BlueNote Networks: Converging Voice and Application Services
As Service-oriented Architecture (SOA) expands in usage and viability across enterprise IT, an increasing range of business processes, systems, and modes of user interaction are coming to be thought of in the Service-oriented perspective. In particular, most enterprises depend as much on their voice-based interactions with customers, employees, partners, and stakeholders as they do other forms of interaction. Therefore, it only makes sense to consider how SOA approaches can leverage voice capabilities as Services throughout corporate processes and applications. A champion and pioneer in the space of interactive communications, BlueNote Networks is heralding this era of voice-enabled SOA through its SessionSuite™ Business Communications Platforms. These software products enable businesses to consider voice in a more complete fashion, leveraging it both within existing business processes as well as enabling a new class of voice-enabled business processes. [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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What BPM Experts Know About Business Process that SOA Folks Don't
The oft-touted objective of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is to enable business agility in the face of continued change and heterogeneity. Since we’re not talking simply about making technology work better with technology, it makes sense that SOA must be aligned with the needs of the business. The needs of the business are reflected primarily in the organization’s business processes, and thus one would think that SOA must have a business process-centric perspective. But all too often, the conversation ZapThink has with end-users, consulting firms, and technology vendors focuses not on those business processes, but rather on the underlying technology platforms, standards-based interfaces, and system-to-system communication. Indeed, the story of business process has been at times so buried within the discussion of SOA that to the business, SOA itself has no business relevance. And yet, if there is any hope to a long-lasting impact and benefit of SOA, it must indeed…

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The State of Worldwide SOA Adoption: Is the US Behind?
Is the United States behind the rest of the world with regards to SOA adoption and maturity? Probably not, but it certainly isn’t ahead. Indeed, most of the largest, advanced, and oft-quoted examples of SOA projects in both the press and by software vendors in 2006 were in Europe, Canada, Asia, or Australia. To provide further evidence that the “overseas” markets really get and are spending real dollars on SOA, ZapThink spent a full six weeks on the road in the last two months of 2006 providing training, education, direct advisory, and speaking with end-user clients, of which only one day was spent in the United States. Is it a fluke that the world is moving towards SOA in lockstep, with certain geographies moving faster than they have before? There might be lots of factors contributing to worldwide growth of SOA. One macroeconomic issue might be the weak US…

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Integrating Federal Agencies through SOA and the FEA
The United States federal government is the world’s largest single consumer of information technology, spending over $52 billion on IT in 2005, but it still struggles to produce measurable gains in public-sector worker productivity and to provide electronic access to government services. To meet these challenges, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) created the Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) in 2002 to guide the enterprise architecture efforts of most government organizations. Understanding the high-level goals of FEA, and to use Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) to achieve these goals, is crucial for succeeding in transforming enterprise architecture within the federal government. Service-enabling core agency business functions, building shared, reusable Service and infrastructure components, and enabling cross-agency governance are all essential elements of achieving such goals. Addressing the needs of the US federal government, Software AG provides a range of SOA infrastructure products and associated professional services. Software AG has extensive…

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Nexaweb: Exploring the Universal Consumer for Services and Platform for Rich Enterprise Applications
In place of stateless Web interactions that offer only a cheap imitation of the interactivity we’ve come to expect from our desktop operating systems, a new class of distributed applications is emerging — the Rich Internet Application (RIA). Combining real-time user interaction with rich user interface capabilities, Rich Internet Applications leverage increasingly sophisticated client-side technology to enable users to interact with and compose functionality from distributed applications no matter where they are located on the network. Nexaweb evolves the RIA with significant enhacements to their product line. Nexaweb Platform 4.5 adds the Universal Client Framework — a way of rendering client-side capabilities in Ajax, Java, and even .NET on an as-needed basis, combined with reliable, asynchronous, and sometimes-connected modes of interaction provided by their Internet Messaging Bus (IMB) and Event Notification Services (ENS). [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Comactivity: Improving Business Functionality through Model-Based, Service-Oriented Business Applications
The movement to Service Orientation is heralding an era of enterprise computing based on open standards, Service-oriented Architecture, and optimized business processes. This signifies a fundamental shift from today’s rigid and inflexible systems towards loosely-coupled approaches to application development and deployment. This new shift requires a redefinition of the concept of business functionality in a way that marries continually changing capabilities with new requirements for usability and flexibility. The aim is a new capacity for achieving competitive advantage, lower cost, and increased business value. ComActivity, a company based in Stockholm, Sweden, has put together a compelling solution that leverages this radical shift in computing. The key insight in the solution is its focus on model-based, graphical approach to business functionality, creating lean and optimized business processes leveraging emerging Web and SOA best practices. Striving to be the SOA killer app, ComActivity aims to meet the continuously changing needs of the…

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The SOA Forecast for 2007
For those in the United States, 2007 has started out with a bang — two major snow storms in the Rocky Mountains and a persistent warm front that’s keeping the entire East Coast in unusually warm weather for this time of year. Even more so, it’s football season in the US and both the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens are in the playoffs — the two teams representing ZapThink’s two office locations. Of course, speaking metaphorically, with regards to SOA, 2006 ended with a bang and 2007 is already showing considerable warmth and competitive vigor. ZapThink has seen SOA take off even more aggressively than we anticipated at the beginning of 2006, and all indications show that SOA strength will be further reinforced and expanded in 2007 to many corners of the IT environment, throughout the world and in many different industries. And so, during this season of sultry…

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Why Composition is Not Development
With every new computing and architectural change comes a change in the way that companies build, manage, run, and test their applications. And with each successive wave of increasingly higher-level abstraction, the further we get from communicating with computers in the way that they understand (you know, ones and zeros) and the closer to the way in which people understand (language, patterns, and conversations). Over these past sixty-plus years of computing, the concept of IT application development hinged on the idea of encoding operations in ones and zeros, or as close to “the metal” as possible. But in the more recent history, enterprises have moved to a more abstract and conversational style of design. In moving to these increasingly more abstract representations of application functionality, at what point have we moved from something that is definitely considered “development” and something that really represents a concept different entirely from development?…

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Service Orientation Tutorial
Jason’s and Ronald’s book “Service Orient or be doomed” has reached worldwide recognition as the first book really explaining SOA in business terms. Their background description is well known to most CIO’s. The way from today to an agility service solution is difficult and dangerous but necessary to take. In this tutorial focus will be put on The secret Sauce: Loose coupling. Why loose coupling is a must to achieve agility and change the IT supporting your business processes Is there an Architect in House? Jason and Ronald tell us about the need for Enterprise Architects and IT Architects relating their task to Zachman Framework They will also cover “how to think service oriented and how to get started”. They will describe how to handle the cultural and organizational challenges to succeed with Service Orientation – where the successful will thrive and flourish! This presentation was given at…

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Organizational Adoption of SOA Best Practices
Organizational issues of SOA, understanding SOA from the business perspective, and lowering the risk of SOA implementations. This presentation was presented at a WM-data seminar in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 14, 2006. 53-slide PowerPoint in pdf format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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