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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Service Orient or Be Doomed: ZapThink Analysts Announce Publication of their Latest Book!
Ever wonder why businesses are unable to keep up with today’s pace of change? Name your business goal–productivity, profitability, efficiency; today, they all depend on Information Technology (IT). IT is more important to business today than it ever was. While IT in the past has helped companies increasingly make their businesses more productive and efficient, today’s IT is simply getting in the way of change. It is increasingly becoming clear that the way that businesses utilize IT is increasingly making them less agile, less responsive to change, and less able to capitalize on new opportunities. Something has to be done to stop the problem of IT becoming the bottleneck of business. SERVICE ORIENT OR BE DOOMED! How Service Orientation will Change Your Business (Wiley, February 24, 2006;$39.95 cloth) is the first book aimed at regular businesspeople that helps business become more agile by offering technological, process, and cultural changes…

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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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Backbase: AJAX-based Rich Internet Applications
Users today increasingly demand more from their online user experiences. Gone are the days of static web pages and poor interaction; today’s new mantra is Rich Internet Applications. Combining real-time user interaction with rich user interface capabilities, Rich Internet Applications leverage increasingly sophisticated browser-side technology to enable users to interact with online, distributed applications as if they were on their own machine. Increasingly, companies are looking to Flash as well as Asynchronous Javascript and XML (AJAX) based technologies to make their RIA wishes come true. Pioneering the field of AJAX-based rich internet applications is BACKBASE, a software vendor that aims to simplify the way that RIAs are built, deployed, and consumed. The company aims to simplify RIA development by extending the already well-known HTML and web development approaches and technologies, making it a simple step for developers to extend today’s Web interfaces to be tomorrow’s Rich Internet apps.

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Evolving the Rich Internet Application
Want to know how to deliver rich enterprise-class Web applications? Nexaweb and Zapthink have teamed up to help you understand what it takes to put Rich Internet technology to use for your business. Join us on December 15th at 1:00 and learn more about the Rich Internet Application (RIA) market landscape and the key business drivers behind the technology. In this Webinar you will see an overview of the RIA market, the benefits of using RIA technology to migrate client/server apps online and three case studies of RIA technology in action in Fortune 1000 companies. Sign up now for this Webinar to learn everything you need to know about Rich Internet technology and how it can deliver value to your business today.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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JackBe: Radically Improving Web Application Performance By Optimizing The Client
The Web has continued to deliver value to companies as an efficient and effective means of communicating information and interacting with their customers, employees, partners, suppliers, media, investors, and other third-parties. Part of the reason for the success of the Web in being so core to a company’s operations is that it allows for organizations to deliver distributed applications on a global scale for significantly less cost than it would be using other, more traditional forms of communication or computing interaction. However, the major downside to the web is its performance. Simply put, enterprises have not mastered the art of making web-based applications, and especially highly transactional ones, responsive to end users. While enterprises have focused on speeding up servers and networks, users continue to experience poorly performing applications. Due to the inherent design of standard web applications, an upgrade of enterprise applications with a focus on the client…

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Processus, Presentation et Integration (French)
L’architecture orientée services (SOA, Service-Oriented Architecture) est par nature complexe. La construction d’une SOA synonyme d’agilité, de souplesse et de réutilisation représente un défi particulier pour les entreprise, car elle implique le regroupement de nombreux systèmes et applications hétérogènes. Pour les éditeurs qui souhaitent commercialiser des solutions SOA, le défi consiste à donner aux entreprises le contrôle de leur activité par le biais d’une interface souple qui leur permet de créer, modifier et gérer leurs processus métier. Invisible pour l’utilisateur, l’infrastructure sous-jacente doit répondre rapidement et efficacement aux changements de l’environnement commercial. Les solutions SOA doivent par conséquent relier la couche de présentation, les processus métier et l’infrastructure sous-jacente pour permettre aux entreprises de créer et de gérer des applications composites. Cordys, fournisseur mondial de solutions d’entreprise implanté aux Pays-Bas, se focalise sur trois éléments clés de cette infrastructure SOA : processus, présentation et intégration. Grâce à cette…

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Prozess, Präsentation und Integration (German)
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), genau wie jeder andere Software-Architektur-Ansatz, ist schwierig. Da SOA in Unternehmen ein breites, heterogenes Set von Applikationen und Systemen abstrahieren kann, ist es sehr herausfordernd, eine SOA zu entwickeln, die Dynamik, Flexibilität und Wiederverwendbarkeit für den Business User bereitstellt. Die Herausforderung für das Systemhaus, das SOA-Lösungen anbieten möchte, ist die übertragung der Kontrolle über die Geschäftsprozesse auf die Business-User selbst. Anwender müssen eine flexible Schnittstelle zur Verfügung haben, die es ihnen ermöglicht, die Geschäftsprozesse im Unternehmen zu erstellen, zu modifizieren und zu verwalten. Die darunter liegende Infrastruktur sollte dem Business-User verborgen bleiben, wenngleich sie schnell und effektiv auf die änderungen in der Geschäftswelt reagieren muss. SOA-Lösungen müssen deshalb den Präsentations-Layer mit Business-Prozessen und die darunter liegende Infrastruktur verbinden, um den Business-Usern die Entwicklung und Verwaltung der Composite Applications zu ermöglichen. Cordys aus den Niederlanden ist ein weltweit tätiger Lösungspartner, welcher die drei Schlüsselelemente des SOA…

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