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Liberty Alliance vs. WS-I; J2EE vs. .NET; Overwhelmed .YET? Part 2: Comparison, Challenges, & Recommendations
The battle for the dominance in Web services has so far largely been a war of words without the clear winner yet (and not any time soon). While interoperability

i part 2  clarified .NET strategy. This is Part 2 of a two-part event note continues the discussion of the Market Impact of recent announcements concerning the standardization of Web Services.   Part 1 began the discussion with recent events and their Market Impact. Comparisons Somewhat surprisingly, with the blitz of all the recent hoopla surrounding Web services in its .NET strategy, Microsoft seems to have caught its archrivals asleep. The protracted lack of a clear message and a more vocal embracement of Web

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i part 2  FDA-regulated environments is surprising. I get the track-and-trace angle, but still, why target a vertical that just invites this type of serious inquiry in areas that are targeted by auditors and compliance departments are paid to look for trouble? The cloud manufacturing space is becoming increasingly competitive, with NetSuite recently making great strides in the space, and a number of cloud ERP startups coming from the salesforce.com’s ecosystem, such as Ramco ERP On Cloud , QAD On Demand , SAP Read More

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i part 2  of the PDAs change. I have selected Product Availability as the variable for priority, and can see that it would not take too much to swing the decision to the Jornada. This poses a problem to me. However, as I've gone without a PDA for most of the years of my life, a little more waiting is not likely to kill me, in part reflected by the low priority I have given availability. I also reason if I am to get one, it had better be good. I decide to take the risk, as the rest of the evidence favors the Read More

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