ZapThink and Excel Partner Launch SOA-Focused Architect Resource and Placement Offering
Baltimore, MD and Montvale, NJ (PRWEB) January 26, 2007 — Focusing on the chronic shortage of Enterprise Architecture (EA) and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) professionals, ZapThink and Excel Partner today announced the formal release of the Architect Resource Center (ARC), an online and consultative service aimed at helping enterprises locate and fill EA and SOA resource needs and expanding the opportunities for capable architects. ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts and advisers in the field of SOA, joins with Excel Partner, a leading executive search and staffing firm that specializes in SOA to provide a dependable source for qualified Enterprise Architects having an SOA background. The ARC provides an online means for companies to identify potential architect candidates and discuss their resource needs with knowledgeable SOA and EA staffing experts. Excel Partner fulfills the requirement by applying each organization’s complementary strengths in skills assessment and candidate recruitment to optimally satisfy those needs…

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Integrating Federal Agencies through SOA and the FEA
The United States federal government is the world’s largest single consumer of information technology, spending over $52 billion on IT in 2005, but it still struggles to produce measurable gains in public-sector worker productivity and to provide electronic access to government services. To meet these challenges, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) created the Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) in 2002 to guide the enterprise architecture efforts of most government organizations. Understanding the high-level goals of FEA, and to use Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) to achieve these goals, is crucial for succeeding in transforming enterprise architecture within the federal government. Service-enabling core agency business functions, building shared, reusable Service and infrastructure components, and enabling cross-agency governance are all essential elements of achieving such goals. Addressing the needs of the US federal government, Software AG provides a range of SOA infrastructure products and associated professional services. Software AG has extensive…

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The SOA Forecast for 2007
For those in the United States, 2007 has started out with a bang — two major snow storms in the Rocky Mountains and a persistent warm front that’s keeping the entire East Coast in unusually warm weather for this time of year. Even more so, it’s football season in the US and both the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens are in the playoffs — the two teams representing ZapThink’s two office locations. Of course, speaking metaphorically, with regards to SOA, 2006 ended with a bang and 2007 is already showing considerable warmth and competitive vigor. ZapThink has seen SOA take off even more aggressively than we anticipated at the beginning of 2006, and all indications show that SOA strength will be further reinforced and expanded in 2007 to many corners of the IT environment, throughout the world and in many different industries. And so, during this season of sultry…

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How Service Orientation will Change your Business
Describing Service Orientation and SOA in business terms is extremely difficult. Jason and Ronald have succeeded, and their book has become a global bestseller. They describe a new way of thinking about business and its processes related to Zachman Framework. This presentation was given at the DAMA Conference in Stockholm, Sweden, on Nov. 13, 2006. 36-slide PowerPoint in pdf format.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Organizational Adoption of SOA Best Practices
Organizational issues of SOA, understanding SOA from the business perspective, and lowering the risk of SOA implementations. This presentation was presented at a WM-data seminar in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 14, 2006. 53-slide PowerPoint in pdf format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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Doing SOA Right
Lowering the risk of SOA by following the ZapThink SOA Implementation Roadmap, with a case study on establishing the ROI for SOA. This presentation was given at a full-day seminar for Tarantell in Oslo, Norway on November 16, 2006. 41-slide PowerPoint in pdf format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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The Business Side of SOA
Managing change in the context of SOA. This presentation was given as part of a full-day seminar for Tarantell in Oslo, Norway on November 16, 2006. 40-slide PowerPoint in pdf format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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Building the Business Case for SOA
ZapThink’s general business-focused presentation on building the business case for SOA. Presented at the ICE Technology Conference in November 2006. Presented as a 44-slide PowerPoint presentation in pdf format.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Thinking Outside the SOA Box
Today, Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is finally off the ground. Most organizations are past the basic planning stage, and are now actively constructing their SOA implementations. Much work remains, to be sure; standards are incomplete, tools are immature, and companies continue to struggle with the political, cultural, and technical challenges that architectural change presents. Be that as it may, SOA has turned the corner in many ways: we’re now focusing more on consuming Services than building them, issues of governance have risen to the fore, and organizations are finally working through the complexities of SOA quality. But perhaps the most interesting sign that SOA has reached a new level of maturity are the early indications that the focus on SOA as something separate from the rest of IT is waning as Service-Oriented best practices gradually become accepted more broadly as general IT best practices. The fact that the spotlight of…

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NetManage Announces SOA Planner and New "Low-Risk" Incremental SOA Strategy
“Enterprises planning an SOA initiative require an effective tool to help them non-invasively analyze service usage patterns in order to maximize the value of their SOA deployment,” said Jason Bloomberg, senior analyst, ZapThink. “NetManage’s new SOA Planner provides a blueprint based on tangible evidence for what an organization’s SOA strategy should look like to help system architects and developers plan their deployments.” Read more at: Yahoo! News…

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