We use cookies and other similar technologies (Cookies) to enhance your experience and to provide you with relevant content and ads. By using our website, you are agreeing to the use of Cookies. You can change your settings at any time. Cookie Policy.

“The IT Impedance Mismatch” is how ZapThink Founder and Senior Analyst Ronald Schmelzer describes the frequent gulfs between IT implementations and their original business requirements. At the same time, IONA Technologies’ Chief Engineer of Product Innovation Steve Vinoski sees a “Web Services Gap” forestalling a possible solution.

But in the ebizQ webinar How to Succeed Through Service Oriented Integration, part of the IONA-sponsored Reducing Complexity and Cost Through Standards-Based Integration series, they detailed Service Oriented Architecture-based strategies and software to bridge both gaps.

“It's not because no one's doing their job,” Schmelzer said of the “IT Impedance Mismatch.” Instead, complicated, constantly changing business requirements result in incomplete interpretations -- and since “most IT folks are not experts in particular lines of business; they're experts in their particular systems, their representations are either inaccurate or limited.”

Even worse, “cast in concrete" final implementations don’t enable continuous change. And as integration choices and business processes multiply, IT organizations find themselves “not implementing new business functionality but simply maintaining the interconnections between systems,” Schmelzer said.

“For example, when a business requirement says, 'We want to add a new warehouse to our supply chain system' or 'We want to change the way that we represent customer information,’ it's not a matter of changing an end system; rather, it’s changing all those interconnections and that's usually what causes most businesses to be very inflexible.”

While standards such as EDI, CORBA and ODBC have helped minimize integration challenges, Schmelzer cautioned against “trying to solve the same problems over and over again by using new levels of technology in a way that's just a shell game, in effect moving the standardization issue from one place to another.

“In the term 'Web services,' which itself is somewhat vague, it's not the term 'Web' that's most important; it's the term 'services.' We need to understand where the services are. There is really not much ROI in standards-based APIs; rather, there is ROI in figuring out how to build the services that can respond dynamically and agilely to changing business requirements,” he added.


1  2  3  

   Next Page

Explore Our Topics

  • Virtual Conferences
  • Webinars
  • Roundtables

BPM in Action

March 10, 2011

The sixth annual BPM in Action 2011 Virtual Conference will explore cutting-edge market developments in BPM and describe how to leverage them for improved business operation and performance. More

View All Virtual Conferences

Smart Case Management: Why It's So Smart.

Date:Nov 05, 2009
Time:12:00 PM ET- (17:00 GMT)


Date:Oct 29, 2009
Time:15:00 PM ET- (19:00 GMT)

View All Roundtables
  • Research Library
  • Podcasts
  • News

Joe McKendrick: Part II of II: Designing Evolve-ability into SOA and IT Systems

In part two of Joe McKendrick's recent podcast with Miko Matsumura, chief strategist for Software AG, they talk about how SOA and IT systems need to change and grow and adapt with the organization around it.

Listen Now

Phil Wainewright: Helping Brands Engage with Social Media

Phil Wainewright interviews David Vap, VP of products at RightNow Technologies, and finds out how sharing best practices can help businesses understand how best to engage with online communities.

Listen Now

Peter Schooff: Making Every IT Dollar Result in a Desired Business Outcome: Scott Hebner of IBM Rati

Scott Hebner, Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for IBM Rational, discusses a topic on the top of every company's mind today: getting the most from IT investments.

Listen Now

Jessica Ann Mola: Where Will BI Fit In? Lyndsay Wise Explains

In BI, this tough economy and the increasing role of Web 2.0 and MDM are certainly topics on people's minds today. WiseAnalytics' Lyndsay Wise addresses each of them in this informative podcast.

Listen Now

Dennis Byron: Talking with...Deepak Singh of BPM Provider Adeptia

Deepak Singh, President and CTO of Adeptia, joins ebizQ's Dennis Byron in a podcast that gets its hand around the trend of industry-specific BPM.

Listen Now
More Podcasts
  • Most Popular
  • Quick Guide
  • Most Discussed

Quick Guide: What is BPM?

Learn More

Quick Guide: What is Event Processing?

Smart event processing can help your company run smarter and faster. This comprehensive guide helps you research the basics of complex event processing (CEP) and learn how to get started on the right foot with your CEP project using EDA, RFID, SOA, SCADA and other relevant technologies. Learn More

Quick Guide: What is Enterprise 2.0?

A lot of people are talking about Enterprise 2.0 as being the business application of Web 2.0 technology. However, there's still some debate on exactly what this technology entails, how it applies to today's business models, and which components bring true value. Some use the term Enterprise 2.0 exclusively to describe the use of social networking technologies in the enterprise, while others use it to describe a web economy platform, or the technological framework behind such a platform. Still others say that Enterprise 2.0 is all of these things. Learn More