SOA World Magazine
So what do you really look for in an interface engine? There is more to an IE
than just being a pass-through of messages.
Some good features of an interface engine –
1) Store and forward capability
3) Guaranteed message redelivery
4) Rollback and retry capabilities
5) Reliable messaging, Once only delivery
6) Message Ordering, Error-free, Sequential
7) Disconnected Operation
8) Message Logging
9) Message Security
10) Consistent Routing
11) Message Monitoring
12) Exception/Error Escalation
13) Uptime Quantification
14) Persistent Messaging
15) Timely Delivery
17) Fault Tolerance
18) Load Balancing
19) MTTF (Mean time to Repair), MTBF (Mean time between Failure) management
20) Disk I/O performance monitoring
21) Continuous Availability
22) Transaction-aware distribution
23) Loosely coupled asynchronous messaging framework
24) Dea... (more)
The day after my last tweet regarding the lack of any new information about
my abducted daughter Sofia since March 4, I received an updated letter on
Thursday, April 7, 2011, from the State Department on Sofia's welfare in
Fox News: ▸ video ▸ story
Sofia was abducted by her mother from the United States to Syria last July,
following her diagnosis of GDD with possible autism. She had 13 remaining
medical appointments left at the time of her abduction, none of which she was
able to keep.
Last week's welfare report prepared by our Embassy in Damascus, Syria, after
their second welfare visit to the home in Syria where Sofia remains with her
mother and grandmother, showed a bleaker outcome for my daughter than the
previous report dated November 2010.
At two years and two months of age, Sofia still doesn't speak a single word,
make or follow simple hand gestures... (more)
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey
To the President of Syria, Mr. and Mrs. Bashar al-Assad
Mr. and Mrs. President Bashar al-Assad:
At the tender age of 17 months my severely ill daughter Sofia, an American
citizen, was abducted by her mother on Monday, July 26, in Istanbul, Turkey,
and taken to Syria.
Fox News: ▸ video ▸ story
I was informed yesterday by Sofia's mother that she will not be coming back
to the United States nor will she allow Sofia to return home.
Sofia has been diagnosed with a severe medical condition that requires
immediate treatment in the United States. It was scheduled to start on July
27, 2010, in New Jersey, the day after her abduction and was supposed to last
until she reaches the age of 3.
Any delay in the urgently needed treatment will result in a life-long
disability for Sofia and make her dependent for the whole of her a... (more)
Government Cloud on Ulitzer
Have you ever been given the task of building and executing an aggressive
customer outreach program?
Well I received my assignment about a year ago and trust me; the budget was
not commensurate with the assigned goal.
My particular need was to educate prospective Federal government customers on
a new information technology trend.
Known as cloud computing, this new approach blends service oriented
architecture (SOA), virtualization technologies and a "pay-by-the-use" sales
approach into a new IT delivery business model.
Although this new approach promised the delivery of better constituent
service at a reduced cost, risk adverse Federal agency decision makers needed
to know much more before they would even consider cloud computing as an
During a time of economic collapse and fiscal crisis, competing security,
governance and procur... (more)
Now that the Obama administration has pegged cloud computing as the next
evolution in government technology, it's important to understand the entire
scope of the cloud computing spectrum from storage to security. Scott Ryan,
CEO of Asankya, will look at the technology behind cloud acceleration and the
methods to deployment within the federal space in a breakout session to be
given at SYS-CON's 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo (GovITExpo).
1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo is taking place on October 6,
2009, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC., and you can
attend both Ryan's session and the entire event FREE by use of the guest code
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When looking at the overall size of the government from IT management to
remote locations across th... (more)
Open Source Journal on Ultizer
ActiveState, the dynamic languages experts, today launched ActiveState
Business Edition, commercial-grade language distributions for Perl, Python
and Tcl, providing organizations open source compliance, commercial support,
and cross-platform access.
