Transformation and Innovation: The Lowest Risk Path to SOA Adoption
This presentation was given at the Transformation and Innovation conference in Dulles, VA on May 23, 2007. The key items in this presentation include: ROI of SOA Fundamentals of SOA and how it compares to other approaches The economics of integration cost curve SOA and innovation The future of SOA [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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ZapThink and Web Age Solutions Partner to Offer World-class SOA Training
BALTIMORE, MD — May 9, 2007 — In response to the significant skills gap for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), ZapThink and Web Age Solutions, today announce a partnership today to deliver world-class SOA training and knowledge transfer to large enterprises. ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts and advisers in the field of SOA, joins with Web Age Solutions, a premier provider of SOA education and mentoring to offer training solutions aimed at key SOA roles including business analysts, managers, and architects. The companies also plan to develop a cross-functional hands-on SOA workshop, and Web Age Solutions will also serve as a Certified Licensed ZapThink Trainer for Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Boot Camps and SOA credentialing. “We’re aiming to transfer SOA knowledge and expertise to enterprises as early in their SOA adoption process as possible,” states Greg Wagner, Web Age’s VP of US Operations. “With targeted workshops and role-based training, we are…

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Finding the Real Barrier to SOA Adoption
There have been countless many articles focused on establishing a business case for Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), developing a prospective Return on Investment (ROI), and proving to the business why SOA will provide short-term benefits, address pressing problems, and provide a long-lived answer to the persistent problems of IT’s ability to meet the changing needs of the business. However, with all this business goodness, you would think that SOA investment would go unimpeded. After all, if SOA can prove its value to the folks who hold the pocketbooks, then why aren’t we seeing unfettered SOA spending reminiscent of the dot.com-boom days when the promise of IT was as great as what SOA promises now? Part of the reason for SOA’s continued measured uptake is that SOA is all about architecture, and doing architecture well is really hard. Despite how some vendors may portray it, you can’t just buy a product…

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Slides from Practical SOA for Government Event
Presentation materials from the ZapThink Practical SOA for Government Event. Materials include presentations from: Ronald Schmelzer — ZapThink, David Linthicum – Linthicum Group, David McFarlane – Nexaweb, and Jim Mackay – iTKO.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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The Third Conversation
Don’t you just want to scream every time you hear the dreaded phrase “Business/IT Alignment”? It seems that every consultant since the dawn of the computer age has been touting their ability to achieve this visionary concordance, and yet here we are, over half a century since enterprises first began using computers, and the business and IT worlds seem to be less aligned than ever before. Yet, dare we say it, the rise of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), especially when we place it in the context of Enterprise Architecture, is yet one more attempt at lining up the suits and the geeks. What is it about this latest technique that promises to make progress where so many approaches of the past have fallen short? Rethinking Business/IT Alignment Looking closely at what people actually mean by this tired cliché can begin to shed some light on the problem. From the…

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Quantity is No Measure of Maturity
As companies pursue the benefits of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), it makes sense that organizations want to measure their progress against an objective benchmark. After all, since SOA represents changes in the way that IT meets the continuously changing requirements of the business as well as changes in the way that IT organizations are managed and governed, it makes sense that companies want to grasp something tangible and concrete to gauge their progress. This is where vendors, analysts, consulting firms, and marketers have all piled on with their measures of SOA maturity. As ZapThink wrote earlier in What To Look For in a Maturity Model, many of the existing SOA Maturity Models are self-serving, vendor-driven efforts that aim to mature a company’s purchase of products moreso than the evolution of their architectures. However, we also stated that some combination of the various efforts can yield some benefit in trying to…

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Pitfalls of SOA RFPs
In spite of many vendors’ sales pitches, Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is something you do, not something you buy. As ZapThink has been saying for years, SOA consists of best practices, plus the discipline to follow them. Expecting to get architecture by buying software is about as likely as learning to play Mozart by buying a piano. Be that as it may, however, many organizations are struggling today with their SOA initiatives, and as a result, are looking for outside help to move them along their SOA roadmaps. Some enterprises are turning to vendors for help, others are turning to consulting firms, and many find the best SOA assistance comes from those providers who offer a combination of products and professional services. Regardless of which kind of firm you look to for help with your SOA initiatives, though, at some point you must select that firm — and that…

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ZapThink and IASA Team Up to Deliver Cutting Edge Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Credentials
Baltimore, MD, and Austin, TX (PRWeb) March 16, 2007 — ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts and advisers in the field of SOA, today announces its partnership with the International Association of Software Architects (IASA) to help develop the current state of Enterprise Architect (EA) and Software Architect credentials for Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). IASA is the premier association focused on the architecture profession through the advancement of best practices and education while delivering programs and services to IT architects of all levels around the world. In a recent report published by ZapThink, the lack of skilled EAs appears to be dramatically slowing the pace of IT architectural improvement and change. To prevent such shortages and lack of skills from impeding future SOA growth and adoption, both ZapThink and IASA are committed to developing programs which support and expand EA and SA skill sets. “There is a significant lack of available, skilled,…

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What BPM Experts Know About Business Process that SOA Folks Don't
The oft-touted objective of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is to enable business agility in the face of continued change and heterogeneity. Since we’re not talking simply about making technology work better with technology, it makes sense that SOA must be aligned with the needs of the business. The needs of the business are reflected primarily in the organization’s business processes, and thus one would think that SOA must have a business process-centric perspective. But all too often, the conversation ZapThink has with end-users, consulting firms, and technology vendors focuses not on those business processes, but rather on the underlying technology platforms, standards-based interfaces, and system-to-system communication. Indeed, the story of business process has been at times so buried within the discussion of SOA that to the business, SOA itself has no business relevance. And yet, if there is any hope to a long-lasting impact and benefit of SOA, it must indeed…

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The State of Worldwide SOA Adoption: Is the US Behind?
Is the United States behind the rest of the world with regards to SOA adoption and maturity? Probably not, but it certainly isn’t ahead. Indeed, most of the largest, advanced, and oft-quoted examples of SOA projects in both the press and by software vendors in 2006 were in Europe, Canada, Asia, or Australia. To provide further evidence that the “overseas” markets really get and are spending real dollars on SOA, ZapThink spent a full six weeks on the road in the last two months of 2006 providing training, education, direct advisory, and speaking with end-user clients, of which only one day was spent in the United States. Is it a fluke that the world is moving towards SOA in lockstep, with certain geographies moving faster than they have before? There might be lots of factors contributing to worldwide growth of SOA. One macroeconomic issue might be the weak US…

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