Key Challenges in SOA
This presentation discusses the various challenges companies face when planning and implementing SOA, and approaches for overcoming those challenges. This 36-slide presentation is part of a customer video produced by IBM. The presentation was given in March 2006.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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What to Look For in a SOA Maturity Model
As companies move beyond the “what” and “why” of SOA to the “how,” they are looking for any tool or approach that will accelerate the adoption and lower the risk of their Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) implementations. In response to this need, several SOA Maturity Models have cropped up that aim to help companies find out how far they have progressed on the SOA journey. Since SOA itself is still a set of emerging best practices, the main challenge with these models is that they all have different angles on the issue of SOA maturity, in many cases adding to the confusion over SOA rather than clearing any of it up. In this ZapFlash, we aim to cut through the noise and confusion, not with our own SOA Maturity Model (there are probably enough already), but rather with advice on how to understand what the differences are among the various models,…

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Tier1 Innovation: Building Dynamic Systems with SOA
Tier1 Innovation is a midsize IT professional services firm who is building an SOA practice on top of a successful Siebel implementation practice. Their SOA approach is iterative: they help companies understand and plan SOA while they implement pilot projects that take advantage of their clients’ existing IT infrastructure–an approach that helps them build trust among their clients. Tier1 offers a remarkably innovative approach to building and implementing SOA. Rather than simply considering Services to be thin veneers over traditional, tightly-coupled systems, Tier1 sees SOA as an overarching approach toward building highly dynamic systems that companies can quickly reconfigure using metadata and events–a flexible approach to SOA ZapThink calls just-in-time integration.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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ZapThink 2004 SOA Retrospective and Looking Ahead to 2005
Well, it is that time of the year again — when thoughts turn from the tactical to the strategic as companies of all sizes plan their upcoming year and make resolutions anew. With 2004 in our rear-view mirror, what have we learned from the past, and what new resolutions can companies fulfill in the year ahead? What will this year, devoid of distractions of the political race, Olympics, and potentially in mid-economic recovery mean for companies investing in Service Orientation and the Web Services technologies that support them? What will newfound mergers and partnerships, continued consolidation, and maturation of different technologies mean for the market? In this upcoming year, what will companies come to expect from the providers of solutions, and what will those providers expect in return? And finally, what can you all expect from ZapThink as we continue to dig deeper into the widespread changes that Service Orientation…

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Datapower XS40 XML Security Gateway: Comprehensive XML & Web Services Security on a Hardened Network Device
XML appliances have recently emerged as a category of network device that can address XML and Web Services security and performance issues that traditional network appliances cannot. To properly secure XML traffic, a device must operate on the content of the messages that pass through the network, and take appropriate action on parts of each message. Clearly, such content-based operations are resource intensive, which is the primary reason for solving such problems on dedicated hardware devices like the DataPower XS40 XML Gateway. DataPower’s XS40 appliance can handle a wide range of XML security, performance, transformation, and routing, functionality, all at wirespeed, in a security hardened appliance that requires little skill to install and administer.

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Accenture: SOA as Strategic Architecture for Improving Business Performance
Professional services firm Accenture’s core mission is to improve the business performance of its clients. Accenture accomplishes this mission through a combination of business process expertise and technical consulting. Accenture’s technology roadmap offers their clients an approach to building information technology solutions and approaches that will meet the goal of business performance improvement. Accenture believes that Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) will underpin this technology roadmap. They believe SOA will be the single dominant technical architecture in the future, driven primarily by the need for interoperability. As a result, they are recommending and implementing SOA-based approaches for improving the business of clients worldwide.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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UDDI: Straw Man or Ugly Duckling?
The Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI) standard is the least understood and often the most maligned of the core Web Services standards. Unlike its now well-understood cousins SOAP and WSDL, UDDI has experienced limited and sporadic adoption by companies implementing Web Services-based SOAs. This lukewarm reception is particularly surprising, considering that discovery is a core feature of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), and SOAs are all the buzz in IT shops around the world today. So, what’s the problem with UDDI, anyway? Why is it so misunderstood? And most important, what will the future bring for UDDI adoption? Off to a Poor Start: the UDDI Straw Man UDDI was originally the brainchild of a consortium of vendors led by IBM, Microsoft, and Ariba in 2000. SOA proponents primarily at IBM promoted the “publish-find-bind” SOA triangle, and sketched out the core of UDDI to provide a standard way of handling…

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