Goodbye 2008… Here we Come, 2009!
It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone, but with so much happening in 2008: global recession and economic stress, presidential elections, warfare and terrorism, natural disasters, and other happenings both good and bad, perhaps it’s good to shut the door quickly on this year and open up a new, more hopeful one. After all, it is at times of strife that sometimes the greatest successes emerge. And this is what we are hoping for in 2009: not just for the world at large, but for companies that adopt and implement the tenets of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). In this ZapFlash, as is our usual practice, we’ll take a look at some of the predictions we made for this year and see how they panned out, and make some new ones. We’ll scold ourselves for predictions that missed the mark, and of course, give ourselves kudos for the…

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2009 New Year’s Resolution: Rethink your Training Strategy
As we wrap up Thanksgiving Day (in the United States) and head into the greater part of the winter holiday season, our thoughts inevitably turn to an evaluation of the year gone by and goals for improvement in the year ahead. Some of us may even promise to exercise more, eat more healthfully, and take care of our personal lives better, and we may indeed keep those promises. But at ZapThink we would like you to commit to a New Year’s resolution we know you can keep: improve your Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) skills by rethinking your SOA training strategy. ZapThink is fond of saying that “SOA is something you do, not something you buy.” Yet many so-called architects short-cut the step of actually doing architecture by hoping to buy their way to SOA. By now, we don’t have to tell you that you won’t get SOA by…

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ZapThink Announces Major Update to Popular SOA Implementation Roadmap Poster
ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts, advisers, and educators in the field of Service-Oriented Architecture, is responding to customer demand with today’s publication of the third version of its popular “ZapThink SOA Implementation Roadmap” poster. The company distributed over 100,000 copies of its first two versions of the poster, the first in 2003 and then updated in 2005. The latest version adds cutting-edge thought leadership in SOA, includes detail on architectural artifacts, and expands coverage of SOA Quality, Enterprise Mashups, and more.   Read more at: Emediawire…

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The Best SOA Pilots Don't Get the Services Right
When Thomas Edison was in quest of inventing the electric light bulb, he didn’t get it right the first time. In a well-documented exchange, Edison was told that he had failed 700 times in his attempts to make the breakthrough he sought. In response, he said, “I have not failed 700 times. I have not failed once! I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways would not work!” What we can learn from the king of perseverance is that failing often and quickly is one of the best ways to increase the likelihood of success, and do so sooner. However most developers and architects, especially those building Services, want to minimize the number of times they spend rebuilding anything — and for good reason. Development is expensive. Architecture takes time. So, doing things over is rarely an option. Indeed, while we often hear the refrain, “I don’t have…

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Forensic SOA
One surprising but intriguing sign that Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is finally entering the mainstream is the increasing number of lawsuits over the perceived failure of SOA implementations. Here’s the scenario: enterprise hires large consulting firm to implement SOA. Large consulting firm uses their small handful of SOA experts to sell the deal, but brings in the large team of wet-behind-the-ear college grads to do the design as well as the implementation. Enterprise is unhappy with the result, and sues consulting firm, claiming they paid for SOA, but didn’t get it. The reason ZapThink is tuned into this trend is actually quite fascinating: needless to say, the lawyers for the plaintiffs need someone who can step in as expert witnesses and say definitively what SOA is, and more importantly, what it is not. And where better to turn than ZapThink? Believe it or not, this is a growing part of…

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ZapThink’s Practical SOA New York/New Jersey Event Focuses on Best Practices, Case Studies from Finance, Insurance, Pharma, and Media Industries
(PRLEAP.COM) BALTIMORE, MD, February 27, 2008 – ZapThink announces today its upcoming Practical Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) New York / New Jersey conference in Newark, NJ featuring speakers, best practices, case studies, and lessons learned on the finance, pharmaceuticals, health care, insurance, and media industries in Newark, New Jersey on March 25, 2008. The Practical SOA event series is targeted at companies and individuals looking for practical business case studies and value propositions for SOA, those who want to learn the latest best practices for making SOA a success, those looking to hear from successful architects about their SOA efforts, want to learn from peers about what it takes to put together a successful SOA, and/or want to take their SOA efforts to the next level. “Companies are tired of all the hype surrounding Web Services and SOA, and are finding it difficult to learn what they really need to know…

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Helping out the SOA Vendors
When I wrote about vendor-driven architectures (VDA) in my first ZapFlash, I had a few vendors ask me to look on the other side of the fence. In essence, to consider how vendors can better address the needs of the customer, considering the new drivers with SOA. So, why do they need help? In essence, vendors are now selling architecture, and not just a product. That seems to be freaking out the sales people and SEs who are used to pre-canned product pitches. Pre-canned pitches are the wrong approach, when taken in context of the larger strategic advantage of SOA. Basically, they are attempting to sell a strategic, systemic change to IT, but are attempting to do it as an in-a-box solution, which looks rather silly to those who build SOAs. Indeed, many SOA project leaders are calling…

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Architectural Deep Dive for SOA
Three-hour workshop on the architectural underpinnings of SOA, including multiple views, the SOA Metamodel, the Zachman Framework, and Model-Driven Architecture. Includes a deep discussion on SOA metadata including Service contracts. Presented at the SOA India Conference, Bangalore, on November 23, 2007.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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SOA as a Corporate Responsibility
In these days of corporate responsibility and compliance, we need to consider the efficiencies of our IT infrastructure along with other corporate assets. For most companies, enterprise architectures are the single most limiting factor to their business economics since they don’t have the ability to adapt to business changes in a timely manner. While many in IT have accepted this as one of life’s realities, we could be entering an era where such a reality is unacceptable. Indeed, as innovative corporations learn how to leverage concepts such as SOA to liberate their IT from its currently static and fragile form, less innovative companies will find themselves quickly losing market share to competitors that have embraced the agility value of SOA. Moreover, the companies who choose to maintain inefficient architectural forms will find that their business value, reflected in their stock price, have suffered as well, perhaps even becoming targets…

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