Why Big Consulting is Hurting SOA
As larger organizations begin to embark on their Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) projects, there is some misdirecting going on that you should be aware of, which will allow you to make an educated decision as to, not only what you’re going to do, but who’s going to help you. At issue is the fact that many people in the planning stages for SOA do not get the proper advice and guidance as to how to proceed, or even what a SOA actually is. Thus, the larger tragedy is that many of these projects will hit the wall, and do so with an impact that will reflect poorly on the notion of SOA, when it’s not really a SOA issue at all. First, be wary if consulting organizations point out their experience in the world of SOA by putting up past projects as proof of their experience. Most, if not…

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Goverance, Quality & Management
Discusses SOA Governance, SOA Quality, and SOA Management and how the three concepts are closely connected and at the core of SOA infrastructure. Presented at the SOA India Conference, Bangalore, on November 22, 2007.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Architectural Deep Dive for SOA
Three-hour workshop on the architectural underpinnings of SOA, including multiple views, the SOA Metamodel, the Zachman Framework, and Model-Driven Architecture. Includes a deep discussion on SOA metadata including Service contracts. Presented at the SOA India Conference, Bangalore, on November 23, 2007.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Wanted: VP of SOA
ZapThink frequently writes about how organizational, political, and funding issues are typically the greatest challenges facing Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) initiatives in most organizations. Such roadblocks are large and varied: project-based funding approaches impede cross-departmental initiatives, lack of business buy-in marginalizes architectural efforts, and the absence of a committed executive champion can lead to tactical decisions trumping strategic ones just when strategic initiatives like SOA need the most support. Among the various approaches organizations take to overcome such obstacles, one technique is increasing dramatically in popularity: bringing on board a new executive responsible for the enterprise’s SOA initiatives. Finding the right person for this complex, cross-functional role, however, is far from easy. To aid these efforts, therefore, ZapThink presents our take on the job description for your new VP of SOA. Job Description for the VP of SOA Visionary, hardworking executive wanted to drive this Fortune 500…

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SOA as a Corporate Responsibility
In these days of corporate responsibility and compliance, we need to consider the efficiencies of our IT infrastructure along with other corporate assets. For most companies, enterprise architectures are the single most limiting factor to their business economics since they don’t have the ability to adapt to business changes in a timely manner. While many in IT have accepted this as one of life’s realities, we could be entering an era where such a reality is unacceptable. Indeed, as innovative corporations learn how to leverage concepts such as SOA to liberate their IT from its currently static and fragile form, less innovative companies will find themselves quickly losing market share to competitors that have embraced the agility value of SOA. Moreover, the companies who choose to maintain inefficient architectural forms will find that their business value, reflected in their stock price, have suffered as well, perhaps even becoming targets…

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Software AG Strengthens SOA Security with Layer 7 Partnership
“SOA governance presents a complex set of challenges, because it involves policy creation, communication, management, and enforcement across the Service lifecycle,” said Jason Bloomberg, Managing Partner at ZapThink. “The combination of CentraSite and Layer 7 Technologies’ SecureSpan security and policy enforcement capabilities provides enterprises with a comprehensive governance and security solution that covers the gamut from policy definition through enforcement.” Read more at: Business Wire…

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SOA Governance
Presents a wide range of SOA pitfalls and explains how governance is often the root challenge — and solution — to such problems. Presented at a Webinar for Web Age Solutions on October 25, 2007. 20 slide PowerPoint in pdf format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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Vordel: Centralized Policy Management Infrastructure
Policy management is quickly becoming a core need when considering the implementation of operational and effective SOA implementations. However, many people don’t consider policy management until it’s too late, and difficult to retrofit. Indeed, the use and management of policies provide the central control mechanism that provides clear value when considering the return on investment of SOA. . Policies are as important to SOA as Services themselves, and they should be managed throughout their lifecycles as such. Policy management requires operational lifecycle support, like any other development effort. Such management includes the migration through development, testing, staging, and finally the operations of the policy in the production environment. Moreover, policy management requires other facilities, including centralized logging of all critical metrics gathered during the policy operations, allowing the managers of the SOA implementation to gather key data points used to enhance operational efficiencies. [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]…

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Who's Killing SOA?
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is now well past its hype phase, and is fast approaching a critical crossroads. Will enterprises resolve their current architectural challenges, allowing SOA to become the predominant approach to Enterprise Architecture worldwide? Or will it succumb to the pressures of confusion, misdirection, and ignorance that assail it, and become a tired label that signifies little more than a set of product features? We’ve seen this sad conclusion before with Enterprise Application Integration — once a promising architectural approach, now a euphemism for expensive, inflexible integration middleware. Will SOA suffer the same fate? SOA, fortunately, has not yet gone down this path, although the crossroads that will determine SOA’s future is fast approaching. And yet, the forces that assail SOA are assembling on all sides. It is time for a rallying cry! Let us recognize the threats that SOA faces, in the hopes that shining…

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Why SOA Governance Must Start at Development Time
Now that SOA is moving from the planning to the project levels, there is a clear need to manage SOA’s assets, as well as maximize its key values: Agility and reuse. Thus, the use of a well-defined and well-implemented SOA governance system is critical to the success of SOA. Choosing the right governance system requires that you carefully consider 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. Clearly, these interrelationships are so complex and far reaching that a SOA governance system is an absolute necessity. So, how do you select and implement a governance system? There are a few key things to consider as you define and build your SOA, and clear steps you must follow to…

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