Sunday, April 06, 2003

Sun News Letter - Web Services Expo

Taken from, System News for Sun Users, Vol 62 Issue 1

9437: Vaughn Spurlin Reports on the Second Annual Web Services Expo
Event Focuses on Currently Operational Web Services Projects

"In his account of the Second Annual Web Services Expo,sponsored by the Software Development Forum, Vaughn Spurlin reports that the focus was on currently up-and-running Web Services; the huge ROI that well-placed Web Services projects can deliver; the need for a detailed, convincing business plan if obtaining funding is the object; the pall on buying technology simply because it is new and different; and the emergence of SOAP as a four-letter word not to be used in polite company. Spurlin also includes summaries of each of the 14 presentations, among which were:
Intel Chief Strategist, Chris Thomas, stressed the need for "occasionally connected computing" (OCC), which would enable work to continue when no net connection was available. Web-based ordering should download data by subscription, he said, eliminate server lag and use drag and drop to enable completion of forms offline. Reggie Hutcherson, manager of the Technology Evangelism team in the Technology Outreach Group at Sun Microsystems, outlined the phases of Web Services adoption: Web Services over HTTPS (happening now), Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) Web Services (beginning), and business Web Services --including UBL and ebXML (2004 plus). He said more work is needed in Quality of Service, security and Identity Management and stressed Sun's focus on Java TM 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE TM ), ebXML and UBL, and the Liberty Project. The Sun TM Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) provides a deployment mechanism for Web Services, he said.

Finally, Christine Clevenger, SAP VP for Industry Business Unit High Tech, explained her company's new solution, NetWeaver, which she said customers will use to integrate existing multiple SAP installations within their enterprise. Synchronizing master data is the key to interoperability.

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