Filling Holes in the SOA Stack with Runtime Governance
ZapThink considers runtime SOA governance a requirement of successful SOA, greatly increasing the chances that the SOA implementation will have business value. Indeed, the lack of adequate runtime SOA governance greatly reduces the chances of success. The ability to create and monitor policies, manage performance, secure the system, and provide self-healing mechanisms means the SOA implementation will provide ongoing value through productivity benefits. However, most SOA stack vendors do not address many of the key requirements of SOA, including solution patterns around runtime SOA goverance. Considering this limitation, it’s important to address these issues with the proper technology, leveraged in the proper way. Thus, the purpose of this paper. [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Reaching the SOA Tipping Point
The core benefits that Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) promises–cost reduction, increased business visibility, business empowerment, and greater business agility–are becoming increasingly understood and sought after, but the fact remains that many organizations are still struggling with various challenges in the early stages of their SOA initiatives. Many such challenges are organizational and political, and as a result, many well-meaning SOA initiatives have devolved into stopgap measures and political compromises. Such projects risk failure, delays, and cancellations. To avoid such pitfalls, it’s increasingly important for organizations to take a pragmatic approach to SOA adoption that achieves business goals under the radar, building momentum and business value iteratively. For architects who are fed up with the status quo of IT and can see the big picture of the SOA value proposition for their organizations, taking such a pragmatic approach can be the most effective way to achieve the SOA tipping point, where…

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Software AG CentraSite Community
Written by Tony Baer, Associate Analyst, ZapThink. Governance is drawing significant attention from the boardroom down as a result of heightened regulation, increased competition, and constant change in the marketplace. There are two faces to SOA governance. On one hand, SOA governance simply means governing a SOA implementation initiative—for example, communicating corporate policies to developers implementing Services, and giving them the tools they need to follow those policies as they assemble the various elements of the SOA implementation. On the other hand, there’s a broader, more strategic definition of SOA governance: IT governance in the context of SOA. Software AG takes a big picture view to SOA governance, based on the premise that SOA governance extends well beyond the governing of Web Services. It believes that the extensible nature of SOA requires a similarly extensible strategy to governance. Software AG has established the CentraSite Community as its strategy…

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ZapThink: Enterprises Not Buying Service-Oriented Architecture by Name; Consulting Firms Integrate SOA Best Practices with Business-Focused Offerings
BALTIMORE, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sept. 6, 2006–ZapThink released a report today showing that few enterprises are specifically budgeting for or requesting Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) by name. Instead, business buyers budget for specific solutions to their business problems, and more consulting firms than ever before leverage Service Orientation best practices to provide those solutions. The main buyer of such initiatives has shifted toward the non-technical, business part of the enterprise. “The clear pattern with today’s SOA projects is that they are increasingly business-focused,” said Jason Bloomberg, Senior Analyst with ZapThink. “Many consulting firms are integrating SOA best practices into a broad differentiated offering that is not necessarily specific to SOA.” ZapThink expects the percentage of IT projects overall that leverage Service Orientation best practices to continue to grow over time, and those best practices will soon become ubiquitous. ZapThink also expects the percentage of IT projects that are named, SOA-specific projects to peak…

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SOA Consulting: Current Market Trends
Market Overview Few enterprises are buying SOA by name. Instead, business buyers are paying for solutions to business problems, and more consulting firms than ever before are leveraging Service Orientation best practices to provide those solutions. The main buyer of such initiatives has shifted toward the non-technical, business part of the enterprise. The clear pattern with today‚Äôs SOA projects is that they are increasingly business-focused. Many consulting firms integrate SOA best practices into a broad differentiated offering that is not necessarily specific to SOA. Many ostensible SOA efforts are little more than middleware shell games. Product vendors often distort the true message of SOA to best fit their product offerings. Similarly, the core mistake that some consulting firms are making is in confusing architecture with implementation. Future Trends ZapThink expects the percentage of IT projects overall that leverage Service Orientation best practices to continue to grow over time, and those…

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What to Look For in a SOA Maturity Model
As companies move beyond the “what” and “why” of SOA to the “how,” they are looking for any tool or approach that will accelerate the adoption and lower the risk of their Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) implementations. In response to this need, several SOA Maturity Models have cropped up that aim to help companies find out how far they have progressed on the SOA journey. Since SOA itself is still a set of emerging best practices, the main challenge with these models is that they all have different angles on the issue of SOA maturity, in many cases adding to the confusion over SOA rather than clearing any of it up. In this ZapFlash, we aim to cut through the noise and confusion, not with our own SOA Maturity Model (there are probably enough already), but rather with advice on how to understand what the differences are among the various models,…

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Samsung SDS: Leading the Pack for Web Services Implementation in the Far East
Samsung SDS is the IT services arm of the Korea-based Samsung Group, one of the largest conglomerates in the Asia/Pacific Rim region. In 2002, Samsung SDS implemented a strategy to become the regional leader in Web Services and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) implementations, in spite of the fact that their customer base was largely unready for these emerging technologies. To this end, Samsung SDS built a core team focused on emerging Web Services and SOA technologies Web Services team with the necessary expertise to implement large-scale Web Services implementations, as well as architectural expertise. To date, Samsung SDS has implemented a number of successful Web Services projects, most of which are for sister companies within the Samsung Group–a strategy for building expertise and reference projects that has worked well for them in the past.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Purchase: $495[/hide]…

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ZapNote: MphasiS
The MphasiS Group is a global IT professional services firm based in New York, NY and Bangalore, India. Their business falls into three core competencies: Business Process Outsourcing, Application Management, and Application Integration. Within their Application Integration competency is their Architecture Practice, which is the company’s “think tank” for SOA design. MphasiS’ Architecture Practice has completed several SOA design engagements for Global 2000 companies around the world, and many of those projects have led to technology implementations within the Application Integration group. This ZapNote provides the details of three such projects in the financial services industry.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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ZapThink: Web Services Management Market Set To Expand Dramatically; Growth Tempered by Fragmentation of Market Leading to Dominance by Incumbent Vendors
“Companies are coming to understand that Web Services Management is critical for both the operation of Web Services as well as SOAs,” said Jason Bloomberg, Senior Analyst with ZapThink. “As a result, vendors in this space are finding customer traction by offering a range of different capabilities, from monitoring, to SOA enablement, to metadata management.” Read more at: BusinessWire…

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