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Sean Rhody

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This month I thought I'd put on my sales hat for a moment and talk about what it takes to actually sell someone on the concept of using service-oriented architecture as the underlying paradigm for an organization's information technology implementation and direction. In part this is because there's still a good deal of resistance to SOA as that basis. In the early days of trying to persuade corporations that SOA is a good thing, there was a great deal of commotion around the issue of security. The perception was that services were not really secure - and in fact, the very basic Web services standards of HTTP, SOAP, WSDL, UDDI and XML are not secure, other than perhaps with an SSL layer. But we've managed to put a stake in the heart of that specter, and worries about security now revolve more around proper implementation than around the actual availability of capabi... (more)

Child's Play SOA

One of my friends has a child who used to bring a blanket with her wherever she went. It didn't matter that it was a hundred degrees outside; she carried it more for comfort than to keep herself warm and safe. Not that it protected her in reality, but it provided the illusion of safety, which is often as important. When Web services first burst onto the scene, which in my mind was the beginning of the SOA movement, one of the biggest challenges faced by early implementers was the perceived lack of security. Fear and uncertainty abounded, and it was years before the majority of I... (more)

SOA Editorial: Blowing My Horn

There's a biblical story about a walled city called Jericho. In the story, the walled city was under siege, and the folks who wanted in blew their horns for seven days and then the walls all fell down. The Open Group has an initiative based on this story, called Jericho Security, which is based on the premise of security without walls. This is at odds with most current concepts of security, and yet it appears almost vital to the concepts Web 2.0 espouses such as collaboration, open discussions, and the free flow of information. The conventional approach to security has been and t... (more)

Living On The Edge

This is my first note to let everyone know about the plans for our very own, SYS-CON-sponsored JavaEdge2001 International Java Developer Conference & Expo. This year's conference will be held in New York City from September 23 to September 26. As a corporation, SYS-CON has committed to providing leading-edge information, training, and exhibits in a number of areas that we serve via publications. In addition to the JavaEdge conference, we've also scheduled conferences for XML (XMLEdge2001), wireless (WirelessEdge2002), Linux (LinuxEdge2002), and ColdFusion (ColdFusionEdge2002). It... (more)

"The Backdoor" – BPM Solutions Pay

People who know me would generally agree I'm a straightforward guy - I pretty much just like to move in the direction I've said I was going, rather than try to move from side to side and finesse something. So when it comes to technology, I tend to like to go with technology because it makes sense, and I usually assume that most IT organizations work that way as well. But when you look at a technology like Business Process Management (BPM), you can see that the straightforward approach may not be the best, fastest, or even most successful route towards deployment. BPM is a tougher... (more)