Industry Panel :: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, November 28th, 2001
Mark DB Tiggas Mark SB Tiggas,
Systems Architect, Payment Coordination Strategy Manager, Payment Coordination Strategy Architecture
Wells Fargo Services Company, Minneapolis.
XML Usage in Financial Services

Mr. Tiggas will discuss the work of the Interactive Financial Exchange Forum, charged with developing a robust XML framework for electronic business-to-business financial data exchange. He will provide insights into ways the IFX Forum is providing a framework that supports the exchange of information between cooperating financial institutions, financial institutions and cooperative consumer portals, and businesses and their financial service providers. You will hear how the financial community is extending its reach via IFX in business-to-business markets, laying a common foundation for marketplaces and ERP vendors to build products that can interact directly with their customers' banks.

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Sinisa Zimek Sinisa Zimek ,
Director of Technology Architecture,
SAP
Web Services in the ERP World

As the Internet evolves, web services are becoming the fundamental infrastructure for running business transactions over an intelligent Web. The technology is available today but the real benefits will grow out of the business applications that are going to be offered as web services. This speech will cover the following topics: standards in interoperability, enterprise business applications, architecture models and a transactional approach to web services, the role of UDDI in business applications, building prototypes with WSDL and SAP approach to web services.

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James Tauber James Tauber,
Product Manager, E-Business Suite,
Bowstreet
XML web services: standards update

Increasingly, companies are making distributed functionality available, not as traditional APIs but as Web services - XML requests and responses over Internet transport protocols like HTTP. Specifications such as SOAP and UDDI are emerging to provide a means for the description, discovery, and execution of these Web services. This session will present the latest activities in this area and will discuss key specifications such as SOAP, XMLP, WSDL, UDDI, SAML and BTP, updating attendees on where each specification is at, how each works and how each fits into the bigger web services picture.

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Conference Sessions
Wednesday, November 28th, 2001
Rick Kuzyk Rick Kuzyk
Technical Evangelist,
Sonic Software
Development
Track
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
JMS and XML in the Real World

Whether participating in a supply chain through trading hubs, you're building your own supply-chain hub for a particular vertical industry, or you just want to communicate directly with a finite set of business partners, the issues are the same. How to build a modern distributed infrastructure using a common communications layer and common data formats and still coexist in this diverse environment?

This session will focus on the concept of using JMS as the basis of a communications architecture for transporting XML data between application and XSLT translation engine for transforming business documents from one form of XML to another.

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Larry Alston Larry Alston,
Executive Vice President of Product Management and Chief Technology Officer,
C-bridge/eXcelon<
Data
Track
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Driving the Demand for Native XML

The need to understand the effects of collaboration is driving the evolution of XML, and thereby driving the need to persist and store XML into a data structure that facilitates analysis. However, the two core tenets of XML, extensibility and flexibility, allow for vastly diverse information data structures between organizations. Although these capabilities are acceptable in integration and transformation, they violate basic design principles for persisting data. In this presentation, we will look at approaches for storing XML content, their strengths and weaknesses in allowing analysis, and upcoming enhancements to the XML specification and their impact on XML storage.

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Simon Blackwell Simon Blackwell,
CTO,
Psoom, Inc.
New Trends
Track
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  
eXtensible Access Control Markup Language

eXtensible Access Control Markup language (XACML) is an OASIS initiative to standardize representation of access control policies in a flexible, extensible XML format. This facilitates transfer of policy between disparate legacy security systems as well as allowing for new policy enforcement mechanisms that support granular access control across heterogeneous data and application environments, including XML documents, relational data bases, and application servers. The presentation provides an introduction to this forthcoming standard so that attendees are prepared to take advantage of its functionality. It also lays out advantages of XACML for consolidating access control from implementations fragmented across applications, web/application servers, firewalls and operating systems.

