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This session will detail a best-practices approach to enterprise adoption of open source software, focusing on five common migration mistakes and recommendations for successfully avoiding them. We will cover the characteristics of open source offerings that make them especially suitable for enterprise adoption, including licensing structure, feature equivalency with commercial counterparts, enterprise-class feature sets, the origin of the open source code, and compatibility with the existing engineering skillset and IT infrastructure. Then Andy Astor will cover the characteristics of ideal open source vendors, including their support organizations, direct knowledge of the code base, relationship with the community and ability to provide meaningful indemnities. ... (more)

The WS* Standards - A Primer

Over the past couple of years, several technology vendors have defined a comprehensive set of specifications that, when complete, will provide an infrastructure for enterprise-class Web services interoperability. The names of these specifications generally begin with "WS-", so the group of them is sometimes referred to as WS* (pronounced "WS Splat"). This article identifies the important WS* standards, briefly defines those that have not yet achieved mass-market acceptance, and describes the current state of development for each. At the end, we offer our view of each specificati... (more)

Sarbanes-Oxley and Web Services

This article makes the case that Web services provide a significant benefit to Sarbanes-Oxley compliance projects, and that they will therefore be used extensively on these projects. We begin with a very brief primer on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, then describe the connection between SOX and Web services, including an outline of how most Sarbanes-Oxley projects are conducted, and where Web services fit in. Finally, I offer some specific actions you can take today to get yourself ready for Sarbanes-Oxley A Sarbanes-Oxley Primer The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which applies to all compa... (more)

LAMP's Dark Side

In 1998, Michael Kunze wrote an article for c't, a biweekly German computing magazine, hoping to demonstrate that free software could be an effective substitute for its commercial counterparts. In the article, he coined the acronym "LAMP" to describe an illustrative collection of available software - the Linux operating system; the Apache Web server; the MySQL relational database management system; and the Perl, Python, and/or PHP scripting languages - that could provide an end-to-end free computing environment. Kunze hoped that the acronym-loving IT community would remember LAMP... (more)

Sarbanes-Oxley Will Change Your Life

This column may require a little patience on your part, but I think it will be worth it in the end. Let's start with a simple premise: within a year, nearly everyone reading these words will be deeply impacted by Sarbanes-Oxley, yet many have never heard of it. The purpose of this note is to offer you a preview of what's to come. In other words, a wake-up call. First of all, who or what is Sarbanes-Oxley? Simply put, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOA) is the federal law that was put in place last year in response to the scandals at Enron, MCI, and other large public corporations. The la... (more)