ZapThink’s Practical SOA New York/New Jersey Event Focuses on Best Practices, Case Studies from Finance, Insurance, Pharma, and Media Industries
(PRLEAP.COM) BALTIMORE, MD, February 27, 2008 – ZapThink announces today its upcoming Practical Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) New York / New Jersey conference in Newark, NJ featuring speakers, best practices, case studies, and lessons learned on the finance, pharmaceuticals, health care, insurance, and media industries in Newark, New Jersey on March 25, 2008. The Practical SOA event series is targeted at companies and individuals looking for practical business case studies and value propositions for SOA, those who want to learn the latest best practices for making SOA a success, those looking to hear from successful architects about their SOA efforts, want to learn from peers about what it takes to put together a successful SOA, and/or want to take their SOA efforts to the next level. “Companies are tired of all the hype surrounding Web Services and SOA, and are finding it difficult to learn what they really need to know…

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Helping out the SOA Vendors
When I wrote about vendor-driven architectures (VDA) in my first ZapFlash, I had a few vendors ask me to look on the other side of the fence. In essence, to consider how vendors can better address the needs of the customer, considering the new drivers with SOA. So, why do they need help? In essence, vendors are now selling architecture, and not just a product. That seems to be freaking out the sales people and SEs who are used to pre-canned product pitches. Pre-canned pitches are the wrong approach, when taken in context of the larger strategic advantage of SOA. Basically, they are attempting to sell a strategic, systemic change to IT, but are attempting to do it as an in-a-box solution, which looks rather silly to those who build SOAs. Indeed, many SOA project leaders are calling…

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Avoid Vendor Driven Architecture (VDA)!
When looking at the technology buying patterns in the world of SOA, there is one common thread. The Global 2000 and many government agencies purchase SOA technology from their existing vendors, no matter what their needs or requirements might be. I call these purchasing solutions “comfort technologies” since they consider the relationship with the vendor before the value of the technology itself. It’s comforting to deal with the same company, people, and platform. Moreover, many of the companies that work with “comfort technologies” allow the vendors to design and define their solution. I call these vendor-driven architectures, or VDAs, but they are always called a Bad Idea if you understand the core issues. What’s most disturbing is that this situation seems to be an emerging buying pattern. Architects make the “SOA deal” with a vendor in hopes that some magical technology will emerge from the box that…

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ZapThink Acquires SOA Leader Linthicum Group, LLC
BALTIMORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ZapThink, LLC, the industry’s foremost advisory firm focused on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) today announces the acquisition of The Linthicum Group, LLC, a well-respected SOA consulting firm, and the addition of David S. Linthicum to ZapThink. ZapThink will expand its intellectual property and team with expertise and resources from the acquisition to provide ZapThink customers with expert SOA advisory, research, and guidance. The announcement was made during Linthicum’s keynote address to the e-Gov Institute’s 7th Enterprise Architecture Conference & Exhibition in Washington, DC. “Dave brings significant market visibility, thought leadership, a deep understanding of enterprise architecture, and proven approaches and methodologies for SOA adoption,” says Ronald Schmelzer, Managing Partner at ZapThink. “We see the addition of David and the Linthicum Group team as strategic to the ZapThink offerings, providing us with the ability to better service our expanding combined client base.” In addition to the Linthicum Group’s well-respected…

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ZapThink Acquires Linthicum Group / ZapFlash: Architecture-Driven Infrastructure
If you haven’t heard the news, ZapThink announced today that it has acquired the Linthicum Group and is making David Linthicum, a well-known, well-regarded, and well-liked adviser, a ZapThink Managing Partner. Find out more about this important and hopefully useful announcement here. Let’s imagine the following scenario: John is a married man with a large family. He has a job just outside the city that requires a half-hour commute. His wife has a job in the city that, with traffic factored in, requires a 45 minute commute. They have six kids ranging from one barely in kindergarten to a 14-year old just entering high school that will eventually be driving on his own as well. Add to the mix the collection of soccer games, grocery runs, family outings, and daily chores and you have a fairly complex set of requirements for driving in, around, and out of town.

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SOA Infrastructure Patterns and the Intermediary Approach
The SOA spin cycle is now churning at full speed, generating significant froth in the market with regards to tooling, consulting, and support for helping to make SOA a reality for most firms. Many end users find themselves lost in all this turbulence, bobbing from one vendor’s SOA marketing pitch to another, confused between different implementation and architectural approaches to making SOA work, leaving them dizzied, dazed, and confused. Recently, ZapThink highlighted (and bemoaned) the fact that too much of the conversation around SOA today was really a conversation about SOA infrastructure — focusing not on the architectural part of making SOA work, but rather on the plumbing of getting Services to communicate with each other. While it is true that companies should focus less on infrastructure and more on the so-called Governance-Quality-Management (GQM) aspects of SOA, it is of course also true that an architecture…

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Transformation and Innovation: The Lowest Risk Path to SOA Adoption
This presentation was given at the Transformation and Innovation conference in Dulles, VA on May 23, 2007. The key items in this presentation include: ROI of SOA Fundamentals of SOA and how it compares to other approaches The economics of integration cost curve SOA and innovation The future of SOA [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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The Keys to Successful Service-Oriented Architecture
Presentation for three-hour seminar for the AMBA banking conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina on May 14, 2007. Presents ZapThink’s high-level introduction to SOA, with an in-depth look at Services and SOA infrastructure requirements, including security, management, and governance. Also discusses the challenges organizations face as they implement SOA. 89-slide PowerPoint presented in PDF format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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ZapThink and Web Age Solutions Partner to Offer World-class SOA Training
BALTIMORE, MD — May 9, 2007 — In response to the significant skills gap for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), ZapThink and Web Age Solutions, today announce a partnership today to deliver world-class SOA training and knowledge transfer to large enterprises. ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts and advisers in the field of SOA, joins with Web Age Solutions, a premier provider of SOA education and mentoring to offer training solutions aimed at key SOA roles including business analysts, managers, and architects. The companies also plan to develop a cross-functional hands-on SOA workshop, and Web Age Solutions will also serve as a Certified Licensed ZapThink Trainer for Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Boot Camps and SOA credentialing. “We’re aiming to transfer SOA knowledge and expertise to enterprises as early in their SOA adoption process as possible,” states Greg Wagner, Web Age’s VP of US Operations. “With targeted workshops and role-based training, we are…

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Slides from Practical SOA for Government Event
Presentation materials from the ZapThink Practical SOA for Government Event. Materials include presentations from: Ronald Schmelzer — ZapThink, David Linthicum – Linthicum Group, David McFarlane – Nexaweb, and Jim Mackay – iTKO.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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