Stories by Heather Havenstein

SOA update sparks demand for retirement plan app

Just three months after deploying an application that allows consumers to obtain retirement plans online, The Vanguard Group is scrambling to add hardware capacity to meet unanticipated demand for the service, which is based on a service-oriented architecture (SOA).

Microsoft to release BizTalk Server 2006 R2

Microsoft announced plans Tuesday for a new version of BizTalk Server 2006 designed to help companies extend the reach of their business processes to the edge of the enterprise.

IBM Rational updates software development tools

IBM Rational Monday unveiled enhancements to a slew of tools designed to help companies break down the silos that exist in development organizations and track activities throughout the application development life cycle.

Microsoft to expand BI plan

Microsoft this week plans to unveil an updated business intelligence strategy that includes its first business process management (BPM) offerings.

Microsoft rolls out new tool for database developers

Microsoft has unveiled its new Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition software that's designed to help database developers and administrators better collaborate with other members of application development teams.

JAVAONE - Open-source Java? Users want details

While users welcomed Sun Microsystems's plan to release Java to open source, they said a lack of details about Tuesday's announcement makes it difficult to determine the impact of whatever the company is aiming to do.

IT managers keep close eye on programming contest

More than 64 computer programmers from 19 countries gathered in Las Vegas earlier this month for the 2006 TopCoder Open, where developers competed to solve a complex algorithmic problem, design an application or develop a software component.

Programming contest garners enterprise interest

More than 64 computer programmers from 19 countries gathered in Las Vegas last week for the 2006 TopCoder Open, a competition where developers go head-to-head to solve a complex algorithmic problem, design an application or develop a software component for $US150,000 in cash prizes.

IBM acquires BuildForge

IBM announced Tuesday that it has acquired BuildForge, a company that builds software designed to allow users to automate their software development processes to meet audit and compliance requirements.

Users embracing 'BI for the masses'

Several users at Information Builders' (IBI) Summit 2006 user conference in Orlando last week are embracing a "BI for the masses" philosophy with new projects to quickly move business intelligence reports and analysis to workers, suppliers and customers.

Mercury unveils change management tool

Mercury Interactive Monday rolled out a new tool designed to allow companies to automate change management and ease the risks associated with application and infrastructure modifications.

New Job Functions Emerge With SOAs

Business architect. Process analyst. SOA enterprise architect. These are the job titles various organizations are applying to an emerging role being filled by those well versed in business and technology to oversee service-oriented architecture projects.