SPOTLIGHT: Web Services - From e-Commerce to e-Business
What opportunities will the new Web Services paradigm create for software entrepreneurs? Can one vendor supply a single, all encompassing solution, or should organizations expect to assemble their own e-Business solutions using best of breed technologies?
Dan'l Lewin, VP of .NET Business Development, Microsoft
Rod Smith, VP of Emerging Technologies, IBM
Oliver Muoto, Co-founder, VP of Market Development, Epicentric
Rob Gingell, CTO Software Systems Group, Sun
Sanford Rockowitz, President, Minaret Software
If last year's mantra was e-Commerce, this year it's e-Business. With the dot.com implosion, the focus has shifted from creating new brands to Web enabling the existing enterprise, making it more effective as well as more efficient.
The current buzzword is integration: with the business processes of customers and suppliers, and of independent systems within the company. e-Commerce is a major part of e-Business, but only one part. Other aspects include customer relation management, supply-chain integration, workflow, support for digital marketplaces, and portals. The ambitious goal is to integrate all these components into one dynamically created, seemingly seamless whole.
Underlying this focus is the paradigm shift to Web Services, in which software components dynamically discover and connect to services on the Internet. Key to this shift are technologies represented by the latest crop of acronyms: XML, SOAP, WSDL, and UDDI.
What opportunities will the new Web Services paradigm create for software entrepreneurs? Can one vendor supply a single, all encompassing solution, as exemplified by Microsoft .NET. Or, should organizations expect to assemble their own e-Business solutions using best of breed technologies?
Come and network with like-minded professionals. To facilitate your networking, pre-registered members can include a 50-word description about a job opening, services offered, etc. To be included, send your name, preferred contact information and a 50-word (or less) description to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00pm on May 14th.
PLUS! Ten of you will have 1-minute with the microphone to announce the ideal job you're looking for or any open positions at your company.
Bring your appetite: A large assortment of appetizers and hot hors d'oeuvres will be served, along with a no-host bar. Pre-paid guests will receive one complimentary drink coupon.
2960 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View, CA
6:00-7:00pm Hot Appetizers/No Host Bar/Networking
7:00-7:15pm Announcements/"Open Mic" Session
8:00-8:30pm Open Q&A
Cost (including hot appetizers and no-host bar)
$25 SDForum and Churchill Club members
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