Conference Sessions
Thursday, November 29th, 2001
Don Campbell,
Senior Director of Product Management,
Infravio Inc.
Data
Track
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.  
Web Services-Hype v. Reality

t.b.a.

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Dr. Evan Huang Dr. Evan Huang,
President and CTO,
XMLCities, Inc.
New Trends
Track
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.  
XML Document Conversion

Among all the benefits of XML, the ability to provide user-defined document type definitions (DTD) or document schema definitions opens a new paradigm for information exchange or storage. However, the challenge is how to generate XML documents with arbitrarily user-defined DTDs from the unstructured documents. In this presentation, several different approaches for converting the unstructured documents into the XML documents will be introduced. In particular, conversion for two extreme types, record type and description type, of XML documents will be discussed in detail.

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Dr. Claude Vogel Dr. Claude Vogel
Founder and Chief Technology Officer,
Semio Corporation
Content
Track
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.  
Automatic Topic Maps and RDF: Generating the XML Roadmap

While Topic Maps and RDF have enabled further sophistication in large-scale information representation, we still need to feed these formats with content. Performing this task manually can be cumbersome, if not impossible. In this presentation, we will detail the steps of automatic topic maps and RDF generation, including:

  • Tailoring a DTD
  • Adjusting a controlled set of categories
  • Indexing documents
  • Generating the XML structures
  • Practical examples of topic maps and RDF generation

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Frank Ryan Frank Ryan,
Senior Analyst,
SilverStream Software
Commerce
Track
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.  
Guidelines To Integrate Business-To-Business Processes With J2EE And XML

While At the center of the business-to-business revolution is XML, the lingua franca through which businesses can electronically transact. Coupled with Java2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE), a robust and portable application platform, XML provides the core infrastructure for business-to-business integration servers. This session will focus on the ways in which the J2EE Application Programming Models and XML fit the needs of business-to-business integration. Included will be a discussion of Servlets, Enterprise JavaBeansTM components (EJB), XML parsers and current XML document standards. We will discuss mapping and transformation between document types, as well as techniques for integrating host legacy and client/server applications using XML.

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Dave Levett,
Founder,
Altio.
Extra
Track
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.  
Rapid Application Development and Deployment with Web Services

The client/server era was born from the need to create applications that enabled users to manipulate information stored in relational databases. Successive evolutions introduced transaction management middleware, message queuing and distributed objects each in turn of increasing the level of complexity needed to develop and manage these applications.

The Web has allowed us to build simple applications with near-zero deployment costs, but experience has taught us that they are not as easy to create and maintain as they first appeared and the result is clunky pages and DHTML.

As Web Services increasingly take on the responsibility for accessing business logic and data storage, we need new tools to build applications and platforms to deploy them

An XML Web Services architecture can achieve that task. It enables us to combine the best of both worlds - fast and functional deployment of richly interactive applications that are Web-based and operate across multiple platforms and devices. By using standards from W3C, J2EE and .NET a natural path from traditional client/server and Web applications to Web Services is possible. Real-time trading, interactive collaboration and live remote monitoring are a few examples of the types of applications that can be achieved.

Learn about how XML can provide an architecture for easy integration of Web Services from companies such as IBM, BEA and more.

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Kishore Bhamidipati,
Senior Product Manager,
Oracle
Development
Track
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.  
Transactional Wireless Application Development with Java and XML

Constructing wireless applications with Java and XML is an exciting and challenging undertaking but developers need to understand the issues that inevitably arise in this new realm. Typically organizations have a portfolio of existing applications and a long list of new applications that are candidates for wireless enablement. While publishing wireless content is reasonably well-understood, handling wireless transactions for business applications is less understood. This presentation will discuss how developers can take these projects through development using J2EE and XML standards and deliver highly functional, transactional wireless applications.

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Scott Hollenbeck Scott Hollenbeck,
Technology Liaison,
VeriSign, Inc.
Data
Track
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
XML Schema in Protocol Design

This presentation will describe uses of XML Schema in the design of Internet protocols. Topics covered will include a description of specification languages, an introduction to XML Schema, Schema features that make it useful in protocol design, description of a case study, and a discussion of issues and challenges in deploying protocols specified using XML Schema.

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Michael Franklin Michael Franklin,
Advisor,
RightOrder
Data
Track
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Managing Semi-Structured Data: The key to Interoperability

Through the use of XML, today's ecommerce applications provide nearly unlimited flexibility in terms of data representation. This increased flexibility means that applications themselves tend to be more general, and thus usable across various business domains. However, this flexibility comes at a cost. Semistructured data no longer fits neatly into relational databases, and presents new data management challenges. Small quantities of this data can be managed in traditional systems, but application scalability is once again becoming a critical issue. In this talk, we present some "state of the art" approaches to this semistructured data management task, and discuss the advantages and limitations of each approach.

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Steve Mathews Steve Mathews,
SVP Architecture & Standards,
Conclusive Logic
New Trends
Track
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.  
PKI and XML - changes in concepts

PKI relies on ASN.1 as the means of processing digital signatures and certificates. Work in the XML communities on XML-DISG and XKMS are offering new opportunities for extending the reach of XML. At the same time they alter significantly the approach to trust and trust models, but do they solve other PKI problems such as PKI management and law/regulation. This session will examine the changes that XML may bring and where other infrastructures and services are still required.

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Jack Jia Jack Jia,
Senior Vice President of Engineering,
Interwoven
Content
Track
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.  
Using Standards-Based XML for Content Management

In this presentation, Mr. Jia will explore how standards-based XML facilitates rapid content creation and helps make content available anywhere, in any format, and on any device. He will describe how publishing templates based on XML allows non-technical, knowledge workers to create, deploy, and repurpose content. Citing the importance of seamless supply chain exchange in e-Com, Mr. Jia will explain how templating can extend content replication capabilities to business partners and can automate distribution of content elements to external parties as standardized XML. The session outlines how XML can be used to create an evolutionary path to e-Business that does not require re-architecting of existing web applications.