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Jonathan Webster Jonathan Webster,
Associate Dean,
City University of Hong Kong
Content
Track
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
The application of semantic web technology for Example-Based Machine Translation (EBMT)

In this paper we report on the application of semantic web technology in a study being carried out at City University of Hong Kong into the application of the EBMT approach to the automation of natural language translation, with emphasis on its application in the domain of legal document translation in Hong Kong. Our corpus consists of bilingual law dictionaries and glossaries (10 million words), the bilingual texts of Hong Kong legislation (approximately 25 million words), conveyancing documents (approximately 500,000 words) and other legal materials such as judgments, court documents, and contracts (approximately 5 million words). We will describe how the corpora has been re-coded using RDF/XML in order to combine the semantics of the metadata standard known as Dublin Core with a linguistically-rich vocabulary designed to facilitate subsequent linguistic processing and exploration.

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Steven Wertheim Steven Wertheim,
Senior Technical Consultant,
MEGA International
Commerce
Track
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  
End-to-end Business Process Modeling For XML-Enabled Collaborative Commerce

While UML is becoming the predominant visual modeling language for system architecture, modeling business processes is less well understood. This talk will use case studies to illustrate the importance of process modeling tools for e-business with emphasis on generation of XML schemas and process definitions for messaging servers such as Microsoft Biztalk and webMethods. Attendees will learn about the pros and cons of using UML for process modeling, examine alternative process representations and get an update on standardization efforts (e.g. ebXML, BPML, XLANG). Additional benefits of modeling tools (automatic generation of documentation, ease of model maintenance) will also be discussed.

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Lunch
Afternoon Sessions
Wednesday, November 28th, 2001
James Tauber James Tauber,
Director, XML Technology,
Bowstreet
Development
Track
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.  
Transaction reliability in web services

Web services are an XML-based distributed computing model emerging as a means for businesses to communicate in a more ad hoc fashion and take advantage of functionality and services offered by others in their own applications. As companies begin to develop web services-based applications, they are realizing the need for reliable messaging and cohesive transactions. In this session, we will describe the addition of reliability to XML-based transport mechanisms, such as SOAP. We will also discuss transactions in a loosely-coupled environment and contrast them with classical transactions.

It will cover ebXML's messaging service and relevant work being undertaken by W3C and OASIS.

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Vince Budrovich,
Instructional Systems Manager,
ParaSoft
Data Track
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
XML: Freedom for Data

By defining the structure of data output rather than simply defining data output, Extensible Markup Language (XML) hopes to solve a fundamental problem of computing: allowing computers with differing data formats to interpret one anothers data quickly and efficiently.

XML allows data to be easily transferred from computer to computer through use of the Extensible Stylesheet Transformations (XLST), the language for transforming XML documents, eliminating the need to write a translation program and saving both time and money. Additionally XML's structured output allows you to further ensure data's consistency by exposing programming mistakes and alerting you to possible errors in code. Given these advantages, XML looks to become the dominant format for computer data output. By allowing information to be exchanged between computer systems regardless of software, operating system, or platform, XML may have finally found a solution for one of computing’s biggest problems. This presentation will explain how XML is used to interpret data output using XSLT, and will highlight the advantages of using XML.

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Michel Prompt Michel Prompt,
Founder and CEO,
Radiant Logic
New Trends
Track
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.  
New Directory Tricks 'n Trends

One of the revelations of computing and networking technologies is the way in which they revitalize techniques that have withstood the test of time. To think of innovation with respect to an organizing technique that has been around as long as alphabetical order may seem strange, but that is what's going on in IT departments all over the corporate world. Michel Prompt, CEO of Radiant Logic Inc. and inventor of the groundbreaking Virtual Directory Server, explains that the intuitive nature of directories and logical tree structures has made the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol a big hit with corporate developers so much so that the average enterprise now has more than 180 distinct directories used in running the company. They are used for a variety of novel purposes and their uses suggest even more, as the potential for linking these directories to relational data management structures is explored.

