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TIBCO Software (NASDAQ: TIBX) announced alliances with HCL Technologies and VMware to facilitate adoption and help enterprise customers realize the benefits of cloud computing with TIBCO Silver -- the industry's first platform designed from the ground up for the rapid delivery of cloud applications inside the enterprise. HCL Technologies, one of India's leading global IT Services companies, will leverage TIBCO Silver to help its customers pursue and deploy their cloud strategy through outsourcing, consulting services, solutions labs and bundled services. Vikram Duvvoori, senior vice president and global head, enterprise transformation services, HCL Technologies stated, "At HCL, we believe that cloud computing could create an impact beyond IT and open up Blue Ocean opportunities for business transformation. We are long standing strategic partners with TIBCO and shar... (more)

Outrageously unfunny web services joke…

… which I shall repeat in its entirety: The component asks the bartender via Web Services: “Gimme a beer” Bartender: “What kind of beer?” The component thinks a minute. “I didn’t know you’d have more than one. I just want a beer.” Bartender: “What kind of beer?” Component: “A plain one.” Bartender: “What’s plain beer? How about a bud?” Component: “Umm.. ok.” The component tries to take the beer but it slips onto the floor and the glass breaks. Bartender: “What’s wrong with you?” Component: “I got a slippery SoapException.” Many thanks to Beth Massi … ... (more)

Cloud Balancing, Reverse Cloud Bursting, and Staying PCI-Compliant

One of the concerns with cloud bursting specifically for the use of addressing seasonal scaling needs is that cloud computing environments are not necessarily PCI-friendly. But there may be a solution that allows the application to maintain its PCI-compliance and still make use of cloud computing environments for seasonal scaling efficiency. Cloud bursting, a.k.a. overdraft protection, is a great concept but in some situations, such as those involving PCI-compliance, it can be difficult if not impossible to actually implement. The financial advantages to cloud bursting for organizations requiring additional capacity on only a seasonal basis are well understood, but the regulatory issues that surround such implementations hinder adoption of this method to address cost-effective capacity increases when necessarily only for short periods of time. But what if we archit... (more)

Industry Analysts on Axway and Vordel

Gordon Smith in Silicon Republic has a nice article today on the analyst coverage of the recent Vordel-Axway news. He summarizes the responses from Gartner and Forrester analysts. He notes that: Industry analysts have welcomed the news last week that Ireland’s Vordel is to be acquired by the French software group Axway. Paolo Malinverno, a vice-president of research with Gartner, has been tracking both companies for several years. He classified the deal as the combination of a leader in the enterprise B2B space with a smaller, focused player specialising in API management and SOA governance. “This unites an industry leader with a much more innovative company and literally unifies the market and multiplies it, to some extent,” he said. “It’s a good match and it’s definitely a case where the total is greater than the sum of the elements.” Stefan Ried, principal analys... (more)

Booz Allen Leverages Red Hat Solutions to Deliver Flexible and Scalable SOA Deployments

Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading strategy and technology consulting firm, relies on Red Hat solutions to deliver increased scalability and flexibility for its clients’ mission-critical systems. Booz Allen recently delivered a solution combining Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Platform, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform and JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform to a government agency client to help it adapt to changes in its IT architecture. Over a one-year period, the client’s data processing has increased from 1,000 documents per hour and 18,000 documents per day to more than 10,000 documents per hour and 100,000 documents per day. The number of the client’s internal system users also increased 600 percent in the first year that the solution was deployed. Booz Allen Hamilt... (more)

Stonebranch Presents World-Class Speakers at Innovation Europe 2009

HANNOVER, Germany, June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Stonebranch(R), Inc. (www.stonebranch.com) today announced that Frank Kenney, featured Gartner analyst, is the keynote speaker at Stonebranch's annual conference, Innovation Europe. The event will take place on September 3-4, 2009 in Amsterdam. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090311/CL79789LOGO-a) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090311/CL79789LOGO-b) At Innovation Europe, participants have the unique opportunity to talk directly to Frank Kenney in scheduled one-on-one meetings about their company's problems and opportunities during these tough economic times. These time slots are limited so interested attendees need to register quickly. The focus of this year's conference is an exciting announcement about the launch of Stonebranch's new Managed File Transfer solution. The new solution will change ... (more)

