Can Agile Really Work in Heavily Regulated IT Environments?
For the past several decades, Waterfall has been the leading software development methodology in heavily regulated IT environments. However, Waterfall’s popularity has declined in recent years as heavily regulated industries have increased acceptance of Agile software development practices. For example, the Federal government has released a number of recent publications and policy initiatives encouraging the use of Agile development practices and is establishing a new contract vehicle for Agile delivery services 1. The gradual emergence of Agile methodologies is encouraging for IT service providers looking for opportunities to leverage iterative development and delivery strategies to propel heavily regulated IT industries to the next level of efficiency. Waterfall vs. Agile There are a number of reasons that the government and other heavily regulated industries, such as health care, life sciences, energy and utilities, are shifting to Agile software development practices, but the major reason is likely the very low success…

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Lightweight SOA in a Down Economy
During economic downturns companies are pushed to reduce costs and increase agility. SOA is a concrete proposition to overcome these challenges. However, the high-cost high-risk SOA projects era is approaching to an end. Join us in this webinar to understand how a lightweight SOA may help you to succeed reducing cost and increasing agility at your company. In this Webinar, ZapThink discussed the following topics: IT Decision Making During a Down Economy Focus on Iterative, Process-Driven SOA Efforts Recover Costs with SOA SOA on a Super-tight Budget Lightweight SOA Governance 14-slide PowerPoint presentation in pdf format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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SOA Zombies Gather At ZapForum Boston: Night Of The Living SOA Dead Event
SOA Zombies Gather at ZapForum Boston: Night of the Living SOA Dead Event ZapThink Evening Networking Event in Boston, MA – July 23, 2009   BALTIMORE, MD June 15, 2009 — On July 23, 2009 dozens of experts, pundits, and influential guests will gather in Boston, MA for an evening of networking and discussion on the topics of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Enterprise Architecture (EA). Open to public enrollment and attendance, the topic of discussion for the panel will be the recent news and discussion about the “Death of SOA.” Is SOA really dead? Is it dying? Or is it changing? And what about those that are currently doing something with SOA or even just interested in the topic? Are we the “living dead”?   As a way of encouraging dialogue, networking, and communication within the SOA and EA, ZapThink is hosts its evening ZapForum networking events throughout the…

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Agile Enterprise Architecture is not an Oxymoron!
Of all the feedback we received from our recent TOGAF and SOA guest ZapFlash, perhaps the most intriguing was a comment that TOGAF and the Agile Manifesto were at odds. It’s true that ZapThink has long included Agile best practices in our discussion of SOA, meaning “Agile” with a capital “A,” referring to the Agile Manifesto, so perhaps TOGAF and SOA weren’t as compatible as we were suggesting? We are less versed in the details of TOGAF, however, so it made sense to take a closer look at Enterprise Architecture frameworks like TOGAF to see first, whether they are at odds with Agile approaches, and second, what is the right combination of Agile, TOGAF and SOA best practices for organizations to follow. What we found is that there is a lesson here for Enterprise Architecture (EA) as a whole. As I’ll be discussing in my upcoming presentation…

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ZapThink Announces Release of Online, Computer-Based SOA Training
Baltimore, MD (PRunderground) May 21, 2009 — ZapThink today announces the availability of its online, computer-based Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) training and credentialing course. In this first-of-its-kind offering, attendees can get access to over 20 hours of self-paced video instruction and slides, online testing and evaluation, and opportunity to submit architectural exercises to ZapThink master architects for grading and assessment. Upon completion of the online course, attendees will receive the same LZA Credential that they would receive if they attended one of ZapThinks popular in-person training events. “Companies and individuals are looking for vendor-neutral, practical, in-depth training that is affordable and has minimal impact on their resources,” said Ronald Schmelzer, Managing Partner with ZapThink, LLC. “ZapThinkís new online, CBT courseware fits the bill. Individuals can sign up and get the same in-depth, hands-on SOA training that they’ve come to expect from ZapThink, but at their own…

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