Avoiding Bad SOA
Unfortunately, there is no way that Zapthink can make guarantees about the success of your Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) initiative. Sure, we often write and speak of SOA best practices and implementation roadmaps and the like, but even if you read all our stuff and truly understand SOA, there are no guarantees that you’ll actually do SOA right. On the contrary, it’s actually quite easy to build a bad SOA — an architecture that may technically be Service-oriented, but will not solve the business problems that led you to make an architectural change in the first place. The best practices that make up SOA are not fully baked, and therefore, there are many wrong turns that companies make as they stumble their way through their SOA projects. There is some good news, however. As an increasing number of companies blaze SOA trails, ZapThink is collecting the lessons of their mistakes, and…

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Announcing ZapForum Webcasts: The Hottest New Concept for People Interested in SOA Today!
Think of a call-in radio talk show combined with presentations from ZapThink’s leading experts. Now throw in an ever-growing network of influential SOA implementers. Add insightful commentary from guest speakers, and you have a ZapForum Webcast – the hottest new concept for people interested in SOA today! Sometimes Irreverent Often Controversial Always Insightful Every month ZapThink will host the online ZapForum Webcast. Each Webcast will 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, so expect to hear what’s really on people’s minds! Attendance at each Webcast is open to all registered ZapThink users! JOIN AND LEVERAGE THE GROWING NETWORK OF EDUCATED, INFORMED, AND INFLUENTIAL INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE MAKING SOA…

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Taking Business Logic to the Next Level with SOA
Coding business logic is the only way to satisfy business requirements in information technology (IT), and businesses have been doing so for decades, albeit with limited success. The fundamental problem with business logic has been its inflexibility–business needs change, and the logic can’t keep up. While there have been modest flexibility improvements since the days when all application functionality resided on the same system, the unfortunate truth is that these advances have been little more than a business logic shell game, moving the hard-coded logic from one system to another. Instead of solving the problem, businesses are in the habit of creating instant legacy code all over their infrastructure. Today’s business requires more flexibility from its IT, and fortunately, IT has a new approach to distributed computing that promises the business agility that companies crave. That solution is Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). SOA is an approach to distributed computing…

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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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ZapThink 2004 SOA Retrospective and Looking Ahead to 2005
Well, it is that time of the year again — when thoughts turn from the tactical to the strategic as companies of all sizes plan their upcoming year and make resolutions anew. With 2004 in our rear-view mirror, what have we learned from the past, and what new resolutions can companies fulfill in the year ahead? What will this year, devoid of distractions of the political race, Olympics, and potentially in mid-economic recovery mean for companies investing in Service Orientation and the Web Services technologies that support them? What will newfound mergers and partnerships, continued consolidation, and maturation of different technologies mean for the market? In this upcoming year, what will companies come to expect from the providers of solutions, and what will those providers expect in return? And finally, what can you all expect from ZapThink as we continue to dig deeper into the widespread changes that Service Orientation…

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Accelerating Processing in an Event-Driven Service-Oriented Architecture
Very high performance event-driven SOA is essential for building discoverable, loosely-coupled services which will meet the volume, transaction rate, and implementation cost threshold for real-time Web Services. Ron Schmelzer from ZapThink will discuss how four coupling models (request/reply, publish/subscribe, routed events, and reliable messaging) underpin event-driven SOA. Greg Brown, Director at Tarari, will show how hardware-accelerated Random Access XML (RAX) is used to dramatically increase sustained throughput and peak capacity of each of these coupling models while lowering deployment costs. Accelerating Processing in an Event-Driven Service Oriented Architecture…

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Grand Central Communications: Integration on Demand
The Grand Central Business Services Network offers an implementation of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) that follows the “on demand” model of delivering software functionality as a Service. Through a virtualized set of integration and Service capabilities, businesses connect to the Business Services Network, allowing them to combine and share business Services within and between organizations without the constraints of having to pay for and host their own integration infrastructure. In addition to a wide range of Services that Grand Central provides, third-party companies and partners also publish Services to the Network for global access and sharing by partners, customers and other business units. The Business Services Network thus offers the capabilities, business value, and agility benefits of Service-oriented integration as a Service to multiple companies, allowing them to conduct business with each other in a flexible, cost-effective manner, without having the bear the burden of ongoing infrastructure investment.[hide -1]…

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