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Why End-to-End Testing For Integration and SOA is Essential

We expect a lot from SOA. We want business agility to support growth, attention to customers and efficient operations

We expect a lot from SOA. We want business agility to support growth, attention to customers and efficient, collaborative operations. But you can’t expect what you don’t inspect. Composite applications that are constantly changing call for a new testing paradigm to assure that business processes will work as expected over the complex, heterogeneous environments of multiple protocols and transports. We need visibility across ESBs, across the application life cycle and across the producer-consumer community. Agility demands automation for speed and reusability. It also requires testing functions unique to integration – which is why this is a new investment for most organizations. The risk of not becoming more agile for business results is part of the drive to make quality assurance key in any SOA initiative. Hear real-world examples of what automated end-to-end testing delivers today to several Fortune 500 companies.

Speaker Bio: Madeline Bayliss has split her career in senior management roles between the client side in financial services and the vendor side in a wide range of technologies. Currently she is part of the management team at Solstice Software, the leader in automated end-to-end testing for integration and SOA, as vice president for direct and partner sales and operations. Bayliss is also a director of the Integration Consortium. Previous technology affiliations include Unisys, NewView Technologies, CA and Compuware.

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Conference Charter Sponsors and Exhibitors

IBM (Platinum Sponsor): IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. Drawing on resources from across IBM and key IBM Business Partners, IBM offers a wide range of services, solutions, and technologies that help enable customers, large and small, to take full advantage to increase the flexibility of their business processes, strengthen their underlying IT infrastructure and retain and reuse their existing assets. Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) from IBM is the answer. For more information about IBM, visit www.ibm.com/soa.

Laszlo Systems (Gold Sponsor): Laszlo Systems is the original developer of the open source platform OpenLaszlo, and provider of Rich Internet Applications and services that advance the Web experience. OpenLaszlo is an XML-native foundation for building next-generation Web applications that increase customer retention, conversion and brand loyalty. Laszlo provides comprehensive support services, education, and commercial application modules so that any company can easily make the move to Rich Internet Applications. For more information about Laszlo, visit www.laszlosystems.com.

Parasoft (Gold Sponsor): Parasoft is the leading provider of innovative solutions for automated testing and analysis within the software development lifecycle. Parasoft products and services enable software developers and IT organizations significantly to enhance total software quality and security, accelerate time to market, dramatically reduce development expenses, and increase end-user satisfaction. In a Web services environment, business processes contain services that can span applications, departments and organizations. Component-based tests at the message and implementation layers are critical for ensuring service integrity and stability. Parasoft solutions for SOA help predict and prevent potential problems, detect and remove existing problems, and build applications that can recover if an error does occur. For more information about Parasoft, visit www.parasoft.com

webMethods (Gold Sponsor): webMethods provides business process integration to the world's largest corporations and government agencies. webMethods flagship product suite, webMethods Fabric, is the only integrated platform to deliver both SOA and BPM, delivering rapid ROI to our 1,400 customers around the globe. With webMethods, customers can take a process-centric approach to their business problems, allowing them to leverage their existing IT assets, dramatically improve business process productivity and ROI, and rapidly create competitive advantage by making their business processes work harder for their company. For more information about webMethods, visit www.webmethods.com.

Active Endpoints (Silver Sponsor): Active Endpoints is the leading provider of SOA orchestration solutions that enable organizations to build and deploy composite, process-driven information systems based on WS-BPEL, the SOA orchestration standard. From open source to mission-critical deployments, Active Endpoints allows users quickly adapt to evolving customer demands by reducing the cost of integration, leveraging infrastructure investments, and enabling the sharing of business processes with customers, partners, and suppliers. More ISVs, financial services, government, telecommunications, high technology, and retail organizations use Active Endpoints’ solutions than any other BPEL technology. Headquartered in Shelton, Connecticut, Active Endpoints is privately held. For more information about Active Endpoints, visit www.active-endpoints.com.

Farata Systems (Exhibitor): Farata Systems is a leading IT consulting and product development company providing enterprise-wide IT solutions specializing in the area of rich Internet applications. The company has been created by the merger of two consulting companies: Computer Technology,Inc., and Smart Data Processing, Inc. For more information about Farata Systems, visit www.faratasystems.com.

Fiorano Software (Exhibitor): Fiorano Software Inc, a US Corporation headquartered in Silicon Valley, CA. Fiorano is a leading provider of enterprise class business integration and messaging infrastructure technology. Companies use Fiorano products to develop real-time competencies, improving operational efficiencies and business performance by deploying flexible business processes spanning multiple applications and platforms and partners. Fiorano's distributed, event-driven and service oriented architecture sets a new paradigm in performance, scalability, simplicity, and affordability. With Fiorano, customers can focus on their core competencies, realize an immediate ROI and need no longer grapple expensive, unwieldy alternatives. Fiorano’s technology provides ease of use and flexibility powering a variety of businesses from Medium Enterprises to Global leaders and Fortune 500s such as Boeing, British Telecom, NASA, Schlumberger, Quicken Loans, Federal Reserve Bank of New York , Lockheed Martin and McKesson among others. For more information about Fiorano Software Inc, visit www.fiorano.com

