webMethods: Combining Business Process Management and SOA to Support Dynamic Processes
Familiar to enterprise IT as an Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) vendor, webMethods has fully reworked their product line into a fully featured, process focused SOA platform. webMethods Fabric 7.0 now offers codefree process creation based on Service composition, process visibility, SOA governance and lifecycle management. webMethods Fabric 7.0 provides both business integration and optimization capabilities. Fabric integrates, assembles and optimizes business processes enabling customers to leverage their existing assets to increase business process productivity. Enterprise architects and IT managers who are looking to implement process-focused SOA in their organizations should shed any preconceived notions about webMethods and take a new look at Fabric’s comprehensive SOA infrastructure capabilities. [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

Read More

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,…

Read More

Organizational Adoption of SOA Best Practices
Presentation given at Wipro event in Boston, March 15, 2007. Presentation covers the relationship between Business Process Management and SOA, and discusses the organizational challenges companies face when implementing SOA. Presented as a 36-slide PowerPoint in pdf format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

Comactivity: Improving Business Functionality through Model-Based, Service-Oriented Business Applications
The movement to Service Orientation is heralding an era of enterprise computing based on open standards, Service-oriented Architecture, and optimized business processes. This signifies a fundamental shift from today’s rigid and inflexible systems towards loosely-coupled approaches to application development and deployment. This new shift requires a redefinition of the concept of business functionality in a way that marries continually changing capabilities with new requirements for usability and flexibility. The aim is a new capacity for achieving competitive advantage, lower cost, and increased business value. ComActivity, a company based in Stockholm, Sweden, has put together a compelling solution that leverages this radical shift in computing. The key insight in the solution is its focus on model-based, graphical approach to business functionality, creating lean and optimized business processes leveraging emerging Web and SOA best practices. Striving to be the SOA killer app, ComActivity aims to meet the continuously changing needs of the…

Read More

iTKO: Ensuring Continuous SOA Quality
Quality means far more than simply reducing defects. Fundamentally, quality means building something that meets the requirements of its users, now and into the future. However, requirements continue to evolve, both during projects as well as once the projects are complete. Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is an approach to organizing and abstracting IT resources in a flexible manner that allows for such continually changing business requirements. This core agility benefit of SOA collapses like a house of cards, however, if the Services or the applications that consume and compose them are of poor quality. As a result, organizations require SOA quality tools like the iTKO LISA Complete SOA Testing Platform, which enables complete, collaborative and continuous testing of all layers of abstraction in a SOA implementation, including the business process, Service composition, and Service implementation layers, in a way that maintains functional integrity of the SOA implementation even as…

Read More

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]…

Read More

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…

Read More

Leveraging SOA for Strategic Value Creation
Florida Community College Jacksonville (FCCJ) is in the competitive and highly commoditized two-year community college industry. To rise above the fray, FCCJ has looked to their information technology (IT) department to help them build competitive differentiation in this market. In furtherance of this aim, FCCJ is instituting Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) in a three-phase initiative that currently automates several key business processes, and will eventually lead to a virtual environment for students, employees, and other users at the college. FCCJ is a long-term customer of Software AG, and Software AG’s products and professional services have been crucial in FCCJ’s success with SOA up to this point. Their SOA initiative is so successful so far, in fact, that they must manage the demand for additional Service-oriented applications from across the college, and their expanded capabilities have led to increased opportunities with channel customers who wish to leverage FCCJ’s IT capabilities for…

Read More