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The Reality And Promise Of Web Services

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
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"Great services are not canceled by one act or by one single error." -- Benjamin Disraeli


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.

Johanna Ambrosio
jambrosio@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Justice Department Plans To Extend Legal Oversight Of Microsoft
The Justice Department plans to oversee Microsoft until November 2009, as Microsoft rewrites a technical manual for Windows communications protocols. European regulators also want Microsoft to rewrite docs.

Related Stories:
Ballmer: Microsoft To Focus On Linux Competition, Software-As-A-Service, Internet Advertising
CEO Steve Ballmer said Linux has been outselling Microsoft in areas such as file services, E-mail security, and E-science, which demonstrates that Microsoft needs to innovate.

Microsoft Exchange Patch Conflicts With BlackBerry, GoodLink
The patch, released this week, eliminates a default privilege allowing users with full access to a mailbox to send mail as if they were the owner of that mailbox.

DoCoMo Deploys Windows Media On Japanese Handsets
In the rollout's first version, phones connected to DoCoMo's high-speed network will be able to play music downloaded from the Internet or from a PC.


3. Breaking News

Apple Patches 43 Flaws In OS, QuickTime
Many of the flaws could allow an attacker to execute code on a compromised Mac.

More Than 200,000 Identities Exposed In Ohio University Data Breaches
The university formed a security SWAT team to both inform potential victims and take "aggressive steps to improve the security of data and IT resources on all Ohio University campuses," the college said.

Coming Soon: In-Flight VoIP Calling
An FCC frequency auction under way this week will likely pave the way for VoIP calls in-flight.

Mobile Phone Explosions Worry Brazilians
Motorola blames owners using nonoriginal or low-quality batteries.

Firefox Gains Market Share Against Microsoft Internet Explorer
Firefox usage increased about half a percentage point to nearly 12% of browser users, while IE usage dropped nearly two-thirds of a percentage point to about 85.2% since January.

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.

Ex-Elementary School Janitor Convicted Of Child Porn Based On Computer Images
A federal jury convicted Shane Robert Ferguson after a forensic examination revealed more than 120,000 images of child pornography on his computer.

Open AJAX Group Drafts Development Plans
More than two dozen vendors, including IBM, Adobe, Google, Yahoo, Oracle, and Mozilla, are working on making Ajax development easier.

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.

LucasArts Plugs Artificial Intelligence Into Video Games
New software simulates the human nervous system to make movements appear more natural. Read our article and see video of in-game Indiana Jones' new and improved moves.

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.

Brief: Skype Offers Translation Service In 150 Languages
The offerings range from Arabic to Vietnamese for VoIP customers and cost $2.99 a minute.

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4. Grab Bag

Chinese Version Of Wikipedia Is Launched (Associated Press)
China's biggest Internet search site, Baidu.com, has launched a Chinese-language encyclopedia inspired by the cooperative reference site Wikipedia, which the communist government bars China's Web surfers from seeing.

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.

Think Before Posting Your Info Online (CBS News)
Details put on sites such as "Facebook" could come back to haunt you because social networking sites are archived. Perspective employers can learn some details you might not want them to know.


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.

State CIOs' Wish Lists Include Wireless, SOA
Trying to break away from "legacy" thinking, several CIOs talk about where they would like to spend their IT dollars.

IBM Offers Mainframe Support For SOAs
The company argues that mainframes and the legacy software that runs on them will find second careers as SOA hubs.

Red Hat-JBoss: Hitching Open To Service-Oriented Architecture
To make the merger pay, the companies need to prove they can be a foundation in shifting business IT strategies.

HP Targets SOA Market
The frameworks are aimed at the financial services, public sector, and manufacturing/distribution segments.


6. Voice Of Authority

What Does Microsoft Have That Google And Yahoo Lack?
Google said it wanted to be more transparent. It would also do well to be more accountable. Hiring a chief privacy officer would demonstrate that commitment, Thomas Claburn says.


7. White Papers

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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