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An increasing number of verticals are using Data Services - services that deal with the production or consumption of data - to solve real business problems and deliver key information...all completely transparent to the user. Data is after all the primary component of architecture, including SOA, as StrikeIron CEO David Linthicum recently underlined in an exclusive Q&A with SYS-CON.com. When I asked him about DataServices World, the new co-located event that's being held at the 13th International SOA World Conference & Expo in June in New York, Linthicum was enthusiastic. Did he agree with SYS-CON Events, I wondered, that the time is right for a dedicated event situated at the intersection of databases, data warehousing, business intelligence, enterprise computing and Internet computing – or are we still too early? "No, this is growing now," Linthicum responde... (more)

Composite Software Supports SOA Initiatives for Wachovia Corporation

Composite Software announced that Wachovia Corporation has selected its Composite Information Server. Wachovia has deployed the Composite software in its Corporate Investment Banking line to deliver Holdings and Offerings information to customers. With more than 125 different applications, Wachovia delivers a comprehensive suite of online products and services to its retail and small business customers, wealth management, commercial, corporate and institutional banking clients and employees. Composite Software's data virtualization layer simplifies the complexity of accessing siloed and disparate data sources across multiple operational areas. Composite's technology reaches data where it is, and federates the disparate data into services and views, delivering what is needed so that all the data appears as if it is in one location. This virtual, data-integration so... (more)

New WebSphere Software to Offer Companies Grid Capability

(May 1, 2003) - New IBM WebSphere software will help companies get more value from their existing IT resources by allowing them to automatically manage multiple applications running on multiple clusters of servers as a single environment. IBM WebSphere becomes the first application server to offer this grid capability built in. By virtualizing the resources available across an entire grid of WebSphere servers, the new technology - called IBM Server Allocation for WebSphere Application Server - allows customers to increase application performance and resource utilization. These new capabilities will enable companies to manage business applications running on different servers, and with differing priorities, usage patterns and computing profiles, as a single environment that can automatically adapt to sudden changes, much like the electrical grid. Here's how the new t... (more)

Nanophase to Present at Stephens Nanotechnology Investors Conference

ROMEOVILLE, Ill., March 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nanophase Technologies Corporation , a technology leader in nanomaterials and nanoengineered products, announced that Joseph Cross, Nanophase's president & CEO, and Jess Jankowski, Nanophase's CFO, are scheduled to present at Stephens Inc. Nanotechnology Investors Conference, April 5-6, 2005, in Pasadena, California. Stephens states that the conference is planned to include presentations and break-out sessions with approximately 35 leading companies in various nanotechnology fields. Mr. Cross is scheduled to discuss Nanophase's technologies and market strategies as one of the leaders in nanomaterials. Nanophase Technologies (NANX), http://www.nanophase.com/ , provides nanoengineered solutions for multiple industrial product applications. Using a platform of patented and proprietary integrated nanomaterial technol... (more)

Dundee Corporation Renews Its Normal Course Issuer Bid

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/30/07 -- Dundee Corporation (TSX: DC.A) today announced that purchases of a maximum of 1,203,363 of its class A subordinate voting shares ("Subordinate Voting Shares"), representing approximately 5% of its 24,067,271 issued and outstanding Subordinate Voting Shares, by means of a normal course issuer bid through the facilities of The Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX"), will commence on April 1, 2007 and will terminate no later than March 31, 2008. The purchases will be made in accordance with the Policies and rules of the TSX. The price paid for any Subordinate Voting Shares acquired will be the market price at the time of purchase and all Subordinate Voting Shares purchased under the bid will be cancelled. Dundee Corporation made no purchases through the facilities of the TSX under a normal course issuer bid which commenced on A... (more)

The New Language of Business: SOA & Web 2.0

Understanding what not to do is just as important as understanding what to do. Understand the value of SOA. SOA is about flexible business processes. It's not just doing the same thing you've done before in a different way. Although you should absolutely approach SOA incrementally, the benefits you can achieve are dramatic. And unlike other IT approaches, SOA is not just about technology. SOA is really a mindset and a way of approaching business problems. It supports the flex-pon-sive* company by merging technology, business insight, and thought leadership to create an environment in which innovation can thrive. How does your company get started? There's no single answer; it depends on your business priorities. Here you see that a focus on a real business problem, not SOA, is a critical part of success. If possible, start with revenue-generating applications in sma... (more)

