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According to Wikipedia, “The last mile (or last kilometer) is the final leg of delivering connectivity from a communications provider to a customer. Usually referred to by the telecommunications and cable television industries, it is typically seen as an expensive challenge because ‘fanning out’ wires and cables is a considerable physical undertaking.” The significant complexity, cost, and risk associated with this situation delayed many broadband rollouts until new technology became available that could realize the “last mile.” This powerful and real-world analogy from the world of telecommunications and cable TV succinctly summarizes the current state of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) in the enterprise. It is widely agreed in concept that SOA has the potential to break down barriers between application silos and enable the reuse of business or application-le... (more)

Data Virtualization for BI Agility – a One-Trick Pony Won’t Cut It

In a recent article, CIO.com said that analytics and BI will be the top technology priorities for CIOs in 2012, based on a Gartner Inc. survey of IT executives. However, if you look back in time, reports show that BI was a top priority even then. Although we have fast-forwarded many years, the priorities haven't really changed. BI is still top of mind. Granted, the amount of data that needs to be processed is growing by the day, and the need for businesses to have timely insight into things that matter is becoming more immediate. But wasn't this the case earlier as well? Businesse... (more)

Data Virtualization – The Quest for Agility

Yes, data virtualization is definitely about agility. We covered this from different angles in my previous article. Agility in this context is about accelerating the time-to-delivery of new critical data and reports that the business needs and trusts. It is also about an architecture that is flexible to changes in underlying data sources, without impacting the consuming applications. It's about doing data virtualization the right way so you can deliver new critical data and reports in days vs. months. However, what about productivity? A discussion around agility cannot and must ... (more)

Extending Web Services to the Real World

This is the first in a series of articles that will explore the realm of Web services, the challenges that lie ahead, and advancements that enable extending Web services to the real world. Applications for real-world scenarios have significant dependencies on development time and ROI and must be robust, platform neutral, and performance sensitive. Most important, these scenarios need to be highly flexible to changes in requirements and applicability. Web services are an effective way to balance all these aspects of real-world applications and provide a rich and extensible infras... (more)

Web Services and Portal Technology

Portals are central points of access for applications and content for both internal and external use in an enterprise through interactive and rich presentation interfaces. Personalized access to information, applications, processes, and people is provided to portals by getting information from local or remote data sources such as databases, transaction systems, content providers, or remote Web sites. This information is then rendered and aggregated into meaningful pages to provide information to users in a compact and easily consumable form. In addition to pure information, many... (more)