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Service-oriented srchitecture (SOA) is an often-used term in today's IT organizations. Some surveys have shown that half of all Fortune 500 companies are actively pursuing an SOA in some form or another, many instituting it as their fundamental design concept. SOA is not something that you can simply buy off the shelf, but rather is a process and architectural mindset that enables a type of IT structure to be put in place. The SOA technical design approach focuses on organizing business systems as reusable components, not as fixed processes. It potentially requires coordination with many parts of the organization and is a continuous process that changes the way IT technologies are developed and used. Definition There are many definitions of SOA; however, most definitions center around application functionality that can be discovered and reused through loosely coup... (more)

Best Practices for XML Web Services Management and Security

Basic Web services connections are easy to do, but managing the security, availability, performance, scalability and the inevitable changes to a production environment requires planning. Companies deploying Web services in a meaningful way are increasingly finding they must address Web services management and security early. This session cuts through the hype and shows you how to achieve SOA while dealing with the realities of our IT environments. Significant challenges include securing these XML interfaces into our fundamental business systems, monitoring these lines of communi... (more)