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The quest for agility has spurred the recent rise of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and the face of modern IT integration architecture is changing. Technology stovepipes of the past are now being connected by Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) technology, which provides the backbone for the networking, communication, mediation, and service container management needed to support an SOA. Every integration software vendor provides some form of ESB in its products and the ESB has risen to the status of a de facto standard for SOA integrating. But what's the next step in the evolution of the IT integration fabric? The next step is a new class of software called event-stream processing, or ESP. ESP has been hailed as the "next big thing" by both software vendors and analysts because it helps an SOA integration fabric become intelligent and responsive. ESP empowers a busin... (more)

The Seven Principles of Web Services Business Process Management

As Web services technology begins to impact business process management (BPM) and application-to-application integration, a question arises: "What business and technical challenges will we face applying Web services technology to BPM and application integration?" This article presents the seven dominant principles of good Web services design. The principles are based on 15 years of software technology evolution, combined with practical experience from today's deployed Web services applications. The technical motivation for Web services is shown in Figure 1. In the '90s, the Inte... (more)