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Once upon a time data modeling played a central role in the process of developing applications. Thus far in the SOA era, there has been a heavy emphasis on process, and data has all-too-often been lost in the SOA shuffle. In this talk, we present a data model for SOA - i.e., a service-oriented data model. This model formalizes the notion of a data service, modeling data in SOA as a layer of interrelated data services. We explain the key components of this model, including a taxonomy of data service operation types, a mechanism for capturing the entities that the data services are "about", and an approach to modeling relationships in SOA. The content of this talk is based on the data services model embodied in the BEA AquaLogic Data Services Platform (ALDSP), and the approach is based on lessons learned over a period of several years of working with data services and... (more)

Sun's Schwartz Warns of MS Attempt to Monopolize Web Services

(April 10, 2002) - No one can predict the future accurately, far less the I-technology future. So it was perhaps a little surprising that U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly turned down a Microsoft Corporation objection this week to written testimony by Sun Microsystems’ Jonathan Schwartz, their chief strategy officer. Schwartz stated in his testimony to Judge Kollar-Kotelly that Sun fears Microsoft is poised to leverage its Windows OS monopoly, via XML-based Web services and its .NET platform, into an MS monopoly of the Internet itself. Sun isn't entitled to speculate lik... (more)

IBM Helps EBS Building Society To Enhance Its Business Flexibility, And Speed To Market Via SOA

IBM has released details of a significant project with EBS Building Society, one of Ireland's largest building societies. The agreement, part of EBS' IT upgrade strategy, is to enhance its business flexibility by implementing a Service Orientated Architecture (SOA) which will enable the company to connect seamlessly online with thousands of mortgage brokers in Ireland. EBS is a building society which operates on cooperative mutual principles. It has been providing home loans to its members since 1935 and today commands in excess of a 10 percent share of the EUR 26 billion Irish hom... (more)

Hal Stern's SOA World Keynote on SYS-CON.TV

Hal Stern lays out thought-provoking possibilities, constraints, and some key social and technological implications of Web-next, open source and virtualization for data & application development, security & identity. Dr Hal Stern is a distinguished engineer & VP of Global Systems Engineering, Sun Microsystems. In his more than 13 years with Sun, Hal has been CTO, Sun Services; chief architect of Sun Professional Services; CTO for the Sun ONE (iPlanet) infrastructure products division; and the chief technologist of Sun's Northeast U.S. Sales Area. He has done architecture, perfor... (more)

Layer 7 Technologies Expands SOA Into Belgian Market

Layer 7 Technologies announced its go-to-market partnership with Steria Benelux. Steria will act as a channel partner for Layer 7’s SOA gateway products in Belgium to offer leading SOA security, governance solutions and support to its current and prospective customers. “We are seeing a drastic increase in the number of customers that are developing applications in an SOA environment, and they are facing new security and governance challenges as a result,” said Eric Stylemans, Security Department Director, Steria Benelux. “Layer 7’s family of SecureS... (more)