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Ajit Sagar

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I have to say, this was a refreshingly easy to read book. It focuses on the business of search, and not just the technology, which is refreshing. And I say this when I am a technologist first and all other things later. Enterprise Search provides a concise summary of the whys of impl...
As with everything else, the best way to get a view of a new technology area is by asking for independent opinions. The old adage of the 6 blind men and the elephant comes to mind. Coincidentally, there were six "blind men" on the panel, including our very engaging host, Mr. Geelan. An...
Cloud Expo 2013 New York is all about the technlogies that enable cloud computing. The multiple tracks,, boot camp, keynotes and general sessions all focus on how to enable cloud computing through hosting, storage, data, APIs and services and application - grouped under IaaS, PaaS, and...
At my firm, Infosys Technologies, I have come across several clients who are actively trying to explore, consider, adopt, embrace, or become completely immersed in SOA. Here is a typical call I've received, where our client rep says, 'Ajit, we've got a very critical meeting with the CI...
The term 'architecture group' is a heavily loaded one. I've run into different scenarios at the various clients that have engaged us for consulting on their architecture strategy. In some cases, we have been asked to help seed and grow such a group. In other cases, we've been asked to ...
The entire premise behind the Web services paradigm is enabling access to loosely coupled services via the Web. In essence, Web services are based on a synchronous request-response type interaction. On the other hand, a client's interaction with a Web service can be synchronous or asyn...
Companies that decide to invest in SOA sometimes end up going to extremes - too little or too much. Too little happens when some stakeholder latches onto the buzzword and wants to get the benefits promised. However, the environment may be too conservative to invest in the infrastructur...
A few years ago, when Web services started out as a buzzword in the enterprise, the whole paradigm was associated with (and still is) associated with three concepts - SOAP, WSDL, and UDDI. Now, when enterprises are putting Web services into production, you will most likely see two out ...
This session will provide guidelines, best practices, and a methodology to design and implement Business Rules Engine based projects to service-enable your enterprise. The implementation areas will apply to large enterprise applications with multiple dependencies.
This session will provide guidelines, best practices, and a methodology to design and design application leveraging Process Orchestration in the SOA initiatives. The implementation areas will apply to large enterprise applications with multiple dependencies.
The feasibility of adopting new technology in the computing world is governed in large part, as it is in other paradigms, by the cost-benefit-risk equation. In the world of electronic computing, whenever a cost-benefit analysis is done, the benefit/risk of adopting open source solution...
One of the biggest barriers to SOA adoption is fear of not meeting the high demands of the runtime environment coupled with the need to provide business agility. As more layers have been introduced by the components of the new technology stacks, the points of failure in distributed app...
Ask 10 people the question: What is SOA? You will most likely get 10 different answers. Chances are that in more than 50 percent of the cases, the word 'Web services' will be a part of the answer. Another 20 percent will talk about process orchestration, XML, integration, and so on. Al...
It never ceases to amaze me how ambiguity in the definition of simple terms can lead to design choices that have a huge impact on the success of projects. Recently I had a long discussion with a colleague at a client site, where we are in the process of assessing the artifacts that hav...
As the complexity of enterprise applications grows with the increased offerings in the Java platform, the management of the different building blocks that constitute the application also becomes very complex. The challenge in managing applications in the enterprise is posed from many f...
Last month I talked to a couple of vendors who are making new inroads in the services arena through open source offerings. Open source support in Web services is definitely very heartening. While the frameworks and utilities for implementing Web services in enterprise applications have...
It seems as though as soon as the open source community rallies around a technology, the IT industry starts taking it more seriously - and finds practical application for it. Ironically, although organizations like the concept, despite the maturation of the open source community in a v...
Over the last few years, Web services and SOA have made a lot of inroads into not only the IT departments of large enterprises, but also into the minds of the business owners of different LOBs (Lines of Business). SOA is more than Web services; it is the mantra for bridging the gaps an...
As organizations bravely venture into the world of Web services, they grapple with the age-old question - where do we begin? The main challenge that I have seen with key stakeholders looking to move towards the agile enterprise is solving the dilemma of which approach to take, top down...
At JavaOne this year, one of the biggest announcements (albeit this one had nothing really to do with Java) was the acquisition of SeeBeyond by Sun Microsystems. It looks like Sun is putting its cash, which it has plenty of, to good use. As we have seen over the last decade of Java, Su...
