Investing in SOA in a Down Economy
The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down another 600 points at the time of writing this ZapFlash. Banks, investment houses, and insurance firms are succumbing to a combination of tight credit markets and their own bad decision-making. Consumers are feeling the pinch at gas pumps, grocery stores, facing home foreclosures, and unable to get credit, and businesses are feeling the squeeze even more, laying off employees and unable to get credit they need to fund operations. Yes, the world is in a global recession and we’re probably just at the beginning of what can potentially go wrong. So, you’re probably thinking, now’s the time to pull up the stakes and cancel your ongoing investment in SOA and related IT efforts. After all, why bother investing in something as future-looking as SOA when you can’t even afford to keep the lights on? Right? Wrong. Businesses often go through a dysfunctional,…

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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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Filling Holes in the SOA Stack with Runtime Governance
ZapThink considers runtime SOA governance a requirement of successful SOA, greatly increasing the chances that the SOA implementation will have business value. Indeed, the lack of adequate runtime SOA governance greatly reduces the chances of success. The ability to create and monitor policies, manage performance, secure the system, and provide self-healing mechanisms means the SOA implementation will provide ongoing value through productivity benefits. However, most SOA stack vendors do not address many of the key requirements of SOA, including solution patterns around runtime SOA goverance. Considering this limitation, it’s important to address these issues with the proper technology, leveraged in the proper way. Thus, the purpose of this paper. [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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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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ZapTake: The Inadequacy of Microsoft's SOA Message
Today, ZapThink sat on a briefing on Microsoft’s SOA messaging, and we’re astounded by the inadequacy, inaccuracy, and tone deafness on their SOA message. Bottom-line: the official message coming from Microsoft about SOA is that SOA is just Web Services-based integration. What is particularly disappointing is that Microsoft has coined their own definition of the term “SOA” in defiance of what is increasingly becoming accepted as the understanding that SOA is an aspect of Enterprise Architecture, not a technology focused on standards-based integration.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Purchase: $299[/hide]…

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SOA in Any Economic Climate
Change is a constant in the competitive environment. The agility and flexibility that Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) enables can help businesses weather the ongoing change that has become part of the routine of competition. These advantages are especially critical when contending with changing economic cycles. In today’s global economy, enterprises often contend with a mixed picture, serving different regions that are in varying phases of economic growth or slowdown. They must have the ability to flexibly adjust and calibrate go-to-market strategies, enhancing capacity or expanding products and services for regions in growth, while streamlining in areas whose economies are flattening or decelerating. SOA can enable businesses to meet several key challenges when navigating a changing economy. The loosely-coupled nature of SOA promotes business agility, a capability that helps businesses adapt to changes in economic cycles. SOA also helps place a lid on integration costs because of its inclusion of a…

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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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Smart SOA in Any Economic Climate
Is your business flexible enough to adjust quickly to changes in customer needs and/or economic climates? Can you ramp up quickly to increasing demand? Can you control costs and deliver critical services during economic downturns? Companies that are agile, control costs, and deliver value have proven to have more economic flexibility. Utilizing a Smart SOA approach can help enterprises achieve these attributes that have been shown to help companies in any economic climate. Learn how SOA can help you build an IT environment that can adjust to any economic environment. 18 slide PowerPoint in pdf format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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Why Service Consumers and Service Providers Should Never Directly Communicate
Edward R. Murrow once said, “People say conversation is a lost art; how often I have wished it were.” How true it is in the vendor and media-spun world of IT and even more so in the case of SOA. Many people think they are doing or talking about Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), but most of the time they’re really doing Web Services Integration (WSI), developing Just a Bunch of Web Services (JBOWS), or even just point-to-point XML (what many would like to call REST, but even in most cases is not even truly Representational State Transfer [REST], which is also an architectural form). Even after 8 years of evangelism, research, advisory, and deep consulting, we’re still finding a large percentage of so-called enterprise architects pursuing SOA projects as if they were point-to-point integration projects. We’ve discussed many times from an economic, technical, architectural, and philosophical…

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