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Kerry Champion, Middleware
Ben Watson, Standards
Daniel Foody, Web services deployments
Eric Marks, author, Executive's Guide to Web Services
Sean McGrath, XML
Mark Baker, REST
Doron Sherman, Web services orchestration
Roman Stanek, Future of Web services
Jeff Hanson, Java/J2EE
Roman Stanek is the founder and current Chief Executive Officer of Systinet. Prior to founding Systinet, Roman served as Director of Engineering for Software Platforms and Products at Sun Microsystems. An entrepreneur as well as a seasoned engineer, Roman was responsible for delivering the Forte for Java Community and Internet Edition products, which form the basis of Sun's Java tools strategy. Roman was the founder and CEO of NetBeans, Inc., a software development company specializing in enterprise applications written in the Java programming language, prior to the company's acquisition by Sun in October 1999. He has spoken at industry events such as PCForum and Sun Microsystems' JavaOne Conference, in addition to the Harvard Business School. Roman predicted the surge of Web services long before the recent hype, and he has great insight on the direction in which the industry is heading and the future role Web services will play in the industry. Ask Roman a question about the future of Web services.
Roman's 2004 predictions
- It used to be that the main inhibitors to the adoption of Web services were security and interoperability, but in the last year we've made significant progress on both fronts, most notably with the adoption of Web Service Security (WS-S) and Web Services Interoperability (WS-I). However, for many business-critical applications, another challenge still remains -- reliability. I predict that in 2004 this hurdle will also be overcome, propelling Web services into the mainstream of enterprise application integration.
Web services already make it easier and more productive to build connected interoperable applications. We've seen companies like Amazon.com make significant commitments to Web services, largely because they offer a flexible, low-cost and highly scalable mechanism for integrating business applications and partners. Yet as easy as it is to create Web services today, there is widespread interest in supporting business projects that go beyond simple and relatively synchronous applications. To solve more complex, business-critical integration problems we need extensions to SOAP messages that guarantee message delivery, eliminate message duplication and provide for message ordering. We need Web services that converse in a loosely coupled and asynchronous manner.
The answer is a new standard, Web Services Reliable Messaging (WS-RM) and you should expect to see forward-thinking vendors shipping compliant products in 2004. WS-RM provides that essential guarantee that messages sent by an initial sender will actually get delivered to the receiver and delivered only once. WS-RM goes further and ensures that if messages are sent in a critical sequence they will be delivered in the correct order. There are very few business processes that can be deployed without these fundamental guarantees; with WS-RM in place, Web services will become the de facto approach to business integration and adoption will explode.
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