Virtually serving the enterprise
can mean different things, but as
Stephen Swoyer found out, virtualization in the service-enabled enterprise
means making it possible for disparate Web services to dynamically power composite
Imagine doing away with production support, feature enhancement requests, scheduled
maintenance, periodic refactoring and other budget dollar boondoggles, Swoyer
writes. Well, right now it's all too good to be true, but some enterprise software
decision-makers and top vendors have embraced service enablement with considerable
enthusiasm. Now, if they can only get enterprise codejockeys on board, they
might be on to something.
Following its acquisitions of PeopleSoft and Siebel, Oracle has been hawking
a plan it calls Project Fusion that will purportedly tie all its products into
a new and improved whole. Several analysts and Oracle customers agree it's an
ambitious goal, but they think Oracle can pull off the caper, writes
regular contributor Alan Earls. The skeptics, not surprisingly, include
competitors who are quick to point out that fusion is also a process that is
used to blow stuff up in a really big way.
Regular Alan Radding checks in this month with a feature
story on open-source middleware. As open-source development expands and
SOAgains traction, many more developers are looking to opensource middleware
to speed the development of what are becoming increasingly complex applications.
The open-source community, which focused on development tools (such as Eclipse)
for several years, finally turned its attention to the middleware problem. Products
such as Mule, which have quietly chugged along for several years, are finally
attracting widespread attention. New middleware products including ServiceMix
and ObjectWeb also are gaining traction. Most recently, a consortium of proprietary
middleware product vendors launched the Synapse initiative to create open-source
middleware for SOAdevelopment and deployment.
ADT has published bigger issues over the years, but none have been
as substantial as this one. Take a look. Thanks.
Michael Alexander is editor-in-chief of Application Development Trends.