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BEA's Deputy CTO Theo Beack, who joined the San Jose, CA-based company in May to do 'all the cool stuff,' according to an exclusive interview with SYS-CON at the time, shared with delegates at SOA World Conference & Expo 2007 in San Francisco today his current thinking about Web 2.0, SOA, and Virtualization technologies, and how all three fit within BEA's evolving 'blended' application strategy. SOA and Virtualization has existed, in various forms, and have been adopted with varying degrees of success within the modern enterprise, Beack noted.  "SOA especially has reached the point where it generally is considered to be a good idea!" he said. " As a result of the wide adoption applications, services and infrastructure have been linked to form a new kind of 'organism,' which is a critical part to the ongoing operation of these systems." As a result of this success, h... (more)

SOA for High Performance Systems

The guiding principles for SOA are increasingly being used for mission-critical applications. Many of these applications have significant performance and scalability requirements. Other non-functional requirements such as reliability can not be compromised. This session presents SOA design guidelines that are specifically targeted at high performance systems and describes the features you should expect from your ESB or WS-BPEL engine. This session will also include case histories from companies that have developed and deployed high performance applications according to SOA prin... (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 sta... (more)

WSJ-IN Exclusive: IBM Responds to Latest Microsoft Jabs at WebSphere 4.0 Microsoft Missing the Point, Says IBM Program Direct

Exclusive to Web Services Journal Industry Newsletter, here’s the latest fiery rebuttal in the red-hot IBM vs Microsoft debate that’s been raging on the Internet over the superiority of their respective platforms for creating Web services. Stefan Van Overtveldt, program director, WebSphere Technical Marketing, IBM, holds that Microsoft’s original white paper belittling WebSphere 4.0 was fatally flawed from the start due to its premise, which in his words, “is missing the point.” Before Van Overtveldt’s complete response, WSJ-IN reviews highlights of the verbal battle’s progress t... (more)

New Module in Sun's Forte for Java IDE Offers Native Soap and WSDL Support To Develop Services on Demand

(December 4, 2001) - Sun Microsystems, Inc. has announced the availability of a new module that strengthens Web services support provided by the company's Forte for Java integrated development environment (IDE). The module adds native SOAP and WSDL support to the product's Enterprise Edition, so developers can easily leverage these emerging standards to create, assemble and deploy services on demand. The module is available through the IDE's AutoUpdate feature ( ), which simplifies the process for developers to quickly extend and customize their IDE with ... (more)