With the emergence of Web Services and the evolution of WS-* standards, the enterprise application integration vendors were quick to realise their traditional business model was under threat. On the back of their large installed bases, vendor products were offered to customers to help them deploy and manage their attempts to develop Service Oriented Architectures, with the implication that Web Services were of little use without additional middleware to deal with their alleged inherent complexity.
In this talk, we will discuss how Web Services can constitute a robust integration fabric, providing the same benefits as proprietary middleware without vendor lock-in, and show how incremental, endpoint-centric integration is a viable strategy for enterprise service-oriented systems.
Dr. Jim Webber is the Global Architecture lead for ThoughtWorks, where he works on dependable Web Services-based systems for clients worldwide.
Jim was formerly a senior researcher with the UK E-Science programme where he developed strategies for aligning Grid computing with Web Services practices and architectural patterns for dependable Service-Oriented computing. Jim has extensive Web Services architecture and development experience as an architect with Arjuna Technologies and was the lead developer with HP on the industry's first Web Services Transaction solution. Jim is an active speaker in the Web Services space and is co-author of the book "Developing Enterprise Web Services - An Architect's Guide." Jim holds a B.Sc. in Computing Science and Ph.D. in Parallel Computing both from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. His blog is located at http://jim.webber.name.