iTKO (Exhibitor): iTKO LISA software is the most complete testing solution for ensuring Lifecycle Quality governance processes in Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA). iTKO's mission is to allow everyone involved in IT to own Complete, Collaborative, and Continuous™ software quality, from development, to QA and business analysis. iTKO LISA SOA Testing Framework performs unit, functional, regression, load and performance tests, without requiring test coding or script maintenance, saving up to 80% of testing costs. LISA gives everyone the "Freedom-to-Test" every layer of SOA: Websites, Web services, J2EE, .NET, ESB/messaging, databases, and many more technologies exactly as they are deployed. iTKO customers include Sun, Citigroup, Cardinal Health, American Airlines, AMD, TIBCO and i2. For more information about iTKO LISA solutions, visit http://www.itko.com.

Layer 7 Technologies (Exhibitor): Layer 7 Technologies is a leading provider of XML security and networking infrastructure for SOA and Web 2.0. The award-winning SecureSpan family of XML appliances and gateway software address the security, performance and complexity challenges of deploying and maintaining production Web services. Modern service-oriented application integration models and Web oriented application delivery models depend on effectively addressing these issues inherent in sharing Web services with other applications. Layer 7 Technologies therefore aims to provide the essential application oriented security and networking infrastructure to enable Service-oriented and Web-oriented architectures (i.e. SOA and Web 2.0) that are central to the next wave of Internet and software innovation. For more information about Layer 7 Technologies, visit www.layer7tech.com.

Managed Methods (Exhibitor): Managed Methods develops and sells practical, versatile, and cost-effective products for monitoring Web services and managing service-oriented architectures. We are headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, in the western Untied States. Our team has over 10 years of experience in building industry-leading management tools for IT operations which are used by thousands of small, medium, and enterprise-level companies around the world. For more information about Managed Methods, visit www.managedmethods.com.

Mellanox Technologies (Exhibitor): Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of semiconductor-based, high-performance, InfiniBand interconnect products that facilitate data transmission between servers, communications infrastructure equipment, and storage systems. The company's products are an integral part of a total solution focused on computing, storage and communication applications used in enterprise data centers, high-performance computing and embedded systems. In addition to supporting InfiniBand, Mellanox's next generation of products support the industry-standard Ethernet interconnect specification. For more information about Mellanox Technologies, visit www.mellanox.com.

Nastel (Exhibitor): Nastel is a recognized market leader in providing solutions for application performance monitoring and management. Nastel's solutions empower IT teams to consistently assure high performance and availability of business applications. Nastel's AutoPilot Suite of software rapidly identifies, resolves and prevents costly performance bottlenecks and failures by providing visibility into performance of critical business processes relying on SOA and middleware infrastructure. For more information about Nastel, visit www.nastel.com.

Nexaweb (Exhibitor): Nexaweb's Enterprise Web 2.0 solutions enable enterprises to rapidly deploy Richer, Thinner, Faster applications over the Web. Specifically, applications built with Nexaweb deliver the high performance and robust functionality of client/server software with the universal reach, no-install deployment and centralized management of browser-based applications. With Nexaweb, building enterprise-strength RIA solutions using AJAX and Java UI applications that access legacy and service-oriented data systems is simple. And because it's done in a unified declarative XML development environment, it doesn't require re-writing code. Only Nexaweb's comprehensive Enterprise Web 2.0 solutions are backed by an established methodology and reference architecture proven by more than 5,000 successful global deployments. For more information about Nexaweb, visit www.nexaweb.com.

PushToTest (Exhibitor) is a software publishing and global services company specializing in business optimization and information systems governance and test automation. Our expertise is put to work for enterprises needing to understand and solve scalability and performance problems in complex information systems, especially Web Services. This unique business approach delivers inexpensive solutions, expert insight and immediate answers that immediately put your organization ahead of the rest. For more information about PushToTest, visit www.pushotest.com.

Solstice Software (Exhibitor): Solstice Software is the leader in End-to-End Integration and SOA Testing. At Solstice Software we are uniquely focused on the complex nature of integration projects. Founded in 1996 the company is known for its solid products that customers rely on to deliver mission-critical systems. Solstice delivers the Solstice Integra Suite, a suite of testing tools that give IT teams the confidence to validate their complex integration infrastructure. For more information about Solstice Software, visit http://www.solsticesoftware.com.

Thinstall (Exhibitor): Thinstall Virtualization Suite 3.0 is a client-less application virtualization solution that allows applications to be packaged into simple EXE files that run isolated from the host PC, without installation or changes to the local desktop's registry and file system. It significantly reduces the costs associated with software deployment and provides significant reductions in the time associated with regression testing, application deployment and end-user support instances. For more information about Thinstall, visit www.thinstall.com.

