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It's A New World Out There

It's A New World Out There

Folks, before I tell you about the exciting events that are taking place in the SYS-CON-XML community, I'd like to take a moment to introduce the new editorial board for XML-J. These well-known leaders and experts in the XML industry are going to take this already fine publication to even greater heights.

Simeon Simeonov is our Web Services editor. He is chief architect at Macromedia, Inc., where he's leading work on XML, Web Services, and platform integration.

Coco Jaenicke is our B2B editor and has been with us since the first issue of XML-J. She played a key role in the successful development and introduction of the industry's first application development environment for building and deploying e-business applications.

JP Morgenthal is the EAI editor. He is CTO of iKimbo and a recognized leader in the industry.

Sean McGrath is our e-commerce editor. He is cofounder and CTO of Propylon and has been building markup-based software solutions for over a decade.

Simon Phipps, our XML/Java editor, is the chief software evangelist for Sun Microsystems.

As you probably know by now, SYS-CON is holding several conferences in their "Edge" series that cover Java, XML, Web Services, wireless technologies, and others. It's my privilege to be the technical chair for the 2001XMLEdge conference that will take place this fall.

The 2001XMLEdge International XML Conference & Expo will take place October 22-25, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, California. The exhibit floor will accommodate the needs of more than 100 exhibitors. The conference program will present exclusive keynotes and focus on cutting-edge XML technologies in multiple simultaneous tracks, night school, and an accelerated weekend program. For details, check out www.sys-con.com/xmledge.

We've received more than 125 proposals from industry leaders and notaries in XML and related technologies. The conference has something for everyone in the XML and SYS-CON communities. There are five tracks that cover XML presentation techniques, Web Services, examples of XML-based applications from the real world, EAI applications based on XML, the synergy between the worlds of XML and Java, XML design guidelines and patterns, inside information on XML standards and specifications, and much more.

If there's one XML event you should attend this year, this is it. Mark your calendars.

This year the computer industry has seen the spotlight shine on quite a few new paradigms that are going to propel us into the next generation of e-commerce applications. The terms Web Services, peer-to-peer (P2P) technologies, business process workflows, m-commerce, and wireless Web are popping up all over the landscape. All these initiatives rely on two main technology bases in some form or other: the Web and XML. The Web is the ultimate melting pot for all the different programming environments that used to exist in isolation. XML is the lingua franca. XML allows loosely coupled programming environments to communicate with each other via a common data format.

Take Web Services. Many folks are calling this the next big thing. Web Services are being touted as the killer app for XML. And the business model is all figured out. You know, B2C failed for many reasons. However, Web Services take into account all the business models and revenue streams for actual businesses. All the application server vendors are providing Web Services as the next generation building blocks for enterprise applications.

Peer-to-peer computing represents the ultimate decentralization and deregulation of distributed computing. It provides application developers with quick, efficient ways to create applications across organizations. Collaborative packages enable applications to interact with their peers across different environments. They all rely on a common language - XML.

Granted XML is the core technology that has spawned new interest in some technologies and renewed interest in others. However, many of these are still in their infancy and the actual details of the business models in which they can be applied still need to be worked out. So we should all be careful about jumping on the bandwagon. Let's learn from the mistakes of those who can afford to make them.

More Stories By Ajit Sagar

Ajit Sagar is Associate VP, Digital Transformation Practice at Infosys Limited. A seasoned IT executive with 20+ years experience across various facts of the industry including consulting, business development, architecture and design he is architecture consulting and delivery lead for Infosys's Digital Transformation practice. He was also the Founding Editor of XML Journal and Chief Editor of Java Developer's Journal.

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