AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONDON – Margaret Thatcher turned 80 Thursday with a rare return to the limelight – a posh party attended by the queen and the former prime minister’s two successors, all celebrating Britain’s “Iron Lady.” Although she has grown frail after a series of small strokes, Thatcher looked healthy as she arrived at the party about 15 minutes late – a delay that an aide said was due to her taking a congratulatory phone call from President George W. Bush. Wearing a navy blue coat and dress, a string of pearls and – as always – a matching handbag, which was her trademark, she smiled and paused for photographs before slowly making her way into the plush Mandarin Oriental Hotel near London’s Hyde Park. Earlier in the day, her assistant Gilly Penrose said Thatcher was feeling good about her milestone birthday. “Her house is looking like a florist’s and she’s very much enjoying it,” Penrose said. “She’s very philosophical about (her age), because she’s very active still.” Heading the high-powered guest list were Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip; Prime Minister Tony Blair; and Sir John Major, Thatcher’s immediate successor at No. 10 Downing St. Thatcher has become more reclusive in recent years and given up most public speaking on her doctors’ advice, but she remains a powerful force 15 years after leaving office as Britain’s first female prime minister.
At InfoWorld‘s Executive Forum on SOA in March more than one speaker voiced the opinion that ERP vendors had better watch out because SOA would soon be a major challenge. What these SOA evangelists are saying is not that ERP functionality is going away, but that the current generation of monolithic systems is being replaced with a more modular/componentized approach. Next-generation ERP systems will carve up functionality into smaller easier-to-maintain interoperable services that are orchestrated by SOA tools.The concept of ERP was that a single system could house all corporate data. Whether you were in finance, HR or manufacturing, given appropriate access rights, you could see any piece of corporate data from anywhere in the company. Prior to ERP, data would flow from one departmental system into another, and tasks like tracking the location and status of an order could be time-consuming. ERP tried to solve that problem by aggregating data into a single unified system. The selling point of ERP was that a single system could be bought that required no service work to integrate many smaller component systems.But while ERP eliminated the integration of multiple systems, successful ERP implementations usually required extensive customizations. Out-of-the-box ERP software seldom exactly matched the desired business processes, and getting the system to work the way that you wanted it to required significant amounts of customization.Implementing and supporting ERP is expensive and time consuming because:Costs to implement and customize are very highCosts for the annual license renewal are highCosts to upgrade or switch to a different vendor are very highThe average time to implement an ERP system is one to three yearsMany companies have paid huge amounts of money to create custom ERP implementations. Technology changes rapidly and those companies now find that to upgrade their customizations to newer versions of the software will be very expensive. In an article this week, Oracle estimates that 94% of SAP customers have not yet migrated from the legacy R/3 system. Because of ERP’s high cost in terms of time and money, the IT budget of many organizations often has little room left for pursuing any other initiatives outside of ERP. To top that off, individual modules within an ERP system tend to be mediocre in quality and capabilities. Rather than to focus on a specific application category, the ERP vendor needs to spread development resources across all modules needed in an ERP system. These can include manufacturing, finance/accounting, warehousing, logistics, HR, marketing and strategic management functionality.There is an ongoing debate about the advantages of using a single vendor’s ERP solution or whether integration of Best Of Breed (BoB) solutions is a better approach. An integrated BoB approach usually provides much richer solutions. EWeek found that users prefer the BoB approach, but often because of politics, the company will select a single-vendor ERP solution. ERP based on SOA will promote the BoB approach. Customers will have more choices and be able to pick and choose services from any vendor. Modern IT architectures will be based on SOA and it is inevitable that components of today’s ERP systems will become services within this infrastructure.Formtek has seen the migration towards SOA as being inevitable. That’s why we’re prepared to work in that environment. We’ve written our document and content web services from the ground up to play well in an SOA environment.The storage of and management of unstructured data is an essential component for almost every business process. Offered up as a service, unstructured data management could easily be exposed and utilized company-wide. In the past document solutions tended to be departmental and often one company had many different solutions across the company. Plugging in the Formtek unstructured data management service into the SOA infrastructure can provide a consistent consolidated approach that can make the data available enterprise-wide.
Read Next Calvin Abueva. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJust a week removed from the national team pool, Calvin Abueva made a shock appearance in Gilas Pilipinas’ fourth Monday evening practice at Meralco Gym.Alaska’s energizer bunny showed up for the first time to join the squad, but it’s unclear if he has already hashed things out with Reyes.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Also making his first appearance is “23-for-23” cadet and Ateneo Blue Eaglet Kai Sotto.Present from the cadet pool were Thirdy Ravena, Isaac Go, Matt Nieto, CJ Perez, Robert Bolick, Javee Mocon, Paul Desiderio, Juan Gomez de Liaño, J-Jay Alejandro, Abu Tratter, Jeo Ambohot, Arvin Tolentino, Kenneth Tuffin, and Will Gozum.Joshua Sinclair, who is recovering from an ACL injury, and Ricci Rivero also watched the practice at the sidelines.Nigerians Ola Adeogun and Eugene Toba of San Beda and Chibueze Ikeh of Ateneo also helped in the preparations.The Philippines will take on Australia at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne on February 22, before flying back home to battle Japan at Mall of Asia Arena on February 25.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Publico nails winner as Wangs-Letran shocks Che’Lu-San Sebastian LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Last week, Reyes announced that he decided to cut Abueva along with Raymond Almazan for the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers for missing the first three practices.Unlike Abueva, Almazan did not show up as he was the lone absentee from the current pool.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJayson Castro bannered the 34 men who participated in the session, together with current pool members Gabe Norwood, Troy Rosario, Allein Maliksi, Kevin Alas, Roger Pogoy, Jio Jalalon, Mac Belo, Matthew Wright, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Kiefer Ravena.June Mar Fajardo and Japeth Aguilar, who both had games on Sunday, sat out the session. View comments