"ActiveState has been a leading contributor in the open source community for
years," said Bart Copeland, President and CEO, ActiveState. "With the launch
of Business Edition, we can help companies deploying Perl, Python and Tcl in
their business-critical applications, ensure open source policy compliance,
minimize downtime and accelerate productivity cost-effectively. ActiveState's
deep technical expertise is focused on keeping client systems, powered by
dynamic languages, running smoothly, and making sure clients are in
compliance with their open source policies."
ActiveState Business Edi... (more)
Government IT Session at Cloud Expo
Last week during its weekly meeting, the NCOIC Cloud Computing Working Group
(CCWG) examined some of the legal aspects surrounding electronically stored
With government use of cloud computing expected to grow, the group reach out
to Mr. Jason R. Baron, Director of Litigation for the United States National
Archives and Records Administration for some guidance. Mr. Baron is an
internationally recognized speaker and author on the preservation of
In 2009 he was named Co-Chair of The Sedona Conference® Working Group on
Electronic Document Retention and Production, and has previously served as
Editor-in-Chief of The Sedona Conference Best Practices Commentary on the Use
of Search and Information Retrieval Methods in E-Discovery (2007), and
Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Sedona Conference Commentary on Achiev... (more)
Diane Macedo of Fox News worked on Sofia's story for more than a month,
studying documents, interviewing more than a dozen people, and fact-checking
before publishing her news story on Monday and airing our interview.
Here is the link to the Fox News on-camera interview.
This morning, on Monday, she also published a detailed article on Sofia:
▸ Fox News Story on Sofia's Abduction to Syria
When Sofia returns safely home, she will pay her first visit to Diane at Fox
News headquarters in New York City.
▸ US Leaves Its Youngest Citizen Behind Syria
I already wrote two blog posts on Sofia's status in Syria. Both posts were
read by Washington, by our Embassy in Damascus, Syria, as well as the Syrian
government both here in DC and in Damascus.
▸ Open Letter to the President of Syria Bashar al-Assad
▸ Open Letter to the First Lady of Syria Asma al-Assad
Following the Syrian p... (more)
This book is a really great beginners guide for core SQL Server 2012, and it
also does a great job of introducing new features introduced in SQL Server
2012. What I mean by core is that topics like Master Data Services and Data
Quality Services are not introduced. That is not a bad thing. By limiting the
scope of the book, the author was able to better the topics that are
I wanted this book because I like having a book about the basics close by. I
am not in SQL Server everyday and when I find myself needing to go back to
it, I not only want books on the advanced features nearby, I want the basics
The book covers all the basics you need to know to get up and running
quickly. After a really nice introduction where the author covers the new
2012 features and where they are covered in the book, they have a nice
overview of relational databases and detail... (more)
Oracle recognises Interoute for expertise in delivering Oracle Exadata
Berlin/London, 24 September 2012 - Interoute, owner operator of Europe's
largest cloud services platform and provider of hosted application services,
today announced that it has achieved Platinum partner status in Oracle
PartnerNetwork (OPN). By attaining Platinum level membership, Oracle has
recognised Interoute for its in-depth expertise and excellence in addressing
the challenges of customers. Interoute has also achieved an OPN
Specialization for Oracle Exadata, bringing the total number of Oracle
Specializations the company holds to eight.
Interoute offers a highly secure, complete Oracle managed hosting service
used by over 250 clients, including a number of FTSE 100 companies and
The Oracle Exadata Database Machine is the only database machine that
Gartner projects that by 2015, more than 30 percent of analytics projects
will deliver insights based on structured and unstructured data. Sounds
rational/logical/realistic to me. Sounds like the entire reason everyone in
the federal space has been moving towards open source Apache Hadoop/CDH based
solutions (including new interest in Impala) as a key part of their
infrastructure. And sounds like the reason end users are already clamoring
for solutions like Savanna from Thetus. People want insights and they want it
from all their data, not just an either or of structured or unstructured.
Here is more from the Gartner 24 January 2013 release on the topic:
By 2015, more than 30 percent of analytics projects will deliver insights
based on structured and unstructured data.
Business analytics have largely been focused on tools, technologies and
approaches for accessing... (more)