The ZapThink Approach to Service-Oriented Architecture Implementation
What is the best approach to putting SOA in production? Is it necessary to dive into the deep end and take a “pay and pray” approach to SOA implementation or is there a more logical, lower risk path to realizing the vision of SOA? In this workshop, ZapThink will discuss the steps that companies should take to move from today’s brittle infrastructures to loosely-coupled, process-centric SOA implementations. The session begins with point-to-point Web Services implementations for integration, securing, managing, and adding process layers to these Services, implementing registries and management for loose coupling, moving to asynchronous invocations for greater reliability, and implementing a governance infrastructure for greater visibility and control. We’ll provide the big picture for SOA adoption as well as the details on how to actually go about implementing SOA in a logical progression of steps, each resulting in significant ROI. Course Outline: The integration problem The SOA implementation…

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The ZapThink Approach to SOA Implementation Drilldown
What is the best approach to putting SOA in production? Is it necessary to dive into the deep end and take a “pay and pray” approach to SOA implementation or is there a more logical, lower risk path to realizing the vision of SOA? In this workshop, ZapThink will discuss the steps that companies should take to move from today’s brittle infrastructures to loosely-coupled, process-centric SOA implementations. The session begins with point-to-point Web Services implementations for integration, securing, managing, and adding process layers to these Services, implementing registries and management for loose coupling, moving to asynchronous invocations for greater reliability, and implementing a governance infrastructure for greater visibility and control. We’ll provide the big picture for SOA adoption as well as the details on how to actually go about implementing SOA in a logical progression of steps, each resulting in significant ROI. Course Outline: The integration problem The SOA implementation…

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ZapThink’s Service-Oriented Architecture Roadmap
ZAPTHINK’S ROADMAP TO SOA ADOPTION Companies today are struggling with the best way to implement IT infrastructures that enable business agility. Service-oriented architectures based on Web Services provide cost-effective approaches to achieving companies’ agility goals. ZapThink’s Roadmap to SOA adoption is a one-of-a-kind, full-color 24×18″ poster that provides organizations of all sizes and types an at-a-glance view at how to approach implementing Service-oriented architectures in a way that provides return-on-investment (ROI) at each step along the path toward agile IT infrastructures. Included on this easy-to-read poster are the steps and phases by which companies can move from today’s brittle infrastructures to loosely-coupled, coarse-grained, asynchronous SOAs. The poster covers concepts in point-to-point Web Services implementations for integration, securing, managing, and adding process layers to these services, implementing registries and management for loose coupling, moving to asynchronous invocations for greater reliability, and concepts in virtualization, contract-first development, SOA governance,…

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SOA in the Banking Industry
ZapThink interviewed four major banks and reports on the state of SOA adoption at each bank. This 31-page presentation covers the business motivations, technical issues, and extent of their SOA adoption. SOABankingIndustry-092005-ZTP-0188-1…

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Business Process: Sweetness & Light or Evil Hellspawn?
Sometimes it seems that everyone in IT is a cynic. ZapThink frequently discusses how through the power of abstraction, loosely coupled interactions, and composition, IT can finally respond to changing business needs in the time that the business requires those changes. The cynics are only too happy to point out that we’ve heard those promises before, and then they ask what’s so different this time? Our response to the cynics centers on the role of business process within the organization. Business processes have always been an important, if understated, asset of enterprises. The nature and methods that a company runs its business with changes on a daily basis at various different levels in the company — from high-level strategic changes to lower-level implementation details. As a result of these changes, enterprises constantly struggle to make their companies more responsive to business changes by connecting their business requirements to the…

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Tracking the Elusive SOA Platform
ZapThink fears no loaded hype-word, and in this ZapFlash, we take on one of the gnarliest: platform. While there are many definitions of this term, the one that we focus on here is the notion of a runtime execution infrastructure that allows compiled and/or uncompiled code to run. However, this definition is tricky because Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is not about the code, but rather the composition of Services into flexible processes. Naturally, there must exist some runtime infrastructure for Services to actually run, only now, we mean something different by the word “run.” SOA, after all, is enterprise architecture that leverages heterogeneity, so an SOA platform would have to be inherently platform-neutral. Furthermore, SOA is more concerned with the Service interface and above (including composition metadata, security policy, and dynamic binding information), more so than what sits beneath the abstraction of the Service interface. Maybe you picked up on…

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Prima Solutions: Foundation for Service-Oriented Insurance Applications
Among the greatest challenges facing Service-Oriented Architecture implementations is the fact that there are so many elements of a successful enterprise SOA implementation–integration infrastructure, business process, metadata management, Service orchestration, user interface, and most importantly, business semantics. Many vendors target a handful of these essential capabilities, but very few offer products that cover them all. Business semantics, in particular, is the most challenging, because every industry has its own unique semantics. Prima Solutions has developed a composite application platform that addresses all of these areas, including the business semantics of the insurance industry. Their insurance reference model, combined with a complete integration, business process, portal, and metadata registry product, offers insurance companies a complete foundation for Service-Oriented insurance applications.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Service-Oriented Automation
Industrial automation began in textile mills over 200 years ago with the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, and hit full stride in the last century with the evolution of machinery that could automate repetitive human tasks. The Information Revolution of the mid-twentieth century expanded the power of automation beyond manufacturing and across all parts of the organization, as one information technology (IT) innovation after another automated an increasingly expanding set of business processes. Each innovation, from the Jacquard loom to the transistor to TCP/IP, moved businesses up the spectrum of automation, from easily automated processes to processes that were increasingly difficult to automate. At some point, however, the effect of a given innovation peters out, and people must step in to manually handle the tasks that have been resistant to automation. That is, until the next innovation comes along and changes the game. Today’s game-changing trend is Service Orientation —…

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