Service-Oriented Architecture Consulting
Key Findings: Today‚Äôs 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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Service-Oriented Architecture: Why and How?
It seems like every few years there’s some new computing approach that promises to solve all the ills facing IT in the enterprise. Hopeful IT executives invest time and money in the new approach, only to find that fundamental problems like complexity, inflexibility, and brittleness remain. Today, there is yet another promising new approach known as Service-oriented architecture. Is this new approach just another technology fad, or does it actually offer solutions to IT’s perennial problems? As a matter of fact, today’s Service-oriented architectures based on Web services leverage the lessons learned from previous computing approaches and break new ground. Based on open standards, these new architectures expose IT functionality in a fundamentally more flexible and responsive manner. The strategic value that such architectures offer is thus in the form of IT environments and approaches flexible enough to enable companies to leverage changing business environments for competitive advantage at a…

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Service-Oriented Process
Key Findings: Service-Oriented Process is Key to Meeting Business Agility Requirements Service-oriented process includes orchestration, choreography, composition, workflow, transactions, and collaboration of Web Services. The market for Service-Oriented Process solutions will grow from $120 Million in 2003 to over $8.3 Billion by 2008. The standards landscape will converge on a single choreography, orchestration, and process flow specification in the next 12-18 months. By 2005, over 70% of Web Services implementations will be process-driven. Services must be developed devoid of process in order that they can participate in an SOA that meets the goals of business agility Service-Oriented Management techniques can assist in managing discrete services as well as end-to-end business processes. Table of Contents: I. Report Scope II. The Context for Service-Oriented Process 2.1. What are Business Processes? 2.2. Why is Process Important to the Enterprise? 2.3. Connecting Business Requirements to IT Capabilities Through Process 2.4. Organizational Roles and Business…

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