Web Services Management
Key Points: The short term trend in the WSM market is primarily one of fragmentation. The longer term trend is to the SOAIF, as customers look to vendors to provide coordinated frameworks that offer not just management capabilities, but all the components needed to build, run, and manage SOAs. The opportunities for new entrants in the Web Services Management market will peak in 2004-2005, and drop off rapidly thereafter as incumbents move to consolidate the market. There is a rapidly closing window of opportunity for new entrants in the WSM space to achieve sufficient customer traction to establish themselves as successful WSM vendors. Companies building enterprise SOAs require SOA enablement capabilities, including dependency management, active routing, protocol translation, metadata management, and Service provisioning. Table of Contents: I. Web Services Management: A Transitional Market II. State of the WSM Market 2.1. Vendor Landscape 2.1.1. SOA Enablement 2.1.2. Web Services Security 2.1.3.

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ZapThink: Web Services Management Market Set To Expand Dramatically; Growth Tempered by Fragmentation of Market Leading to Dominance by Incumbent Vendors
“Companies are coming to understand that Web Services Management is critical for both the operation of Web Services as well as SOAs,” said Jason Bloomberg, Senior Analyst with ZapThink. “As a result, vendors in this space are finding customer traction by offering a range of different capabilities, from monitoring, to SOA enablement, to metadata management.” Read more at: BusinessWire…

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The Portability Pitfall
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the big IT news this month is the new détente between Microsoft and Sun Microsystems. Once bitter enemies, these adversaries have agreed to lay down their arms and work together in the spirit of interoperability — at least in principle. There are many facets to this thawing of relations, including joint licensing, settlement of lawsuits, and a hefty check, but both sides claim that the real motivation for the agreement is to improve interoperability between each vendor’s products — because, after all, their mutual customers are demanding interoperability. If you look closely at what Microsoft and Sun are actually saying about interoperability, however, then there are some ominous signs that the two vendors aren’t truly seeing eye-to-eye on what interoperability is really all about. The fundamental difference lies in the distinction between interoperability and portability. These two approaches to…

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ZapThink: Client-side Web Technologies Inadequate to Meet Evolving Needs of Web Services
ZapThink: Client-side Web Technologies Inadequate to Meet Evolving Needs of Web Services New Class of Rich and Smart Clients Evolving to Solve Next-Generation Computing Needs WALTHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 3, 2004–The Internet and Web have provided immense scalability and manageability benefits to computer users for a decade now, but at a price – poor support for rich interactivity. Now, companies are increasingly demanding a rich set user experience capabilities that include visual interactivity elements and instant access to information, interaction with distributed and remote applications, and integration with local desktop applications. ZapThink concludes in its report entitled “Rich and Smart Clients for Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs)” that today’s Web technologies are wholly inadequate to meet the needs of emerging standards-based, loosely coupled, distributed applications. “Simply put, today’s corporate portals must move beyond Web-based thin client technologies,” said Ronald Schmelzer, senior analyst with ZapThink. “Rather, companies must leverage the…

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Rich and Smart Clients for Service-Oriented Architectures
Key Points: Rich clients will supplant portals as the primary interface to Web Services and Service-oriented functionality in the enterprise by the end of 2007. The total opportunity for rich clients for SOAs is over $923 million by 2010 realized by new entrant and incumbent vendors. The window of opportunity for new rich client entrants will start to wane when Microsoft makes the Longhorn wave of OS improvements generally available in 2006, at the earliest The increasing adoption of devices, mobile computing, and sometimes-connected systems, movement to asynchronous computing, and adoption of e-Forms will mandate widespread and rapid adoption of rich clients. Table of Contents: I. Report Scope 4 II. The Evolution of the Presentation Layer 5 2.1. The Need for the Rich Client 6 2.2. Why the Portal is Not Enough 8 2.3. Will Applications Deliver their own UI in the future? 9 2.4. Understanding the Presentation Layer Requirements…

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Service Orientation Market Trends
Key Points: ZapThink sees a consolidation of most SO functionality into a single market category that can be delivered as individual products, product suites, or service offerings that contain broad functionality, including features that are currently associated with the security, management, process, integration, and tools segments. We call that market the SOA Implementation Framework market. The total SOA Implementation Framework market opportunity will go from $4.4 billion in 2005 to $43 billion by 2010. The big winners from the shift to Service Orientation will be large vendors who are able to leverage the innovation of the smaller players to build fully functional SOA Implementation Frameworks. New entrants will find opportunity in adding value to these large vendors’ products, or by finding opportunity in the gaps between their solutions.   Table of Contents: I. Report Scope II. Context: The Shift to Service Orientation 2.1. The shift to Service Orientation affects all…

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Standards Competition: A Good Thing?
A few weeks ago, the Liberty Alliance released their business requirements and guidelines for wide scale identity federation. At around the same time, the IBM and Microsoft-led consortium charged with developing the WS-Security roadmap of specifications released the first public version of their WS-Federation specification, which aims to enable federation of identity, attribute, authentication, and authorization information. The press jumped all over this seeming competition between identity federation specifications, issuing headlines like Infighting Unravels Web Services and Rivalry Bogs Down Web Services. ZapThink was the first in line to point out that the world doesn’t need two competing identity federation standards, but do we see Web Services unraveling or bogging down as a result? Hardly! On the contrary, ZapThink believes that competition on many levels makes the standards process more robust, and the final standards that emerge when the dust settles end up stronger and more useful than…

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Service-Oriented Architecture Consulting
Key Findings: Today’s professional services firms are struggling to find their long-term value proposition in environments that are in constant change. There is a significant opportunity for PSOs in the short-term for helping companies implement and adopt SOAs, and in the long-term for providing critical business process expertise. As Service-oriented process tools mature, system integration will no longer be a separate activity, but will be subsumed into the process orchestration and choreography activities within the Service-oriented process tools. The business process design, optimization, and execution consulting market will come to displace the system integration market. System integrators will find the low-level integration work diminishing as their customers adopt SOAs, and therefore will need to transition their skills to the Service-oriented process arena to avoid having their market erode substantially. There is a significant opportunity for consulting firms in the next five years for helping companies implement and adopt SOAs, and…

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