5 ways to better Web services

Introduction: 5 ways to better Web services
What is the status of Web services development several years into technology adoption? In the following pages, ADT profiles five organizations and the ways in which they utilized development tools that support Web services standards, as well as the standards themselves to build new apps, and integrate or extend existing ones. Read more.

Lydian Trust: It’s the application framework, stupid Lydian Trust is a mid-sized financial services company based in Palm Beach, Fla. Although it was only founded in 1999, its services, including private banking and wealth management, had expanded by mid-2002 to the point where it had outgrown its original IT systems built on Microsoft Windows .COM. Studdard’s job was to move to the .NET platform with a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) that would allow development teams to build Web services applications without having to worry about the basic XML-based standards or architecture. Read more .NET in the ER
Keith Brophy, CTO at Robertson Research Institute, Saginaw, Mich., has been working on a Web services application whose objective has special relevance -- saving lives. Two years ago, Brophy began working on NxOpinion, which the firm envisions as a real-time diagnostic tool for ERs throughout the world. The project was originated by Institute founder and president Dr. Joel Robertson. When the son of a close friend died due to a lack of relevant diagnostic information in an emergency room, Robertson dedicated some of the Institute’s resources to solving the misdiagnosis of non-chronic illnesses. Read more

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SOAP forms global integration
With offices in 35 countries, Future Electronics, the third largest electronic distributor in the world, has developed its own enterprise apps to run its operations. But the firm needed a way to integrate all of its global systems. Most of the Montreal-based organization’s mission-critical applications reside on a Compaq Himalaya/Tandem environment, but the firm wanted to be able to add new Unix elements and Windows environments to the mix. They turned to Web services-based integration to create a loosely coupled integration infrastructure. To read more, click here.

Web services cure integration problems in health care enterprise
“A couple of years ago, we began breaking down application suites into XML-based service methods,” said Steve Flammini, CTO at Partners Healthcare, headquartered in Boston. This began to move the IT infrastructure for the multibillion dollar integrated health care delivery system into the Web services world. Flammini cites a number of benefits achieved as IT enhanced one of the largest integrated client/server networks in the country, which includes hundreds of servers and an estimated 35,000-plus PC clients. To read more, click here.

A modern face for a Progress engine
Web services and related Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs) are changing the face of corporate computing. They are also rocking the world of ISVs. The stories of enterprise users and ISVs are remarkably similar, and the successes of ISVs -- whose software is so often part of the corporate mix -- have meaning for enterprise developers. Their embrace of Web services integration will come to simplify part of the IT department’s integration tasks over time. To read more, click here.



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