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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What Belongs in a Service Contract?
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) has finally turned a corner: companies are shifting from the tentative first steps of Service enabling a few systems here and there to strategic SOA rollouts of all sizes that now have the blessing of senior management in the IT departments, and sometimes business executives themselves. In the hundreds of conversations that ZapThink has had in the past year, we have recognized a clear, decisive pattern of organizations moving toward SOA and away from the tightly-coupled, brittle integration approaches of yesterday. We’re no longer getting questions about the “whats” or “whys” of SOA, but rather the “hows” and “whens.” In fact, companies no longer discuss whether or not to embark on an SOA initiative. The eventual move to SOA is fast becoming a fait accompli. In the midst of this decisive move toward SOA, we are now starting to get more difficult, tactical questions about how to…

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ZapForum Webcast: Building Composite Applications with Legacy Systems
Guest Experts: Ardy Franssen, Product Management, Seagull Software and Arjen Westerink, Product Marketing, Cordys Topics: Top-down vs. Bottom-up SOA How can you leverage legacy systems in an SOA? How are SOA-based composite applications different? Setting the Stage: ZapThink Analysts Listen to ZapThink analysts Jason Bloomberg and Ronald Schmelzer talk about how you can leverage legacy systems in an SOA, and how SOA-based composite applications are different. Also learn about emerging best practices in SOA development such as top-down and contract-first Service development. Guest Expert: Ardy Franssen, Product Management, Seagull Software Ardy will show companies how they can leverage investments in their mainframes and other legacy systems in SOA. Companies have billions of dollars and hours of time invested in their existing business logic. Through SOA, companies can continue to realize value from these existing investments using standards-based integration to create reusable components from legacy business functions.

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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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Industry Luminaries to Debate Implementation for Service-Oriented Architecture on Live Webcast
WALTHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 25, 2005–Companies are grappling with the best way to implement the rapidly growing Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) approach to distributed computing, including Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), SOA Fabric, and other means to implement SOA. To address these issues, ZapThink is hosting the industry’s key luminaries on this topic – Gordon Van Huizen from Sonic Software and Frank Martinez from Blue Titan – on its May 4, 2005 ZapForum Webcast entitled “The Great Debate: ESBs, Fabrics, or Something else?” “There’s way too much inconsistency in how companies are defining and tackling the various methods for implementing SOA,” said Ronald Schmelzer, senior analyst with ZapThink, LLC. “We hope to settle some of the issues around ESBs, SOA Fabrics, and other modes of implementing SOA once and for all on our May ZapForum Webcast.” Run like a call-in radio talk show, the ZapForum Webcast starts with thought-provoking content lead…

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Prima Solutions Named Zapthought Leader
“Prima Solutions is pioneering the space of Service-oriented applications, especially as applied to the insurance industry,” said Ronald Schmelzer, senior analyst with ZapThink, LLC. “By becoming a ZapThought Leader, ZapThink is recognizing the company for their forward-looking vision, dedication to Service-orientation, and ongoing development of large-scale service-oriented business applications.” Read more at: PR Web…

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NetManage: Composite Application Platform with Robust Host Enablement
Incorporated in 1990, NetManage has built a deep host integration and enablement capability, with its Rumba host connectivity software, ViewNow applications for Unix connectivity, Librados adapters, and OnWeb Web-to-Host solutions. They have since expanded their offering to the Host Service Platform, which leverages OnWeb and Librados technology to provide a composite application environment with substantial host connectivity options. NetManage is now well-positioned to help companies implementing Service-Oriented Architecture to build composite applications that leverage heterogeneous host-based back-ends while providing diverse Web browser-based and Web Services interfaces to users and consuming applications.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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