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Part of Microsoft Windows Server System, Microsoft's legacy interoperability system - known as Host Integrator Server (HIS) - will allow customers to integrate Windows applications with current IBM mainframe technology. Microsoft believes that this is one way customers can extend the life of their systems, thereby saving financial resources which otherwise would go towards entirely new systems. That was the message the software company delivered today during the SHARE mainframe users conference. "Host Integration Server 2004 gives customers new ways to get more out of their existing IT systems in a cost-efficient manner. Customers have told us that they need technology that enables them to utilize their mainframe assets and expose those assets as Web services," said Ted Kummert, corporate vice president in the Business Process and Integration Division at Microsoft. "W... (more)

SYS-CON.TV's "SOA Web Services" and "Enterprise Open Source" Programs To Air in December

10th International "SOA Web Services Edge 2006 Conference & Expo" panel discussion taped live at SYS-CON.TV's Times Square studios will stream on Monday, December 5, 2005, and "Enterprise Open Source Power Panel" will stream on Wednesday, December 7, 2005. In this first "SOA and Web Services Power Panel" series, SYS-CON's group publisher and  "SOA Web Services Edge" conference chair Jeremy Geelan was joined by Eric Newcomer of IONA, Paul Lipton of CA, Aaron White of Mindreef and David Kershaw of Altova. "Enterprise Open Source Power Panel" participants included Andy Astor of Ent... (more)

IBM & Cloud Computing: How "SOA in the Cloud" Can Produce Real Change

"SOA serves as the foundation for the move into the cloud," stated Dr. Kareem Yusuf, Director Product Management, WebSphere Software, IBM, in his keynote at SOA World Conference & Expo in NYC Tuesday. "What are the characteristics of the cloud?" Dr Yusuf then asked. Shared infrastructure, self-service capabilities, and the fact that it will be virtualized are several that he mentioned. He also noted that two things stand out about the cloud - self-service access and management, and elastic scaling. "What we are actually doing with the cloud comes down to cloud services," state... (more)

"Web Services Put People in the Center of the Action," Says Bill Gates

(August 21, 2002) - Speaking to developers in Canada this week, after a four-year hiatus from speaking publicly north of the border, Microsoft's chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates appropriately made the crossing of boundaries one of the themes of his remarks. The sharing of data across systems and device boundaries, for example, was something that XML is making ever more possible, Gates explained - adding, "We're seeing that basic connectivity isn't enough. The most interesting uses of connectivity require a platform that doesn't just show things to people on a scr... (more)

What is a Web Service, part 2

(November 18, 2002) - (Last week, WSJ-IN asked industry experts, all intimately familiar with Web Services in all their flavors, colors, and spins, to answer the question: 'What is Web Services?" Following, the most recent response to that question, from a representative of Sun Microsystems.) Web services are software components that respond to service requests using a set of open standards. Sun prefers a simple definition of Web services for two reasons: First of all, simplicity is a base characteristic of the fuel necessary to propel Web services into mass adoption - simple verb... (more)