In This Issue: 1. Editor's Note: The Reality And Promise Of Web Services 2. Today's Top Story - Justice Department Plans To Extend Legal Oversight Of Microsoft Related Stories: - Ballmer: Microsoft To Focus On Linux Competition, Software-As-A-Service - Microsoft Exchange Patch Conflicts With BlackBerry, GoodLink - DoCoMo Deploys Windows Media On Japanese Handsets 3. Breaking News - Apple Patches 43 Flaws In OS, QuickTime - More Than 200,000 Identities Exposed In Ohio University Data Breaches - Coming Soon: In-Flight VoIP Calling - Mobile Phone Explosions Worry Brazilians - Firefox Gains Market Share Against Microsoft Internet Explorer - Copyright Tariffs Ineffective, Trade Group Says - Ex-Elementary School Janitor Convicted Of Child Porn Based On Computer Images - Open AJAX Group Drafts Development Plans - AOL Launches Developer Tools For Music Feeds - LucasArts Plugs Artificial Intelligence Into Video Games - TiVo Unveils First Interactive TV Ad - Brief: Skype Offers Translation Service In 150 Languages 4. Grab Bag - Chinese Version Of Wikipedia Is Launched (Associated Press) - IBM Backs $100M Supercomputer Center (Sci-Tech Today) - Think Before Posting Your Info Online (CBS News) 5. In Depth: Service-Oriented Architecture - IBM Launches Workplace, Notes For SAP - State CIOs' Wish Lists Include Wireless, SOA - IBM Offers Mainframe Support For SOAs - Red Hat-JBoss: Hitching Open To Service-Oriented Architecture - HP Targets SOA Market 6. Voice Of Authority - What Does Microsoft Have That Google And Yahoo Lack? 7. White Papers - The Business Case For SOA 8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek 9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription
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1. Editor's Note: The Reality And Promise Of Web Services
With much of the hype over Web services finally fading into the background—being replaced by real projects and products, or so I hear—I'm wondering how things are going out there in IT Land.
The reason I'm asking is because a couple of recent news stories have made me curious about how Web services are being used these days. In separate announcements, both IBM and Microsoft said they're using Web services to connect some of their wares to SAP's enterprise software. The idea is to manage SAP's human resources, accounting, and/or inventory applications from the familiar front-end environments of Notes or Office.
It's interesting that the vendor community is starting to use Web services to (finally) link up various software packages. There will likely be even more of these types of announcements ahead and some interesting bedfellows indeed.
But what of the user community? Sure, we've all heard about the huge early adopters, but what about the other 99% of the companies out there? I'm hearing that Web services fit into an enterprise's middleware scenario to help with some things, but they're certainly not the magic elixir that was first hyped.
Some early adopters discovered that performance wasn't all it could be, so using Web services to try to power a search engine that got 300,000 hits a day, for instance, wasn't a great idea.
Also, as my TechWeb colleague Max Fomitchev pointed out in a blog entry earlier this year, the XML and SOAP specifications at the heart of Web services are sufficiently vague to allow for different interpretations. That means applications created with different tools may not be interoperable after all, which was kind of the whole point of Web services, wasn't it?
Here's what I'm curious about: What types of projects do you have going, do you consider them mission-critical or still in the proof-of-concept stage, and how did you or your IT folks learn to use this technology? How long did it take (really) to reach ROI, assuming you did? What about the technology has surprised you—for good or for ill? Please read more at my blog entry, then weigh in.
Copyright Tariffs Ineffective, Trade Group Says Rather than collect money after the fact, governments should focus on strong anti-piracy laws to prevent the issue from happening at all, according to officials at the Semiconductor Industry Association.
AOL Launches Developer Tools For Music Feeds The AOL Music Now Web services provide the tools for feeding artist, album, play list, and other dynamic music information to other Web sites, blogs, or AOL's recently launched AIM Pages.
TiVo Unveils First Interactive TV Ad The campaign's goal is for people interested in luxury cars to take a break from watching TV and spend time with a tool that allows viewers to customize a 2007 Lexus ES 350.
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IBM Backs $100M Supercomputer Center (Sci-Tech Today) The $100 million Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations, based in Troy, New York, is designed to further the research in shrinking the devices used by electronics manufacturers, including computer chips. It will also provide a place where other industries can explore future uses of atomic-scale technology.
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5. In Depth: Service-Oriented Architecture
IBM Launches Workplace, Notes For SAP Both products, based on a service-oriented architecture, are part of IBM's initiative to help customers connect its technologies to SAP software without having to upgrade.
The Business Case For SOA Service-oriented architecture goes beyond IT with its promise to transform corporate agility and align IT responsiveness with the businesses' demands for faster time-to-market. Fortunately, the benefits of SOA don't require a massive "big bang" reinvestment and can be realized incrementally with a well-thought-out strategy.
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