Should Services be Stateful?
A while back I saw the movie The Terminal, in which a character played by Tom Hanks was forced to live in an airport because he was a “stateless citizen” — his citizenship status was unrecognized due to his homeland country collapsing and disappearing from existence while en route to the US. Of course, I thought that this was just a comic fantasy created by script writers who needed some new plot device to capture audience attention. But in fact, the movie is based in part on a real-life story of Merhan Karimi Nasseri, a man who spent almost twenty years in the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, because of immigration problems with France and his unwillingness to return to his homeland in Iran. Now, this doesn’t have anything to do with Service-orientation per se, but this reminded me of a question that someone asked at a recent conference…

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Presentations from ZapThink’s Fifth SOA Practitioner’s Forum in Geneva, Switzerland
In this ZIP file, you will find the collection of presentations from ZapThink’s Fifth SOA Practitioner’s Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. Presentations include: Fundamental SOA Concepts – Ronald Schmelzer, ZapThink [E] SOA, Business Process, and BPM – Jean-Paul de Vooght, CTP [E] Real implementation cases of SOA – Malhar Kamdar, BEA [F] The ESB as SOA Infrastructure: Controlling SOA at Runtime – Claus Thoden, BEA [E] Measuring SOA Maturity and the Platform – Xavier Fournier-Morel, SQLi [F] Enterprise Web 2.0 – David McFarlane, Nexaweb [E] How to move your Legacy Host to SOA – Ido Hardonag, NetManage [E] SOA Architectural Deep Dive – Ron Schmelzer, ZapThink [E] The download is about 11 Megabytes, and you need to provide your permission to share contact information with event sponsors to download this file.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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SOA Consulting: Current Market Trends
Market Overview Few enterprises are buying SOA by name. Instead, business buyers are paying for solutions to business problems, and more consulting firms than ever before are leveraging Service Orientation best practices to provide those solutions. The main buyer of such initiatives has shifted toward the non-technical, business part of the enterprise. The clear pattern with today‚Äôs SOA projects is that they are increasingly business-focused. Many consulting firms integrate SOA best practices into a broad differentiated offering that is not necessarily specific to SOA. Many ostensible SOA efforts are little more than middleware shell games. Product vendors often distort the true message of SOA to best fit their product offerings. Similarly, the core mistake that some consulting firms are making is in confusing architecture with implementation. Future Trends ZapThink expects the percentage of IT projects overall that leverage Service Orientation best practices to continue to grow over time, and those…

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Cordys: Comprehensive Enabler of Service-Oriented Business Applications
Netherlands-based Cordys followed the core principles of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) to build a Composite Application Framework from the ground up. The eponymously named Cordys offers integration capabilities, Web Service creation and enablement, composite application creation and management, and rich user interface capabilities, in addition to data management and security. Furthermore, since Cordys built the entire product as a single, standards-based, integrated suite, Cordys customers have seamless, agile capabilities that enable them to get the most out of their SOA implementations. As a result, Cordys is a member of a new class of Service-oriented applications that might be called the killer apps of SOA.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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The SOA Killer App
Back in 2003, when ZapThink wrote our SOA Tools and Best Practices report, we first encountered a problem that we hadn’t seen when we wrote our Web Services Security, Service-Oriented Management, and XML Appliances reports. The problem we ran into with our SOA Tools report was that the market was so immature that there weren’t any tools specific to Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) available yet. In that report, we explored a number of related tools markets, to be sure, including modeling tools, rapid application development tools, integrated development environments (IDEs), business process modeling/management (BPM) suites, and more — but no vendor had yet developed a tool specific to the tasks inherent in implementing SOA. In the intervening three years, SOA tools have matured significantly. Tool vendors have made substantial progress building SOA-specific products, to be sure, but even now the SOA tools on the market are…

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Service-Oriented Architecture Trends
This 29-page PowerPoint presented in pdf format was presented at the IBM SOA Live event on April 6, 2006, in McLean, VA. A shorter version of this presentation was used in an IBM Webcast on the same day. Covered are current trends in SOA, starting with the business context and basic definitions, and including the Service lifecycle, architectural and governance issues, and case studies.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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Service Orient or Be Doomed: ZapThink Analysts Announce Publication of their Latest Book!
Ever wonder why businesses are unable to keep up with today’s pace of change? Name your business goal–productivity, profitability, efficiency; today, they all depend on Information Technology (IT). IT is more important to business today than it ever was. While IT in the past has helped companies increasingly make their businesses more productive and efficient, today’s IT is simply getting in the way of change. It is increasingly becoming clear that the way that businesses utilize IT is increasingly making them less agile, less responsive to change, and less able to capitalize on new opportunities. Something has to be done to stop the problem of IT becoming the bottleneck of business. SERVICE ORIENT OR BE DOOMED! How Service Orientation will Change Your Business (Wiley, February 24, 2006;$39.95 cloth) is the first book aimed at regular businesspeople that helps business become more agile by offering technological, process, and cultural changes…

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SEEC: Service-Oriented Business Components for Insurance
The insurance industry continues to be a hotbed of SOA activity, due to their desire to leverage rapidly evolving business opportunities while maximizing existing significant legacy IT investment. To facilitate the movement to SOA for insurance, SEEC developed an extensive library of business components for the insurance and financial services industries. Their hundred-plus library of components offers a wide variety of capabilities exposed as loosely coupled Services that their customers can incorporate into portals, other applications, or business process management solutions. SEEC has taken a Service-oriented approach to architecting their business components, giving their customers high levels of reuse and flexibility as well as standards-based integration with existing applications, while at the same time enabling them to migrate off of legacy systems as appropriate.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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SOA in Action
This Webcast will take you through your options for SOA-enabling your legacy and contemporary applications. It describes how you can evolve from your present access methods to new options and even new devices. We’ll also go over a number of examples of composite applications going back over five years and show you how fast you can realize these solutions today using modern techniques. And the topics to be covered include: Find out about releasing processes locked up in enterprise applications Learn about options for evolving your traditional desktop host access to SOA Understand how SOA brings new life to composite applications Discover why Web enablement does not mean Web delivery See how mobilizing corporate assets is an evolution and not a revolution [hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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