During the past few years enterprise services have been leveraging
cloud-based technologies for several reasons including scalability and
automated provisioning capabilities [1, 2]. In a development / design
environment, cloud platforms provide dynamic and repeatable processes for
creating environments that help reduce lead times and provide cost-effective
optimizing infrastructure apart from eliminating manual intervention and
minimizing rework due to environment defects. In a deployment environment,
the cloud leverages virtualization, distributed applications and grid-based
architecture patterns. In this article, I discuss creating a reference
architecture and designing financial supply chain applications so they can be
enabled for cloud environments .
Some of the challenges faced by the financial supply chain applications
include lots of integrations, innova... (more)
Java is hot. Just nine years old, it has become one of the leading
development environments in the world. Millions of programmers and thousands
of companies use it, and half of all IT managers expect to deploy J2EE
applications this year.
But Java's popularity hasn't necessarily made it easy for the growing
population of Java code jockeys. Ever-shortening production cycles have kept
the heat on programmers, who increasingly work in large teams to meet
production milestones. And every day those teams come face-to-face with an
immutable law of software development: the more code y... (more)
BEA's name is synonymous with the application server. Most applications
running on Unix in North America run on BEA's WebLogic server, particularly
financial apps. The current stable WebLogic 8.1 version does a lot more than
earlier versions. Migrating to new versions is always challenging and risky,
but is done for efficiency and new capabilities, and to stay current with a
vendor's products and support.
Most applications developed on the WebLogic 6.1 used JDK 1.3 or earlier. A
move from WebLogic 6.1 to 8.1 means making our applications compatible with
JDK 1.4.1 or higher since... (more)
Web services have opened opportunities to integrate the applications at an
enterprise level irrespective of the technology they have been implemented
in. IBM's CICS transaction server for z/OS v3.1 can support web services. It
can help expose existing applications as web services or develop new
functionality to invoke web services.
One of the commonly used protocols for CICS web services is SOAP for CICS. It
enables the communication of applications through XML. It supports as a
service provider and service consumer independent of platform and language.
SOAP for CICS enables CIC... (more)
Traditionally business process services are built on applications that are
running within the enterprise to fulfill business demands. In the recent
past, the concept of SaaS Clouds gained significance with services being
hosted in a common cloud environment within the enterprise or outside the
enterprise. In this article, we propose an innovative implementation of
Cloud-based SaaS Enterprise Frameworks in "Corporate Action Events"
A lot of discussions have appeared on how enterprise architecture services
and cloud-based services, namely SaaS, are connected within an ... (more)