Showing posts from March, 2006

Web Services

Consistent end-to-end Web services management is impossible
without industry-wide standards development. To address this,
the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards
(Oasis) is actively developing the Web Services Distributed Management
specification (
wg_abbrev=wsdm). WSDM defines a protocol for the interoperability
of management information and capabilities via Web services.To resolve
distributed system management problems,WSDM focuses on two distinct
tasks: management using Web services (MUWS) and management of
Web services (MOWS).1
MUWS addresses the use ofWeb services technologies as the foundation
of a modern distributed systems management framework.This
includes using Web services to facilitate interactions between managed
resources and management applications. In particular, MUWS defines how
to describe managed resources’ manageability capabilities using WSDL
documents. Expressing these capabilities enables more efficient…


Solutions based on service-oriented architectures are promising in that they
leverage common services and enable collaborative business processes that cross
organizational boundaries.However, because Web services applications can span
multiple hosts, operating systems, languages, and enterprises, it’s problematic to
measure, control, and manage application availability and performance. In addition
to discussing the relationship of Web services management to traditional
distributed systems management, this survey explores various Web services
management approaches and their underlying architectural concepts.

Going Global?

In a few industries, firms have to be global if
they are to achieve leadership. Computer
makers like Dell or Hewlett-Packard have
cost structures that keep improving with the
increased scale of going global.
Pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer, or
software companies like Oracle, must sell
globally to amortise their enormous product
development costs. Investment banks are
driven to expand globally because their core
clients operate in all major financial markets
around the world. The profit economics of
these industries are global: in some cases,
their customers respond to a single, global
value proposition; in others, the companies
can capture benefits of world-scale facilities.
Yet, even in an era of liberalising trade
regulation and, some argue, converging
consumer tastes, international expansion is
more often a choice than a necessity.
Winning in food retailing or beer, for
instance, is the result of building market
power and influence at the national or
regional level, not globally.
It’s important to re…


It’s hard to understand good teams until you’ve been on both good and bad ones. You can often find frustrated people on good teams and happy people on bad teams: they don’t have enough perspective to see where they are for what it is. Some stars, people of high talent, are poor judges of teams because they’re tempted by the desire to stand out rather than the desire to succeed. Despite this, a common managerial temptation is to hire big talents, challenging the balance of needs for a successful team.

The myth of all star teams

All-star teams lose. While it’s an honor to be chosen to an all-star team, it’s miserable to play on one. These teams are constructed without consideration for how to bring people together. Whenever an all-star team plays a mediocre, but intact team, they usually lose.
The true goal of any team is not to have the best players for each position: it's to succeed. Success comes when a team makes use of the team's abilities towards a goal, something you don’t g…


E-mail marketing and publishing, search engine marketing and optimization, business blogging, internet advertising, digital public relations, branding, e-commerce and others … all key elements of a strong marketing mix.
And yet each of these is often regarded nearly as a separate entity, being driven by different corporate roles and having its own proprietary set of internet tools.
True, there are some tools being used for multiple purposes, but never before has there been a single tool to improve, enhance and power all of them, without prejudice.
But RSS is such a tool. Misunderstood by most marketers, overlooked by many end-users, it has the potential to power the entire internet marketing mix. It is not the solution to all of our problems, but it is the one tool that can have the most profound affect on our internet marketing and business results in 2005 and beyond.
The purpose of this report is to demonstrate just how RSS can help you improve your bottom-line and show you how to integ…
To begin an analysis of John Rawls egalitarian theory of justice one must first understand certain theories, and positions on justice that are key elements for Rawls.First, one must understand the role of justice in a society.Second, an examination of the main idea behind the theory of justice followed by an explanation of two key principles of Justice is necessary.To conclude I will discuss the inherent problem of individuals born into a less favorable social position.Rawls begins with talking about the role of the principles of justice in a society.As he puts it, these “principles provide a way of assigning rights and duties in the basic institutions of society and define the appropriate distribution of the benefits and burdens of social cooperation.”Justice is highly regarded as a basic virtue in many social institutions.But, as is pointed out by Rawls, if this core role of justice in tainted, the laws of institutions must be changed.The difficultly here is assigning alternative pr…

Up all Night

The attention around individuals or “Whistleblowers,” has taken center stage in the past few years do to huge corporate cover-ups by what were considered industry icons.Corporate scandals such as Enron, and Tyco only enforce the notion of examining whistleblowing in more detail.One must first understand what exactly whistleblowing is and what constitutes the action of.There are two theories presented in Michael Davis’s article Some Paradoxes of Whistleblowing, the standard and the complicity theory.What constitutes whistleblowing differs for both.Whistleblowing must be justified by one of three constraints.An act may be justified if morality permits it, morality requires one to take action, or the act is rationally required.It is the act one takes in revealing information that would otherwise not be known to other parties.It is the intention someone takes to prevent harm of others.Only a member of an organization in question can be considered a whistleblower.This excludes outside part…
New collaborative applications are redefining the way companies create and deliver intellectual property to the market. Collaborative software development (CSD) solutions enable engineers, marketers, manufacturers, and service providers to share information and coordinate activities without compromising the integrity or security of the engineering process. New CSD technologies help companies navigate complex market forces, including the drive toward multisite development environments, the diffusion of product development resources, and the proliferation of software.
Current collaborative technologies can be segmented into three environments: free-form interaction, process collaboration, and structured data exchange (see Exhibit 1). CSD solutions deliver process collaboration capabilities. Enabling stakeholders, including internal staff and external service providers, to collaborate in the software development process will determine how quickly and efficiently companies can build custom…
AJAX and the RIAs that utilize it will improve usability, productivity, and functionality of both current and new Web-based applications.RIAs bring new ways of interacting with the Web that were previously only available with desktop applications.The resulting web user experiences are richer because the application feels more like a desktop application with regards to responsiveness, interactivity, intuitiveness, and overall usability. These new types of experiences can lead to improved business results because they better satisfy what users are accustomed to, and now have the capabilities to satisfy business operations need.Because no software is installed on the client machines, implementers enjoy dramatically lower costs for application deployment and maintenance while achieving competitive differentiation, increased online revenue and sales conversions, higher customer satisfaction/retention, reduced customer support costs, better performance, and lower costs of IT infrastructure…