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When there are lots of solutions, choosing the right products to build your software is really challenging. Identifying the right combination of middleware products to build your SOA is key to its success. This article discusses an approach to using non-functional requirements in choosing these products, using SOA in health care as an example. Software applications that are fragmented across departments, legacy systems that cannot be retired, and integration challenges due to heterogeneity are no exception in the health care industry. Business processes and sophisticated medical data that go from physicians and hospitals to health plans to pharmaceutical companies to insurance companies make the implementation of IT solutions highly challenging. Service-oriented architecture (SOA) has been identified as a perfect way to meet these challenges and many companies in t... (more)

Regulatory Compliance in Complex Heterogeneous Environments

In recent years the regulatory pressure on organizations to secure, document, and protect their data and systems has become increasingly difficult to ignore. There appears to be no lack of government regulations - both in the U.S. and abroad - that impose new laws requiring corporate accountability for controls placed on information and technology. Typically organizations implement controls by adding or replacing technology, processes, and staff. While the scope of the regulations reaches beyond Information Technology (IT) controls - covering many aspects of an organization's operations - IT departments seem to bear the brunt of the responsibility. So what is causing this sudden onslaught of regulations? Often they are the result of public complaints of unacceptable business practices. While a review of the actual language of the regulations may be intimidating, the ... (more)

SAP and TechniData Release Solution for Achieving EU Chemical Regulation Compliance

SAP and TechniData announced the availability of SAP REACH Compliance, a comprehensive software application for addressing complex tasks required by the European Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) legislation. The first REACH compliance deadline is pre- registration, which runs from June 1, 2008 to November 30, 2008. The remaining three REACH deadlines will occur in 2010, 2013 and 2018, respectively. During the first several years under REACH, the average chemical company is estimated to handle 15,000 compliance projects, each involving substance registration, usage and management, supply chain, financial and legal processes. REACH places the burden of proving the safety of chemical substances, products and consumer use on the manufacturer and importer. Chemical, consumer product, mill, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and other process manu... (more)

Are Enterprises Ready for Cloud Computing?

Barry Lynn's Blog There have been multiple white papers and articles written by analysts - Is Cloud Computing Ready for the Enterprise? The question is asked so many times now - Is Cloud Computing ready for the enterprise? So, I have to ask - Is the enterprise ready for Cloud Computing? I’ll start this discourse with a few PC and sincere comments (the two are not mutually exclusive unless one is running for political office). First, I love Corporate CIOs and IT managers (not in a romantic way, of course, but with great admiration). Second, they have the most difficult jobs in the corporate universe. They are the brains and the central nervous systems of large enterprises. They are also the most taken for granted of all executives. They represent cost centers who get no credit for their corporations’ profits, while keeping the corporation alive. If they achieve 99.99%... (more)

Amazon Announces New EC2 Pricing Options

Amazon Sessions at Cloud Expo Amazon Web Services LLC, an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today announced Spot Instances, a new option for purchasing and consuming Amazon EC2 compute resources. With Spot Instances, customers bid on unused Amazon EC2 capacity and run those instances for as long as their bid exceeds the current Spot Price. The Spot Price changes periodically based on supply and demand, and customers whose bids exceed it gain access to the available Spot Instances. Spot Instances are complementary to On-Demand Instances and Reserved Instances, providing another way to obtain Amazon EC2 compute capacity. To get started using Amazon EC2 Spot Instances, visit http://aws.amazon.com. Spot Instances are well-suited for applications that can have flexible start and stop times such as image and video conversion and rendering, data processing, financial ... (more)

Wi-Fi with Your Big Mac, Sir?

