IDV Solutions: Location-based Data Mashups for Microsoft SharePoint
Combine rich user interface capabilities, deep location-based information, and the power and breadth of the Microsoft SharePoint portal environment, and you have a clear value proposition for IDV Solutions’ Visual Fusion Suite. Visual Fusion Suite provides an environment for creating data-based enterprise mashups that combine diverse data sources by leveraging a location-based metaphor. As so many diverse enterprise information needs rely upon location, IDV Solutions is able to offer a broad range of capabilities to enterprises and government organizations worldwide.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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ZapThink’s Practical SOA New York/New Jersey Event Focuses on Best Practices, Case Studies from Finance, Insurance, Pharma, and Media Industries
(PRLEAP.COM) BALTIMORE, MD, February 27, 2008 – ZapThink announces today its upcoming Practical Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) New York / New Jersey conference in Newark, NJ featuring speakers, best practices, case studies, and lessons learned on the finance, pharmaceuticals, health care, insurance, and media industries in Newark, New Jersey on March 25, 2008. The Practical SOA event series is targeted at companies and individuals looking for practical business case studies and value propositions for SOA, those who want to learn the latest best practices for making SOA a success, those looking to hear from successful architects about their SOA efforts, want to learn from peers about what it takes to put together a successful SOA, and/or want to take their SOA efforts to the next level. “Companies are tired of all the hype surrounding Web Services and SOA, and are finding it difficult to learn what they really need to know…

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Leveraging SOA for Agile Business Processes
Enterprises around the world are facing a momentous transformation, as they move away from traditional, inflexible approaches to leveraging information technology (IT) resources to a more agile way that helps to improve business process. This transition from an aggegration-centric view of technology that leads to brittle assemblages of heterogeneous assets to the composition-centric view that positions IT resources as flexible services that the business can compose together to support and manage flexible processes heralds a new era of value to organizations. Underpinning this transition is the move to Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), which provides best practices for organizing IT resources to enable organizations to better leverage business change.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Simplifying SOA
Enterprises around the world are increasingly pursuing the core business benefits of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)–business agility, reduction in integration expense, greater asset reuse, and improved business visibility. And yet, many large organizations are running into roadblocks with their heavyweight, enterprise-wide SOA initiatives. As an alternative, many organizations are finding a “right weight,” step-by-step approach to SOA is more effective and lowers risk as well. Such right weight approaches focus on departmental projects that leverage solutions like those from Active Endpoints that pull together Service creation, management, testing, and composition in a straightforward, “all you need and nothing more” environment that focuses on quick value without heavy skills or infrastructure requirements.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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How to Define a Business Service
How to define a Business service is a pervasive and critical question that is essential to the success of any Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) initiative. SOA projects can consist of too many moving parts causing confusion on what to use, reuse, or leverage. It then becomes the challenge of the architect to reduce this confusion by identifying the proper best practices for defining Services properly to meet the business goals set out for them. Such practices include a variety of approaches. Architects can define a Service: in the context of business processes in the context of existing assets leveraging the business, information that the Service is expected to send or receive in an iterative fashion that delivers business value and decreases risk. Combined with SOA governance processes that alleviate the challenges with managing too many moving parts, the architect will have the necessary best practices to manage the…

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Architectural Deep Dive for SOA
Three-hour workshop on the architectural underpinnings of SOA, including multiple views, the SOA Metamodel, the Zachman Framework, and Model-Driven Architecture. Includes a deep discussion on SOA metadata including Service contracts. Presented at the SOA India Conference, Bangalore, on November 23, 2007.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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ZapThink Acquires SOA Leader Linthicum Group, LLC
BALTIMORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ZapThink, LLC, the industry’s foremost advisory firm focused on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) today announces the acquisition of The Linthicum Group, LLC, a well-respected SOA consulting firm, and the addition of David S. Linthicum to ZapThink. ZapThink will expand its intellectual property and team with expertise and resources from the acquisition to provide ZapThink customers with expert SOA advisory, research, and guidance. The announcement was made during Linthicum’s keynote address to the e-Gov Institute’s 7th Enterprise Architecture Conference & Exhibition in Washington, DC. “Dave brings significant market visibility, thought leadership, a deep understanding of enterprise architecture, and proven approaches and methodologies for SOA adoption,” says Ronald Schmelzer, Managing Partner at ZapThink. “We see the addition of David and the Linthicum Group team as strategic to the ZapThink offerings, providing us with the ability to better service our expanding combined client base.” In addition to the Linthicum Group’s well-respected…

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Corizon: Leveraging User Interface Services for Rapid Application Creation
ZapThink frequently speaks about Service-Oriented Business Applications (SOBAs), which ZapThink defines as compositions of Services that implement business processes. While the common context for discussions of SOBAs is Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), from the user’s perspective, in many ways the application is the user interface (UI). As a result, achieving the user empowerment promise of SOBAs depends in large part on supporting flexible UI creation and enhancement. There are many tools on the market now that facilitate the creation of user interfaces for SOBAs, but one company, Corizon, stands alone with its UI Services approach. UI Services are an abstracted representation of an element of UI functionality that users can compose into applications. By building and supporting UI Services, Corizon focuses on where the business user lives–at the user interface. Corizon addresses the challenge of enabling IT and lines of business to work together by supporting iterative development and incremental…

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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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BPM the SOA Way
Successful businesses are built on great products or services, operational efficiency, excellence in satisfying customers, well-honed sales and marketing efforts, and leveraging relationships with suppliers and partners. To respond to changing market forces that impact these efforts, companies don’t necessarily change the product or service itself, but rather the process they use to serve their customers. However, building an agile infrastructure that supports process needs from beginning to end and top to bottom while allowing for frequent and ad hoc changes presents many challenges to the business. Enterprise applications typically provide only a siloed approach to business process management (BPM) and are inflexible in the face of process change. To achieve true business agility, organizations must separate the processes from the underlying applications using an architectural approach that abstracts the application functionality as Services so that the business can compose those Services into composite applications in a flexible manner.

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