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SYS-CON Events announced today that iTKO to exhibit at the upcoming SOA World Conference & Expo 2007 East, June 25-27, 2007 in New York City. iTKO, Inc. offers the most complete software suite for testing Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA), allowing multiple business technology layers to be exercised within a single test case. iTKO's mission is to allow everyone involved in IT to own Complete, Collaborative, and Continuous TM software quality, from development, to QA and business analysts. iTKO LISA Complete SOA Testing Platform system performs unit, functional, regression, load and performance tests, without requiring test coding or script maintenance, saving up to 80% of the cost of testing over the course of six months. For dynamic web applications, web services, J2EE, .NET, Java objects, JMS/messaging, databases, and many more technologies, LISA provides live ... (more)

ESB Testing Strategies with Mule

To be able to do anything useful, an ESB must be configured with all sorts of parameters, from endpoint connection URIs to message transformation scripts to content-based routing definitions. Moreover, ESBs like Mule can host custom components, which will process messages and perform user-specific actions on them. Deploying a new version of an ESB configuration raises the question of whether it will break anything. How can we build confidence that everything will be just fine? If unit testing did it for standard software development, what can it do in the realm of the ESB? Since ESBs are becoming increasingly familiar in corporate IT, getting concrete answers is of interest to more and more people. This article details the testing strategies I employ for Mule ESB-driven projects, which I think contain elements that could be generalized to other platforms. I am cer... (more)

Support Real Healthcare Reform: Start Using HL7 v3

Health Care at Cloud Expo We all know that technology is key to reducing health care costs, eliminating dangerous errors, and eventually providing coverage for all.  I like learning from others, so while we consider ourselves innovative, there is no point in repeating mistakes made by others.  Here's a fact motivating the Dutch -- one of the leading nations in using modern technology (SOA, XML. HL7v3, Schematrons, Virtualization, Cloud computing) for solving their heath care problems: "Currently some 90.000 people (out of a population of 16 million) are hospitalized yearly due to wrong medication."  Fourth Grade Math shows that we, in the US, may be hospitalizing (300/16 x 90,000) over 1.6 Million individuals due to wrong medication. A review of the Dutch Health Care Initiative that has evolved for almost a decade shows that they are on the leading edge of deploying... (more)

Cloud Expo Bronze Sponsor Releases OLAP Engine for Performance Testing

SOASTA Session at Cloud Expo "Performance Engineering is a perfect application for the next generation of this technology." said Ken Gardner, CTO and Executive Chairman, SOASTA, "as it’s become increasingly difficult to use existing enterprise tools to uncover the issues that cause latency and unreliability in the new world of rich-media, high traffic, consumer-facing websites." Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! Gardner, whose company SOASTA Inc. is Bronze Sponsor of Cloud Expo 2010 East being held April 19-21, 2010 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York, was speaking on the occasion of SOASTA's announcement today - just one week before Cloud Expo - that it has extended its industry leading performance testing solution CloudTest with the release of CloudTest Analytics, the first real time Business Intelligence engine purpose-... (more)

Hunting Down the “Herbies” In Your House

Recently some colleagues and I were discussing applications of the Theory of Constraints to various process and financial management scenarios.  In our current  economic environment in which organizations are constantly being pushed to new expectations of efficiency, the effective use of all available resources is absolutely critical to the success of an organization.  As we were considering some of the themes from Eli Goldratt’s classic business novel “The Goal” (right around the first anniversary of the author’s passing, coincidentally), I began to see the applicability of Goldratt’s work to the management of enterprise information technology much more clearly.  Although the focus of Goldratt’s seminal novel is primarily targeted at manufacturing, the discussion got me thinking about how well IT professionals embrace similar concepts to focus on eliminating bottle... (more)

