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Enterprise Service Bus: The case for 'e'SBs

Date: October 16, 2008

Time: 02:00 pm US Eastern

All dates and times are NY local time, please consult your favorite world clock to determine when this webinar takes place in your time zone.

Featured Speakers:

Jim O'Leary, Vice President, Product Management, EXTOL International (bio)
Joseph Baran, Chief Technology Officer, EXTOL International (bio)


Beth Gold-Bernstein

Sponsored By:

EXTOL International

The Enterprise Services Bus (ESB) has become a staple of large- and medium-scale business integration. But the boundaries separating ESBs from other integration platform middleware have blurred, as new hybrids have emerged, blending ESB capabilities with process orchestration, data transformation, and other integration services.

What began as an alternative to heavyweight integration platform suites has now become a functional layer in larger integration offerings. While this might frustrate best-of-breed integration strategists, it is a boon to companies with limited resources and IT skill sets, for whom middleware architecture is secondary to the integration and deployment of new applications and partner processes.

In this webcast, we’ll examine the role and contributions of ESB technology in midsized company projects, focusing specifically on these questions:

  • What are the differences between ESBs and integration hybrids that embed ESBs?
  • Does SOA require an ESB?
  • When does it make sense to employ hybrid integration middleware instead of an ESB?
  • How can you exploit the advantages of hybrid options if you already have an ESB?
  • Do you need to worry about ESB proliferation?

Who should attend this webcast?

  • Senior and executive IT management who are concerned about enterprise- and project-level integration middleware investments
  • IT Project Managers with urgent business integration needs
  • Integration architects with questions about how best to exploit ESB technology in different project contexts
  • Integration practitioners who have questions about ESB capabilities and how they manifest in IDEs

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Featured Speaker Bios:

Jim F. O'Leary joined EXTOL in 2002 as Vice President of Product Management, with over 20 years of experience in the software industry, including executive and senior management positions at Mercator Software, Unidata, and Software AG. He is a frequent speaker and recognized authority on the architecture and application of business-to-business integration middleware, model-based development, and software architecture.

Joseph (Joe) Baran is a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of EXTOL. He is the principal designer of EXTOL’s software products, and has developed the Company’s technology and Support Center in PA. Prior toEXTOL,he worked for General Electric Space Division where he was responsible for both hardware and software design for the LandSat communications satellites. He was cited twice as the NASA Young Engineer of the Year. He has also held a number of technical and consulting positions in the manufacturing and engineering industries. Mr. Baran received a B.A. in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University in 1973, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University in 1977, and an M.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

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