Recently, however, came news of some unexpected developments in these ...

  • May 13, 2003 13 May'03

    Bang goes anonymous m-commerce

    What if you could access items of content from content providers, but not have to keep logging-on each time? Now this might sound like the idea behind Microsoft's .NET Passport with one account for all online services, but this is different.

  • May 08, 2003 08 May'03

    Spirent targets end-to-end Web services testing

    Next week, Spirent Communications will release an update to its end-to-end infrastructure-testing appliance that enables Web services load testing. An IDC analyst says Spirent's new focus on Web services serves a growing need for end-to-end testing ...

  • May 01, 2003 01 May'03

    Finding speed, simplicity in 'modular' Web services

    Web services may pretend to make development easier, but tying together data from multiple Web services is much harder than it looks. By using NextAxiom's Web services tools, one company was able to create a service-based application by tying "...

  • April 23, 2003 23 Apr'03

    Modeling for SOA

    Interim CBDI Survey results show service-oriented architecture is at the center of many organizations' plans. However business awareness and involvement in Web services and SOA remains low. CBDI discusses how requirements identification and modeling...

  • April 21, 2003 21 Apr'03

    Issues & challenges facing Oracle Forms to J2EE evolution

    This article offers a brief analysis of Oracle Forms and J2EE, as well as some of their most significant capabilities. It also discusses why even successfully built Forms applications should benefit from a move to J2EE, and it examines the main ...

  • April 14, 2003 14 Apr'03

    Natural language processing

    Natural language processing is one way to support searches (and other things) through large numbers of documents and other text. The other way is to use a language independent approach.

  • April 09, 2003 09 Apr'03

    Your site usability in 20 key points

    This 20-point checklist offers some criteria and questions you can ask to determine whether your site meets the main usability criteria and offers five key points for assessing the quality of your site design.

  • April 04, 2003 04 Apr'03

    XML: The TCP/IP of information

    A new standard for information is poised to make the biggest impact on information technology since the TCP/IP networking protocol. The information technology industry has benefited from standards in the past, starting with the network (TCP/IP) and ...

  • March 26, 2003 26 Mar'03

    Data storage in the Messaging Layer

    Do you need to store XML data in the messaging layer? If so, does the data storage engine have to be integrated and integral to the rest of the messaging infrastructure? Peter Abrahams of says Sonic suggests that the answer to both ...

  • March 20, 2003 20 Mar'03

    Loosely Coupled: The Missing Pieces of Web Services

    Doug Kaye is a consultant, author and speaker. He draws upon nearly three decades of experience as a CEO and CTO and spends most of his time translating between the languages of business and technology. His latest book is called, "March 18, 2003 18 Mar'03

    IBM announces WebSphere Business Integrator 4.2

    IBM's announcement relates to five areas of the development cycle: Model, Integrate, Connect, Monitor and Manage. This extends IBM's support of the business integration lifecycle back into the modelling and design phase, as well as forward into the ...

  • March 18, 2003 18 Mar'03

    Tripwire and IBM: Articulating the on-demand future

    In order to scale and manage IT infrastructure reliably without breaking the bank, industry is seeking ways to use the power of computers and automation to create leverage in IT management so that existing staff can manage larger amounts of ...

  • March 06, 2003 06 Mar'03

    Web services reliability specification fails to impress

    Peter Abrahams looks at the draft and having spent the last few years working with reliable messaging, he was somewhat surprised that the WS-R draft was just a definition of the message structures that should flow between SOAP nodes.

  • March 06, 2003 06 Mar'03

    BEA announces new version of Portal

    BEA just announced version 8.1 of BEA WebLogic Portal, which is due to be generally available in mid-summer. Phil Howard of says there are three major areas of enhancement in version 8.1. The first is with the Unified Portal ...

  • February 28, 2003 28 Feb'03

    There is no Web services yellow brick road

    This essay is excerpted from an in-depth analysis paper which will be published in March 2003. The Stencil Group interviewed more than 50 IT executives to discuss the role Web services and service-oriented architectures played within their IT ...

  • February 25, 2003 25 Feb'03

    Ten emerging Best Practices for building SOAs

    ZapThink's research has uncovered ten emerging best practices for building SOAs. We call these emerging best practices for a reason: the term 'best practice' generally refers to lessons learned from hard experience, and only after making many ...

  • February 24, 2003 24 Feb'03

    Business Process Integration: Helping Web services become reality

    We've been told that Web services will streamline integration, provide a higher level of system interaction within companies, and promote robust B2B interactions. Ultimately these promises may come true, but the current trend in Web Services ...

