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April: Exclusive Interview with Dale Fuller This past February David Skok's new VC firm - Matrix Partners - orchestrated, with Accel, a $10 million investment in JBoss, Inc. This first round of funding in an open source company was a bold play, but then David Skok, famous in the Java arena as the founder of SilverStream Software - acquired by Novell in 2002 - is no stranger to bold moves. The first question then, naturally enough, is to ask Skok whether this investment is somehow a contradiction, or whether there is indeed money to be made from open source? "We think that there's definitely money to be made," Skok says without hesitation. "Red Hat's a clear example," he adds. "They're now profitable on around a $100m annual revenue run-rate. And we're still in the early days of the open source movement."   Curious about the business model he sees underlying OSS, I ... (more)

SmartOps Multistage Inventory Planning & Optimization (MIPO(TM)) Solution Earns SAP NetWeaver(TM) Certification

PITTSBURGH, March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- SmartOps Corporation, the leading provider of enterprise-class supply chain optimization solutions, announced today that SmartOps Multistage Inventory Planning & Optimization (MIPO(TM)) software has been certified for integration with the SAP NetWeaver(TM) platform, earning the Certified for NetWeaver designation. Certification is awarded to products that feature integration with the SAP NetWeaver platform and is particularly important for SAP customers that desire simpler integration of complementary solutions within their overall IT environment. MIPO version 4, a J2EE application, has been certified for deployment on the SAP(R) Web Application Server Release 6.40 component of SAP NetWeaver. "SmartOps is dedicated to helping customers manage their supply chains more effectively and cost-efficiently," says Dr. Sridhar Tayur, CEO ... (more)

The Business Value of SOA-Based Agile IT Architectures

Agile IT systems are systems that are malleable enough to address business uncertainties. Such systems can effectively respond to internal and external stimuli in a very short period of time. Flexible IT systems imply that the IT architecture underlying them is itself flexible and lends itself to incorporating changes in a dynamic fashion. Architectural approaches such as Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) are transforming the way IT systems are designed by bringing in a high degree of reuse and loose coupling of applications. IT architectures include the technology, strategies, plans, and principles that guide an organization's new technology investments as well as manage the existing technology investments. The objective behind having a good IT architecture is so an organization can operate with a high degree of flexibility while keeping the cost for the techno... (more)

AJAXWorld Major Sponsorship Opportunities Sold-Out!

SYS-CON Events announced today that AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2007 West main sponsorship opportunities are now sold-out! The limited number of expo and event sponsorship opportunities that are still available are expected to be sold out soon. The new sponsors who joined the conference this week, and are not yet listed on the conference Website, will also be announced later in the week. The charter sponsors of the most significant Rich Internet Applications event of the year include: Laszlo Systems [Diamond Sponsor]: Laszlo Systems is the original developer of the open source platform OpenLaszlo, and provider of Rich Internet Applications and services that advance the Web experience. OpenLaszlo is an XML-native foundation for building next-generation Web applications that increase customer retention, conversion and brand loyalty. Laszlo provides comprehensive suppo... (more)

Setting Up an Effective SOA Governance Model

While organizational business units and departments are in a hurry to embrace Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), without a proper control or governance of SOA adoption, the organizations are at risk of building unmanaged SOA environments that result in chaos and failure. The success of SOA largely depends on a robust governance mechanism. As a first step, organizations must start by defining a Governance Model addressing various challenges surrounding SOA space. In this article, we will discuss the key objectives of SOA governance and the various artifacts required for establishing a sound SOA Governance Model. A well-defined Governance Model will act as a foundation for long-lasting SOA success. SOA Governance Objectives Organizations are SOA-enabling their applications using technologies like the orchestration engine (BPEL), Enterprise Service Bus, and Web Servic... (more)

