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September 24, 2007



Learn About All Things SOA:: SOA India 2007:: IISc, Bangalore (Nov 21-23)

Aligning IT systems to business needs and improving service levels within the constraints of tight budgets has for long been the topmost challenge for CIOs and IT decision makers. Service-oriented Architecture (SOA) provides a proven strategy to clearly address both of these objectives. Creating more agile information systems and making better use of existing infrastructure are two leading factors that are boosting SOA adoption across large, medium, and small Indian industries from the BFSI, Retail, Telecom, Manufacturing, Pharma, Energy, Government and Services verticals in India. If you are an IT decision maker belonging to any of these verticals, SOA India 2007 (IISc, Bangalore, Nov 21-23 2007) presents a unique opportunity to gather cutting-edge business and technical insights on SOA and other related areas such as BPM, BPEL, Enterprise 2.0, SaaS, MDM, Open Source, and more.

At SOA India 2007, acclaimed SOA analysts, visionaries, and industry speakers from across the world will show you how to keep pace with change and elevate your IT infrastructure to meet competition and scale effectively. The organisers are giving away 100 FREE tickets worth INR 5000 each to the first 100 qualified delegates belonging to the CxO/IT Decision Maker/Senior IT Management profile, so hurry to grab this opportunity to learn about all things SOA. You can send your complete details, including your designation, e-mail ID, and postal address directly to Anirban Karmakar at [email protected] to enrol in this promotion that is open until 12 October 2007.

SOA India 2007 will also feature two half-day workshops on SOA Governance (by Keith Harrison-Broninski) and SOA Architecture Deep Dive (by Jason Bloomberg). If you are an IT manager, software architect, project leader, network & infrastructure specialist, or a software developer, looking for the latest information, trends, best practices, products and solutions available for building and deploying successful SOA implementations, SOA India 2007’s technical track offers you immense opportunities.

Speakers at SOA India include:

• Jason Bloomberg, Senior Analyst & Managing Partner, ZapThink LLC
• Keith Harrison-Broninski, Independent consultant, writer, researcher, HumanEdJ
• John Crupi, CTO, JackBe Corporation
• Sandy Kemsley, Independent BPM Analyst, column2.com
• Prasanna Krishna, SOA Lab Director, THBS
• Miko Matsumara, VP & Deputy CTO, SoftwareAG
• Atul Patel, Head MDM Business, SAP Asia Pacifc & Japan
• Anil Sharma, Staff Engineer, BEA Systems
• Coach Wei, Chairman & CTO, Nexaweb
• Chaitanya Sharma, Director EDM, Fair Isaac Corporation

A partial list of the sessions at SOA India 2007 include:

• EAI to SOA: Radical Change or Logical Evolution?
• BPEL: Strengths, Limitations & Future!
• MDM: Jumpstart Your SOA Journey
• Governance, Quality, and Management: The Three Pillars of SOA Implementations
• Building the Business Case for SOA
• Avoiding SOA Pitfalls
• SOA Governance and Human Interaction Management
• Business Intelligence, BPM, and SOA Handshake
• Enterprise 2.0: Social Impact of Web 2.0 Inside Organizations
• Web 2.0 and SOA – Friends or Foe?
• Achieving Decision Yield across the SOA-based Enterprise
• Governance from day one
• Demystifying Enterprise Mashups
• Perfecting the Approach to Enterprise SOA
• How to Build Cost Effective SOA. “Made in India” Really Works!

For more information, log on to http://www.soaindia2007.com/.

Kingsley Idehen


I agree totally with your analysis of the Gartner report.

Manuel: Yes, re. the MVC pattern re. the Web 1.0 - Web 3.0 journey. I've written about this in the past: http://www.openlinksw.com/blog/~kidehen/?id=1161

Emil Eifrem

"We will also see a fundamental change in the database world as databases move away from the relational model and object model, towards the associative model of data (graph databases and triplestores)."

Interesting notion and I agree. The strict and static relational world is no longer a very good fit for the information landscape of today and tomorrow. Have you checked out the Neo graph database? It's Java, soon-to-be-Affero-GPL, scales to several billions of nodes on single-machine-hardware, simple and elegant API. (Disclaimer: I'm involved.)

Do you know of any other "graph databases"? With graph models being such a fantastic tool in mathematics and other domains, it's kinda weird that the software development community hasn't long ago developed and adopted them as a persistence backend.

Yihong Ding

Hi Nova,

It has been a few month since our last email. With all the respect to what you have done and said, I have some arguments to this post.

First of all, if you only tells about "terms," neither Web 2.0 nor Web 3.0 is a marketing ploy. They have their meanings. Though the intention of Web 3.0 is still under debating, what Web 2.0 represents is clear.

In my previous post "a simple picture of web evolution" I mentioned that "Web 1.0 connects real people TO the World Wide Web. Web 2.0 connects real people WHO use the World Wide Web." This distinction is so significant that we have to assign this new web achievement a distinguishing name; and Web 2.0 happens to be the one (and it is quite a good one).

The current issue is what's next. By following this naming convention, we can assign the term "Web 3.0" to the next major evolution of the Web. The only question is --- what Web 3.0 would be. Certainly we still do not have a precise answer.

Is Web 3.0 the Semantic Web? In the same post I mentioned earlier, I tell the ideal future Semantic Web to be a web that "will connect virtual representatives of real people who use the World Wide Web." If the dream of Semantic Web really becomes true, machines will well understand most (if not all) web content. Based on this assumption, we humans certainly are going to hire machine agents that can understand both our commands and web content, and let them do most of the tedious web exploration work for us. This is why my vision of the Semantic Web is in such a form.

But isn't this picture of future a little bit far away from the current picture of Web 2.0? Certainly the answer is YES. It thus explains why Web 3.0 is very much unlikely to be this dreaming Semantic Web. Such a Semantic Web could become true at Web X.0 except that this X is not "3."

Now back to Gartner's viewpoint. If we watch clearly what David Mitchell Smith said, he didn't reject either Semantic Web or even the possibility of Web 3.0. What he really wanted to express is that we must not hijack the term "Web 3.0" when we are still unsure of what this term should mean. "Web 3.0 companies" are meaningless when Web 3.0 itself is still less of meanings. This is the message that Gartner wants to deliver.

Except of these previous comments, I actually very much agree with the rest of what you said in this post. Hopefully these comments could be a good supplement to your post.

Moreover, for your convenience to check what my points are, the post "A Simple Picture of Web Evolution" is at: http://yihongs-research.blogspot.com/2007/09/simple-picture-of-web-evolution.html

The post "Gartner rejects the temptation of Web 3.0" is at: http://yihongs-research.blogspot.com/2007/09/gartner-rejects-temptation-of-web-30.html

-- Yihong


Too true. See http://blogs.talis.com/nodalities/2007/09/gartner_says_no_to_semantic_we.php for similar sentiment.

Manuel Vila

In my mind, Web 2.0 is more like a transitional state between the View (Web 1.0) and the Model (Web 3.0). Referring to the Model View Controller (MVC) paradigm, Web 2.0 is some kind of Controller.

Web 1.0: Only the View is available, the Model is completely missing. The computer can't interpret anything.

Web 2.0: APIs are coming, Controllers give partial accesses to the Model. The computer starts to enjoy.

Web 3.0: The Model is largely opened, we are finally able to read and write the World Wide Database. The computer can't wait!

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