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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

SOA Report: IONA Adds Active Governance


By Kurt Mackie

Companies providing service-oriented architecture (SOA) solutions for the enterprise issued announcements about new products, partnerships and deals last week. Here are some of them to date.

IONA Technologies has a new version of its SOA infrastructure suite with active governance capabilities. Its Artix Registry/Repository product manages policies and provides a complete record of services in distributed SOA environments. Global 2000 customers can use the product for the capture and discovery of critical information, service network provisioning, schema validation, and visual service management.

Wily Technology has extended its enterprise application management solution to automatically identify dependencies among Web services and monitor business processes on a 24 x 7 basis. The Wily SOA Manager product works with the Wily Introscope solution on platforms such as Apache Axis, BEA WebLogic Server, IBM WebSphere Application Server, NetWeaver and Microsoft .NET.

JackBe Corp. has partnered with SOA Software and is offering a governance, management and security solution to users of AJAX and SOA services. The joint solution combines JackBe's Presto Enterprise Web 2.0 Infrastructure Platform with SOA Software's Infrastructure Suite.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Stock pick of the week - Mobl.ob

Not for the risk averse, but the stock has been beaten down to the levels where it is hard for those risk takers not to pick up some shares at all time lows.

LAS VEGAS, MIAMI, and BETHESDA, Md., March 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ProGames Network, a subsidiary of broadband telecommunications services company MobilePro Corp. (OTC Bulletin Board: MOBL - News), announced today that Frank Catania, one of the world's leading experts regarding on-line gaming, has agreed to join the board of directors of The Winning Edge (OTC Bulletin Board: WNED - News) upon the completion of its merger with ProGames Network. The transaction is currently expected to close in late April.

Bush Announces Iraq Exit Strategy: 'We'll Go Through Iran'

by The Onion

WASHINGTON, DC—Almost a year after the cessation of major combat and a month after the nation's first free democratic elections, President Bush unveiled the coalition forces' strategy for exiting Iraq.

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Bush announces the pullout of Iraq through Iran.

"I'm pleased to announce that the Department of Defense and I have formulated a plan for a speedy withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq," Bush announced Monday morning. "We'll just go through Iran."

Bush said the U.S. Army, which deposed Iran's longtime enemy Saddam Hussein, should be welcomed with open arms by the Islamic-fundamentalist state.

"And Iran's so nearby," Bush said. "It's only a hop, skip, and a jump to the east."

According to White House officials, coalition air units will leave forward air bases in Iraq and transport munitions to undisclosed locations in Iran. After 72 to 96 hours of aerial-bomb retreats, armored-cavalry units will retreat across the Zagros mountains in tanks, armored personnel carriers, and strike helicopters. The balance of the 120,000 troops will exit into the oil-rich borderlands around the Shatt-al-Arab region within 30 days.

Pentagon sources said U.S. Central Command has been formulating the exit plan under guidelines set by Bush.

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"The fact is, we've accomplished our goals in Iraq," said General George Casey, the commander of coalition forces in the Iraqi theater. "Now, it's time to bring our men and women home—via Iran."

Questions have been raised about the unprecedented size of the withdrawal budget.

"I'm asking Congress to approve a $187-billion budget to enable us to exit as smoothly as possible," said Casey, whose budget request includes several hundred additional M1A1 Abrams battle tanks, 72 new C-130 cargo planes, and two brigades of artillery. "We're concerned about the safety of our troops, so we need to have the capacity to deal with insurgent forces all the way from the Iraqi border through to Tehran."

Casey has requested a budget increase for the Pentagon, so that the government can reward recruits who serve in the U.S. mission to exit Iraq.

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Some of the Iranian citizens U.S. troops will meet as they pass through Iran.

"The plan also includes a minor stopover for refueling and provisional replenishment in Syria," Casey said. "But I don't expect we'll need more than 50,000 additional troops for that stretch of the Iraq pullout."

Bush's plan has met with widespread support.

"The people who said Iraq was a quagmire and that the president would never get our troops out are now eating crow," said Sean Hannity on his popular radio show Tuesday. "Of course, I don't expect anyone will have the honor to come forward and actually admit that they were wrong to question our commander-in-chief."

Sioux Falls, SD's Dianne Haverbuck, who has two sons in the military, said she was pleased to hear of the impending exit.

"Don and Kenneth have already been in Iraq an extra four months, so it's so good to hear that they'll finally be leaving that dangerous place," Haverbuck said. "I can't tell you how happy I was when the president said—what was it? I wrote it down. 'Getting our troops out of the Middle East and back home to their families is a viable long-term goal.'"

"I can't wait to see the boys," Haverbuck added.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Hoseini-Khamenei welcomed the exit plan.

