The ROI of SOA
In today’s post-dot.com world of tight IT budgets, increased regulation, global competition, and accelerating change, companies (and governments) require quantifiable results from their investments in technology. No executive will sign off on any investment in new technology without a solid expectation for how it will deliver value to the business. When people understand an established technology and how it will provide value over time, calculating the return on investment (ROI) for an IT expenditure will often be a straightforward process. However, calculating ROI on projects involving new technologies or emerging IT approaches like Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is frequently more of an art than a science. What makes calculating the ROI of SOA even more challenging is that architecture, by itself, doesn’t offer specific features that companies can readily identify with some particular return. After all, architecture is an investment that companies must make well in advance of any return,…

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No, Virginia, there is no SOA Wizard
The lights have come down, the ornaments are packed away, and the Boy Scouts have the tree. It’s time to put away the magic of the holiday season and get back to the realities of the working world. While ZapThink predicts 2005 will be a big year for Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), we must always balance the enthusiasm with a cool blast of reality — and today’s reality check is for the vendors who say their products are SOAs, or make building SOA a simple, automated task. Well, Virginia, there is no SOA wizard — you know, the kind of wizard where click, click, click, and voila! You have an SOA! The fact of the matter is that no product will ever truly automate the creation of SOA, because SOA is architecture, and as such is a set of best practices, or a discipline, if you will. You can never get…

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The SOA Talent Squeeze
As 2004 winds down, the Service Orientation (SO) winds are shifting. SO software and hardware vendors’ markets are consolidating, as surviving players mature their products and build traction among customers who increasingly understand the value of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) to their organizations. While IT end-users focused their attention on Web Services and SOA products and the vendors who offered them up to this point in time, their attention is now moving to professional services organizations (PSOs) as these consulting firms ramp up their SOA practices. This shift in activity marks an important step in the maturation of SO adoption within enterprises: ZapThink has seen that while most of the Fortune 500 was dabbling with SOA in 2004, 2005 is the year that many will ramp up their SOA initiatives, in many cases to cross-departmental and cross-organizational projects, and in some instances to enterprise-wide implementations. Even enterprises with large IT shops…

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ZapThink: XML Inefficiency Choking Networks
Market for High Performance and Appliance Approaches for XML to reach $1.2 Billion by 2010 WALTHAM, MA, November 16, 2004 — The rapid adoption of XML and Web Services has a significant downside. As network traffic based on XML increases, IT data center administrators and developers are quickly realizing that the operational inefficiencies of XML are bogging down their general-purpose hardware and software, according to ZapThink’s latest report, “High Performance and Appliance Approaches for XML.” Increased requirements for advanced security, reliability, and scalability can put an overwhelming burden on existing network infrastructure that is already stretched to the limit handling basic XML processing tasks. As a result, customers are increasingly demanding a new class of appliance and optimized software solutions to handle their XML processing needs. “Network traffic increases due to the increasing quantity and size of messages, both XML and non-XML based, will tax existing corporate IT…

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Systinet Senior Program Manager Elected OASIS Committee Co-Chair
“A standards-based registry is essential to an SOA, and Systinet is taking the lead in both defining the UDDI OASIS Standard and creating innovative products based around it,” said Jason Bloomberg, senior analyst, ZapThink. “UDDI enables the loose coupling between service consumers and producers that provides the key agility benefit of service-oriented architectures. It’s the mechanism that provides visibility, scalability and reusability in an SOA. In other words, without UDDI it could be very difficult to get much benefit out of an SOA.” Read more at: Business Wire…

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ZapThink Recognizes Forward-Thinking Vendors as "ZapThought Leaders" of XML, Web Services, and Service Orientation
ZapThink Recognizes Forward-Thinking Vendors as “ZapThought Leaders” of XML, Web Services, and Service Orientation ZapThought Leadership program headlines major expansion of ZapThink’s services WALTHAM, MA, September 2, 2003 — Actional Corporation, Ascential Software (NASDAQ: ASCL), Digital Evolution, Flamenco Networks, Infravio, Netegrity (NASDAQ: NETE), Raining Data (NASDAQ: RDTA), Reactivity, Sonic Software, Swingtide, and Westbridge Technology are among the software vendors recognized as “ZapThought Leaders” by ZapThink LLC, the leading industry analyst firm with research focused on XML, Web Services, and Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs). “To be recognized as a ZapThought Leader, a vendor must be dedicated to helping their customers understand how to use XML, Web Services and SOAs to meet their business needs,” said Jason Bloomberg, Senior Analyst, ZapThink. “We are pleased to recognize so many outstanding vendors as ZapThought Leaders, ” said Ron Schmelzer, Senior Analyst, ZapThink. “The fact that these vendors are committed to helping their…

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ZapThink: Report Shows Web Services-based Process to Displace Integration Solutions / Implementing Service-Oriented Process Key to Meeting Business Agility Requirements
ZapThink: Report Shows Web Services-based Process to Displace Integration Solutions Implementing Service-Oriented Process Key to Meeting Business Agility Requirements (View More Information…) WALTHAM, MA, April 16, 2003 — As enterprises apply Service-oriented architecture principles to business process management and automation, they will find that such “Service-Oriented Process” solutions will supplant the need for today’s integration solutions, concludes a report published today by ZapThink, LLC, an analyst firm focused on XML, Web Services, and Service-oriented architectures. The report concludes that Service-oriented process tools enable business users to assemble business-oriented Web Services into business processes that are themselves exposed as Web Services. “The success of business depends upon IT systems that are able to deliver functionality that meets business requirements in a flexible, agile way,” explains Ronald Schmelzer, senior analyst at ZapThink, “Yet most corporate IT infrastructures are littered with a heterogeneous array of…

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