Sentry Select Capital Corp. Announces Error in Sentry Select Commodities Income Trust (TSX: SSJ.UN) Redemption

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 05/04/07 -- Sentry Select Capital Corp. ("Sentry Select" or the "Manager"), the manager of Sentry Select Commodities Income Trust (the "Trust") (TSX: SSJ.UN), announces that it has identified a calculation error in the redemption amount paid out to unitholders on September 22, 2006, with respect to those units that were redeemed on August 31, 2006. The Manager identified an error in its computation of the Net Realized Proceeds per Unit, which resulted in an understatement of this amount by approximately $0.0604 per unit. As a result, unitholders who redeemed their units in respect of the annual redemption, which had a Valuation Date as at August 31, 2006, are entitled to additional redemption proceeds from the Trust. The correct Net Realized Proceeds per Unit is $9.8757, an increase from $9.8153, which was the amount previously ... (more)

An AJAX Case Study in Financial Sector

Business managers of all kinds need to keep up with the fast pace of information transactions – and the financial services industry is certainly no exception. CIOs and innovation officers are faced with the task of making access to important enterprise application information faster and more secure, and making jobs easier and workers more productive. Companies that need to extend the reach of enterprise applications to allow technical and non-technical staff and customers to access important application data have found a way to do so – securely. Allowing workers to access the information they need and view it with the tools and consumer-oriented services they’re used to, such as RSS, widgets and gadgets, and personalized home pages, delivers significant productivity gains to companies. Take, for instance, a large global investment bank’s pri... (more)

Using AJAX to Create Agile Software Platforms

Powerful, unprecedented demographic and economic trends are propelling dramatic long-term growth in the wealth management industry. At the same time, competitive forces are driving rapid productivity gains in wealth management firms. Those firms who leverage information technology (IT) to create business agility will be the clear winners. We believe that IT agility enables business agility, and that software platforms are the key enablers of IT agility. This paper presents actual case studies where Web 2.0 and AJAX applications are being deployed in wealth management firms and summarizes the benefits, challenges and lessons learned. Speaker Bio: Dev Worah is Director of Technology for Financial Services, responsible for providing technology direction to our FS teams, developing partnerships and providing leadership and vision into technology trends. Dev is a senior ... (more)

DataServices World at 13th International SOA World Conference & Expo in NYC

The continuing success of SOA World Conference & Expo, now in its 13th successive iteration - this time in June, on the East Coast, in the historic Roosevelt Hotel in New York City - has led SYS-CON Events to expand its reach by adding a co-located parallel event, DataServices World. The full details of this major new initiative are as follows... DataServices World is about the confluence of databases, data warehousing, business intelligence, enterprise computing and Internet computing. Its focus is architectures and technologies for accessing data from heterogenous data sources and providing that data to consumers such as components, services and applications. Co-located with the 13th International SOA World Conference & Expo 2008 East, it has been put together as a high-value, one-day deep dive into the landscape of 21st century computing for CTOs, enterprise architec... (more)

Women and Blogging - A Perfect Match?

As the world increasingly turns to social media for solutions, information and expression, women are turning to BLOGS according to "The 2009 Women in Social Media Study".  The study reveals "why blogs": 64% of women are nearly twice as likely to use blogs than social networking sites as a source of information 43% for advice and recommendations 55% for opinion-sharing 75% are 50 percent more likely to turn to social networking sites as a means of keeping in touch with friends and family Women are turning in even greater numbers to blogs (55%), social networks (75%) and online status updating (20%) as primary sources of community interaction, entertainment and information. Of the 42 million women engaged in social media weekly: 55% of women participate in some form of blogging activity 75% participate in social networks such as Facebook or MySpace 20% use Twitter 45% de... (more)