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Michael Abbott Michael Abbott,
CTO,
Electron Economy
Commerce
Track
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.  
Software Agents,XML and the Supply Chain: Concept to Reality

The vision of the Internet as an "Uber-network" enabling seamless interactions among companies, their business partners and their customers has, to date, far outstripped reality. For most businesses, connecting the disparate pieces of the supply chain into a single, seamless system remains an unrealized goal. XML enables normalized communication among disparate systems, but it doesn't guarantee interaction. Without automated interaction, businesses can only streamline isolated supply chain connecting points rather than the supply chain ecosystem. They also must respond manually to every supply chain event that doesn't fall within a narrow set of black-and-white rules. Both activities require time and money that can quickly erode bottom-line performance and top-line customer satisfaction.

In this presentation Electron Economy CTO Mike Abbott explains how software agents will play a key role in helping businesses collect on the supply chain promises of the Internet. Agents are small software units that can be programmed to make decisions that shape the supply chain to match best-case business goals. They can work in concert throughout the entire supply chain so that an agent at one stage of the chain can see and react to an event at another stage, which in turn can trigger responses up and down the chain that mold outcomes to match a business' specific needs for speed and cost-efficiency. Adaptive and intelligent agents can, over time, fine-tune supply chain processes to operate at peak efficiency and make automatic, best-outcome decisions on issues that are more gray than black-and-white. The result is a supply chain that is a strategic competitive weapon rather than merely a cost of doing business.

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Mark Jamtgaard Mark Jamtgaard,
CTO,
2Roam
Development
Track
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  
XML Based Wireless development

Mark is the inventor of RML (relational markup language), an XML variant that enables mobile applications. In this presentation, Mark will discuss the challenges which lead to the development of an XML based wireless data language, the importance of standards, as well as the potential applications that can be achieved due to its structure.

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Alexander Falk Alexander Falk,
CEO,
Altova Inc - - Tha XML Spy Company
Data
Track
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  
Applied XML Schema Design

XML Schema has been approved as a W3C Recommendation in May and is now being widely being used for structuring XML documents - not only in the database and e-commerce market, but increasingly also for publishing and content creation.

This presentation starts out by introducing the elements of the XML Schema description language and outlining how XML Schema differs from DTDs. It introduces a graphical model for representing different XML Schema elements that greatly helps in expressing XML Schemas.

The presentation then continues to investigate existing methods and principles for applied XML Schema design that have their roots in proven Object-Oriented Analysis and Design principles. It concludes with an overview of existing tools for XML Schema design.

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Darren Platt ,
Chief Technology Officer,
RSA Technology
New Trends
Track
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  
Building Transparent Web Security Services Using XML

This presentation will discuss the issues, challenges, and approaches for building a single, policy driven XML-based security layer that is transparent to an enterprise's eBusiness infrastructure. By using XML to create a security infrastructure that can access user information for making security decisions from any IT system, enterprises can centrally protect all eBusiness resources and achieve faster time-to-market for new eBusiness applications. The session will cover how enterprises can use XML to build and deploy a transparent security infrastructure that integrates advanced authentication authorization, access control, single sign-on, risk monitoring/prevention, and auditing to secure e-commerce relationships and transactions.

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Vernon Imrich Vernon Imrich,
CTO,
Percussion Software
Content
Track
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  
Can Workflow Deliver the Promise of Content Management?

Web content management systems have promised to simplify the creation, delivery, and management of dynamic content for customers, business partners and employees. The content owners are many, and the system needs to be able to reach all contributors, regardless of where they are. As companies have begun to implement their content management solution, many have realized that the rudimentary workflow capabilities that are available as business logic embedded into templates in most content management solutions are the limiting factor in the usefulness of the system. They also soon realize that they are unable to utilize the content management system for all the Web projects they had envisioned. Its critical function, moving content through business processes for review, approval, and security at each stage in the content life cycle, requires sophisticated features with an easy to use interface for dynamically creating and editing the processes, people and content. Without a more robust approval process management capability, and a process engine that can adapt to changing requirements, the promise of content management is not fulfilled. This session will discuss why having a robust workflow engine resolves the issues that currently exist within many content management systems.

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Nic Fulton,
Vice President Technology and Innovation Strategy,
Reuters Group
Extra
Track
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
XML and the Financial Markets

As a leading technology company Reuters has a rich heritage is deploying the latest technology to enhance the way financial news and information is delivered to financial professionals, from the early introduction of the electronic teleprinter in 1927 to transmit news electronically to being one of the first companies to have an Electronic Business Architecture which is fully XML enabled. As part of the company's vision to really making the financial markets work on the Internet. Reuters has made the commitment to invest $700 million into eBusiness, of which XML is key element.

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Closing Session
Thursday, November 29th, 2001
Charles F. Goldfarb Charles F. Goldfarb,
Father of markup languages and co-author of The XML Handbook
 
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.  
Back to the Future: The Web as an Integrated Database

Information technology is boldly marching on despite the bursting of the dot-com bubble. Shorn of its more absurd business schemes, the World Wide Web is clearly revealing its true nature as humanity's database. It's the richest database in history, combining in a single repository everything from art and literature to commercial and scientific records and administrative transactions. To the children of the computer age, raised on separate systems for documents, databases, and messages, that combination may seem innovative. But in fact, it is exactly where we were prior to the computer. As we charge into the future we are increasingly encountering our past. Examining that phenomenon yields some surprising and valuable insights on how to go forward from here.

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