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If the past is any guide, with the help of on-demand platforms the next 10 years promise to change the way we manage and integrate information as much as the previous 10 have changed how we distribute it. The story of corporate information technology (IT) is a very dynamic one. Like business itself, the 40-plus year history of this central corporate function is one of change, impacting the nature of the enterprise with a force often second only to that exerted by government. In the past 10 years, despite exaggerated spending and expectations, changes in IT and core computing technologies have assumed new prominence as they transitioned their relationship with business from a supporting to a central one, and transformed the role of IT from enabler to end game. This short history is defined by four major periods, each corresponding to the rise and adoption of a new en... (more)

CASE STUDY - Developing Enterprise Class Web Services's sforce Web services API features one of the most innovative and widely used enterprise class Web services. In designing this Web service, the developers had to navigate several challenging issues in how best to create an effective Web service that did not sacrifice capability or simplicity. Learn about the design patterns and techniques developed for this service, and how they might be useful in the development of your widely deployed and sophisticated Web services. Also hear about issues and pitfalls we faced and what we learned in facing these head on.   Sale... (more)