IBM thinks what you need with your Big Mac is Wi-Fi connectivity, so they are deploying access points in McDonald's restaurants across the U.S., starting in New York City. This is being done under the Cometa brand, the alliance between IBM, AT&T, and Intel on the technical side, with 3i and Apex providing the finance. Always keen to combine fast food with fast-network access, WBT's Editor-in-Chief, Bill Ray, tracked down Dean Douglas, VP for the Telecommunications Industry, IBM Global Services, to talk about Wi-Fi, burgers, and the problems of cleaning ThinkPads... WBT: So you're planning to deploy Wi-Fi hotspots in McDonald's restaurants - how many and where? Is the plan to eventually go in to every one, or just selected sites? What's the timeframe involved? DOUGLAS: Initially, we worked in conjunction with Cometa Networks to make Wi-Fi available at 10 McDonald's lo... (more)

Bridging the Gap: SMP Performance at Cluster Economics

It's a familiar story. IT departments in industry, government, and academic organizations struggle to keep up with their users' insatiable demand for processing power. Every 18 months, just as Moore's law predicted, processing power doubles. IT departments buy and install new systems. Users find better and bigger applications that consume this processing power almost before it's installed. In the area of high-performance computing (HPC), users are pushing the boundaries even further. Computational analysis has become an important step in a wide range of processes. Users in product design, drug discovery, weather modeling, and scientific research want more. Manufacturing engineers want systems that run simulations significantly faster. Pharmaceutical researchers want to analyze and compare larger databases faster. Even users of commercial applications are pushing fo... (more)

Iconix Pharmaceuticals Wins InfoWorld 100 Award for Innovative Use of TIBCO's AJAX Technology

PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TIBCO Software Inc. , a leading business integration and process management software company that enables real-time business, today announced that its customer -- Iconix Pharmaceuticals -- has been honored with an InfoWorld 100 Award for its creative use of TIBCO General Interface Framework. Iconix Pharmaceuticals' leveraged TIBCO's AJAX solution to develop and power an intuitive, high productivity graphical user interface (GUI) for its comprehensive DrugMatrix(R) database. TIBCO General Interface is the industry's most mature Rich Internet Application (RIA) development solution based on Asynchronous communication, JavaScript and XML (AJAX) technology. Iconix first deployed DrugMatrix with the General Interface Framework in 2001 leveraging development techniques from AJAX technology. TIBCO's powerful RIA framewo... (more)

Model N Releases Next Generation Revenue Management Suite Utilizing the AJAX Industry Standard

Model N, the pioneer in Revenue Management solutions for the life science industry, has announced the release of its next generation Revenue Management Suite, built on the AJAX industry standard. This major new release offers several industry innovations, including breakthrough ease of use for web-based applications and the first automated price and regulatory compliance monitoring built into standard Revenue Management pricing, contracts and settlements applications. Using Model N's Revenue Management Suite, life science organizations will realize greater success in controlling revenue leakage and managing regulatory compliance risk. In addition, major enhancements in web technology usability will dramatically increase productivity and application ease of adoption. "In designing this next generation of the Revenue Management Suite, Model N focused on the usability ... (more)

Composite Software Adds SOA Data Services For SAP BW

Composite Software released its newest Composite Application Data Services for SAP Business Information Warehouse (BW). Customers can now bring forward historical information from SAP BW and other existing systems into a service-oriented environment. These reusable services, which leverage Composite’s award winning Enterprise Information Integration (EII) technology, help enterprises simplify access to complex packaged applications, and thereby accelerate dashboard, single-view, ad-hoc reporting and service-oriented architecture (SOA) projects. Composite Software is the only Data Services solutions company to provide pre-built data services for the world’s most commonly used packaged applications. Composite Application Data Services for SAP BW allow more users to easily access SAP BW data. Additionally, SAP BW data can be combined with data from disparat... (more)

JNBridge Releases Java and .NET GUI Control Embedding Capability

JNBridge, LLC announced the release of JNBridgePro 3.1, the latest version of the company's flagship Java and .NET interoperability tool. JNBridgePro 3.1 enables developers to embed Java GUI controls directly in .NET applications, or .NET GUI widgets in Java applications. JNBridgePro is a Java and .NET interoperability tool that easily connects anything Java to anything .NET. Developers can access Java objects and classes from .NET as if they were .NET objects and classes, or access .NET objects and classes from Java. With this new version, developers can now embed Java widgets written in AWT or Swing directly inside WinForm applications, or embed .NET WinForms controls in to Java AWT, SWT, or Swing applications. “Embedded controls has been our top feature request, as custom GUI controls can be difficult to write or expensive to buy,” said Wayne Citrin, CT... (more)