"Let the Allied armies come to Iran," Khamenei said. "I believe I can assure you that, if they do withdraw here, their brothers-in-arms in the Islamic Republican Army, the Revolutionary Guards Corps, the Quds special forces units, and the Basij Popular Mobilization Army will no doubt do everything they can to make the troops' trip back home memorable."

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Genaera Corporation Announces 2006 Financial Results

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., March 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Genaera Corporation (Nasdaq: GENR - News) today announced its financial results for the year and quarter ended December 31, 2006. The net loss for the year ended December 31, 2006 was $21.2 million, or $(0.24) per share basic and diluted, as compared to a net loss of $26.4 million, or $(0.44) per share basic and diluted, for the year ended December 31, 2005. The net loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2006 was $3.6 million, or $(0.03) per share basic and diluted, as compared to a net loss of $7.8 million, or $(0.11) per share basic and diluted, for the quarter ended December 31, 2005. The loss from operations for the year and quarter ended December 31, 2006 was $22.8 million and $4.0 million, respectively, as compared to $27.2 million and $8.2 million for the same periods in 2005.

Monday, March 05, 2007

REA is to RIA, as Enterprise Web 2.0 is to Web 2.0 Returns


I posted this a little while back, and the thoughts were expanded by our CTO, John Crupi in TechNewsWorld. Rich Enterprise Applications enable developers to create new situational applications that can offer improved usability and flexibility for the end user, and can deliver them faster than was possible using traditional approaches. This can empower users to easily assemble situational applications in response to rapid changing business requirements. Click the link to read the full article.

2007 is the year enterprises will start to more aggresively push for ways to realize the benefits of the Web 2.0 paragim shift and bring these efficiencies into the enterprise construct. In short, to empower users to consume, compose, and collaborate in ways that still adhere to enterprise standards and requirements.

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[Tuesday, October 03, 2006

REA is to RIA, as Enterprise Web 2.0 is to Web 2.0

JackBe coined the term Rich Enterprise Applications (REA) as an evolution of Rich Internet Applications (RIA). RIA is to Web-grade applications as REA is to Enterprise-grade applications. The side pic. is my personal attempt to illustrate this visually. Some like it; some don’t, so comments are more than welcomed.
So What is Enterprise Grade?

Enterprises require tighter control, security, and reliability. In short they require a degree of governance that the average user building a Google Maps Mashup while sitting at their kitchen table doesn’t need. This should be no surprise to anyone who has worked for large organizations.

Hopefully, maybe you can see where I’m going with this. Enterprises want to encourage this new Web 2.0 movement within the organization to leverage the network effect and value it brings, but because of what I mentioned earlier, organizations have to impose a slightly different model called Enterprise 2.0. Given this, and Enterprise 2.0 requirements, RIA needs added capabilities forreal Enterprise 2.0 grade applications. They need the richness of RIA but with the governance that Enterprise 2.0 mandates. Boom, we have Rich Enterprise Applications that extend the attribute of RIA past the client and into the Enterprise’s resources and enterprises can feel comfortable in doing this because REA has this added governance portion.
posted by Mike Wagner]

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Log on to www.sify.com for Comprehensive Information & Analysis of Budget 2007

Watch Live Video Streaming of the Analysis of the Budget by Experts CHENNAI, India--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sify Limited (Nasdaq:SIFY - News), a leader in Consumer Internet and Enterprise Services in India with global delivery capabilities, announced its comprehensive coverage of Budget 2007 on its portal www.sify.com. In addition, on February 28, 2007, users can log on to Sify.com to watch the live video streaming of the analysis of the Budget by experts including CRISIL.

Sify.com's Budget special is aimed at ensuring that its users can easily understand the Budget and its impact on their daily lives. Besides the comprehensive overview, the portal provides a unique service wherein users can opt for personalized mailers based on their preference for topics that directly impact them. Users can also have their concerns and queries on topics like Personal Finance, Stock Market etc. addressed by noted experts like A.N. Shanbhag, Dhirendra Kumar etc. through webchats and can also interact through Message Boards and polls.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Good Green Investment oppertunity in China of all places.


China Natural Gas, Inc. (website: www.naturalgaschina.com) is a US Delaware registered public company that owns and operates its natural gas related businesses in China. China Natural Gas is the first China based natural gas company publicly traded in the US capital markets (stock symbol: CHNG). Managed by seasoned industry executives, the Company owns a 120 kilometer long Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) pipeline located in the city of Xi'An (Population 8.5 million), the capital city of China's Shaanxi Province and a gateway to China's vast western regions. The northern region of Shaanxi Province is the home to China's second largest natural gas reserve. The Company has been consistently profitable since its inception.