  • February 20, 2003 20 Feb'03

    The Mind Electric rethinks grid computing

    The Mind Electric has changed its mind. The startup's forthcoming Gaia platform will be positioned as a Web services fabric rather than a grid-computing platform. The451 says the move should boost its appeal to prospective customers, but creates ...

  • February 18, 2003 18 Feb'03

    Survey: CRM users eager for Web services

    New research to be unveiled this week shows Web services are beginning to impact the customer relationship management (CRM) market, at least in the hearts and minds of CRM professionals. Approximately 93% of respondents to a recent survey indicated ...

  • February 18, 2003 18 Feb'03

    Why do we need business integration?

    Within just a few years, IT had moved from the locked down one-stop-shop approach of the proprietary world into a veritable free for all, where choosing the right application could give the enterprise real competitive advantage.

  • February 10, 2003 10 Feb'03

    Thrift: The new normal

    The Web services story is not about dramatically increasing capital investment. Web services are about thrift. It's no wonder that Web services have moved from hype to reality during a severe IT downturn -- after all, in 2002, most companies using ...

  • January 27, 2003 27 Jan'03

    Content as services

    Most of the content management challenges facing businesses today have to do with content that is inflexible. To provide this missing flexibility, companies must add a layer of abstraction on top of enterprise content in order to isolate the content...

  • January 25, 2003 25 Jan'03

    Amazon contest champ WebWin earns its name

    StorePerfect, an e-commerce Web services application developed by WebWin Solutions, has won's first Web services contest. StorePerfect interacts with Amazon's Web service API and provides product resellers with the ability to easily ...

  • January 13, 2003 13 Jan'03

    The definition of Web services

    Dr. Bob Sutor of IBM disputes the notion that Web services still have no clear definition. He describes the requirements that Web services technologies are being designed to meet so that readers can identify places in their own businesses where Web ...

  • January 13, 2003 13 Jan'03

    With X#, Microsoft may popularize functional programming

    Microsoft hasn't confirmed reports that it is developing a new data-centric programming language, but one expert believes it's a no-brainer because such a language -- rumored to be called X# at Microsoft -- would make the software giant the first ...

  • January 11, 2003 11 Jan'03

    Integration -- BEA style

    One of the main reasons why IT projects fail, exceed budget or miss expectations, is that we often forget about the need to integrate with existing systems until the last minute.

  • January 08, 2003 08 Jan'03

    A how-to guide for supporting digital signatures within SOAP messages, part 3

    SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) is one of the many specifications contributing to the success of Web services. It defines the XML document structure for sending Web service requests and responses. However, there are security requirements that ...

  • January 08, 2003 08 Jan'03

    A how-to guide for supporting digital signatures within SOAP messages, part 2

    SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) is one of the many specifications contributing to the success of Web services. It defines the XML document structure for sending Web service requests and responses. However, there are security requirements that ...

  • January 08, 2003 08 Jan'03

    A how-to guide for supporting digital signatures within SOAP messages

    SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) is one of the many specifications contributing to the success of Web services. It defines the XML document structure for sending Web service requests and responses. However, there are security requirements that ...

  • January 02, 2003 02 Jan'03

    Service-oriented architecture using Jini

    Service-oriented architectures are becoming an integral aspect of the IT strategy, offering the ability to register, discover and use services, where the architecture is dynamic in nature. However, the technologies that provide the implementation of...

  • December 19, 2002 19 Dec'02

    Sun-BEA deal reflects Sun's new software focus, shows BEA hedging its bets

    Sun has chosen to park BEA's 'Rolls Royce' WebLogic application server alongside its 'Toyota truck' Sun ONE software. In doing so, it hopes customers will be able to get what they want while still running it all on Solaris, but will it work? The451 ...

  • December 17, 2002 17 Dec'02

    Quiz #31: Laptops

    Laptops may one day outnumber desktop computers. So how much do you really know about laptops? Take our quiz to find out.

  • December 12, 2002 12 Dec'02

    Quiz #29: iSeries (AS/400) Commands

    The iSeries (AS/400) is one of IBM's greatest success stories. It is widely installed in almost every industry segment. Test your knowledge of iSeries commands.

  • December 12, 2002 12 Dec'02

    Quiz #30: Troubleshooting

    Do you consider yourself an IT troubleshooter around the office? Have you got what it takes? Then test yourself with this fun quiz to see how you stack up on troubleshooting issues.

  • December 10, 2002 10 Dec'02

    Web services identity management sector ripe for consolidation

    User management has always been an issue for organizations, but Web services throws up new security and management issues that major players are now looking to address through partnerships and acquisitions. The451 has the scoop on which smaller ...