Effective Governance of the Service Lifecycle
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) governance, consisting of creating, communicating, and enforcing the policies that apply to the design, deployment, and management of Services, is one of the most critical, yet confusing, part of an effective SOA plan. One of the reasons why SOA governance is so important, as well as challenging, is that SOA teams must govern the entire Service lifecycle, not just as the team models and develops the Services at design time, but also as they deploy and manage them at run time, and reconfigure and recompose them at change time. An important part of the SOA infrastructure for enabling SOA governance is the registry/repository. Today’s registry/repositories are fully featured SOA metadata management solutions that coordinate policy activities and enable policy enforcement across the Service lifecycle. As organizations roll out their SOA initiatives, it is important to consider SOA governance as one of the initial steps, and a…

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Governance, Quality, and Management
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is an approach to organizing IT resources to better meet the changing needs of the business. While many organizations are somewhere on their SOA roadmaps, many such organizations face challenges when planning the underlying infrastructure that will support their SOA implementation. One reason for this challenge is that there are three core infrastructure areas that are jointly essential to the success of separate, but overlapping SOA effort: governance, quality, and management. Governance means creating, communicating, and enforcing the policies that apply to the behavior of IT and its users. Quality is a measure of how well working systems meet the needs of the business. Management focuses on how well those systems meet performance, security, and other non-functional requirements for working software. In the context of SOA, however, these three sets of capabilities begin to merge. To provide the business agility benefit that is the core…

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Reaching the SOA Tipping Point
The core benefits that Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) promises–cost reduction, increased business visibility, business empowerment, and greater business agility–are becoming increasingly understood and sought after, but the fact remains that many organizations are still struggling with various challenges in the early stages of their SOA initiatives. Many such challenges are organizational and political, and as a result, many well-meaning SOA initiatives have devolved into stopgap measures and political compromises. Such projects risk failure, delays, and cancellations. To avoid such pitfalls, it’s increasingly important for organizations to take a pragmatic approach to SOA adoption that achieves business goals under the radar, building momentum and business value iteratively. For architects who are fed up with the status quo of IT and can see the big picture of the SOA value proposition for their organizations, taking such a pragmatic approach can be the most effective way to achieve the SOA tipping point, where…

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Avoid Getting Lost on the (Enterprise Service) Bus
So, you’ve been following ZapThink long enough to know that beginning a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) project by purchasing an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) is starting at the wrong end of the initiative. Purchasing any technology, especially an ESB, at the beginning of an architecture project is a recipe for failure, you’ve been telling anyone who’ll listen. But for whatever reason, your organization didn’t pay attention to you, and now they’ve dropped a bundle on an ESB. Maybe your boss golfs with the vendor sales rep, or maybe the powers-that-be are listening to the wrong analyst firm, who knows. But in any case, you’re stuck with that decision, and you’re now expected to implement SOA with it. Fortunately, while purchasing an ESB too early in a SOA project does substantially increase your risk of failure, all is not lost. After all, you’re not alone; this mistake is one of the…

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SOA Glossary
As a reference for our subscribers and advisory clients, ZapThink has assembled this glossary of terms related to Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). ZapThink defines and uses these terms in its research, advisory practice, as well as in its Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) curriculum. This list is not meant to be fully comprehensive. Rather, these are terms represent key concepts that ZapThink has a particular take on. If a term does not appear on this list, ZapThink is happy to point clients to broadly available definition of the term. The terms included here fall into these categories: terminology related to Services, architecture, infrastructure, governance, and process.

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HP Extends Quality and Management Software to Meet New Requirements for Mainstream SOA Adoption
“As SOA becomes an increasingly mainstream approach to enterprise architecture, HP continues to offer governance, quality and management products that form essential SOA infrastructure,” said Jason Bloomberg, managing partner at SOA advisory firm ZapThink. “HP’s new SOA testing and management products provide the framework enterprises require to ensure IT delivers production-ready services that can support business-critical applications and processes, making it easier for Quality Management and Operations groups to support SOA-based applications while leveraging existing IT investments and talent.” Read more at: Business Wire…

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What does Service Performance Mean?
Over the past few years, ZapThink has participated in and observed quite a few Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) deployments and roll-outs. While some of these deployments were more Web Services Integration than truly Service-oriented, and while some were more successful than others, the act of simply iterating the architecture and putting Services into production is forward progress for most companies. What these companies quickly realized is that creating Services and deploying infrastructure to run them is actually the easy part. Successfully getting users to consume those Services in a reliable manner, all the while supporting continuous change is the hard part. ZapThink has written numerous times about the challenges of putting Services into production with proper Governance, Quality, and Management, but in this ZapFlash, we’d like to focus on a more basic issue: that of Service performance. Just like the terms “security” and “quality”, performance…

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Personalizing SOA
New business models. Reaching the long tail. Engaging customers in innovation. These are the new realities of global business. New ways of personalizing SOA to more effectively connect people with processes and with each other are needed to empower business and drive competitive advantage. Enterprises need to determine how to take advantage of the new Web 2.0 ways of connecting people in a way that that empowers them to execute on their business priorities, goals and values. This session will introduce how SOA facilitates a new way of doing business where both customers and line-of-business personnel have the power to take control of business processes by connecting enterprise content and capabilities to achieve your organization’s objectives. 21 slide PowerPoint in pdf format. [hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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ZapThink’s Practical SOA New York/New Jersey Event Focuses on Best Practices, Case Studies from Finance, Insurance, Pharma, and Media Industries
(PRLEAP.COM) BALTIMORE, MD, February 27, 2008 – ZapThink announces today its upcoming Practical Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) New York / New Jersey conference in Newark, NJ featuring speakers, best practices, case studies, and lessons learned on the finance, pharmaceuticals, health care, insurance, and media industries in Newark, New Jersey on March 25, 2008. The Practical SOA event series is targeted at companies and individuals looking for practical business case studies and value propositions for SOA, those who want to learn the latest best practices for making SOA a success, those looking to hear from successful architects about their SOA efforts, want to learn from peers about what it takes to put together a successful SOA, and/or want to take their SOA efforts to the next level. “Companies are tired of all the hype surrounding Web Services and SOA, and are finding it difficult to learn what they really need to know…

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Leveraging SOA for Agile Business Processes
Enterprises around the world are facing a momentous transformation, as they move away from traditional, inflexible approaches to leveraging information technology (IT) resources to a more agile way that helps to improve business process. This transition from an aggegration-centric view of technology that leads to brittle assemblages of heterogeneous assets to the composition-centric view that positions IT resources as flexible services that the business can compose together to support and manage flexible processes heralds a new era of value to organizations. Underpinning this transition is the move to Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), which provides best practices for organizing IT resources to enable organizations to better leverage business change.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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