Project Plan/Roadmap
SOA Roadmap and Project Plan – Exercise 8 [hide -3] SOA Roadmap & Project Plan – Ex8.pdf (608 KB) [/hide] [hide +3] You need to be a Licensed ZapThink Architect to Access this Document. Sign up today! [/hide]…

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Introducing a New (light!) Theme for the LZA Site!
Many of your comments on this website reflected the fact that the default theme is somewhat dark for many people. While many of us have our preferences, we decided to do the loosely coupled thing and let you choose your own theme! We have now added a new, lighter theme to the site, and through the magic of WordPress, you can now choose your own theme! Here are the two themes now supported: To choose your theme, look for the “Theme Switcher” option in the side bar. Pull down and select the theme you are interested in, and it will be your default theme from then on. Let us know what you think of the new theme! We will do our best to make sure that the user experience is the same and high quality in both themes.

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SOA Prioritization Matrix
When we put together our SOA roadmap, we had over 20 projects that we identified that made up our ROI. These projects were a combination of technology and non-technology initiatives. Within the technology space, business process reengineering was the key driver where SOA was the enabler of cross application integration and legacy rejuvination. Once we received the funds to proceed the next step was to prioritize which projects to do first. The business started prioritizing based on gut feel. I recommended a portfolio management approach and put together the following spreadsheet. I changed the project names to be generic and non company specific for this example but the ratings are actual ratings. We created two lists: one for non-technology projects (example: revisiting business processes in certain areas) and technology projects (example: implementing the tools, created a customer facing portal, integrating sales and contracts, etc.) [hide 2] PrioritizationMatrix.xls (226 KB)…

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