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  • Don't Let Consumers and Service Providers Communicate Directly

    Ron Schmelzer of ZapThink discusses why most integration-developers aren't "doing" SOA and why this is bad for Service Oriented Architecture. He discusses the problem and illustrates some straightforward approaches to alleviate it, which don't always require significant investments in new infrastructure.

  • Is XMPP the Future of Cloud Services?

    The Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) has proven itself as a winner for instant messaging, but could it also be the protocol of choice for service integration in the future?

  • Steve Sloan on BizTalk Server 2006 R2

    InfoQ talked to Steve Sloan, Senior Product Manager, about the BizTalk Server 2006 R2 in the context of SOA.

  • Microsoft announces the CTP3 of the ESB Guidance

    Microsoft is releasing a new drop of its ESB Guidance (CTP3). The ESB guidance is a framework that runs on top of the BizTalk Server 2006 R2 and leverages WCF to provide ESB functionality (routing, transformation, validation,...).

  • SAP NetWeaver Process Integration v7.1: a new architecture and enhanced SOA capabilities

    SAP is ramping up for the launch of its latest version of the SAP NetWeaver Process Integration platform. Product Manager Sindhu Gangadharan said SAP NWPI v7.1 will be available next month. In an interview with Paul Read, she details the platform’s new capabilities.

  • Are Mashups EAI 2.0?

    Mashups are a lightweight, agile approach to application integration that utilize the protocols and standards of the web. Gregor Hohpe explores the use of Mashups and asks the question - Are Mashups EAI 2.0?

  • Are Cross-Service Transactions A Violation of the Autonomous Tenet of Service Orientation?

    This question prompted a heated debate on MSDN in the wake of the release of the first web service transaction standard last May. Juval Löwy from IDesign, Arnon Rotem-Gal-Oz and others exchange their arguments as they answer the question.

  • launches

    Saravana Kumar, a BizTalk expert, launched on February 14, 2007. BizTalk 24 * 7 aggregates diverse resources regarding BizTalk and related technologies.

  • Interview: Mule Founder Ross Mason on ESBs

    Mule founder Ross Mason talks about the the role of the ESB, when to use and not to use ESBs, BPEL, and ESBs vs. integration brokers. Mule is an open source ESB and Ross discusses how people are using Mule and how it compares to commercial alternatives. Ross reveals that Mule got its name because it takes the donkey work out of integration projects.

  • InfoQ Case study: IP Telephony Integration

    This case study, takes a look under the cover of an IP telephony integration solution from Litescape. The case study gives an architectural overview and then zooms on interesting technical aspects including phone integration with WebEx/LiveMeeting, Java/.NET interop, HTTP vs. IPC communication between systems installed on the same machine, and over all lessons learned from the project.

  • ESB Roundup Part Two: Use Cases

    This is the second part of InfoQ's ESB series, an exploration of Enterprise Service Bus, or ESB technologies. The focus is use cases required by companies deploying this technology, such as protocol bridging, security intermediation and service virtualization. The article references analyst commentary, survey research results and comments on part one of the ESB roundup.

  • Catching up with Java Use in Telco Companies (OSS/J)

    Java is probably more widely used in the Telco industry than any other platform, but this fact is not very widely known by Java developers, many of whom have only heard of OSS/J in passing. OSS/J A A new article explaining the need and impact OSS/J APIs standardize a range of Telco IT needs and are creating a standards-based component marketplace that is having a big impact.

  • Informatica Announces On-Demand Integration

    Informatica, well-known for data integration products, has announced plans to support data integration across company boundaries.