ZapThink and IASA Team Up to Deliver Cutting Edge Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Credentials
Baltimore, MD, and Austin, TX (PRWeb) March 16, 2007 — ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts and advisers in the field of SOA, today announces its partnership with the International Association of Software Architects (IASA) to help develop the current state of Enterprise Architect (EA) and Software Architect credentials for Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). IASA is the premier association focused on the architecture profession through the advancement of best practices and education while delivering programs and services to IT architects of all levels around the world. In a recent report published by ZapThink, the lack of skilled EAs appears to be dramatically slowing the pace of IT architectural improvement and change. To prevent such shortages and lack of skills from impeding future SOA growth and adoption, both ZapThink and IASA are committed to developing programs which support and expand EA and SA skill sets. “There is a significant lack of available, skilled,…

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The State of Worldwide SOA Adoption: Is the US Behind?
Is the United States behind the rest of the world with regards to SOA adoption and maturity? Probably not, but it certainly isn’t ahead. Indeed, most of the largest, advanced, and oft-quoted examples of SOA projects in both the press and by software vendors in 2006 were in Europe, Canada, Asia, or Australia. To provide further evidence that the “overseas” markets really get and are spending real dollars on SOA, ZapThink spent a full six weeks on the road in the last two months of 2006 providing training, education, direct advisory, and speaking with end-user clients, of which only one day was spent in the United States. Is it a fluke that the world is moving towards SOA in lockstep, with certain geographies moving faster than they have before? There might be lots of factors contributing to worldwide growth of SOA. One macroeconomic issue might be the weak US…

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ZapThink and Excel Partner Launch SOA-Focused Architect Resource and Placement Offering
Baltimore, MD and Montvale, NJ (PRWEB) January 26, 2007 — Focusing on the chronic shortage of Enterprise Architecture (EA) and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) professionals, ZapThink and Excel Partner today announced the formal release of the Architect Resource Center (ARC), an online and consultative service aimed at helping enterprises locate and fill EA and SOA resource needs and expanding the opportunities for capable architects. ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts and advisers in the field of SOA, joins with Excel Partner, a leading executive search and staffing firm that specializes in SOA to provide a dependable source for qualified Enterprise Architects having an SOA background. The ARC provides an online means for companies to identify potential architect candidates and discuss their resource needs with knowledgeable SOA and EA staffing experts. Excel Partner fulfills the requirement by applying each organization’s complementary strengths in skills assessment and candidate recruitment to optimally satisfy those needs…

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Integrating Federal Agencies through SOA and the FEA
The United States federal government is the world’s largest single consumer of information technology, spending over $52 billion on IT in 2005, but it still struggles to produce measurable gains in public-sector worker productivity and to provide electronic access to government services. To meet these challenges, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) created the Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) in 2002 to guide the enterprise architecture efforts of most government organizations. Understanding the high-level goals of FEA, and to use Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) to achieve these goals, is crucial for succeeding in transforming enterprise architecture within the federal government. Service-enabling core agency business functions, building shared, reusable Service and infrastructure components, and enabling cross-agency governance are all essential elements of achieving such goals. Addressing the needs of the US federal government, Software AG provides a range of SOA infrastructure products and associated professional services. Software AG has extensive…

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The Agile SOA Lifecycle
Presentation #10 in ZapThink’s “Implementing the SOA Roadmap” curriculum. This presentation covers managing the Service lifecycle, agile methodology approaches to SOA, SOA Quality Assurance/testing, and the SOA team.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Presentations from ZapThink’s Fifth SOA Practitioner’s Forum in Geneva, Switzerland
In this ZIP file, you will find the collection of presentations from ZapThink’s Fifth SOA Practitioner’s Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. Presentations include: Fundamental SOA Concepts – Ronald Schmelzer, ZapThink [E] SOA, Business Process, and BPM – Jean-Paul de Vooght, CTP [E] Real implementation cases of SOA – Malhar Kamdar, BEA [F] The ESB as SOA Infrastructure: Controlling SOA at Runtime – Claus Thoden, BEA [E] Measuring SOA Maturity and the Platform – Xavier Fournier-Morel, SQLi [F] Enterprise Web 2.0 – David McFarlane, Nexaweb [E] How to move your Legacy Host to SOA – Ido Hardonag, NetManage [E] SOA Architectural Deep Dive – Ron Schmelzer, ZapThink [E] The download is about 11 Megabytes, and you need to provide your permission to share contact information with event sponsors to download this file.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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SOA, Semantics, and Ontologies: Things to Consider
Sharing Services involves a lot more than simply exposing Service interfaces and composing them together in hopes that they integrate well together. In reality, there are a lot of things to consider when trying to compose Services in a heterogeneous environment. Beyond the obvious issues around differences in API, protocol, and underlying infrastructure, the biggest isuses remain in trying to resolve the discrepancies in the way that data and metadata are represented. This presentation, presented on the SOA and Ontologies Confernce Call of August 10, 2006 aims to highlight some of the key issues to consider in an SOA with regards to Semantic incongruity. This presentation does not provide answers, but does provide more food for thought for those thinking about building loosely coupled, composable Services in environments of heterogeneity. MobilitySOA-Technology-ZTP-0246…

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