Welcome to DataServices World at SOAWorld 2008!
A message from the chair, DataServices World at SOAWorld 2008, Ken North
Data Services World is about the confluence of databases, data warehousing, business intelligence, enterprise computing, Internet computing, grids and cloud computing. Its focus is architectures and technologies for accessing data from heterogenous data sources and providing that data to consumers such as components, services and applications.
Distributed processing, high-speed networks, powerful servers, virtualization, components and collaboration define the landscape of 21st century computing. Database, storage and information management technology have evolved with the emergence of clusters, grids, web-hosted databases and cloud computing. For building new systems and exploiting legacy applications and data, developers are looking to collaborative applications assembled from distributed components. XML, SOAP and REST were enablers for the adoption of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Web-Oriented Architecture (WOA). SOA today can include web services, grid services, integration services, semantic web services, components and messaging systems.
Developers who’ve enjoyed success with component-based development are looking to new architectures with services as the new components. But even as new architectures and technologies gain traction, some system characteristics remain consistent. Today’s systems, like their predecessors, typically have a requirement for persistent information and databases.
Many organizations have a variety of persistent data stores, including SQL databases, geo-coded data files, spreadsheets, content management systems and XML. Services, applications, and mashups can consume and integrate data from disparate data sources. In an n-tier enterprise architecture and a service-oriented architecture, the logic for providing data from databases and other data sources resides in data access layers and data services layer.
Today’s data services layers encapsulate logic for accessing data stores, typically using standards-based technology such as ODBC, JDBC, ADO.NET and Service Data Objects. These specifications define solutions for uniformly accessing and manipulating data from heterogeneous data sources.
At DataServices World, we’ll uncover architecture and technology solutions for accessing, integrating and processing data from multiple sources while guaranteeing security and scalability. These solutions include robust, high-performance data access middleware, optimized databases, efficient protocol handling, tuned queries and state of the art data services. We’ll be looking at technology of interest to CTOs, enterprise architects, system architects, information architects, developers, database gurus, consultants and analysts.