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Shang-Che Cheng Shang-Che Cheng,
CTO and founder,
Uniscape
Content
Track
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.  
Using XML to Manage Global Content

Today less than half of Web users speak English. Uniscape will discuss how the use of XML to create a Web-based database of multilingual content can dramatically speed the localization process and allow companies to effectively manage multilingual content throughout the enterprise. The presentation will include a discussion of the importance of XML in creating an open, standards-based repository of content that can be used globally in multiple applications, including Web sites, CRM, eLearning and others.

Steve Adams will point the benefits of such an approach, using real-world examples such as Hewlett-Packard, Nutrilite, Broadbase Software and VerticalNet.

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Mike Uomoto,
Vice President, Product Management and Product Marketing,
OpenDesign, Inc.
Commerce
Track
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.  
Application Routing for Enterprise

Current distributed systems technologies are like the old circuit switched networks: the endpoints are known ahead of time and the connections are hardwired together. OpenDesign has a routing based architecture that uses XML to address limitations with a scalable, robust, and organically grown system, enabling a distributed application environment that is based on a new breed of programmable routers that route, cache and execute application logic. OpenDesign will present an overview of how enterprises can use this to automate processes with partners.

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Jason Taylor Jason Taylor,
Director, XML Technology,
Whitehill Technologies
Extra
Track
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.  
Accessible Legacy Data

Jason will discuss the value of legacy systems, the interest in using XML as a way to make legacy data accessible via online formats, and the conversion challenges brought forward with integrating legacy data into a company's online environment. Focus will also be directed on how companies can use their existing business logic that has been built into their print streams to provide them with a very fast and efficient method of placing mission critical data to an online environment. Mr. Taylor will also present on various ways and uses that a company may integrate their legacy data and create leverage for their business.

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Mike Rymkiewicz Mike Rymkiewicz,
Technical Evangelist,
NeoCore Inc.
Development
Track
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.  
XML Information For Web Services

Change is a key to web services. Businesses that are building web services need a persistence mechanism that can change as quickly as their business evolves. Existing infrastructure cannot support this change, but XML can. XML provides a persistence mechanism with the flexibility businesses require to grow, evolve and meet the needs of future markets.

Traditional information stores lack the connectivity, flexibility and performance available with XML. As enterprise applications evolve into global web services that share information, many IT organizations are facing the need to replace or augment traditional information stores with native XML. The unique features of native XML -- extensibility, high performance, connectivity and flexibility -- are making a new class of information web services possible.

This talk will explain what native XML databases are and how they provide the necessary technology to extend XML beyond just a transport mechanism. We will explain why the storage of XML requires a new type of database and how the XML Architecture can be incorporated to further extend the J2EE environment. Finally, we will discuss the nature of NeoCore XMS and its support for extensible and flexible Web service information sources. Those interested in the next phase XML management, XML as a persistence mechanism for Web Services, how XML can complement Web Services, and how they work together to speed development and reduce cost should attend. General knowledge of XML and Java are pre-requisites

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Mark Baker Mark Baker,
Technical Evangelist,
OmniMark Technologies
Data
Track
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.  
All markup is link markup

A great deal of attention has been paid to developing sophisticated linking standards for XML. But this work should not blind us to a very important truth about XML markup: all markup is link markup. All markup serves to define the identity of a piece of data, and all relationships are fundamentally based on knowing the identity of the related items. Links, in turn, are simply a way of expressing relationships. Understanding this principle can allow you to simplify your markup while making your linking strategies more powerful and flexible.

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Brent Young Brent Young,
Software Engineer,
Curl Corporation
Sonjaya Tandon Sonjaya Tandon,
Chief Technology Officer,
Dataskill
New Trends
Track
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.  
A Better Platform for Interactive Web Applications

The Curl content language unifies text formatting, scripting, full object-oriented programming and distributed computing into one integrated environment. Its client side compilation technology provides an extremely robust presentation layer for XML data, by combining application level performance on the desktop with the ease of Web deployed content. Curl is designed to fully interact with existing Web standards and technologies, including XML, SOAP & WSDL. It is browser independent, is easily integrated with key enterprise information systems, and allows users to consume multiple Web Services from different sources. Curl technology was developed at MIT under a $5 million DARPA grant.

