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"Beehive" Now Officially an Open Source Project: Apache Beehive "BEA Today Will Open-Source the WebLogic Workshop Application Development Framework" Just two full working days after its stock crashed by 23 percent - its biggest drop in more than five years - BEA came out of the corner today fighting, with the announcement (already revealed by inside sources earlier today) that it was donating - to what CTO Scott Dietzen referred to as "Open Source Land" - the first open source application framework targeted at Java-based Web applications: "Project Beehive." "Project Beehive," as was reported earlier today by WLDJ, a sister publication to Web Services Journal, is the name BEA is giving to its release of the runtime of the application development framework from its WebLogic Workshop tool, including the controls in Workshop. Announcing the release to the world today from... (more)

SOA World Conference & Expo SYS-CON.TV Power Panel Live From Times Square

View "SOA World Conference & Expo" Power Panel Executives from IBM, BEA, JBoss, Microsoft, Oracle, and Sun debated diverse aspects of their application server offerings. A discussion of price points, from the JBoss open-source model which emphasizes service revenues, to the more traditional business models from most of the other vendors was followed by a discussion of the technical merits of each platform and how each company is uniquely striving to serve what it perceives as its customers' needs. The six industry experts involved in the Shoot-Out this year were Mark Heid (IBM), G... (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)

Web Services - the 'New IT Revolution' - Gets $26 Million in Venture Capital Backing New funding puts Actional Corporation at

(January 29, 2002) - Exclusive to Web Services Journal: As IT-watchers across the board are dubbing Web services "the new IT revolution," Actional has announced a $26 million third round of venture capital financing. Web services allow companies to exploit their existing IT infrastructure by making it available through Internet technology, instead of spending billions on entirely new systems. The funding underpins Actional's move into the Web services arena with its flagship Web services product, SoapSwitch. Actional's technology, already proven as a powerful integration tool, has ... (more)

The Internet Death Penalty: Most Web Visitors Never Return to Sites After a Bad Experience, Says New Survey

Most Internet users aren't impressed with Web sites they visit, and corporations are doing a mediocre job of addressing people's online expectations, according to a new survey released by professional services firm Enterpulse. The survey indicates that 66 percent of business people rarely return to sites where they've had a bad experience. "Companies are not meeting user expectations on the Web - and so are forever losing potential customers. That's the Internet death penalty," said Michael W. Reene, Enterpulse's chairman and CEO. A majority of business professionals surveyed sai... (more)