Service-Oriented Process
Business processes have always been an important, if understated, asset of enterprises. The nature and methods by which a company runs its business changes on a daily basis at various different levels in the company — from high-level strategic changes to lower-level implementation details. As a result of these changes, enterprises constantly struggle to make their businesses more responsive to business changes by connecting their business requirements to their IT and human capabilities. However, automating business processes has historically been a difficult-to-achieve goal for most enterprises due to the flexibility of their IT infrastructure. Fortunately, businesses have a solution in Service-Oriented Process: a separate abstraction layer for business process definition and execution that leverages the capabilities of Service-oriented Architectures. Service-Oriented Process provides businesses an approach to tying business requirements to the Service model represented in the SOA metamodel, thereby providing a flexible approach towards implementing architectures that promote business agility.

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ZapNote: Vordel
Of all the different types of XML Proxies, the software XML firewall is one of the simplest to understand. It intercepts incoming XML messages, validates them, determines whether they are properly authorized, and routes them accordingly. Vordel’s VordelSecure product is a software XML firewall that runs on a Web server, therefore leveraging the capabilities of the Web server to provide high-performance security protection to the enterprise. Furthermore, VordelSecure supports a wide range of open standards and specifications and interoperates with many popular Web Services platforms, making it a likely choice for many enterprises looking to protect their Web Services from unauthorized or malicious traffic.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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ZapNote: Cysive
With each step in the evolution of computing, we have reduced the complexity of connecting back-end systems in a cohesive manner. However, there has not been a commensurate improvement in the quality of our access to these applications through devices such as the web, PDAs, cell phones voice, and handhelds. Cymbio Interaction Server, by Cysive, aims to solve this problem by delivering a multi-channel interaction server that aims to present a universal "interaction tier" in which Web Services from any source can be consumed, and then appropriately delivered to the correct end destination, whether desktop, mobile device, voice server, or another back-end system.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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XML Security Technology Landscape
Key Findings: The next roadblock on the path to Web Services adoption is security. Security is today’s key enabler for Web Services. The XML and Web Services security market will reach $4.4 billion in 2006, which will represent 65% of the total authentication, authorization, and administration security market. This growth represents an average compound annual growth rate of 300%. Web Services offer great potential for B2B communication and integration, but the lack of robust security and manageability solutions currently inhibit the ability for companies to conduct business with each other via Web Services over the Internet. The combination of adequate funding, solid business models, seasoned management teams, and high quality engineering staff leads some startups to offer surprisingly robust XML and Web Services security solutions. The best positioned companies to be profitable in the XML and Web Services security space are those companies that already have deep technical knowledge…

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XML and Web Services Security
Key Findings: The next roadblock on the path to Web Services adoption is security. Security is today’s key enabler for Web Services. The XML and Web Services security market will reach $4.4 billion in 2006, which will represent 65% of the total authentication, authorization, and administration security market. This growth represents an average compound annual growth rate of 300%. Web Services offer great potential for B2B communication and integration, but the lack of robust security and manageability solutions currently inhibit the ability for companies to conduct business with each other via Web Services over the Internet. The combination of adequate funding, solid business models, seasoned management teams, and high quality engineering staff leads some startups to offer surprisingly robust XML and Web Services security solutions. The best positioned companies to be profitable in the XML and Web Services security space are those companies that already have deep technical knowledge…

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SOA Tools & Best Practices
From its inception through 2002, the primary application for Web Services in the enterprise was to simplify point-to-point integration between systems, thereby reducing the cost of integration. This application of Web Services, however, only scratches the surface of the true potential of Web Services — enabling companies to build agile business processes and IT systems that can respond to change through the use of loosely coupled, standards-based Service-oriented architectures. The business value of such architectures in terms of the business agility they provide is substantial, but as of early 2003, only a few early adopter enterprises have built such architectures, partly because few tools for building Service-oriented architectures are available on the market, and furthermore, there is little understanding of the best practices companies should follow to build such architectures. This report seeks to clarify the requirements for realizing the value of Web Services by providing a set of emerging…

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ZapNote: Vitria
The Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) and Business to Business Integration (B2Bi) space is getting more competitive by the day, with industry juggernauts IBM and BEA pushing into the markets dominated by the four established EAI vendors: WebMethods, Tibco, SeeBeyond, and Vitria. On top of these increased competitive pressures comes the advent of Web Services. With their open standards-based, loosely coupled approach to integration, Web Services provide a clear, short term cost benefit to companies looking to integrate systems, both within their enterprises as well as across their value chains. [hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Purchase: $395[/hide]…

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XML & Web Services Security
Security is the immediate roadblock facing widespread implementation of Web Services technologies across the enterprise. As a result, many software vendors are throwing their hat into the XML and Web Services security ring, offering a broad and confusing number of solutions to a variety of real and perceived problems. However, much of this effort amounts to jostling for defensible market positioning ahead of a solid demand for enterprise-class XML and Web Security products and services. As a result, ZapThink believes that the emerging market for XML and Web Services security solutions will be characterized by a period of turbulence, as companies struggle to clarify their messages and shake the kinks out of their product offerings.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Purchase: $1495[/hide]…

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SOA Consulting
Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs) represent an evolutionary approach to distributed computing that promises a flexible IT environment that leads to business agility. As companies look to leverage the business advantages of Web Services to address strategic business needs, they are increasingly looking to build SOAs. However, SOAs require special skills and expertise. When companies do not have such skills in-house, they turn to consultants, system integrators, and other professional services organizations. The movement to SOAs present both opportunities and threats to consulting firms: on the one hand, there will be an increased demand for architectural consulting, business process consulting and the implementation tasks associated with building SOAs. On the other hand, as SOAs take hold and Service-oriented process solutions supplant integration solutions, the market for system integration will dry up, requiring system integrators to change their business focus. This report analyzes the market for SOA within professional services organizations from three…

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