ZapThink and IASA Team Up to Deliver Cutting Edge Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Credentials
Baltimore, MD, and Austin, TX (PRWeb) March 16, 2007 — ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts and advisers in the field of SOA, today announces its partnership with the International Association of Software Architects (IASA) to help develop the current state of Enterprise Architect (EA) and Software Architect credentials for Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). IASA is the premier association focused on the architecture profession through the advancement of best practices and education while delivering programs and services to IT architects of all levels around the world. In a recent report published by ZapThink, the lack of skilled EAs appears to be dramatically slowing the pace of IT architectural improvement and change. To prevent such shortages and lack of skills from impeding future SOA growth and adoption, both ZapThink and IASA are committed to developing programs which support and expand EA and SA skill sets. “There is a significant lack of available, skilled,…

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Competitive SOA
Service reuse is at once one of the least understood and most challenging benefits of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). There are many roadblocks to achieving measurable return on investment (ROI) from reusing Services, both technical and organizational, but perhaps the greatest of these is the human tendency to want to have something of our own as opposed to sharing someone else’s. After all, we all learned to share in kindergarten, but we didn’t like it then, and we don’t like it now! If your own team builds a Service, it’s bound to do just what you want, while if you share one from elsewhere in the enterprise, then all bets are off. The most familiar approach to addressing this issue and ensuring proper Service reuse is to establish effective governance — the creation, communication, and enforcement of policies, primarily for Service creation and consumption. Establish enterprise reuse policies and govern…

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ZapThink and Excel Partner Launch SOA-Focused Architect Resource and Placement Offering
Baltimore, MD and Montvale, NJ (PRWEB) January 26, 2007 — Focusing on the chronic shortage of Enterprise Architecture (EA) and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) professionals, ZapThink and Excel Partner today announced the formal release of the Architect Resource Center (ARC), an online and consultative service aimed at helping enterprises locate and fill EA and SOA resource needs and expanding the opportunities for capable architects. ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts and advisers in the field of SOA, joins with Excel Partner, a leading executive search and staffing firm that specializes in SOA to provide a dependable source for qualified Enterprise Architects having an SOA background. The ARC provides an online means for companies to identify potential architect candidates and discuss their resource needs with knowledgeable SOA and EA staffing experts. Excel Partner fulfills the requirement by applying each organization’s complementary strengths in skills assessment and candidate recruitment to optimally satisfy those needs…

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Pragmatic SOA
ZapThink met with the global CIO of a multinational financial services firm recently to discuss the success he’d had with his Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) implementation efforts. He made an interesting and provocative point: even though he had achieved substantial success with SOA in terms of the business value such initiatives yielded, he had constrained the scope of his SOA efforts to a set of specific problem areas. In fact, he had no plans to Service-orient most of his IT operations — and yet, his firm is one of the most successful SOA implementers in the world. This CIO’s experience underscores a fundamental principle of SOA adoption that many organizations on the roadmap to SOA overlook: SOA solves some problems, but not all, and is best implemented when the characteristic benefits of SOA outweigh the overhead and cost of architectural change that moving to SOA requires. As a result, success…

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Integrating Federal Agencies through SOA and the FEA
The United States federal government is the world’s largest single consumer of information technology, spending over $52 billion on IT in 2005, but it still struggles to produce measurable gains in public-sector worker productivity and to provide electronic access to government services. To meet these challenges, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) created the Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) in 2002 to guide the enterprise architecture efforts of most government organizations. Understanding the high-level goals of FEA, and to use Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) to achieve these goals, is crucial for succeeding in transforming enterprise architecture within the federal government. Service-enabling core agency business functions, building shared, reusable Service and infrastructure components, and enabling cross-agency governance are all essential elements of achieving such goals. Addressing the needs of the US federal government, Software AG provides a range of SOA infrastructure products and associated professional services. Software AG has extensive…

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The Nuts & Bolts of SOA
Key roadblocks and challenges you will face in implementing Web Services and SOA projects, and ways to surmount those challenges. How to build acceptance for an SOA pilot project How to assemble an SOA project team How to build successful SOA projects by implementing key emerging best practices and techniques. How to select a consulting partner for your SOA initiative What are the critical components of SOA This presentation was given as part of a full-day seminar for Tarantell in Oslo, Norway on Nov. 16, 2006. 46-slide PowerPoint in pdf format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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SOA Governance, Security and Risk Management
The relationship between governance and security for SOA. How to manage the risks of implementing SOA, and leveraging SOA to manage risk within the organization. Presented at the ICE Conference in November, 2006. Presented as a 41-slide PowerPoint in pdf format.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Thinking Outside the SOA Box
Today, Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is finally off the ground. Most organizations are past the basic planning stage, and are now actively constructing their SOA implementations. Much work remains, to be sure; standards are incomplete, tools are immature, and companies continue to struggle with the political, cultural, and technical challenges that architectural change presents. Be that as it may, SOA has turned the corner in many ways: we’re now focusing more on consuming Services than building them, issues of governance have risen to the fore, and organizations are finally working through the complexities of SOA quality. But perhaps the most interesting sign that SOA has reached a new level of maturity are the early indications that the focus on SOA as something separate from the rest of IT is waning as Service-Oriented best practices gradually become accepted more broadly as general IT best practices. The fact that the spotlight of…

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Managed Methods: SOA Management for Midsize Organizations
Much of today’s attention on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) focuses on larger enterprises, but an increasing number of midsize firms and smaller governmental agencies are also implementing SOA in order to support secure, managed, loosely coupled Services for both external and internal use. As a result, such organizations require a comprehensive, yet economical SOA management tool that can provide the diverse management and security capabilities they need to support robust Services in today’s dynamic business environment. With their JaxView product, Managed Methods is addressing this overlooked market for SOA management products for midsize organizations.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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The Role of the Architect
This presentation was delivered at the 5th SOA Practitioners’ Conference in Zurich, Switzerland on October 26, 2006. This presentation covers the role of the architect in a SOA initiative — design, dealing with organizational issues, project management, and governance. The Zachman Framework is highlighted. This 32-slide PowerPoint is presented in pdf format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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