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’s 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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TenFold: Accelerating Business-Focused Composite Application Creation
One of the greatest challenges to implementing Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is in making the Service-Oriented Business Applications formed by composing Services simple, flexible, and business-focused. Too often, companies don’t know how to compose loosely-coupled Services into business processes that meet continually changing business needs. TenFold takes a model-driven approach to composite application creation with their EnterpriseTenFold SOA tool, providing a rapid, iterative approach to dynamic composite application creation that enables business users to model their requirements and then render the desired applications minimizing the need for writing any programming code. [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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The SOA Killer App
This 20-page PowerPoint presented in pdf format discusses the SOA Killer App, which is a combination modeling tool, composite application builder, universal dashboard, governance tool, and Service consumer. This presentation was presented on a Systinet Webinar in June, 2006.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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Model-Driven Mashups: The Business Opportunity
In our discussions on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), ZapThink has always focused on the overlap between business and technology. We see SOA as Enterprise Architecture, which concerns the business and how it leverages technology to meet business needs. It follows, then, that our analysis of mashups also drills down into the business applications of technology. While others may scorn mashups in general little more than proofs-of-concept for distributed and sometimes Service-oriented applications, ZapThink feels that the business potential of mashups is so great, in fact, that this ZapFlash is the third in a series on the topic. In Mashups and SOBAs: Which Is the Tail and Which is the Dog? we defined enterprise mashups (Web applications that combine content from more than one source into an integrated experience) and discussed their relationship to Service-Oriented Business Applications (SOBAs), which are applications composed of Services in a declarative manner. We then concluded…

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Process-Driven SOA
Properly implementing Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) means more than implementing the right Services–it also means enabling businesses to use those Services to create agile Service-Oriented Business Applications (SOBAs) which meet the requirements of the business users, even as those requirements change. On the one hand, building the right Services means leveraging legacy functionality and diverse data sources to build Services that business users can compose into process-driven composite applications. Business users must then have the user tools necessary to create, manage, and use SOBAs to meet business needs. Software AG’s crossvision SOA Suite, enabled by Software AG and Fujitsu’s jointly produced CentraSite SOA registry/repository, offers enterprises the tools they need to both build and use Services as part of a properly architected SOA.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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The SOA Killer App
SOA tools have been maturing significantly, but even now the SOA tools on the market are still limited in their capabilities. The market has still not delivered a single product that brings together all of the capabilities companies require into a single, Service-oriented tool, including modeling, Service lifecycle management, business visibility, Service consumption, and Service composition. Today, the demand for such a comprehensive tool is emerging, and the requirements and characteristics of this sort of tool are now becoming clearer. The sort of tool companies require to build Service-oriented applications is not a simplistic extension of the concept of an IDE to the world of Web Services, but rather a new kind of tool that is itself a new kind of application–a tool that promises to disrupt the current tools space and define a new market in the process, in other words, the SOA Killer App.[hide -1]Download…

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Should All Services Be Reusable?
It is always encouraging to see that we’re making steady progress toward a deeper understanding of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). One of the clues that we’re making progress is that we are increasingly fielding questions regarding architecture, rather than implementation or infrastructure. At a recent conference, for example, we were quite encouraged when someone asked the question, “should all Services be reusable?” On first glance, this question has a straightforward answer. After all, since one of the goals of SOA is to build reusable Services, then why shouldn’t all of them be reusable? But upon further reflection, answering this question properly requires greater subtlety as well as deeper architectural thinking. This ZapFlash, therefore, not only explores the answer to this question, but also illustrates what we mean by deeper architectural thinking. Top-Down Thinking The question as to whether all Services should be reusable leads to two further questions,…

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SnapXT: Pioneering Enterprise Mashups
An important goal of any Service-Oriented Architecture initiative is to enable business users to compose Services into flexible composite applications that can provide ongoing business value in the face of changing requirements. Meeting this need is the emerging concept of the mashup, which empowers users to create such composite applications in a dynamic manner by leveraging Web technologies. Most of today’s mashups, however, are experimental in nature, and provide little business value. To bring business value to the nascent mashup market, SnapXT offers users the ability to create enterprise-quality mashups that assemble diverse IT assets and data sources in a flexible, declarative fashion. What makes SnapXT different is its multiple interface metaphors that simplify application creation and empower the users of those applications. As a result, SnapXT is pioneering enterprise mashups through their tool that offers true business value to companies looking to build Service-Oriented Business Applications. [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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SEEC Enterprise Workspace Suite
Leveraging Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) to reduce integration expense provides a solid business case for businesses, but companies can realize more significant value from SOA by enabling flexible business processes with Service-Oriented Business Applications (SOBAs). The secret to obtaining value from such applications is in combining Services that represent existing functionality and data with business process logic that meets ongoing business needs in a cost-effective, agile manner. One such vendor taking this approach to applications is SEEC, a SOBA vendor focused on the insurance industry who is on the forefront of offering process-rich applications that leverage the flexibility of SOA, enabling insurance carriers to provide greater value to customers and improve their competitiveness in today’s dynamic marketplace.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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