It isn't enough to build a working service. Long term, you have to ensure that service is performing well throughout the business, even across different applications and legacy systems. And in loosely coupled, distributed systems, it can be hard to track down what happened if a service should fail.
This week, AmberPoint announced that its next release of AmberPoint SOA Management System and SOA Validation System products will monitor services deployed throughout the business. Burton Group analyst Anne Thomas Manes told InfoWorld that this means businesses will now be able to "actually visualize a business transaction from start to finish."
AmberPoint calls this new approach "message fingerprinting." In a press release published on ebizQ, AmberPoint explained that message fingerprinting does not cause problems with applications because it does not modify the messages or message headers.
The product price starts at $35,000 per CPU, according to InfoWorld.
In other integration news:
There's a new standard in town. OASIS recently ratified Web Services for Remote Portlets (WSRP) version 2.0 as a standard. According to the international open standards consortium, the new standard will make integrating remote content and applications easier and quicker for aggregating applications such as portals, says the press release. The standard will mostly affect vendors, who won't have to write special integration adapters for the various portals and interfaces, according to IBM's Rich Thompson, who served as chair of the OASIS WSRP Technical Committee. You can read the WSRP FAQ to learn more.
State of the Unstructured Data Union. Unstructured data remains the Wild West of information. Despite a lot of talk, organizations are still largely limited to structured data when it comes to data systems. In a January Q&A, Philip Russom, the senior manager at TDWI Research, said companies would be focusing more on integrating unstructured, semi-structured and complex-structured data into existing, structured data systems. If you're interested in learning more, Russom will give a free presentation on complex data on June 18, beginning at 12 p.m. EDT (9 a.m., PDT). He'll cover the technologies and best practices for integrating complex data, as well as use cases and the business benefits. It's sponsored by Informatica.
Webinar on Organizing Data Integration. Talend, an open source data integration company, is offering a free one-hour Webinar next Tuesday called "Industrializing Data Integration." There's not a lot of information available about the presentation, but the sign-up page says it will cover structuring and organizing data-integration processes, automating deployments and the importance of production monitoring. The event, which begins at 9 a.m. PDT (noon EDT), will include a discussion of real-world applications. Later in June, Talend also offers a "Leveraging Open Source ETL for your BI Project." Check the online calendar for the full schedule.