Service-Oriented Development
Key Findings: ZapThink finds that up to 75% of the expense in many large-scale software projects can be spent on simply integrating new systems with old. In many cases, new technologies are applied in the same, familiar patterns as old technologies, even though the new technologies may represent completely new advantages and alternatives The principles of SODA provide the guidelines understanding the capabilities of Web Services tools, as well as the big picture of what can be built with them. The Seven principles of SODA are explained in this Insight. SOABestPractices-022003-ZTF-WS116-1…

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XML & Web Services Security
Security is the immediate roadblock facing widespread implementation of Web Services technologies across the enterprise. As a result, many software vendors are throwing their hat into the XML and Web Services security ring, offering a broad and confusing number of solutions to a variety of real and perceived problems. However, much of this effort amounts to jostling for defensible market positioning ahead of a solid demand for enterprise-class XML and Web Security products and services. As a result, ZapThink believes that the emerging market for XML and Web Services security solutions will be characterized by a period of turbulence, as companies struggle to clarify their messages and shake the kinks out of their product offerings.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Purchase: $1495[/hide]…

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Testing Web Services
Web Services today are often little more than software components wrapped in SOAP interfaces, and as such, today’s software testing tool vendors need only add simple XML support to their product lines to offer Web Services testing capabilities to their customers. However, over the next five years or so, Web Services herald a shift in distributed computing toward loosely coupled, standards-based, Service-oriented architectures. Testing these architectures and the Web Services that constitute them is another matter entirely. Only a few testing tool vendors have any expressed strategy for offering testing tools that work in a Service-oriented environment, and no vendors have a clear product roadmap that addresses all the Web Services testing needs that enterprises will face between now and 2006. Zapthink recommends that testing vendors evaluate their Web Services testing capabilities based not on current requirements, but upon emerging requirements for Web Services testing.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]…

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SOA Consulting
Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs) represent an evolutionary approach to distributed computing that promises a flexible IT environment that leads to business agility. As companies look to leverage the business advantages of Web Services to address strategic business needs, they are increasingly looking to build SOAs. However, SOAs require special skills and expertise. When companies do not have such skills in-house, they turn to consultants, system integrators, and other professional services organizations. The movement to SOAs present both opportunities and threats to consulting firms: on the one hand, there will be an increased demand for architectural consulting, business process consulting and the implementation tasks associated with building SOAs. On the other hand, as SOAs take hold and Service-oriented process solutions supplant integration solutions, the market for system integration will dry up, requiring system integrators to change their business focus. This report analyzes the market for SOA within professional services organizations from three…

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Service-Oriented Management
Web Services management applications provide software that helps companies manage the systems and applications that underlie their Web Services implementations. The Web Services management products on the market today offer functionality in five basic categories: system management, lifecycle management, business management, security management, and the most important, Service-Oriented Architecture enablement. The latter category is especially important because many Web Services management products provide the critical infrastructure necessary for companies to take their fine-grained, atomic Web Services and other data sources and encapsulate and compose them into coarse-grained business Services that make up a Service-Oriented Architecture. Such architectures offer far more long-term business value than the point-to-point applications of Web Services common today.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Purchase: $1495[/hide]…

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