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IT Channel News Briefs, Sept. 12

Today's headlines: SAP's coming out with a new SOA cert, and carriers are raking in the dough with wireless data.

Information technology (IT) channel news in brief for Friday, Sept. 12, 2008.

SAP debuts new SOA certification

A new SAP certification that promises to help SAP professionals bridge the gap between IT and business know-how will debut next month, according to SearchSAP.com. The Business Process Expert certification is aimed at enhancing the SOA skills needed to create and compose business processes, from design to monitoring and optimization. The certification grew out of the 2-year old SAP Business Process Expert Community (BPX), an online social network of SAP customers, business analysts, consultants and experts.

Wireless data sales boom

Top wireless industry executives at the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) conference in San Francisco acknowledged the strong financial results from offering data services, but they said they were concerned about consumer and enterprise demands for unfettered access from any mobile device to any network, Reuters reported yesterday. CTIA released new statistics showing that $14.8 billion of U.S. wireless revenue came from non-voice services in the first half of 2008. That's 20% of the total U.S. wireless service revenue and a 40% increase over the first half of 2007.

But as data use grows, consumers and business alike are beginning to depend on their phones as mini-computers and asking not to be tied solely to one network for access. That doesn't sit well with executives who say if consumers were allowed all-network access, they couldn't also depend on one provider to service their handsets as they do now.

EMC, IBM and Microsoft support ECM standard

Tech heavyweights and "frenemies" EMC, IBM and Microsoft are throwing their collective weight behind a new Web services specification aimed at fostering interoperability between enterprise content management (ECM) systems. Alfresco, Open Text, Oracle and SAP also back the proposed Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) specification.

The goal is to enable content repositories from different vendors and in different environments to work together without a lot of IT overhead. The vendors submit the standard to the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) for approval.

EMC is a major ECM player by virtue of its buyout years ago of Documentum (and eRoom), and IBM likewise bought FileNet. Microsoft used to field its own Content Management Server but pushed that capability into SharePoint with the SharePoint Server 2007 release.

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