There is an entire universe of suppliers and vendors that support the delivery of applications as services. Indeed, the Software as a Service (SaaS) model is attracting more than end users who acquire their IT via user-per-month service subscriptions. Also attracted to the SaaS market are those vendors creating the means to produce and deliver such services well and efficiently. We're seeing more Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) support vendors focus their sales on SaaS providers and hosts, with the understanding that SOA may well emerge in the SaaS universe first, and then extend to enterprises more generally. To help understand the SaaS market, what SaaS providers want and what those seeking to support those providers can deliver, we recently spoke with Colleen Smith, managing director of Software as a Service for Progress Software. The resulting podcast, hosted and moderated by Dana Gardner, offers some great insights and better appreciation of the swelling ecology of vendors and providers devoted to SaaS delivery. Read a full transcript of the discussion at http://briefingsdirect.blogspot.com/2007/08/saas-providers-now-seek-solutions-from.html.
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One size fits all has its limits. Most developers prefer to cherry-pick their infrastructure resources, keep them lightweight, and remain as agile as they can. Taking a clue from this philosophy the Apache Software Foundation has dozens of projects under way to build out the discrete infrastructure assets through open source community involvement, while also providing a needed balance between choice and automation. One such project, Apache Camel, a sub-set of Apache ActiveMQ, is nearing maturity milestones that will make it a unique approach to middleware services mediation and routing. Learn more about Apache Camel and its value to developers and operators in this sponsored BriefingsDirect podcast with James Strachan, technical director of engineering at IONA Technologies, and longtime Apache developer and committer. Moderated and hosted by Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions. Read a full transcript of the discussion at http://briefingsdirect.blogspot.com/2007/08/apache-camel-addresses-need-for.html. Sponsor: IONA Technologies.
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Welcome to the latest BriefingsDirect SOA Insights Edition, Vol. 23, a weekly discussion and dissection of Services Oriented Architecture (SOA)-related news and events, with a panel of IT analysts. In this episode we record a special podcast of "Insights Edition," before a live audience at the July 23, 2007 plenary session of the Open Group’s Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conference in Austin, Texas. The panel consists of Eric Knorr, executive editor-at-large at InfoWorld; Tony Baer, principal at onStrategies; Todd Biske, principal architect at MomentumSI, and, Beth Gold-Bernstein, vice president of ebizQ Learning Center. The discussion is hosted and moderated by Dana Gardner. Together we explore the "The Future of SOA." Read a full transcript of the podcast at http://briefingsdirect.blogspot.com/2007/08/soa-insights-analysts-discuss-likely.html.
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Welcome to the latest BriefingsDirect SOA Insights Edition, Vol. 21, a weekly discussion and dissection of Services Oriented Architecture (SOA)-related news and events, with a panel of IT analysts. In this episode, recorded June 29, 2007, our experts are joined by guest Jim Ricotta, vice president and general manager of appliances within IBM’s software group. Together we explore the role and definition of IT infrastructure appliances and the impact on SOA. Other topics addressed include the BPEL4People specification, as well as the arrival of the GPL v3 open source license. Please join noted IT industry analysts and experts Tony Baer, Jim Kobielus, Brad Shimmin and Todd Biske for our discussion, hosted and moderated by Dana Gardner. Read a full transcript of the podcast at http://briefingsdirect.blogspot.com/2007/07/briefingsdirect-soa-insights-analysts.html.
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