Trivera Technologies (Exhibitor): Founded in 1997, Trivera Technologies has been providing premier technical education, mentoring and courseware development and licensing services for developers, managers and engineers of all skill levels. Trivera has the unique strength, focus, and depth of talent needed to help our clients build the technology teams that are creating and securing their future. Headquartered in New Jersey, but with world-wide delivery, our instructors and mentors boast an average of 20 years experience in software design, development and deployment, bringing their extensive real-world experience into every classroom and development project. The company focuses on advanced technologies and enterprise development solutions, such as Java, J2EE, XML, object-oriented design, software engineering, service-oriented architecture, testing, troubleshooting and more. We specialize but are not limited to training in IBM WebSphere, Rational, WebLogic, Eclipse, JBoss and much more. Our staff has trained and mentored thousands of clients to date. For more information about Trivera Technologies, visit www.triveratech.com.

Web Age Solutions (Exhibitor): Web Age Solutions is a leading provider of technology mentoring and education to the Fortune 500. Our "Preferred Vendor" status with these global leaders is a result of our highly progressive approach to knowledge transfer and relentless pursuit of customer satisfaction. While many of our competitors are just now getting their feet wet with SOA, we have been delivering SOA training and mentoring since 2003. Moving well beyond theoretical discussions of SOA, we have a deep library of practical SOA curriculum backed by hands-on experience. For more information about Web Age Solutions, visit www.webagesolutions.com.

The Most Distinguished SOA Faculty

More than 120 distinguished faculty members will teach at the conference, including: Danny Allan (WatchFire), Michael Baum (Splunk), Kadeer Beg (Prolifics), Jason Bloomberg (ZapThink), Toufic Boubez (Layer 7 Technologies), Arjé Cahn (Hippo), Dave Chappell (Oracle), Neelan Choksi (Interface21), Jonathan Clark (Thinstall), Frank Cohen (PushToTest), Dan Corsberg, John Crupi (JackBe), Cornelia Davis (EMC), Kevin Epstein (Scalent), Yakov Fain (Farata Systems), Chris Farrell (ClearApp), Patrick Felstead (Bandit), Pierre Fricke (Red Hat), Kyle Gabhart (Web Age Solutions), Alain Gendre (ILOG), David Greschler (Microsoft), Rajiv Gupta (Securent), Kevin Hakman (TIBCO), Søren Hartvig (Capgemini), Doug Hass (ImageStream), Andrew Hillier (CiRBA), Hideki Hiura (JustSystems), Fred Holahan (Active Endpoints), Wayne Hom (Augmentum), Sajindra Jayasena (Virtusa Corporation), Simon Laws (IBM), Doug Levin (Black Duck Software), Rob Levy (BEA Systems), David Linthicum, Paul Lipton (CA), Bob Lozano (Appistry), Doug MacEachern (Hyperic), Sastry Malladi (eBay), Javier Mariscal (TwoConnect), Frank Martinez (Intershop), Miko Matsumura (webMethods), David Mavashev (Nastel), Joe McKendrick (Evans Data), John Michelsen (iTKO), Laurence Moroney (Mainsoft), Debbie Moynihan (IONA), Diane Mueller (Justsystems), Jeff Nick (EMC), Dale Olds (Novell), Tim Pacileo, Alessandro Perilli (Virtualization Conference & Expo tech chair), Matt Quinn (TIBCO), Sean Rhody (SOA World editor-in-chief and conference tech chair),  Marc Rix (SAIC), Peter Roden (OASIS), Jesus Rodriguez (TwoConnect), Ajit Sagar (Infosys), Sekhar Sarukkai (Securent), Bill Soward (Adaptive Planning), Hal Stern (Sun Microsystems), Michael Stiefel (Reliable Software), Roger Strukhoff (SYS-CON.TV), Yuval Tarsi (Serendipity Technologies), Ian Thain (Sybase), Doug Tidwell (IBM), Mark Tsimelzon, Hub Vandervoort (Progress Software), Alex Vasilevsky (Virtual Iron), Jeffrey Walker (Atlassian Software), John Mark Walker (Hyperic), Roland Wartenberg (SAP), Tony Wasserman (Carnegie Mellon), Coach Wei (Nexaweb), Michael Wheaton (Sun Microsystems), David Wood (BT), Raven Zachary (The 451 Group), Jack Zubarev (SWsoft).

A Trio of SYS-CON.TV “CEO” Power Panels
This year's conference will also feature three SYS-CON.TV CEO Power Panels. The SOA Power Panel moderated by SOA tech chair Sean Rhody; Enterprise Open Source Power Panel, moderated by Conference chair Roger Strukhoff; and Virtualization Power Panel, moderated by Virtualization tech chair Allesandro Perilli.

The CEO Power Panels, which will take place as general sessions, are free to all delegates, and will be recorded for broadcast by SYS-CON.TV.

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SOA News 06/12/07 03:33:13 PM EDT

We expect a lot from SOA. We want business agility to support growth, attention to customers and efficient, collaborative operations. But you can?t expect what you don't inspect. Composite applications that are constantly changing call for a new testing paradigm to assure that business processes will work as expected over the complex, heterogeneous environments of multiple protocols and transports