Exercise 4: Building a Governance Framework
Step 1. Policies within scope 1. Authorized users can provision new employee Sub policy: same users can view shared data 2. Authorized users can receive information about the provisioned employee Governance board that could be extended to be GQM (discussed) and CIOs from each of the 16 units. Step 3. Automatable policies? Policy #1 is 100% automatable. Policy #2 is only 50% automatable. Step 4. Policies creation and communication Policies will appear in a community repository with authorized users (similar to a sharepoint system) Wikis and notifications will be put into effect Step 5. Policy format English is the sole language evaluation Step 6. Discovery Community repository Step 7. Tools For Design time: life cycle review tool, Sharepoint tool, versioning tool For Run time: portal and automated warning messages/alerts tool Step 8. Management Visibility Through auditing Through…

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Sensedia: Focused Solutions for Cost-Conscious SOA Governance
Choosing the right governance tooling requires careful consideration of specific attributes of the enterprise domain, including an inventory of the major SOA resources such as data, Services, and processes, as well as interactions and dependencies, and how all relate to the notions of policy management, service agreements, and security. SOA governance, both at design time and run time, is a recognized requirement for all SOA initiatives, and as a result, there are several products on the market that address such needs. These products, however, tend to be enterprise-class, comprehensive solutions with enterprise-class pricing. Many organizations, however, require a more focused solution at a more palatable price point. One vendor who is targeting design time SOA governance at such a price point is Sensedia. Sensedia offers design time SOA governance products that enable enterprises to manage and reuse their SOA and other software development assets. Sensedia’s products reduce redundant…

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ZapThink Announces SOA for Managers Certification Course at IMPACT 2009
BALTIMORE, MD (PRunderground) March 26, 2009 — ZapThink announces today the availability of its SOA for Managers course co-located at IBM’s IMPACT 2009 conference in Las Vegas, NV on May 3, 2009. In this one-day course, attendees will get detailed guidance and expertise in how to implement and manage SOA with the latest best practices and methods. The one day event will feature Jason Bloomberg and Ronald Schmelzer, Managing Partners with ZapThink as lecturers and contributors. “Companies want to know how apply SOA best practices to enhance and optimize their existing investments in IT,” said Ronald Schmelzer, Managing Partner with ZapThink. “This one-day, practical event will give enterprises of all sizes, architecture practitioners, consulting firms, and technology vendors the best practices and practical implementation knowledge they are seeking.” Key topics addressed during the one-day event on May 3, 2009 in Las Vegas, NV include: Fundamentals of SOA Defining SOA Success…

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Resilience: The Missing Word in the SOA Conversation
In our conversations about the value of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), we frequently discuss the need for agility. The constant problem plaguing IT is its inability to deal with continuous and often unpredictable change. Therefore, it makes sense that any Enterprise Architecture (EA) initiative should focus on resolving that problem by designing for change — agility. However, we also discussed in a prior ZapFlash that it’s difficult to design for agility by focusing on individual Services. Rather, agility is an emergent property of the complex system that is IT. So, if developers, integration architects, and infrastructure implementers can’t guarantee agility at their individual, atomic level of operation, what can they guarantee? One of the concepts that contributes to the emergence of agility in complex systems, but is often missing from our SOA conversations is the notion of resilience. What is resilience? Resilience is the property of an…

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The Rumors of SOA's Demise…
OK, everyone, calm down. SOA isn’t dead, in fact, it isn’t even sick. Thousands of organizations are showing real success with SOA around the world, and more are ramping up their SOA efforts every day. Even in today’s economy, plenty of smart organizations realize the cost savings and agility benefits of SOA warrant continued investment in the approach, even in times of tightening belts. So, why the consternation? Well, if you haven’t been paying attention to the SOA blogosphere for the last few weeks, you missed the firestorm that Anne Thomas Manes from the Burton Group caused with her “SOA is Dead” blog post. In the intervening time, virtually every SOA pundit has pitched in on this topic. However, due to the biweekly nature of our ZapFlash newsletter, ZapThink is in the enviable position of batting cleanup on this issue. What amazes us most of all about…

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Goodbye 2008… Here we Come, 2009!
It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone, but with so much happening in 2008: global recession and economic stress, presidential elections, warfare and terrorism, natural disasters, and other happenings both good and bad, perhaps it’s good to shut the door quickly on this year and open up a new, more hopeful one. After all, it is at times of strife that sometimes the greatest successes emerge. And this is what we are hoping for in 2009: not just for the world at large, but for companies that adopt and implement the tenets of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). In this ZapFlash, as is our usual practice, we’ll take a look at some of the predictions we made for this year and see how they panned out, and make some new ones. We’ll scold ourselves for predictions that missed the mark, and of course, give ourselves kudos for the…

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Business Agility as an Emergent Property of SOA
As students go through our Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) course, they experience a series of “aha” moments, as we systematically tear down their preconceptions about what Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is — and what it is not. But perhaps the biggest aha moment of all, however, is when they realize that implementing SOA isn’t traditional systems engineering (TSE) at all, but rather a fundamentally different approach to dealing with complexity in the IT environment. Needless to say, this realization is an especially big wakeup call for people with TSE backgrounds! The fundamental shift in thinking is this: TSE focuses on building big systems out of small components, where the behavior of the resulting system depends directly on the properties of the components. Essentially, TSE boils down to a “connecting things” way of thinking about distributed computing, where integration is the central activity, and what you end up with when…

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SOA for Managers
Presentation for full-day SOA for Managers course offered with ISQT in Bangalore, India on October 17, 2008. Topics include SOA Fundamentals, Addressing SOA Organizational Challenges, SOA Intermediaries & Integration, SOA Infrastructure, SOA Project Management, SOA Governance, SOA Quality, and Service Composition, Business Process & SOBAS. 200 slide ppt in pdf format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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ZapThink Announces Major Update to Popular SOA Implementation Roadmap Poster
ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts, advisers, and educators in the field of Service-Oriented Architecture, is responding to customer demand with today’s publication of the third version of its popular “ZapThink SOA Implementation Roadmap” poster. The company distributed over 100,000 copies of its first two versions of the poster, the first in 2003 and then updated in 2005. The latest version adds cutting-edge thought leadership in SOA, includes detail on architectural artifacts, and expands coverage of SOA Quality, Enterprise Mashups, and more.   Read more at: Emediawire…

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