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 le...
As SOA and Web services adoption in the industry is gaining more momentum, the need to get quick wins and to show the value of adopting new (or old) paradigms is weighed against the risk of facing the repercussions of slapping something together in a quick and dirty fashion and paying ...
If we consider JavaOne as the event when Java was born, then June 27-30, 2005, will mark its tenth birthweek. A lot has happened since the language that was trademarked with dancing dukes made its appearance into the world of computing. In its current incarnation, the Java platform is ...
I'd like to take a moment to introduce myself. I've been working with SYS-CON for about eight years now, across different publications, so when Sean talked to me about providing regular content for WSJ, I thought to myself, 'Cool.' I am also the enterprise editor for JDJ - so you shoul...
A couple of months ago I got an e-mail inviting me to keynote an SOA/Web Services conference in Beijing. My immediate reaction was - 'Good. China has reached the stage where it's hosting international conferences on the subject.' Actually, 2005 marks the fourth time this particular con...
China is second only to India these days when it comes to delivering global IT software services. How does a technology conference there differ from a North American one? Ajit Sagar, founding editor of XML-Journal and longtime editorial board member of JDJ, reports direct from Beijing ...
SOA is obviously the new buzzword of the day. Among the many acronyms, one that is seen very often is 'Same Old Architecture.' In many ways, this is true. The key differentiator between the paradigms that have been prevalent in the past and this new incarnation of 'service-orientation'...
When I first got involved in the planning for a project that involved the migration of applications between versions of IBM's WebSphere product, I naively thought - 'This can't be that big a deal. After all it's just different versions of the application server. And the changes in the ...
This session will provide guidelines, best practices, and a methodology to tackle a problem that is sapping the budgets of enterprise which have invested heavily in J2EE technology - the migration of enterprise applications .
Life is not easy for today's enterprise application architects. In today's IT world, the architect not only has to design solutions for a plethora of interdependent systems (as is obvious from the job description and title), he or she also has to conform to the ever-evolving standards ...
The six blind men who attempted to describe the elephant eventually described it only from their perspectives - the parts and not the whole. The same malady can be found lurking in one of the problems that faces many organizations that have adopted J2EE as their platform of choice: the...
SYS-CON Radio host Ajit Sagar interviews Paul Brown, CEO of FiveSight Technologies, Inc. about the future of Java development as its divided between higher-level tools and core development. The interview also covered the important things to look for when aligning development best pract...
In a large project, designing for performance often turns out to be a chicken or egg situation. In a J2EE project, this is even more evident. Typically when business and functional requirements are handed down to the technical team, the first step is to map the functional subsystems in...
My 2 1/2 year old son has a birth certificate on his door that says 'native Texan.' Now I've lived in Dallas for several more years than those he has covered in his short stint on this planet, but that doesn't make me a native Texan. I am in a strange state of flux right now. I am orig...
One of my recent clients had an entire suite of applications that was built on an in-house messaging framework. Several years ago, when not many Java frameworks existed in the market and J2EE was still a few years away, this would have been considered a good thing; today, any new devel...
If you wanted a home theater system, would you buy a shrink-wrapped solution - a preconfigured system from a single brand? Or are you one of those folks who would like to buy a TV from here, a receiver from there, and speaker from hither, and the amplifier from yonder? Because you can ...
A colleague of mine is an easy target for anything that's free. I'm not talking about free from the perspective of 'unshackled' or 'independent.' Rather, I'm talking about the type of free that won't make his wallet thinner. To him anything that looks, tastes, or smells 'free' is the m...
By the time you get this issue, Christmas will be around the corner. From the J2EE arena, what is on your wish list for the coming year? More sophisticated tools? All-encompassing solutions for your business? More J2EE-related jobs next year? A utopia where J2EE and .NET can live toget...
When I first started programming, it was with a small company. Life was simple. I understood all the requirements, and knew all the aspects of the application and how to pull everything together. If I was working with a team of programmers, the projects were small enough that the team ...
There's no doubt about it. Borland makes great products for developers. They're definitely expensive and usually complex ­ but very powerful. I've been using JBuilder 6 for several months, and when I had the opportunity to review the latest version, I jumped at the chance.