Franco R. Negri

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Much has been written about service-oriented architecture (SOA) and the many technology and business benefits of adopting this approach. Poised to change the computing landscape once again, progressive IT departments, software vendors, and service providers have all been eager to embrace its concepts - familiar to anyone acquainted with the many past attempts to represent applications and IT infrastructure as modular reusable services. Contrary to the views of some, SOA is not about .NET or J2EE or any specific platform or standards, although the continued adoption and early successes of Web services implementations will likely galvanize the industry around its standards. Rather, SOA is an application architecture approach to building distributed systems that deliver application functionality as services to end-user applications or to build other services. Because S... (more)

Operational Management: A Web Service Barrier-to-Entry

Web services represent a quantum leap forward towards achieving not only interenterprise application integration, but also cross-enterprise application interoperability. These services will enhance operational efficiency and agility, and unlock the intrinsic value of the company's goods and services, thereby creating new market opportunities. However, as organizations develop initiatives to electronically expose their core competencies and express them as Web services, they are confronting some specific challenges. The first is that most organizations may not have considered the... (more)

In Search of Operational Excellence

The Industry Challenge: Realigning IT and Business Companies that aspire to lead their industries continue to find ways to optimize themselves in an endless pursuit of excellence. The race is on for many leading companies to leverage technology and provide enriched online services to their customers in order to maintain their positions and, in some cases, distinguish themselves from their competitors. It sometimes seems as though every month brings new innovation that enables and enhances a company's ability to expose its unique value through online Web services. With the advent a... (more)