Stories by Heather Havenstein

Slingshot tool takes aim at Adobe's Apollo

The race to provide Web developers with a tool to bring some rich Internet features to the desktop continued Friday with the unveiling of Joyent Inc.'s Slingshot framework for building online and offline Ruby on Rails applications.

Microsoft joins AJAX alliance

Microsoft Tuesday joined The OpenAjax Alliance, which is focused on accelerating the use of Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, or AJAX, technologies.

IBM adds Google gadgets to portal

IBM and Google Inc. have jointly unveiled new portlet software that will allow users of IBM's WebSphere Portal to integrate more than 4,000 Google Gadget services and utilities into the portal.

Freight company executive details SOA success

Con-way, a freight transportation and logistics company, began developing its service-oriented architecture in 1998. Since then, it has evolved into an event-driven architecture, where computer systems can subscribe to and publish “events” — like an order being received — and process events according to pre-defined rules. Maja Tibbling, lead enterprise architect at Con-way, talked to Computerworld US at the Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conference.

SOA benefits need spelling out: users

For many companies, the move to a service-oriented architecture (SOA) can yield substantial rewards, including reduced operating costs and better customer service. But those benefits only show up after companies work through thorny problems such as obtaining executive buy-in, shifting the way development groups operate and hammering out sometimes contentious new business rules.

Compuware unveils QA software for developers

Compuware Corp. Tuesday rolled out new quality assurance software aimed at helping IT development shops deliver better applications by more closely monitoring their processes.

Atlanta to roll out Cognos to city’s agency workers

The city of Atlanta will begin rolling out new business intelligence software to all city agencies in February in a project aimed at providing — for the first time — visibility into their combined performance.

IBM Rational rolls out desktop development tools

IBM Rational Software Corp. has released a new version of its desktop development tools that focus on boosting the quality of emerging architectures by eliminating common problems from distributed development efforts.

Expanding BI use brings new set of challenges

Business intelligence technology is evolving from a tactical tool into a strategic asset to bolster enterprise operations for many companies. But making that shift means a hefty investment in gaining user buy-in and linking back-end systems, according to a panel of users who spoke recently at the Business Objects Insight Americas 2006 conference.