Managing the SOA Lifecycle
Module #10 from the ZapThink Licensed Partner Program training materials. This module covers: How do you manage change? Building for ongoing change: The Death of the SDLC Service Lifecycle Considerations Service Lifecycle in Action The Services Lifecycle Team The Agile SOA Lifecycle The Secret Sauce: Metadata Metadata for SOA Metadata Management Requirements Metadata Best Practices What is a Registry? What is a Repository? Service Registry/Repository: Roles Handling Service Versioning CurrentStateSOAPractice-Europe-022006-ZTP-0212-1…

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ZapThink’s Service-Oriented Architecture Roadmap
ZAPTHINK’S ROADMAP TO SOA ADOPTION Companies today are struggling with the best way to implement IT infrastructures that enable business agility. Service-oriented architectures based on Web Services provide cost-effective approaches to achieving companies’ agility goals. ZapThink’s Roadmap to SOA adoption is a one-of-a-kind, full-color 24×18″ poster that provides organizations of all sizes and types an at-a-glance view at how to approach implementing Service-oriented architectures in a way that provides return-on-investment (ROI) at each step along the path toward agile IT infrastructures. Included on this easy-to-read poster are the steps and phases by which companies can move from today’s brittle infrastructures to loosely-coupled, coarse-grained, asynchronous SOAs. The poster covers concepts in point-to-point Web Services implementations for integration, securing, managing, and adding process layers to these services, implementing registries and management for loose coupling, moving to asynchronous invocations for greater reliability, and concepts in virtualization, contract-first development, SOA governance,…

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The SOA Pilot Pitfall
All new technology projects have to start somewhere, and pilot projects are a great way to try out new approaches as challenging and complex as Service-oriented architecture (SOA). Over the course of the past five years, ZapThink has interacted with countless companies who are planning or executing SOA pilots, many of which are well-conceived, competently executed, and reasonably successful. However, we have also seen a foreboding pattern of ill-conceived SOA pilots forming in information technology (IT) shops throughout the world, and these problem pilots all seem to succumb to the same pitfall. It is time, therefore, to take a closer look at what makes for a good SOA pilot, and how to learn from the mistakes of others and avoid the SOA pitfall. Defining the SOA Pilot A pilot project is a trial project that seeks to evaluate some new technology or approach and determine whether a company…

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The Four Pillars of Service-Oriented Development
As companies move to adopt Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), their application development process will change. In fact, SOA promises to transform the basic definitions of “application” and “development” themselves as a result of SOA’s promise to shift the responsibility of application development into the hands of the business user. It’s crucial, therefore, for developers, business users of information technology (IT), and the consultants that serve them to understand the changing nature of applications and the process for creating and managing them in the context of SOA. The SOA context mandates a form of application generally known as a composite application. Composite applications consist of Services orchestrated or otherwise combined into Service-Oriented (SO) processes, which are in turn exposed as Services. The development of such applications therefore involves configuring such processes. As explained in an earlier ZapFlash, most composite application developers are business users who work with tools that enable…

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MW2 Consulting: Combining an SOA Methodology & Blueprint for Successful SOA Implementations
MW2 Consulting is a midsize professional services firm focused on offering Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) solutions. Unlike many such firms, however, MW2 leverages key Service Orientation best practices within their organization to deliver faster, lower risk, more successful SOA implementations than traditional engagement approaches can provide. Specifically, their agile, model-driven engagement methodology combined with their comprehensive SOA Blueprint enable MW2 Consulting to leverage Service-Oriented approaches to deliver successful SOA implementations to their clients.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Reducing IT Costs & Improving Business Agility with SOA
ZapThink implementation roadmap presentation for Online Business Systems.. Designed for both business and IT professionals, this interactive forum will help you understand how to: Leverage and integrate your existing systems to do more. Align your business and IT departments more effectively. Automate and streamline your business processes with technology. [hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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SOA Modeling & Best Practices
Breakout presentation on the SOA Metamodel and SOA best practices for Online Business Systems. Designed for both business and IT professionals, this interactive forum will help you understand how to: Leverage and integrate your existing systems to do more. Align your business and IT departments more effectively. Automate and streamline your business processes with technology. [hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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Adea Solutions: Rigorous Project Methodology for Lowering the Risk of SOA Engagements
Adea Solutions is an IT solutions and services company with over 1,700 team members in six countries. They leverage technology to create business value for clients in the communications, retail/consumer, healthcare/life sciences, and government industries. They offer an adaptable global delivery model and a rigorous SOA project methodology that lowers the risks of SOA projects, focusing on process decomposition, Service domain composition, and Service prioritization. Adea-032005-ZTZN-1173-1…

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Avoiding Bad SOA
Unfortunately, there is no way that Zapthink can make guarantees about the success of your Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) initiative. Sure, we often write and speak of SOA best practices and implementation roadmaps and the like, but even if you read all our stuff and truly understand SOA, there are no guarantees that you’ll actually do SOA right. On the contrary, it’s actually quite easy to build a bad SOA — an architecture that may technically be Service-oriented, but will not solve the business problems that led you to make an architectural change in the first place. The best practices that make up SOA are not fully baked, and therefore, there are many wrong turns that companies make as they stumble their way through their SOA projects. There is some good news, however. As an increasing number of companies blaze SOA trails, ZapThink is collecting the lessons of their mistakes, and…

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ThoughtWorks: Focusing on the Technology of Web Services & SOA
ThoughtWorks is a midsize global IT consulting firm that offers custom software development, integration services, Web Services development, and enterprise architecture consulting. Rather than providing high-level business consulting, the company focuses its resources squarely on providing technology solutions to problems companies face. However, despite the seemingly narrow focus of the firm, the company offers true thought leadership, in particular in the area of distributed development using a global delivery model and agile methodologies, which both lowers their clients’ risk and helps them attract top-notch technical talent. Specifically, ThoughtWorks has completed several Web Services and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) projects over the last few years, focusing on projects that involve legacy integration, leveraging their expertise with both the .NET and Java environments. ThoughtWorks’ technical depth, expertise with agile methodologies, and experience building SOA implementations positions them as a significant player in the SOA consulting marketplace. ThoughtWorks-022005-ZTZN-1170-1…

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