ZapThink's 2005 SOA Scorecard and 2006 Predictions
Whether it’s holiday fruitcake or Grandma’s sweaters, we all have our traditions when it comes to celebrating the holidays and ringing in the New Year. ZapThink’s traditional end-of-year ZapFlash focuses on revisiting our predictions and analyses over the past year and pontificating about the future of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Web Services. Our predictions are not always on the money, of course, but we’re not worried, since we bet our company on SOA back in 2001 when we first started talking about leveraging the nascent Web Services movement for architectural purposes. It seems just yesterday that we spent our time introducing SOA and differentiating it from Web Services and other technology trends. As recently as 2003, we cautioned technology vendors to be judicious about their discussions of SOA, since at that time, only certain architect audiences had heard of the term. Now, of course, every IT department is all…

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People, Process, Technology, and Policies of SOA – Brainstorm Conference
This presentation, delivered to the Brainstorm NYC conference on November 2, 2005, focuses on some of the knottier problems of making SOA work. While only 29 slides long, this PDF version of the powerpoint presentation provides readers with an understanding of the critical organizational, technical, policy, and process issues of making SOA work.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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The ZapThink Approach to Service-Oriented Architecture Implementation
What is the best approach to putting SOA in production? Is it necessary to dive into the deep end and take a “pay and pray” approach to SOA implementation or is there a more logical, lower risk path to realizing the vision of SOA? In this workshop, ZapThink will discuss the steps that companies should take to move from today’s brittle infrastructures to loosely-coupled, process-centric SOA implementations. The session begins with 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 implementing a governance infrastructure for greater visibility and control. We’ll provide the big picture for SOA adoption as well as the details on how to actually go about implementing SOA in a logical progression of steps, each resulting in significant ROI. Course Outline: The integration problem The SOA implementation…

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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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Peer-to-Peer Services
For several years now, ZapThink has spoken of the “horseless carriage” view of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). Just as people thought of early automobiles as carriages, only without the horse, today people are thinking of SOA as traditional integration, only now with Web Services. In retrospect, we know now that cars really don’t need to look much at all like carriages, and once people became comfortable with autos in and of themselves, the industry began to take off. Today, the world of SOA is struggling with the same kind of mental shift, as companies struggle with the right way to deploy Services. One of the biggest challenges is whether to deploy Services through middleware approaches that leverage a centralized broker or bus of some sort through which Services can connect, or utilize a more distributed approach that treats Services as independent entities on the network, intermediated by distributed points of…

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Seven Things Your SOA Team Shouldn’t Say
Our weather may be cooling down, but the SOA world is really heating up. ZapThink is hearing about this warmth as it meets with enterprise architecture teams at some of the largest companies in the world. At one such meeting, the company in question assembled enterprise architects from all corners of their organization to discuss their roadmap for implementing Service-oriented architecture (SOA). It was the first time in almost six years that this group of about 25 people got together. SOA was the raison d’etre for this latest meeting, a further indication of SOA’s rising temperature. We spent two days going over the technical and organizational challenges that they faced as they considered the move to SOA. By the end of this architecture-fest, they had hammered out some critical action items to help them move forward with their SOA plans. Before we wrapped up on the second day, they had…

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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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ZapForum Webcast May 2005 — The Great Debate: ESBs, Fabrics, or Something Else
Event Description: Theme: “The Great Debate: ESBs, Fabrics, or Something Else?” Setting the Stage: ZapThink Analysts Listen to ZapThink analysts Jason Bloomberg and Ronald Schmelzer talk about The Emerging Infrastructural Patterns for SOA Implementation. What are the technologies, infrastructural changes, and approaches that companies are looking at for making SOA a reality? Guest Expert: Frank Martinez, Chairman, CEO, and Founder, Blue Titan Frank will explain how an SOA Fabric can be used to create integrated Services networks that are adaptable, scalable and resilient — providing unified control and coordination of shared services across a global, distributed enterprise, and how this approach differs from emerging Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) solutions. Want to learn about SOA Fabrics? Learn from the experts themselves! Guest Expert: Gordon Van Huizen, CTO, Sonic Software Gordon will explain what an ESB really is. Hear from their expert how the ESB overcomes limitations…

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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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ZapThink Announces New Service-Oriented Architecture Webcast “Radio Talk Show”
April Webcast on Controlling your SOA, May Webcast on the Great Debate between ESBs and Fabrics WALTHAM, MA, March 3, 2005 — ZapThink is announcing a refreshing, new Webcast series aimed at the rapidly growing Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) market. Run like a call-in radio “talk show”, starting in April 2005, ZapThink will host a monthly online ZapForum Webcast. Each Webcast start with thought-provoking content lead by ZapThink SOA experts. After this session, the ZapForum Webcast will feature a guest or two who will present, speak, and take Q&A from online attendees. Afterwards, the rest of the hour is open to the audience for Q&A and shared experiences, who will call in with their own SOA challenges and issues. Attendance at each Webcast is free and open to all registered ZapThink users. “Sometimes irreverent, often controversial, but always insightful, the goal of this Webcast is to grow the network of SOA…

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