The SOA Governance Timeline
Governance consists of creating, communicating, and enforcing policies in a corporate environment. In many ways, it is the key to maintaining the balance between executive control and employee and customer empowerment. Implementing SOA requires governance in order to ensure that the organization applies and enforces the policies that apply to the Services that the organization creates as part of its SOA initiative. But more importantly, organizations can leverage SOA best practices to represent policies broadly in such a way that the organization can achieve better policy management, flexibility, and visibility into policy compliance across the enterprise. Because of these two characteristics, enforcing policies and leveraging SOA best practices, it is critical for all organizations to deploy SOA governance as soon as they begin their SOA initiative. With its acquisition of Mercury and its Systinet division, HP has propelled itself into a leadership position in the SOA governance space. HP is…

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SOA Workshop for IT Managers & PMO
Day-long presentation on SOA to an audience of IT managers and project managers. Covers the basic introduction to SOA, SOA governance, SOBAs, Service consumers, the SOA lifecycle, SOA and legacy, and key challenges of SOA. Presented on June 19, 2007 to a large telco carrier.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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SOA Workshop for SOA Policy Experts
Half-day presentation on SOA to an audience of policy and governance specialists. Covers core infrastructure challenges, security, metadata, and SOA governance. Presented on June 20, 2007 to a large telco carrier.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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The Governance, Quality, Management Trifecta: Making Loose Coupling Work
With Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) well established in the common parlance of IT, companies are now grappling with the some of the most challenging issues in making SOA work. The companies that are well on the path to SOA adoption know full well that the technical challenges of building and exposing Services are less significant than the hurdles of building loosely coupled, business-relevant Services leveraged across their continuously changing business processes. Indeed, the challenge of making loose coupling a reality is only surpassed by the even-greater challenges associated with organizational and cultural adoption of SOA. While SOA abstracts the complexity associated with heterogeneous, point-to-point integration and tightly-coupled application logic, it introduces a different kind of complexity: the management of distributed, loosely coupled, and dynamically composable Services. Over the past few years companies developed a number of approaches for dealing with this new form of complexity: management solutions that isolate failure…

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The Keys to Successful Service-Oriented Architecture
Presentation for three-hour seminar for the AMBA banking conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina on May 14, 2007. Presents ZapThink’s high-level introduction to SOA, with an in-depth look at Services and SOA infrastructure requirements, including security, management, and governance. Also discusses the challenges organizations face as they implement SOA. 89-slide PowerPoint presented in PDF format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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ZapThink and Web Age Solutions Partner to Offer World-class SOA Training
BALTIMORE, MD — May 9, 2007 — In response to the significant skills gap for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), ZapThink and Web Age Solutions, today announce a partnership today to deliver world-class SOA training and knowledge transfer to large enterprises. ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts and advisers in the field of SOA, joins with Web Age Solutions, a premier provider of SOA education and mentoring to offer training solutions aimed at key SOA roles including business analysts, managers, and architects. The companies also plan to develop a cross-functional hands-on SOA workshop, and Web Age Solutions will also serve as a Certified Licensed ZapThink Trainer for Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Boot Camps and SOA credentialing. “We’re aiming to transfer SOA knowledge and expertise to enterprises as early in their SOA adoption process as possible,” states Greg Wagner, Web Age’s VP of US Operations. “With targeted workshops and role-based training, we are…

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Web Age Solutions: Deep SOA Training for a Wide Range of Audiences
Companies are quickly realizing that doing Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) right means more than simply picking a set of tools and implementing some code. Indeed, companies are now clamoring for more information and guidance on SOA best practices, which has led to an upswing in the market for Enterprise Architecture-focused training and mentorship. To address a growing demand, Web Age Solutions has put together a comprehensive SOA training program for managers, architects, and developers. Some highlights from this curriculum include high-level executive training, hands-on technical courses for both developers and testing personnel, and deep best practice instruction for architects.Their SOA courseware falls into four general tracks: SOA discovery, SOA strategy, SOA application development, and SOA optimization, enabling Web Age to offer a set of courses for any individual or organization who wishes to improve their knowledge of and capabilities with SOA.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access…

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BPM the SOA Way
Successful businesses are built on great products or services, operational efficiency, excellence in satisfying customers, well-honed sales and marketing efforts, and leveraging relationships with suppliers and partners. To respond to changing market forces that impact these efforts, companies don’t necessarily change the product or service itself, but rather the process they use to serve their customers. However, building an agile infrastructure that supports process needs from beginning to end and top to bottom while allowing for frequent and ad hoc changes presents many challenges to the business. Enterprise applications typically provide only a siloed approach to business process management (BPM) and are inflexible in the face of process change. To achieve true business agility, organizations must separate the processes from the underlying applications using an architectural approach that abstracts the application functionality as Services so that the business can compose those Services into composite applications in a flexible manner.

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Mindreef and ZapThink Offer SOA Quality Expertise and Strategies for Successfully Moving from Web Services to SOA
“Mindreef has pioneered the Web services and SOA market for nearly five years with proven products that address very specific requirements associated with Web services and SOA Quality,” adds Ron Schmeltzer, Senior Analyst at ZapThink. “We’re pleased to team with Mindreef to help companies successfully make the move from rolling out their Web services initiatives to properly implementing and fully realizing the benefits of SOA. The packaged advisory offering provided by ZapThink for Mindreef customers can help end-users make educated, impactful decisions for their business as part of an overall SOA Quality strategy.” Read more at: Business Wire…

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webMethods: Combining Business Process Management and SOA to Support Dynamic Processes
Familiar to enterprise IT as an Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) vendor, webMethods has fully reworked their product line into a fully featured, process focused SOA platform. webMethods Fabric 7.0 now offers codefree process creation based on Service composition, process visibility, SOA governance and lifecycle management. webMethods Fabric 7.0 provides both business integration and optimization capabilities. Fabric integrates, assembles and optimizes business processes enabling customers to leverage their existing assets to increase business process productivity. Enterprise architects and IT managers who are looking to implement process-focused SOA in their organizations should shed any preconceived notions about webMethods and take a new look at Fabric’s comprehensive SOA infrastructure capabilities. [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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