This month's column is contributed by Wafik Farag, chair of the Boston chapter of the Integration Consortium and CEO of SkyPrise.

Business communities are in need of a new paradigm that would revolutionize access and use of information, making users more productive and innovative. Technology communities are looking for flexible architectures that enhance serviceability and scalability while reducing the lifecycle cost. As the needs of business and technology align, it appears that the goal of having real-time information at our fingertips in a secure Web-based system that is customizable to an individual's needs is becoming a reality.

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