Finding the Real Barrier to SOA Adoption
There have been countless many articles focused on establishing a business case for Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), developing a prospective Return on Investment (ROI), and proving to the business why SOA will provide short-term benefits, address pressing problems, and provide a long-lived answer to the persistent problems of IT’s ability to meet the changing needs of the business. However, with all this business goodness, you would think that SOA investment would go unimpeded. After all, if SOA can prove its value to the folks who hold the pocketbooks, then why aren’t we seeing unfettered SOA spending reminiscent of the dot.com-boom days when the promise of IT was as great as what SOA promises now? Part of the reason for SOA’s continued measured uptake is that SOA is all about architecture, and doing architecture well is really hard. Despite how some vendors may portray it, you can’t just buy a product…

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ZapThink and Object Management Group (OMG) Partner to Promote SOA Credentialing; ZapThink Joins SOA Consortium
ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts and advisors in the field of SOA today announces its partnership with Object Management Group (OMG) to promote ZapThink’s efforts to mature and foster the development of credentials for Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). ZapThink also announces today that it has joined the SOA Consortium and OMG as an anayst member. The OMG…

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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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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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The SOA Management Landscape
As organizations progress with their Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) initiatives, they soon realize that implementing SOA is a broader endeavor than simply creating Web Services interfaces. As SOA implementations mature, companies find that Service-oriented best practices apply to not only how business leverages IT to meet its goals, but also how IT itself operates. As a result, managing a SOA implementation becomes a mult-faceted task, as the IT services and business services that IT Service Management and Business Service Management deal with, respectively, come under the purview of SOA management. Understanding the notion of “service” in this broader context, as well as the role of management within the context of SOA, are critical skills for Enterprise Architects, network operations personnel, and others within the organization responsible for the success of their SOA initiatives, and the benefits the business receives from their IT investments.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to…

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The Role of the Architect
This presentation was delivered at the 5th SOA Practitioners’ Conference in Zurich, Switzerland on October 26, 2006. This presentation covers the role of the architect in a SOA initiative — design, dealing with organizational issues, project management, and governance. The Zachman Framework is highlighted. This 32-slide PowerPoint is presented in pdf format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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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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Fundamental SOA Concepts
This 48-page PowerPoint presented in pdf format includes ZapThink’s basic introduction to SOA, focusing on the ZapThink SOA Roadmap. This presentation is the first to present three versions of the Roadmap: one with implementation steps, one with project milestones, and one with SOA maturity levels. It was presented at the IPT 4th SOA Practitioners’ Conference in Zurich and Frankfurt in June, 2006.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/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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