HP Extends Quality and Management Software to Meet New Requirements for Mainstream SOA Adoption
“As SOA becomes an increasingly mainstream approach to enterprise architecture, HP continues to offer governance, quality and management products that form essential SOA infrastructure,” said Jason Bloomberg, managing partner at SOA advisory firm ZapThink. “HP’s new SOA testing and management products provide the framework enterprises require to ensure IT delivers production-ready services that can support business-critical applications and processes, making it easier for Quality Management and Operations groups to support SOA-based applications while leveraging existing IT investments and talent.” Read more at: Business Wire…

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ZapThink’s Practical SOA New York/New Jersey Event Focuses on Best Practices, Case Studies from Finance, Insurance, Pharma, and Media Industries
(PRLEAP.COM) BALTIMORE, MD, February 27, 2008 – ZapThink announces today its upcoming Practical Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) New York / New Jersey conference in Newark, NJ featuring speakers, best practices, case studies, and lessons learned on the finance, pharmaceuticals, health care, insurance, and media industries in Newark, New Jersey on March 25, 2008. The Practical SOA event series is targeted at companies and individuals looking for practical business case studies and value propositions for SOA, those who want to learn the latest best practices for making SOA a success, those looking to hear from successful architects about their SOA efforts, want to learn from peers about what it takes to put together a successful SOA, and/or want to take their SOA efforts to the next level. “Companies are tired of all the hype surrounding Web Services and SOA, and are finding it difficult to learn what they really need to know…

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Software AG Strengthens SOA Security with Layer 7 Partnership
“SOA governance presents a complex set of challenges, because it involves policy creation, communication, management, and enforcement across the Service lifecycle,” said Jason Bloomberg, Managing Partner at ZapThink. “The combination of CentraSite and Layer 7 Technologies’ SecureSpan security and policy enforcement capabilities provides enterprises with a comprehensive governance and security solution that covers the gamut from policy definition through enforcement.” Read more at: Business Wire…

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DataDirect Technologies Named Key Enabler for Service-Oriented Data Access in ZapThink Report
“SOA presents business functionality and data as abstracted services — as organizations move to this paradigm, the reliance on data becomes even more critical,” said Jason Bloomberg, ZapThink analyst and managing partner. “Should the data access in an organization fail to perform, then the services at the center of the architecture will also fail. As such, it’s important to choose best-of-breed data access middleware as a critical building block for any SOA initiative. The DataDirect Connect® family of data access tools fits the bill.” Read more at: Yahoo! Finance…

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ZapThink Acquires SOA Leader Linthicum Group, LLC
BALTIMORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ZapThink, LLC, the industry’s foremost advisory firm focused on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) today announces the acquisition of The Linthicum Group, LLC, a well-respected SOA consulting firm, and the addition of David S. Linthicum to ZapThink. ZapThink will expand its intellectual property and team with expertise and resources from the acquisition to provide ZapThink customers with expert SOA advisory, research, and guidance. The announcement was made during Linthicum’s keynote address to the e-Gov Institute’s 7th Enterprise Architecture Conference & Exhibition in Washington, DC. “Dave brings significant market visibility, thought leadership, a deep understanding of enterprise architecture, and proven approaches and methodologies for SOA adoption,” says Ronald Schmelzer, Managing Partner at ZapThink. “We see the addition of David and the Linthicum Group team as strategic to the ZapThink offerings, providing us with the ability to better service our expanding combined client base.” In addition to the Linthicum Group’s well-respected…

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SOA Consortium Reaches 50 Member Mark in Less than Six Months
The SOA Consortium is a new advocacy group of end users, service providers and technology vendors committed to helping the Global 1000 successfully adopt Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) by 2010. SOA Consortium founding enterprise members include Fortune 200 companies in Financial Services, Travel, Manufacturing, Retail and Telecommunications. Founding sponsors are BEA Systems, Inc., Cisco, IBM Corporation, and SAP AG. Participants in the consortium to date include: Aberdeen Group, Inc., Adaptive, Inc., American Red Cross, Avis Budget Group, Bank of America, Bunge Agribusiness, Cambridge Technology Enterprises, Capability Measurement, Cape Clear Software, Inc., CellExchange, Inc., Center for Public-Private. Enterprises, CGI Federal, CSC, Daugherty Business Solutions, eCube Systems, LLC, EDS, Equally Keen, Ltd., Evans Data Corporation, Federal Signal Corporation, Fidelity Investments, Forestay, LLC, Fraunhofer FOKUS, General Services Administration, H2O GmbH, Helm Solutions Group, HP, Hitachi Consulting, Hurwitz & Associates, Integration Consortium, Interoperability Clearinghouse, iWay Software, Kohl’s Department Stores, Lake Trail Partners, LLC, MAKE…

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iTKO LISA Adds Market-Leading SOA Load Testing Features
“SOA load testing is a very different task than conventional software load testing on the client,” said Jason Bloomberg, senior analyst at ZapThink, an SOA analyst firm. “As such, SOA testing deserves its own toolset that can invoke and verify functionality at every layer of the architecture, and do so at load, throughout the design, change and runtime phases.” Read more at: Business Wire…

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SOA Consortium Presents: SOA Governance Roundtable Podcast
The SOA Consortium is an advocacy group of end users, service providers and technology vendors committed to helping the Global 1000 successfully adopt Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) by 2010. SOA Consortium founding enterprise members include Fortune 200 companies in Financial Services, Travel, Manufacturing, Retail and Telecommunications. Founding sponsors are BEA Systems, Inc., Cisco, IBM Corporation, and SAP AG. Participants in the consortium to date include: Aberdeen Group, Adaptive, Inc, American Red Cross, Avis Budget Car Rental, Bank of America, Capability Measurement, Cape Clear Software, Inc., CellExchange, Inc., Center for Public-Private Enterprise, CGI, CSC, EDS, Equally Keen, Ltd., Federal Signal Corp., General Services Administration, Helm Solutions Group, HP, Hurwitz & Associates, Interoperability Clearinghouse, Integration Consortium, iWay Software, Kohl’s Department Stores, Lake Trail Partners, LLC, MAKE Technologies Inc., Maryfran Johnson & Associates, Object Management Group, Penn National Insurance, SAIC, PHS Operation, SDG Corporation, Sonoa Systems, TethersEnd Consulting, Thomas & Hebert, Torry Harris…

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ZapThink and Web Age Solutions Partner to Offer World-class SOA Training
BALTIMORE, MD — May 9, 2007 — In response to the significant skills gap for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), ZapThink and Web Age Solutions, today announce a partnership today to deliver world-class SOA training and knowledge transfer to large enterprises. ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts and advisers in the field of SOA, joins with Web Age Solutions, a premier provider of SOA education and mentoring to offer training solutions aimed at key SOA roles including business analysts, managers, and architects. The companies also plan to develop a cross-functional hands-on SOA workshop, and Web Age Solutions will also serve as a Certified Licensed ZapThink Trainer for Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Boot Camps and SOA credentialing. “We’re aiming to transfer SOA knowledge and expertise to enterprises as early in their SOA adoption process as possible,” states Greg Wagner, Web Age’s VP of US Operations. “With targeted workshops and role-based training, we are…

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ZapThink and Object Management Group (OMG) Partner to Promote SOA Credentialing; ZapThink Joins SOA Consortium
ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts and advisors in the field of SOA today announces its partnership with Object Management Group (OMG) to promote ZapThink’s efforts to mature and foster the development of credentials for Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). ZapThink also announces today that it has joined the SOA Consortium and OMG as an anayst member. The OMG…

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