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Rajet Mukherjee Rajet Mukherjee,
Principal Software Architect,
Verity Inc.
Content
track
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.  
XML content support

XML is taking its place as the medium for content exchange in the corporate enterprise. Interoperable software applications must be able to accept, manipulate, and disburse content in a format that preserves contextual information. This session will discuss how companies extend their support of indexing, categorizing, and searching of XML content. It will also offer case studies about how vendors make it possible for corporations to preserve their historical data with conversion tools that turn over 200 file formats into valid, application-ready XML.

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Glynn Evans Glynn Evans,
CTO,
Abilizer Solutions, Inc
Commerce
Track
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.  
XML's Facilitation of Reusable Visual Components; Empowering the Building of Dynamic Business Webs

XML is a key supporting standard in enabling seamless business to business transactions. However, there is more to the ability to locate, retrieve, view and use information. Unless you have a pure system to system transaction, everything involves visual presentation. While presentation is often positioned as straightforward to the point of trivial, it consumes an increasing proportion of engineering resource when building composite applications based on volatile assemblies from a variety of disparate sources. XML provides a foundation to combine industrial strength engineering with reusable components to deliver dynamic business Webs of information, applications and services. This discussion will focus on what is a presentation-centric view of dynamic business Webs, how they are built, how XML empowers the process and why presentation is important from both an effectiveness and efficiency viewpoint.

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Ron Daniel,
Standards Architect,
Interwoven
Extra
Track
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.  
What, Why and How

It's been hailed as the next great thing and best enabler of e-business. Xtensible Markup Language (XML) is an easy-to-use framework for defining data. Despite all the buzz, there is still plenty of confusion and lack of understanding of how and why XML works. In this presentation, Dr. Hale will explore the basics of XML and how it facilitates the developmentment of e-business applications and content-driven solutions.

In this presentation, Dr. Hale will explore the basics of XML and how it facilitates the development of e-business applications and content-driven solutions. Starting with a definition of XML as a framework that enables the creation of multiple derived languages, Dr. Hale will examine how XML simplifies basic data and syntax for the developer. XML can then be extended into industry-specific domains in an agreed-upon manner that expedites inter-company communication and the reuse of web components. Dr. Hale will discuss the kinds of content suitable for XML, and strategies for migration to XML and co-existence with legacy data formats. He will draw on examples from the publishing, telecommunications, and investment banking industries to illustrate how to maximize the benefits of XML.

The session will also focus on current industry standards, such as those surrounding Web services, and how businesses need to align themselves to use them in the future. Dr. Hale will also explain the essential working elements of XML, such as DTDs, schemas, XLL and DOM. Using samples of what tag-based XML looks like, he will map out how XML templates can be created for storing, publishing and reusing content for multiple channels, including wireless.

Attendees will learn:

  • Definition of XML and how it simplifies e-business app development
  • Types of content suitable for XML
  • Strategies for migrating content to or co-existing with XML
  • Industry examples of XML for B2B applications and integration
  • Impact of industry standards on content deployment along supply chain
  • Elements of XML: DTDs, Schema, XSL(T)
  • How to use XML-based templates for content creation

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Grover Righter Grover Righter,
VP Technical Strategy,
Kabira Technologies
Development
Track
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.  
Using Linux and Open Source Systems to Deliver Next-Generation Services on Wireless and Broadband Ne

Linux and related open source platforms, such as Free BSD are increasingly popular as alternatives to either vendor specific UNIX Systems or Wintel servers. This technical session will show working examples of delivering new services deployed on Linux platforms across to Wireless and Broadband customers. Standards components used include" UML, XML, RMI, the OMG's new ASL, Java and J2EE. A demonstration will be given of transactional, commercial grade services deployable on Linux platforms - with a step-by-step architectural analysis of the system components. Requirements for new features in Linux systems will be addressed.

