Webcast: Service-oriented integration -- Using Web services for application, system and business int

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Ronald Schmelzer
Founder and senior analyst of ZapThink, Ron Schmelzer is a well-known expert in the field of XML and XML-based standards and initiatives. Ron has been featured and written for periodicals, and has spoken at numerous industry conferences including XML One, Comdex, and Internet World on the topic of XML. Ron was named "Geek of the Week" in Internet Magazine and was listed among Boston Magazine's Internet Top 40. Ron was lead author of "XML and Web Services Unleashed" (SAMS, March 2002) and received a B.S. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Topic: Service-oriented integration: Using Web services for application, system and business integration.
Date: August 27, 2002
Time: 1:00 p.m., ET

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Who should attend? CIOs, CTOs, CEOs, IT Managers, Directors, EAI and B2B integration architects, and those interested in using XML and Web services to integrate systems, applications, and businesses.

Why attend? Integration is not a simple issue of merely plugging two systems or organizations into each other. The vision of "plug and play" application and system integration is a pipe dream that may be appropriate for some time in the distant future, but right now, enterprises face the more immediate challenge of connecting arbitrary systems in a manner that is cost effective, manageable, efficient, and secure. Systems developers and administrators should be able to integrate any system of any type with any other arbitrary system as driven by short-term business requirements, rather than surmount the near-impossible challenge of managing disparate systems in the face of constantly changing business needs.

This problem represents today's challenge with business process, application and system integration that emergent Web services and XML technologies may solve. Instead of implementing discrete, distinct technologies for Enterprise Application Integration (EAI), Business-to-Business Integration (B2Bi), and Data Integration (DI), Web services and the Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) represent an approach for integrating systems using an abstracted methodology called Service-Oriented Integration (SOI).

This session addresses the specifics of how SOI technologies and approaches solve lingering integration issues, and illustrate the potential return-on-investment (ROI) that can be realized by implementing SOI approaches. In particular, this session covers:

  • The key challenges facing enterprise and organizational integration
  • The basic elements of Service-Oriented Integration
  • How SOI approaches will supplant traditional EAI, B2Bi, and data integration solutions
  • Drivers and motivators for SOI adoption
  • Analysis of key barriers to SOI adoption
  • Convergence and trends for vendors offering SOI solutions
  • Market segmentation and sizing
  • ROI analysis for implementation of various SOI solutions
  • Key vendors and technologies offering SOI solutions

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