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 4tier architecture


MSF R2 Service Architecture
As Internet and IP technologies are increasing service expectations, the number of resources available to create, deploy, and manage new services have reduced

4tier architecture  R2 Service Architecture As Internet and IP technologies are increasing service expectations, the number of resources available to create, deploy, and manage new services have reduced. The result is that expectations for new services are outpacing the ability to deliver them. We explore the limitations of traditional voice service architecture, and propose a new architectural solution to address these shortcomings.

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ERP for Services (Non-manufacturing)

Typically, ERP systems designed for services industries offer modules that provide back-office support, customer relationship management, time management, expense management, resource management, and project management capabilities. Depending on the vertical market, additional industry-specific functionality may be included to address unique business requirements. Consequently, project-centric systems for accounting, architecture, construction, engineering, and professional services industries will support project management functionality; whereas health care, field service, distribution, and government systems will support functionality unique to those vertical markets. 

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Architecture Evolution: From Web-based to Service-oriented Architecture


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4tier architecture  Evolution: From Web-based to Service-oriented Architecture Extending Applications to the Web Pre-Internet client/server technology relied on healthy communications between the machines involved, and local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs) became an expense and a management headache for most companies. Moreover, updating software versions, particularly on the numerous distributed personal computers (PCs), became an almost unsolvable problem. Many information technology (IT) Read More

3 Things Business Decision-makers Need to Know about SOA


Anyone even peripherally exposed to business media that touch on enterprise application technology has seen the term service-oriented architecture (SOA) bandied about in advertisements and articles. Given the central role of SOA in information technology, it is important to get beyond a buzzword level understanding. There are three key concepts surrounding SOA: granularity, Web services, and change management.

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Implementing a High Performance Service-oriented Architecture


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4tier architecture  a High Performance Service-oriented Architecture To solve your data-intensive problems and deal with data storage tasks, you might consider a two-tier method. How? By using service-oriented architecture (SOA) to make distributed systems interoperable. Why? SOA can optimize data storage architecture, transparently and securely, to maximize and optimize access to large quantities of data. Learn about other benefits, and the steps that are best for your IT infrastructure. Read More

Engineering and Architecture


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Facing economic and technological waves together with shifting market demands, today’s engineering and architecture firms need to address the following trends or challenges in order to be successful in their business practices.

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Architecture Evolution: From Mainframes to Service-oriented Architecture


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4tier architecture  Evolution: From Mainframes to Service-oriented Architecture Software architecture can be defined simply as the design or blueprint of an application or software package. This blueprint describes the layout of the application's deployment, including partitioning its business logic between servers (computers). The architecture thus incorporates protocols and interfaces for interacting with other programs or computers, and all these should vouch for future flexibility and expandability. Read More

Understanding Service-oriented Architecture and Its Impact on Small Manufacturers


Within the manufacturing community, the arrival of the latest, greatest enterprise software technology is often met with skepticism. The right service-oriented architecture (SOA) application, however, can reverse such doubts, as SOA continues to emerge as the dominant technical platform for building next-generation business applications. Its potential to transform enterprise software applications is not only well hyped—it’s also well documented.

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Common Lisp for Service-oriented Architecture Programs


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4tier architecture  Lisp for Service-oriented Architecture Programs An important question facing IT professionals today is how best to harness computing power to further improve automated business processes. This is especially critical in business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce. While service-oriented architecture (SOA) delivers the benefits of IT integration to business, it needs a programming language—such as Lisp—that can optimize its capabilities and scale in size and complexity. Read More

Product Architecture for Product Endurance?


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Service-oriented Architecture: Improving Agility and Efficiency in Your Enterprise


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Architecture-Centered Information Systems In The Manufacturing Domain - Part II - The Architecture Process


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How Does Your ERP System Architecture Address Change?


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4tier architecture  Does Your ERP System Architecture Address Change? How Does Your ERP System Architecture Address Change? If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader.   Established in 1993, Technology Evaluation Centers, Inc. (TEC) is the first web-native technology research enterprise. TEC provides decision support systems (DSS) that enable stakeholders to objectively identify the software products that best fit their company's unique business Read More

Tentative Unification in Server I/O Architecture Battle


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4tier architecture  Unification in Server I/O Architecture Battle Tentative Unification in Server I/O Architecture Battle R.A. Krause - September 3rd, 1999 Event Summary The Next Generation I/O (NGIO) and Future I/O (FIO) groups announced on August 31st, 1999, that they intend to merge their specifications into one, to be used by server and peripheral vendors throughout the industry. The unified architecture will be called System I/O. (NGIO includes Intel, Dell, Sun, Hitachi, NEC and Siemens; FIO was founded by Read More

What's Wrong With Enterprise Applications, And What Are Vendors Doing About It?


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4tier architecture  s Wrong With Enterprise Applications, And What Are Vendors Doing About It? Introduction The rapid pace of global business nowadays places a unique set of challenges on all enterprises looking to improve and automate their operations, and at the same time, remain poised to adapt quickly to change. With increased competition, deregulation, globalization, and mergers & acquisition activity, enterprise software buyers realize that product architecture plays a key role in how quickly vendors can implement, Read More

Data-oriented Architecture: A Loosely Coupled Real-time SOA


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4tier architecture  oriented Architecture: A Loosely Coupled Real-time SOA Today’s extensive use of data collection tools coupled with the easy access to communication networks has woven more devices and systems into the fabric of our daily lives. As the scale of integration and complexity grows, so does the need for the appropriate paradigm to address it. In order to scale, system software architecture must be organized around a common-shared information model that can span multiple systems. Read More