Exclusive Q&A with Jeff Haynie, Co-Founder & CEO, Appcelerator

"Companies have invested a significant amount of money in SOA – and continue to do so," says Jeff Haynie, Co-Founder & CEO of Appcelerator, in this exclusive Q&A with SYS-CON's AJAX & RIA Journal in the run-up to Appcelerator's session on October 20 at AJAX World RIA Conference & Expo in San Jose, California (October 20-22, 2008). "One of the keys to unlocking the full return on investment in SOA is the ability to build service-oriented UIs (SOUIs) – clients designed to consume services, regardless of language or platform," Haynie continues. "We believe Appcelerator's approach truly zeros in on the need for a clean separation of the application from services in an agile development model," he adds. Read the interiew in full below... About Jeff Haynie Jeff Haynie is co-founder and CEO of Appcelerator, an open source software company that develops products and services... (more)

Virtualization, Server and Storage Technology Update: Assets, Anyone?

In the world of finance, investments are regularly measured by performance. If an investment isn't making money, the basic rule is make a change, and quickly. Consider a stock purchased for a dollar. If you bought that stock, and it became obvious that the value was going down rather than up, you can pick up the phone and call your broker to make a change. Actually, even this is considered a slow method by today's standards - it's possible to automate those changes to within minutes with computers and the Internet. If we turn the spotlight on the data center, couldn't the argument be made that it's simply a collection of assets, too? Why, then, is time measured in days or weeks instead of hours or minutes when it comes to making asset changes inside of the data center? Industry Reality Most mid-size and large organizations have current or future IT initiatives that... (more)

Fortisphere Launches Partner Program to Expand Delivery of Virtualization Solutions

Fortisphere announced the Fortisphere Partner Program. Created for the company’s resellers, system integrators and OEM partners, the Fortisphere Partner Program will provide customers with a comprehensive ecosystem of solution partners focused on delivering best-in-class, policy-based management solutions for virtual environments. “We specialize in helping organizations implement solutions that drive operating efficiencies and cost savings across the entire enterprise,” said James Rodriguez, CEO, MTO Tech. “We strive to exceed our customers’ expectations for quality and value and as a Fortisphere partner, we can now deliver the visibility, automation and control our customers have been asking for as they expand virtualization deployments to production environments.” The Fortisphere Partner Program has been designed to forge strong... (more)

Cloud Computing: A Step in the Right Direction

We all take for granted that our online applications at home will perform the instant we need them. Whether it’s Voice over IP, video on-demand, gaming, or other applications, we have instantaneous, high-speed access, anytime. In this environment, IT managers are now facing the question: “Why can’t you deliver the same quality of service at work that I experience at home?” Despite spending three to five percent of total revenues on computers, software, and IT services, corporations today still are not able to deliver this same level of performance we receive in our homes. To attain this level of speed and reliability, businesses need to shake off the antiquated computing model of the past and learn from today’s leading Web-based service vendors. The Challenges of the Corporate Data Center Despite all the technological changes that have occurred in recent years, corp... (more)

Scalable Pricing in a Scalable World

Nati Shalom's GigaSpaces Blog In most discussions about scalability, we often approach the topic as a pure technical/architecture challenge, and ignore cost issues. The problem is that when we truly scale our application, and want to benefit from economies of scale, we're going to end up with scale limitations, not because of technical issues, but because of the pricing and licensing models. In most discussions about scalability, we often approach the topic as a pure technical/architecture challenge, and ignore cost issues. The problem is that when we truly scale our application, and want to benefit from economies of scale, we're going to end up with scale limitations, not because of technical issues, but because of the pricing and licensing models. Scalable pricing Scalable pricing means a pricing scheme that provides the benefits of economies of scale. Below are pric... (more)

Laying the Groundwork for SOA Success

For a business to be sustainable today, it must be supported by a truly sustainable architecture. This type of architecture must have built-in agility and reusability. To be able to support the disparate end-to-end transaction components involved in converting leads to cash, this architecture must be sufficiently free form in its inter-business process communication. All businesses require this, whatever the business model. This openness in communication needs to permeate down through the layers of the organization so that reuse is standard - and considered a strength, rather than a lack of precision. Imagine a business introducing a new product line. It not only builds an external marketing message, but also internal messaging to inform the underlying teams and business processes how to sell and deliver the new product, to whom, and for how much. No rebuilding of ... (more)