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,…

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BlueNote Networks: Converging Voice and Application Services
As Service-oriented Architecture (SOA) expands in usage and viability across enterprise IT, an increasing range of business processes, systems, and modes of user interaction are coming to be thought of in the Service-oriented perspective. In particular, most enterprises depend as much on their voice-based interactions with customers, employees, partners, and stakeholders as they do other forms of interaction. Therefore, it only makes sense to consider how SOA approaches can leverage voice capabilities as Services throughout corporate processes and applications. A champion and pioneer in the space of interactive communications, BlueNote Networks is heralding this era of voice-enabled SOA through its SessionSuite™ Business Communications Platforms. These software products enable businesses to consider voice in a more complete fashion, leveraging it both within existing business processes as well as enabling a new class of voice-enabled business processes. [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Hyfinity: Enabling Rich, Composite Web Applications
Web application development is becoming increasingly complex, time consuming, and brittle. For many organizations, the addition of Rich Internet Application (RIA) technologies like Ajax look promising, but actually introduce further complexity into an already burdened application development process. In fact, traditional code-centric approaches to building applications aren’t up to the task of keeping up with the new generation of rich, collaborative applications known broadly as Web 2.0. What organizations seek is a declarative, document-centric apporach to Internet application creation that leverages Services in the context of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). Only by combining the agility that SOA provides with the rich user interfaces of RIAs can companies evolve their Web applications in a flexible, cost-effective manner. Rising to the challenge of providing adequate tooling for this new class of application is Hyfinity, which offers a combination platform and studio environment for building RIAs that consume and compose Web Services in the…

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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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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…

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The Lego® Model of SOA
Any attempt to explain Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) to a business audience typically elicits one of two standard responses: “this is techie stuff; you should talk to my IT people” or even worse, “I don’t see the business value.” The irony, of course, is that Service Orientation is a business approach for leveraging IT capabilities as business resources to meet the changing needs of the business in agile, cost-effective ways, and is thus critically relevant to today’s business. But taking all the admittedly technical benefits of SOA, including loose coupling, composability, and reusability, and placing them in a sufficiently explanatory business context has always been a difficult challenge. To rise to this challenge, ZapThink likes to use the analogy of Lego blocks. We feel the Lego block metaphor for business Services is so powerful, in fact, that we put a picture of some on ourhome page. Whenever we introduce the concept…

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Composing Services into Enterprise Mashups
The largely separate worlds of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and the collection of collaborative Web applications known as Web 2.0 are beginning to converge. Now that SOA is maturing, organizations that have been implementing it are increasingly focusing on how to empower users by giving them greater control over the flexible composite applications that SOA enables. Rich Internet Application technologies like Ajax, along with the collaborative nature of other Web 2.0 technologies, are enabling a new form of composite application known as an enterprise mashup, providing direction to architects who are seeking to provide agility and user empowerment to the business users in their organizations. IT is now realizing that it is their role to provide the architecture, infrastructure, and governance framework to support business users as they create, maintain, evolve and share such enterprise mashups. [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access…

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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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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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