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Ajit Sagar

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Last week a friend of mine who lives in Hong Kong was telling me how advanced the business environment is there. Folks that have Internet access actually use the business facilities the Internet offers. For example, people use the Internet for their regular grocery shopping. They place orders via the Internet, use their credit cards for the transactions and have the goods delivered to their home. Everyday business is conducted on the Web. For some reason commerce in the United States hasn't advanced to that level. The technology is here and has been for a while; however, people don't completely trust the Web for business transactions. Security is the primary concern of people and businesses that commit to using the Internet for conducting business transactions. An Internet transaction is conducted between two parties, and each party needs to have a certain level of ... (more)

It's A New World Out There

Folks, before I tell you about the exciting events that are taking place in the SYS-CON-XML community, I'd like to take a moment to introduce the new editorial board for XML-J. These well-known leaders and experts in the XML industry are going to take this already fine publication to even greater heights. Simeon Simeonov is our Web Services editor. He is chief architect at Macromedia, Inc., where he's leading work on XML, Web Services, and platform integration. Coco Jaenicke is our B2B editor and has been with us since the first issue of XML-J. She played a key role in the succ... (more)

Mapping the Future of CF, Spectra, E-Business and the Internet

CFDJ: Allaire has recently been in the acquisition and partnership mode. Can you give us a brief history of the events over the last couple of years and the rationale behind these decisions? Allaire: One of the primary reasons for going public over a year ago was to create a base of assets that could be leveraged into mergers and acquisitions. We saw a number of areas for expansion for our platform, all of which underlined a long-term strategy for becoming one of the leading Internet business platforms. In 1999 we undertook three acquisitions. The first, BrightTiger Technologies... (more)

Phasing in SOA and Web Services

Over the last couple of years, the industry has rallied around SOA and its main realization platform - Web services. While many of the clients I meet are still wary about the adoption of new technology, integration dilemmas posed by the variety of software and hardware platforms has led them to buy into the promise of improving on business agility through SOA. The ubiquitous nature of Web services is something that even business owners appreciate, as they have been burned before by the disparity in the technologies that their applications have been based on. Many of the clients ... (more)

Book Review: Enterprise Search

Enterprise Search provides a concise summary of the whys of implementing search in large organizations.The book is 168 pages and is really light, both literally and figuratively. Yet, it covers some key aspects of structuring search initiatives in enterprise organizations. I found Chapter 4 particularly insightful and it covers an area that is often missed, or buried under mountains of technology. "Planning Search" addresses search planning from the aspect of the stakeholders involved, starting with a stakeholder analysis, and ending with what to consider in a search strategy. M... (more)