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David Seaman David Seaman,
Vice President of Engineering,
MobileQ, Inc.
Data
Track
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.  
Mobilizing XML for Enterprises

The development of an XML-based server for mobile enterprise applications requires broad software experience in managing connectors for multiple devices. The key element in leveraging XML's advantages lie in the development of an adaptive user experience that presents easy-to-use interfaces for a wide range of applications. In this presentation, David Seaman will discuss the evolution of MobileQ's XMLEdge server and how it has benefitted early-adopter companies in the mobile enterprise space, including CIBC, TD Securities, and Nortel Networks.

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Don Liberty,
Product Manager,
BitFlash Inc.
New Trends
Track
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.  
An Agile Approach to Device Interfaces

The user experience on wireless devices has thus far been limited to the windowing tools that can be hosted on the device. Developers need to be able to predict with certainty how their applications will appear on the myriad of devices available, or soon to appear on the market. By defining the interface using vector graphics, defined in Extensible Markup Language (XML), these interfaces can be managed and transformed as required according to the capabilities of the target device.

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Viva Chu Viva Chu
Senior Architect,
MetaTV
Content
Track
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.  
Getting Interactive with XML

MetaTV VP of Engineering John Carney will discuss the roles XML plays in enabling Internet content to be dynamically harvested, re-purposed, and delivered in a TV-centric format. Discover how templates drawing content selected by page designers are built as XML files to include information that locates source data, determines what elements are to be syndicated, and transforms text and images for delivery to the television. Among the topics to be discussed: content management and workflow systems, content design and development frameworks, etc. MetaTV is a provider of interactive television portals, services, and enhanced applications.

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David Finlay David Finlay,
Senior Engineering Manager for Content and Application Switching,
Network Equipment Division, Communications Products Group,
Intel Corporation
Commerce
Track
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.  
Repaving the Information Highway for B2B

When a traffic accident occurs on a busy freeway, a domino effect occurs. A handful of cars immediately slowing down followed by cars in the back and on either side. The information highway has the potential to do the same when hardware or software fails. Fortunately, it's much easier (and less expensive) to expand, control, accelerate, and ensure the operation of electronic information.

The largest growth area in the exchange of electronic information is B2B commerce, which not only necessitates the need for "repaving" the information highway to accommodate its expanded use, but the adoption of a new language Extensible Markup Language (XML) to standardize and improve the ways businesses identify and exchange information. In addition XML allows for an open, loosely coupled integration of supply chain management, enterprise resource planning and customers relationship management.

The use of XML opens up many opportunities and some challenges that are being addressed by industry leaders. Intel's Communications Products Group (CPG) will present an overview of the capabilities of XML and its importance in the rapid expansion of B2B ecommerce environment. Also discussed will be means of accelerating and intelligently controlling secure XML-based B2B transactions.

What participants will learn: Snapshot the shift in the use of the "information highway" for B2B ecommerce Overview of XML (standards, delivery of business intelligence, global adoption, etc.) Means of classifying, accelerating controlling and prioritizing B2B traffic Current and future challenges of ensuring the performance and reliability of XML transactions

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Bruce Rosenblum Bruce Rosenblum,
CEO,
Inera Inc.
Extra
Track
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.  
Microsoft Word to XML: Crossing the Commitment Horizon

Most authors prefer to use Microsoft Word rather than a structured XML editor to create text information. Building the bridge, however, between Word authoring and XML production requires a careful review of both available tools and editorial workflow. This presentation will examine different solutions for converting Word documents to XML including Word templates, XML editors embedded in Word, post-editorial XML conversion tools, and outsourcing. The technologies will be examined with a specific emphasis on the workflow impact of each solution for an organization's editorial and production requirements. Staff issues (in-house versus freelance) and training considerations will be discussed.

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