Archive for October, 2007|Monthly archive page

ebMS 3.0 and support for SOA

OASIS, the international open standards consortium, announced October 16th that its members have approved ebXML Messaging Services (ebMS) version 3.0 as an OASIS Standard.

The V3.0 specification provides a raft of new features that enable extended B2B interchanges and support for SOA message transport layer services.

ebMS V3.0 is designed to be used either with or without any of the other ebXML standards.

V3.0 now includes capability to use WS-Security, WS-Reliability, and the WS-ReliableMessaging OASIS Standards with ebMS. It can also be used with business process technology including OASIS ebXML BPSS V2.0.4 and OASIS BPEL systems.

Several industry domains have declared their support for the new ebMS V3.0 including AIAG automotive group, Fujitsu and the HL7 healthcare standards community.

“This new version of ebMS will address a broader array of users including SMEs with limited connectivity and little IT management resources. The adoption of Web services standards for security and reliability will facilitate implementations over existing platforms. We believe ebMS 3.0 will become an effective and versatile B2B complement to enterprise systems and SOA deployments,” said Yasushi Ishida, Exective Architect of Software Unit, Fujitsu Limited.

For more information see http://www.oasis-open.org/news/oasis-news-2007-10-16.php

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Gartner top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2008

Gartner outlined its top 10 strategic technology areas for 2008 and many roads lead to service oriented architecture.

gartner-top10.pngThe top 10 is off to the right and there aren’t any huge surprises. What’s notable are all of the SOA precursors to be found. Business process modeling (No. 3), metadata management (No. 4), mashups and composite apps (No. 6) and Web platforms (No. 7) all add up to SOA down the road. All of those aforementioned items need to be done as large companies adopt SOA.

“SOA isn’t on the list because we are looking at some of the implementation technologies for service oriented architecture,” says Gartner analyst David Cearley. For instance, business process modeling (BPM) isn’t even a technology, but it’s a necessary precursor to introducing new technology. “SOA without BPM will not deliver on its process to the business,” says David Cearley, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner.

Cearley argues that metadata management falls into a similar category. Without the upfront work on developing an information infrastructure SOA will stumble.
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Beyond the Eye

Beyond the London eye

Taken by myself on 30 Sep 2007.

Technology-agnostic approach to Service Oriented Architecture

SOA is often understood in terms of technical tools and software solutions. Dan North believes that this may prevent architects from focusing on its essence: thorough mapping and modeling of core business processes. He shows how to design SOA in a “technology-agnostic” way so that business can play an important role in identifying SOA requirements without being constrained by technical decisions.
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A Close Look at BPEL 2.0

As most readers are probably aware, the Web Services-Business Process Execution Language (WS-BPEL) provides a broadly adopted process orchestration standard supported by many vendors today and used to define business processes that orchestrate services, systems, and people into end-to-end business processes and composite applications. However, in many ways BPEL’s adoption has gotten ahead of the formal standardization process.
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