SOA Testing Framework

Service-oriented architecture (SOA) has become today's technology buzz and it's rapidly becoming a mainstream approach to enterprise systems design. Beyond the buzz of SOA, organizations face several challenges as they attempt to truly effectuate the paradigm shift towards SOA. One critical challenge is: How can we assure the quality of the business services that we build? Can the services we build withstand the test of rapid organizational change? One way to address this challenge is through the use of effective testing methodologies and tools for the services deployed under an organization's SOA fabric. A new development methodology - services-oriented development of applications (SODA) - is emerging to accompany the paradigm shift toward SOA. Today's agile software teams need effective tools to smoothen the transition. This article analyzes, designs, and demonst... (more)

SOA Governance and Management Issues

In today's business environment, change is the only constant, which makes speed and agility a key basis for competitive advantage. This is why so many organizations are moving toward services oriented architectures as the new basis for IT. But despite the considerable promise of SOA, it adds new complexity that can introduce IT and business risk. This is why governance has become an imperative for SOA projects today. This session will discuss the requirements for governing an SOA and the importance of a governance foundation for optimizing the value and mitigating the risks of a service orientation. It will discuss how governance enables organizations to transform the complexity inherent to SOA from a risk factor to a value generator. It will also introduce an innovative new approach for using SOA governance as the means for automating corporate governance by using ... (more)

Chris Benedetto Joins SOA Company Solstice Software As VP, Marketing

Solstice Software, provider of automated, end-to-end integration and SOA testing software, today announced that Chris Benedetto has joined the company as Vice President of Marketing. Benedetto will manage Solstice Software's new business and customer development, direct the company's advertising and public relations efforts, and grow the market share of Solstice's flagship product, Solstice Integra Suite. Benedetto also serves as a member of the company's executive team, and reports to President and CEO Robert Harman. "Chris's sales, marketing, and operations experience, coupled with his knowledge of integration and SOA, makes him an ideal choice to lead our marketing team," says Robert Harman, President and CEO of Solstice Software. "Chris has driven a number of prominent high technology companies to success through smart sales, marketing, customer management, and pr... (more)

ChoicePay: Rising above the SOA Testing Challenge

ChoicePay has embarked on a strategic Web Services-based SOA initiative as part of its ongoing effort to improve customer and partner service. To meet its service improvement objectives, ChoicePay builds reliable and robust Web Services. It continues to enhance its service objectives without compromising overall quality through short, iterative, and demanding Web Services testing cycles. Background ChoicePay handles electronic bill payments for some of America's largest companies. Starting operations in 1996, it was a pioneer in the Electronic Bill Presentment and Payment (EBPP) industry and is recognized today as providing one of the most comprehensive suites of payment channels and options in its class. ChoicePay's adoption of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) stems from its continuous effort to improve service for its clients. One of the many SOA-based Web Se... (more)

iTKO's LISA WS-Testing Surpasses 1,000th Download

iTKO, a provider of automated testing solutions for SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture) software,announced it has surpassed the 1,000th free download of its LISA WS-Testing, a fully functional Web Services testing solution. The free LISA WS-Testing download is available at www.itko.com/ws-testing. SOA quality requires a complete, continuous, and collaborative focus across the entire SOA lifecycle. While Web Services testing continues to be an important part of the SOA quality puzzle, it is only the starting point. By offering LISA WS-Testing as a free download, iTKO is helping development teams to get started on incorporating quality early into SOA Lifecycle Governance. "In just over a month, 1000 development and quality professionals have downloaded LISA WS-Testing for their Web Services needs," said Jim Mackay, chief marketing officer, iTKO, Inc. "The user feedback ... (more)

Improving Customer Experience Through SOA and Web 2.0

British Telecom Openreach Portal is one of new breed open-source portal platforms that have embraced new and futuristic technologies to provide an unparallel service to their customers. Sajindra Jayasena, an experienced Enterprise architect who is currently senior software architect at Virtusa UK and lead technical architect of BT's Openreach Portal Program, will  examine how the SOA and Web 2.0 technology based platform developed in Openreach Portal, by wiring up the existing rigid flows and deploying them for execution through web and web service interfaces real-time and zero down time, gave the power to end users to define their own services and flows. "BT Openreach Portal (www.openreach.co.uk) provided the facility for UK-based communication providers (CPs) to manage and service their end customer orders ranging from a simple phone connection and Digital Subscribe... (more)