2014 Enterprise Architecture: Increasing Business Architecture ROI
In kicking off our new year, we are taking a fresh look at the way CIOs and Enterprise Architects (EA) look for value and ROI to your organization. As we continue our enterprise architecture journey with new agile solutions, we are focusing on 2014 best practices, frameworks, and methodologies. In our next several ZapFlash notes, we will offer insights in your architecture domains with a focus on the business and IT value, trending SOA-based solutions, emerging technologies including cybersecurity trends, key Federal IT guidelines, and agile architecture case studies. ZapThink’s focus continues on the agile architecture with SOA-based solutions for a strong foundation. We are focusing on current challenges and opportunities for architects, CIOs, and IT leaders. Our coverage will consist of the architecture domains with a focus on the business value, new SOA-based solutions, emerging technologies, and developing IT guidelines. We will look at the business architect (BA) role…

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A Governance-Lite Open Source Method for Service Registration, Discovery, and Composition?
We discovered some interesting work going on at NASA re Service Casting (distributing WSDL, WADL, OGC GetCapabilities, and plain old URLs of user interfaces via Atom Casting); coupled with an intuitive graphical method of composing services using an extension to Drupal called Talkoot, with Apache BPEL under the covers. What do others think of this lightweight, low cost SOA for the masses? See http://sciflo.jpl.nasa.gov/scast/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCzqPHfRLJc (about 3 minutes into the video) for details. Combine that with a federated search service like: wiki.esipfed.org/images/c/ca/ESDSWG_Federated_Search.pdf and you have a composable earth science set of services that can adapt to things like responses to natural disasters in a big hurry. Thanks to Drs. Chris Lynnes, Rahul Ramanchandran, and Brian Wilson for the ideas. We hope to get the resources to experiment with them in the near future. Comments?…

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Leveraging Federal IT Investment Using SOA
SOA builds on computer engineering approaches of the past to offer an architectural approach for enterprise systems, oriented around the offering of services on a network of consumers.  A focus of this service-oriented approach is on the definition of service interfaces and predictable service behaviors. A set of industry standards, collectively labeled “Web Service” standards in this paper, provide and implement the general SOA concept and have become the predominant set of practical tools used by enterprise engineers for current SOA projects. Some Web Service standards have become foundational and more widely adopted, while many are still seeking broad industry or Government acceptance.

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A Perspective on Emerging Industry SOA Best Practices (Executive Version)
Using a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) approach allows organizations to become both more efficient in meeting their current needs and more agile in meeting future—and possibly unknown—challenges. SOA, however, is not a panacea. As with any large-scale systems integration effort, there are challenges with employing SOA techniques effectively. This article presents industry best practices to deal with key SOA challenges. Download A Perspective on Emerging Industry SOA Best Practices (Executive Version)…

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A Perspective on Emerging SOA Best Practices
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) practices are intended to create an agile, integrated information technology (IT) infrastructure that is scalable, reliable, and can rapidly respond to an organization’s changing needs by employing loosely coupled and dynamic services. An SOA approach enables business needs to drive an organization’s strategic IT decisions. As a result, SOA allows a business to become more efficient in meeting its current business needs and more agile in meeting future (and possibly unknown) business needs. It is important to note, however, that an SOA is neither a panacea nor something that can be purchased. There are challenges with employing SOA techniques effectively, some of which are explored in this paper. Download A Perspective on Emerging Industry SOA Best Practices…

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Reservation Pattern
I just saw an interesting post at Dr. Dobbs about the SOA Reservation Pattern at http://dobbscodetalk.com/index.php?option=com_myblog&show=SOA-Patterns—Reservation.html&Itemid=29. The basic idea is that there is a problem with the Compensating Transactions pattern (presented in the LZA Boot Camp course). Sometimes Compensations fail, leading to Very Bad Things. Instead, a two-phase approach should be taken whereby a service reserves the resources it needs, then confirms that reservation at a later time (though not too much later).

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MDM – part of today's session – Another perspective
We discussed today about MDM and SOA synergy. Found this paper very interesting where organizations struggle to find the implementation of MDM yet good investments are in progress. For the benefit of others – PSA : http://www.cio.com/article/372163/Master_Data_Management_Companies_Struggle_to_Find_the_Truth_in_Massive_Data_Flows?page=1 Cheers nanda…

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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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