Microsoft .NET What makes it attractive for business processes?
DotNet is a new Microsoft initiative directed to the modification of computer world. More detailed, it is a reach set of development tools, servers, software, and services. Its main advantage for the user creation of the integrated information space connecting him with computers and programs, as well as the software applications together. For developers, the value of dotNet lies in interoperability and the seamless connectivity of multiple systems and sources of data what empowers them to quickly and easily create required products.
IT department manager of every company has a dream. In this dream his enterprise performs all business transactions with partners exceptionally over the Internet, his employees have no headache over realization of business processes. This is a dream of all business processes to be good determined, stable fulfilled as well as easily customized and controlled both from the local net and from any computer in the Internet. All company's employees have general access to work information, Email and personal documents no matter if they use mobile phone, Pocket PC, Notebook or high-end workstation.
Nowadays, in epoch of rapid development of E-commerce, the existing tools for creating digital marketplaces do not always handle the business needs. By developing the new means for this field a major breakthrough belongs to XML Web services.
For a long period of time there were used by program engineering services provided by external software. When it became clear that it is easier to once create a universal information storage facility and to integrate it into different programs than invent each time a new one, there appeared first Database Management Systems.
Next step was the creation of messaging and collaboration systems, e.g. Lotus Notes and Exchange, which simultaneously served as development platforms.
Then came into use the products providing messages delivery (Message Oriented Middleware), such as IBM MQSeries and MSMQ. They allowed to organize message exchange in distributed system with manifold (and often unreliable) communication links. Their difference from mail servers lied in the fact that they were oriented on information exchange not between people but various parts of program systems.
Finally, one of the last tendencies became Application Servers and Enterprise Application Integration Servers. First ones allow to create scalable solutions of simple software components giving them a ready means of supporting distributed transactions, controlling access to total resources (particularly, connection with database) etc.
Enterprise Application Integration Server acts as a glue, being the intermediate among existing program systems and helping them to process data and exchange references.
Products described above though contain a quantity of innovations still are the development of existing technologies. Web Services became the really new dotNet technology which realization creates in the Network a computer-aided business environment. If each company gave the information of itself and its services in the Internet, it would become possible to create transcontinental conglomerates of companies straightening their business processes in lines working without human participation only under control. By giving the open standards of corporations interaction, Web services technology helps to realize intercorporate information systems without protracted coordination of interfaces.
Convenient and effective for users, dotNet technology offers far-reaching benefits for IT professionals as well. It enables programmers to develop powerful information systems using all capabilities of modern computers and networks without helper functions implementation (almost all of these functions assumes the platform). It allows to concentrate only on business logic of the product. Thus developers will be able to quickly create high-quality (and easy!) programs with a multitude of Internet integrated capabilities while reducing costs. Built on XML Web service standards Microsoft .NET-connected software enables both new and existing applications to connect with software and services across platforms, applications, and programming languages. dotNet is already shifting the focus from individual Web sites or devices connected to the Internet to constellations of computers, devices, and services that work together to deliver more comprehensive programs.
Breaking down the distinctions between the Internet, standalone applications and computing devices of every kind, Web services provide businesses with the opportunity to collaborate and to offer an unprecedented range of integrated and customized solutions solutions that enable their customers to act on information any time, any place and on any device. Microsoft .NET is one of the prevailing technologies used by Novosoft (www.novosoft-usa.com) in its programming activities. This platform is extensively applied to creation of integrated information systems, Websites and other software solutions for enterprises and organizations with different activity types.