SOA Implementation Best Practices
The role of SOA is to provide an architectural approach that supports an organization’s ability to support ongoing business change in the face of a heterogeneous environment. However, since SOA does not introduce a new programming language or runtime environment, organizations must implement code that underpins and exposes a Service interface somehow. Since implementation matters to computers as much as architecture matters to people, it makes sense to consider the runtime environment of the implementation to be a good place to coordinate Service interactions. When looking at the technology buying patterns in the world of SOA, there is one common thread. The influence of the larger SOA vendors is very much a force in the market today. Within this context, and given continued consolidation, confusion, and change in the SOA marketplace, organizations should make a careful evaluation of the various vendor offerings that support SOA implementations. The consolidation of…

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SOA Consortium Presents: SOA Governance Roundtable Podcast
The SOA Consortium is an advocacy group of end users, service providers and technology vendors committed to helping the Global 1000 successfully adopt Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) by 2010. SOA Consortium founding enterprise members include Fortune 200 companies in Financial Services, Travel, Manufacturing, Retail and Telecommunications. Founding sponsors are BEA Systems, Inc., Cisco, IBM Corporation, and SAP AG. Participants in the consortium to date include: Aberdeen Group, Adaptive, Inc, American Red Cross, Avis Budget Car Rental, Bank of America, Capability Measurement, Cape Clear Software, Inc., CellExchange, Inc., Center for Public-Private Enterprise, CGI, CSC, EDS, Equally Keen, Ltd., Federal Signal Corp., General Services Administration, Helm Solutions Group, HP, Hurwitz & Associates, Interoperability Clearinghouse, Integration Consortium, iWay Software, Kohl’s Department Stores, Lake Trail Partners, LLC, MAKE Technologies Inc., Maryfran Johnson & Associates, Object Management Group, Penn National Insurance, SAIC, PHS Operation, SDG Corporation, Sonoa Systems, TethersEnd Consulting, Thomas & Hebert, Torry Harris…

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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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The SOA Management Landscape
As organizations progress with their Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) initiatives, they soon realize that implementing SOA is a broader endeavor than simply creating Web Services interfaces. As SOA implementations mature, companies find that Service-oriented best practices apply to not only how business leverages IT to meet its goals, but also how IT itself operates. As a result, managing a SOA implementation becomes a mult-faceted task, as the IT services and business services that IT Service Management and Business Service Management deal with, respectively, come under the purview of SOA management. Understanding the notion of “service” in this broader context, as well as the role of management within the context of SOA, are critical skills for Enterprise Architects, network operations personnel, and others within the organization responsible for the success of their SOA initiatives, and the benefits the business receives from their IT investments.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to…

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ZapThink: Enterprises Not Buying Service-Oriented Architecture by Name; Consulting Firms Integrate SOA Best Practices with Business-Focused Offerings
BALTIMORE, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sept. 6, 2006–ZapThink released a report today showing that few enterprises are specifically budgeting for or requesting Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) by name. Instead, business buyers budget for specific solutions to their business problems, and more consulting firms than ever before leverage Service Orientation best practices to provide those solutions. The main buyer of such initiatives has shifted toward the non-technical, business part of the enterprise. “The clear pattern with today’s SOA projects is that they are increasingly business-focused,” said Jason Bloomberg, Senior Analyst with ZapThink. “Many consulting firms are integrating SOA best practices into a broad differentiated offering that is not necessarily specific to SOA.” ZapThink expects the percentage of IT projects overall that leverage Service Orientation best practices to continue to grow over time, and those best practices will soon become ubiquitous. ZapThink also expects the percentage of IT projects that are named, SOA-specific projects to peak…

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SOA Consulting: Current Market Trends
Market Overview Few enterprises are buying SOA by name. Instead, business buyers are paying for solutions to business problems, and more consulting firms than ever before are leveraging Service Orientation best practices to provide those solutions. The main buyer of such initiatives has shifted toward the non-technical, business part of the enterprise. The clear pattern with today‚Äôs SOA projects is that they are increasingly business-focused. Many consulting firms integrate SOA best practices into a broad differentiated offering that is not necessarily specific to SOA. Many ostensible SOA efforts are little more than middleware shell games. Product vendors often distort the true message of SOA to best fit their product offerings. Similarly, the core mistake that some consulting firms are making is in confusing architecture with implementation. Future Trends ZapThink expects the percentage of IT projects overall that leverage Service Orientation best practices to continue to grow over time, and those…

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Keys to SOA Success
This 73-slide PowerPoint presentation in PDF format was presented to an energy industry client in May, 2006. It contains the following sections: SOA Level Set SOA Foundations SOA Governance The SOA Roadmap Rolling out SOA Organizational Issues Case Studies [hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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SOA for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs)
As Enterprise Architecture, Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is particularly useful in large enterprises, and increasingly, to small and midsize businesses, as well. However, those are only one part of the IT ecosystem. What about those companies that are in the business of building and selling software products, so called independent software vendors (ISVs)? Generally speaking, ISVs create and sell software products that run on one or more IT platforms. ISVs might offer consulting services, but they typically aren’t consulting companies per se. Neither are they simply Value-Added Resellers (VARs) or Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), who embed or customize someone else’s products. Rather, ISVs sell their own intellectual property as installable, configurable software. The largest software vendors are responsible for the enterprise applications that we run, the operating systems we use, and the infrastructure platforms on top of which we conduct business — think IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, HP, and CA.

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Service-Oriented Architecture Trends
This 29-page PowerPoint presented in pdf format was presented at the IBM SOA Live event on April 6, 2006, in McLean, VA. A shorter version of this presentation was used in an IBM Webcast on the same day. Covered are current trends in SOA, starting with the business context and basic definitions, and including the Service lifecycle, architectural and governance issues, and case studies.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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