Does Cloud Computing Hold Water? (Part II)
In our previous ZapFlash, ZapThink Managing Partner Jason Bloomberg explored the recent upswing in interest in Cloud Computing and evaluated its merits vis-à-vis Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). In that ZapFlash, Jason concluded that cloud computing is an ill-defined term that has turned into a bandwagon that vendors, consultants, and end-users alike are jumping on without asking first where they are going. He also complained that there is a broad chasm between the sort of public clouds espoused by organizations like Amazon and the internal do-it-yourself clouds that large vendors would like you to sink your time and money into. But, his biggest bugaboo was that too many well-intentioned individuals and organizations are jumping without doing architecture of any sort, let alone SOA. Lack of an architecture perspective, preferably a Service-oriented one, is sure to doom any cloud computing effort just as much as it has doomed Web Services on…

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Cloud Computing and SOA: Same but Different
Presentation for the Cordys Webinar earlier in March 2009 on the topic of “Cloud Computing and SOA”. Key Takeaways: Cloud provides a good excuse to stop thinking about the ESB as central (or even necessary) for SOA Cloud, cloud, cloud — the same hype as SOA, SOA, SOA? From a SOA perspective, is Cloud Computing SaaS+Virtualization + SOA? SOA provides the fundamental architecture perspective on making loosely coupled, location independent, virtualized capabilities possible. Cloud is a way to apply SOA in a virtualized manner Will Cloud be the new hype center? [hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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Resilience: The Missing Word in the SOA Conversation
In our conversations about the value of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), we frequently discuss the need for agility. The constant problem plaguing IT is its inability to deal with continuous and often unpredictable change. Therefore, it makes sense that any Enterprise Architecture (EA) initiative should focus on resolving that problem by designing for change — agility. However, we also discussed in a prior ZapFlash that it’s difficult to design for agility by focusing on individual Services. Rather, agility is an emergent property of the complex system that is IT. So, if developers, integration architects, and infrastructure implementers can’t guarantee agility at their individual, atomic level of operation, what can they guarantee? One of the concepts that contributes to the emergence of agility in complex systems, but is often missing from our SOA conversations is the notion of resilience. What is resilience? Resilience is the property of an…

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LZA Ning Group Created – Feel free to join!
I’m Inviting you to join Licensed ZapThink Architects (LZA) Credentialed Architects on Anything Enterprise Architecture Come join me on Licensed ZapThink Architects (LZA) Credentialed Architects on Anything Enterprise Architecture This group is open to anyone who has a ZapThink LZA SOA credential or is currently in process of getting one. Join in and share! 1 member Created By: Ron Schmelzer Check out Licensed ZapThink Architects (LZA) Credentialed Architects on Anything Enterprise Architecture: http://enterprisestewards.ning.com/group/lza?xgi=3k7kV7a…

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Batch Processing with SOA
Although typically thought of as an artifact of legacy computing, batch processes remain vital to today’s real-time enterprises. Behind the real time systems that power the real time enterprise, such as customer order fulfillment, account management, supply chain scheduling and optimization, or financial trading systems, are regularly-updated back office business systems. Today, batch processes remain essential for one key reason: it is simply not efficient to regenerate a complete forecast or business plan every time the business processes a single event such as an incoming customer order. Real time enterprises do require systems that can support dynamic processes; however, it is best to reserve that capacity for aspects of data or processes for the most volatile high-velocity markets. Nonetheless, while the need for batch processes hasn’t changed, the nature of batch processing today has certainly evolved. For instance, while scheduled batch processes remain relevant for time-related processes such as…

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Business Empowerment with SOA Presentation from IDV Solutions Webinar
Presentation delivered during IDV Solutions Webinar on January 28, 2009 on the topic of “Business Empowerment with SOA”. This presentation features a discussion on the Long Tail of Applications and the role that SOA has to play in creating the vision of business empowered to leverage IT resources for continued innovation.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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Goodbye 2008… Here we Come, 2009!
It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone, but with so much happening in 2008: global recession and economic stress, presidential elections, warfare and terrorism, natural disasters, and other happenings both good and bad, perhaps it’s good to shut the door quickly on this year and open up a new, more hopeful one. After all, it is at times of strife that sometimes the greatest successes emerge. And this is what we are hoping for in 2009: not just for the world at large, but for companies that adopt and implement the tenets of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). In this ZapFlash, as is our usual practice, we’ll take a look at some of the predictions we made for this year and see how they panned out, and make some new ones. We’ll scold ourselves for predictions that missed the mark, and of course, give ourselves kudos for the…

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LZA Logos and Graphics
Want to show off your LZA Status? I’m sure you do! If you are an credentialed LZA with access to this site, you can download the images below for use on your websites, resumes, CV, or wherever you see fit. Just don’t modify it, and make sure to link the logo to our LZA web page at http://www.zapthink.com/lza.html. Enjoy! To download, simply right-click and save these images.  …

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2009 New Year’s Resolution: Rethink your Training Strategy
As we wrap up Thanksgiving Day (in the United States) and head into the greater part of the winter holiday season, our thoughts inevitably turn to an evaluation of the year gone by and goals for improvement in the year ahead. Some of us may even promise to exercise more, eat more healthfully, and take care of our personal lives better, and we may indeed keep those promises. But at ZapThink we would like you to commit to a New Year’s resolution we know you can keep: improve your Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) skills by rethinking your SOA training strategy. ZapThink is fond of saying that “SOA is something you do, not something you buy.” Yet many so-called architects short-cut the step of actually doing architecture by hoping to buy their way to SOA. By now, we don’t have to tell you that you won’t get SOA by…

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Data Mashups: Enabling Ad Hoc Composite, Headless, Information Services
Organizations that have been implementing Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) are increasingly focusing on how to empower users by giving them greater control over the flexible composite applications that SOA enables. Business empowerment is the most under-appreciated benefit of SOA. SOA empowers business users by offering Services that abstract capabilities and information and enable the consumers of Services to create value outside the capacity, budget, and planning of the central IT organization. Indeed, SOA “democratizes” IT application development by separating the roles of Service creation and management (the role of IT) from Service consumption and composition (the role of Business). But SOA is not the only area of IT to introduce this democratization of technology capabilities. The emergence of Web 2.0 introduced us to the ideas of user generated content, collaborative information creation, crowd sourcing, and mashups. In the realm of the web experience, technologies such as YouTube are just…

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