June Meeting of the Washington Area XML Users Group

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  1. Betty Harvey

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    The next meeting of the XML Users Group will be held on Wednesday,
    June 16, 2004 at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) at 2000
    Florida Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20009-1277. The meeting
    starts at 7:00 p.m. and usually last approximately 2 hours. If attending
    the meeting by Metro, get off the Dupont Circle stop and walk
    north to Florida Avenue...turn right.

    There is no cost associated with attending but if you are planning on
    attending this meeting, please let us know so that we can give a list to
    AGU management. You can register at:


    Also, if you are interested in the possibility of an XML Content
    Management Forum, please complete the survey at:


    June 16, 2004

    Tony Byrne, CMS Watch i
    A Critical Review of "Enterprise Content Management (ECM)"

    "Enterprise" Content Management has emerged as a favorite
    buzz-phrase for analysts and software vendors alike. In theory
    it holds the alluring promise of connecting, consolidating, and
    aligning the disparate information management efforts across a
    major enterprise into a simpler and more effective whole.

    In practice, ECM means many different things to different
    organizations, and early returns from the ECM front suggest
    that attempts to implement content management on a truly enterprise
    scale have been fraught with great difficulty. In some cases
    effective business processes are being sacrificed at the altar of
    technical consolidation. In other cases, large enterprise-level
    projects are collapsing under their own weight. And in still other
    cases, rationalization of vendors and suppliers is forcing
    substandard technical solutions on individual business units.

    CMSWatch founder Tony Byrne will argue that "ECM" does indeed
    hold some promise, and that all industry players can have a critical
    role in making ECM a truly useful practice. The two keys to successful
    ECM are:
    1) successful Enterprise Information Architecture, without
    which cross-divisional content sharing and consolidation
    are nearly impossible, and
    2) successful recognition and application or emerging ECM
    design and implementation patterns. Byrne will share
    some preliminary thinking on some initial ECM patterns
    and invite the XML community to critique and extend
    those patterns based on concrete project experiences of
    their own.

    Ralph Hodgson, TopQuadrant, Inc.

    There is a growing Interest in semantic technology. 2004 could
    well be a year where this emerging technology moves from the realm
    of small pilot projects to serious enterprise adoption. What
    justifies this view? Consider first the growing need to reconcile
    different vocabularies between new and legacy applications. With
    few exceptions enterprises have the challenge of integrating databases,
    raising the need for mapping and mediation between different schemas
    with different terminologies. Businesses face the challenge of
    integrating with new partners and suppliers in an ever increasing
    dynamic environment. Mergers, acquisitions, and organizational
    restructuring also drive the need for more agility in IT
    infrastructure. The future will see enterprises adopting service-
    oriented architecture based on web services. When these architectures
    extend across distributed systems, efficient dynamic discovery and
    correct composition of web services become key capabilities. XML
    was not intended to solve these problems.

    However, new standards for expressing and interchanging meaning on
    the web have now become international standards. In February 2004,
    W3C announced that RDFS and OWL (Web Ontology Language) have reached
    recommendation status. These XML-based languages allow semantic
    differences between database schemas to be resolved through mappings
    and inference rules. Several vendors are now offering standard
    compliant semantic integration solutions. Early adopters are already
    working on projects that will create the semantic interoperability
    infrastructure for their companies.

    August 2004

    Kirstan Vandersluis, CTO and Founder, Xaware

    Over the decades, organizations have pieced together computer
    systems to manage different parts of the business as efficiently as
    possible. Unfortunately, the evolution of this information
    technology infrastructure has occurred without an overarching
    design, resulting in many stand-alone systems that perform a
    single function well, but fail to interact with each other. This
    presentation reviews the causes of "information chaos," and
    presents various tools and technologies available to solve the
    problem, finishing with the examination of the integration
    platform developed by XAware, Inc.

    Kirstan Vandersluis, CTO and Founder

    As founder and Chief Technology Officer of XAware, Kirstan has
    been instrumental in developing XAware's product suite, leading to
    four patent applications, the first of which was issued by the
    Patent Office in March 2002. Kirstan's twenty years of experience in
    software development spans multiple industries, including financial
    services, DoD, semiconductor, and telecommunications, where he has
    engineered the deployment of both corporate and commercial software
    products. Kirstan's numerous accomplishments with MCI include the
    architecture, development and implementation of eighteen call center
    applications for MCI's Call Center Services group, design of a multi-tier,
    Web-based Local Service Order Collection platform and as Siebel architect,
    deploying Siebel Systems on several projects.

    At Array Microsystems, Kirstan led the design and implementation of a
    chip-level emulator and flowgraph-based environment for JPEG and MPEG
    coding and decoding. While with the US Air Force, Kirstan designed
    real-time command, control and communications software for US Space
    Command, processing messages from distributed sites into a central
    application located deep in the secure interior of Space Command in
    Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado.

    Kirstan often speaks publicly about XML-related technologies and XAware
    product strategies and has recently published a book entitled: XML-Based
    Integration with XAware.

    Currently we need speakers for both the technical and vendor presentation
    portion of future meetings. If you would like to give a presentation at
    a future meeting, please send e-mail or call Betty Harvey (410) 787-9200.
    Share your knowledge and experience with others.

    Hope to see you there.

    Washington Area XML Users Group Web Site:
    Electronic copies of papers supplied from speakers are
    available on-line.

    To subscribe to the Washington Area XML Users Group mailing
    list, go to http://ecc05.eccnet.com/mailman/listinfo/xmlusers.


    From Connecticut Avenue north of AGU, make a left onto
    T Street (1 block before Florida Avenue). Drive one block,
    the entrance to Atlantic Garage North should be on your

    >From Connecticut Avenue of AGU, make your first right

    after Florida Avenue onto T Street. Drive one block. the
    entrance to Atlantic Garage North should be on your right.

    >From I-66

    - Continue east on I-66 to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Bridge. This
    places you on Constitution Avenue.
    - Take a left on 18th Street, NW and head north. Continue north to
    Connecticut Avenue.
    - Turn left (North) on Connecticut Avenue to Florida Avenue.
    - Right on Florida Avenue. AGU is 1/2 block on the right at the
    corner of 20th & Florida Avenue.

    Betty Harvey | Phone: 410-787-9200 FAX: 9830
    Electronic Commerce Connection, Inc. |
    | Washington,DC SGML/XML Users Grp
    URL: http://www.eccnet.com | http://www.eccnet.com/xmlug/
    Betty Harvey, Jun 9, 2004
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