Progress Software announced that the Farmers Alliance Mutual Insurance
Company (FAMI) will deploy the Progress Sonic Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) in
order to streamline its enterprise information technology (IT) infrastructure
and integrate several discrete applications, which are dispersed across
various platforms. FAMI is undergoing a multi-year cost optimization project
within their IT environment and regards the Sonic ESB as an integral part of
their ability to reduce costs.
Currently FAMI’s core applications - such as billing, policy
administration and claims management systems - run on a variety of platforms
in a decentralized environment. Using the Sonic ESB, FAMI will integrate
dozens of discrete internal and external business applications under a
single, loosely-coupled architecture, which is expected to lead to reduced
customer costs, improved time-t... (more)
What makes a framework successful? Why are Web services confounding
programmers? Questions about Web services' problems and promises were
highlighted when Sean Rhody, editor-in-chief of Web Services Journal, was
recently featured as a panelist on Rich Levin's PC TALK on WPEN-Radio,
Philadelphia (950 AM). Sean joined Larry Perlstein, VP and research area
director of the Gartner Group, and Steve Wilkes, principal technologist,
AltoWeb, Inc., in discussing Web services. Their spontaneous dialogue
suggests the directions that Web services may take. Here are some highlights
from the... (more)
(Scotts Valley, CA) - Borland Software Corporation has released Borland
C++Builder 6 for rapid development of e-business applications with Web
services support in a true C++ visual development environment. C++Builder 6
enables C++ developers, estimated at 2.6 million worldwide, to simplify
e-business integration across diverse platforms between customers, suppliers,
business partners, and employees worldwide.
Borland was the first company to provide a rapid application development
(RAD) environment for building and deploying Web services on the Windows
platform with Delphi 6 and ... (more)
An official government document that certifies one's identity and citizenship
and permits a citizen to travel abroad; something that gives one the right or
privilege of passage, entry, or acceptance.
The above definition, excerpted from www.dictionary.com, reminds us of the
fatal flaw in Microsoft's "My Services" scheme - which was "quietly shelved"
yesterday, according to yesterday's New York Times. .NET My Services relied
for its success upon the recruitment of partners - just as real-live
passports succeed only when every country worldwide accepts them as valid ... (more)
Tibco Software has released its General Interface 3.0, which the company says
uses AJAX techniques to build upon its Rich Internet Application (RIA).
General Interface 3.0 consists of two components, Tibco General Interface
Framework and Tibco General Interface Builder, which together "enable
developers to deliver applications that run completely in a standard Web
browser," the company says.
This installation-free framework eliminates the need for client-side
software, end-user plug-ins, ActiveX controls or Java applets. "The TIBCO
General Interface technology has been enabling ... (more)