Seaspan Selects IFS Applications to Support $8 Billion in Shipbuilding Work

IFS North America announced that Seaspan has selected IFS Applications as its Shipbuilding materials requirements planning (MRP) solution. IFS Applications was chosen because it provides a powerful project-based solution (PBS) with the ability to control cost and schedule in real-time, enhancing Seaspan’s ability to efficiently meet customer requirements. This capability will help Seaspan deliver on the recently awarded $8 billion Federal Government shipbuilding program to build non-combat vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy. “IFS’s successful track record with other shipyards allowed us to make this selection with confidence,” Seaspan Shipyards President Brian Carter said. “They also have a partnership with our existing CAD software supplier which will help us ensure the continuity between design and engineering processes that are so essent... (more)

Voip-Pal.com Inc. Engages the Law Firm of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles LLP

Voip-Pal.com Inc. (“Voip-Pal”) (OTC Pink: VPLM) is pleased to announce that they have engaged the law firm of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles LLP to serve as its corporate counsel. Dr. Thomas Sawyer, Chairman and CEO of Voip-Pal, stated, "Voip-Pal.com is very pleased to have engaged Stubbs, Alderton & Markiles LLP, to assist us in our progress in the future. We are confident that working in tandem will enable us to achieve our goals of gaining appropriate value for the portfolio of VoIP's patented technologies. Studies have concluded that legal services quality increases with the size of the law firm because of experience and functional industry knowledge. All firms are made up of humans; thus, it is important that the law firm have compatible personal skills and cultural exposures. Due diligence by Voip has convinced the Board of Directors that Stubbs is of the size to ... (more)

Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Down 4th Week in a Row

NEW YORK, Oct. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mortgage rates declined for a fourth consecutive week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropping to 4.41 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. The average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.27 discount and origination points. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20040122/FLTHLOGO) To see mortgage rates in your area, go to http://www.bankrate.com/funnel/mortgages/. The average 15-year fixed mortgage fell to 3.47 percent, while the larger jumbo 30-year fixed mortgage rate retreated to 4.58 percent. Adjustable rate mortgages were lower also, with the popular 5-year adjustable rate inching lower to 3.4 percent and the 7-year ARM sliding to 3.72 percent.    The government shutdown raised just enough concern about potential impact on the economy to bring mortgage rates lower. While the... (more)

ViewSonic and digbil Announce Global Partnership to Provide Digital Signage Solutions for Cloud Computing Era

InfoComm # C-7118 - ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solution products, and digbil, the digital signage brand under American Megatrends (AMI), announce a partnership to provide best-in-class digital signage solutions. ViewSonic and digbil have created a series of hardware and software solutions aimed at simplifying the deployment and management of digital signage networks. These innovations enable customers to expand their networks from a single digital sign to tens of thousands quickly and without expensive hardware. “The digital signage industry has been highly fragmented. Customers have had to purchase hardware from one vendor, software from another vendor and still be left without professional content creation or installation,” said Craig Scott, director of business development at digbil. “The result is confused, unsatisfied customers who e... (more)

SOA Governance Best Practices – Architectural, Organizational, and SDLC Implications

The fact that you're reading this article means that you are probably planning a service-oriented architecture (SOA) initiative and recognize that some level of governance is required in order to be successful. If you are like most people in this position, you are also somewhat confused as to the meaning of SOA governance. Governance is the current buzzword, and combining governance with SOA creates a phrase that every independent software vendor (ISV) wants a piece of. How do you sort out what is marketing hype from what is truly valuable and relevant to your organization's SOA efforts? Governance Scope Within an IT Organization Much of the hype around SOA governance has been focused on operational governance. Defining, tracking, and managing factors like service-level agreements (e.g., average response time, peak response time, average throughput, peak throughput) ... (more)