Service-Oriented Process
Business processes have always been an important, if understated, asset of enterprises. The nature and methods by which a company runs its business changes on a daily basis at various different levels in the company — from high-level strategic changes to lower-level implementation details. As a result of these changes, enterprises constantly struggle to make their businesses more responsive to business changes by connecting their business requirements to their IT and human capabilities. However, automating business processes has historically been a difficult-to-achieve goal for most enterprises due to the flexibility of their IT infrastructure. Fortunately, businesses have a solution in Service-Oriented Process: a separate abstraction layer for business process definition and execution that leverages the capabilities of Service-oriented Architectures. Service-Oriented Process provides businesses an approach to tying business requirements to the Service model represented in the SOA metamodel, thereby providing a flexible approach towards implementing architectures that promote business agility.

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XML Security Technology Landscape
Key Findings: The next roadblock on the path to Web Services adoption is security. Security is today’s key enabler for Web Services. The XML and Web Services security market will reach $4.4 billion in 2006, which will represent 65% of the total authentication, authorization, and administration security market. This growth represents an average compound annual growth rate of 300%. Web Services offer great potential for B2B communication and integration, but the lack of robust security and manageability solutions currently inhibit the ability for companies to conduct business with each other via Web Services over the Internet. The combination of adequate funding, solid business models, seasoned management teams, and high quality engineering staff leads some startups to offer surprisingly robust XML and Web Services security solutions. The best positioned companies to be profitable in the XML and Web Services security space are those companies that already have deep technical knowledge…

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XML and Web Services Security
Key Findings: The next roadblock on the path to Web Services adoption is security. Security is today’s key enabler for Web Services. The XML and Web Services security market will reach $4.4 billion in 2006, which will represent 65% of the total authentication, authorization, and administration security market. This growth represents an average compound annual growth rate of 300%. Web Services offer great potential for B2B communication and integration, but the lack of robust security and manageability solutions currently inhibit the ability for companies to conduct business with each other via Web Services over the Internet. The combination of adequate funding, solid business models, seasoned management teams, and high quality engineering staff leads some startups to offer surprisingly robust XML and Web Services security solutions. The best positioned companies to be profitable in the XML and Web Services security space are those companies that already have deep technical knowledge…

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Service-Oriented Integration
Key Findings: Service-Oriented Integration (SOI) simplifies system integration by providing a single, simple architectural framework based on Web Services in which to build, deploy, and manage application functionality. The SOI market is expected to grow from $435 million in 2001 to about $6.2 billion in 2006. The top three EAI vendors have over 43% of the overall EAI market. With the entrance of Microsoft and other vendors in 2002, this landscape is expected to change. Web Services isn’t an integration technology, but a distributed computing technology that lends itself well to being used in integration scenarios. In a Web Services context, there really is no difference between EAI, B2Bi, and Data Integration. SOI solutions allow users to get a greater level of interaction and granularity with components deep within the application. SOI faces challenges in immature specifications, insufficient reliability, security, and transaction control. Microsoft and IBM have made strong…

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XML & Web Services Security
Security is the immediate roadblock facing widespread implementation of Web Services technologies across the enterprise. As a result, many software vendors are throwing their hat into the XML and Web Services security ring, offering a broad and confusing number of solutions to a variety of real and perceived problems. However, much of this effort amounts to jostling for defensible market positioning ahead of a solid demand for enterprise-class XML and Web Security products and services. As a result, ZapThink believes that the emerging market for XML and Web Services security solutions will be characterized by a period of turbulence, as companies struggle to clarify their messages and shake the kinks out of their product offerings.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Purchase: $1495[/hide]…

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ZapNote: Coherity
Current aggregation infrastructures are good at integrating different data sources as long as there is a common subset, but the problem is what do you do with the incremental exchanges shared across more than one data source, but not all? Coherity solves this problem through their Adaptive Information Integration Suite consisting of a Native XML Data store, Coherity XML Database (CXD), and a CRM-focused integration application called Coherity Integrated Customer Care (ICC). The system enables transparent data and data model exchange by accommodating data structure variations that inevitably occur when aggregating data from multiple application sources.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Purchase: $395[/hide]…

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SOA Consulting
Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs) represent an evolutionary approach to distributed computing that promises a flexible IT environment that leads to business agility. As companies look to leverage the business advantages of Web Services to address strategic business needs, they are increasingly looking to build SOAs. However, SOAs require special skills and expertise. When companies do not have such skills in-house, they turn to consultants, system integrators, and other professional services organizations. The movement to SOAs present both opportunities and threats to consulting firms: on the one hand, there will be an increased demand for architectural consulting, business process consulting and the implementation tasks associated with building SOAs. On the other hand, as SOAs take hold and Service-oriented process solutions supplant integration solutions, the market for system integration will dry up, requiring system integrators to change their business focus. This report analyzes the market for SOA within professional services organizations from three…

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XML in Financial Services
Key Findings: Financial Services role as a high-value information sector with the pressures of integrating complex, heterogeneous systems, the movement to “T+1” processing, and financial document preparation makes adoption of XML in the near term highly likely. The Financial Services sector spent over $195 Billion (US) in IT in 2001, with $985 Million invested on XML technologies in 2002. Expenditures on XML technologies in the Financial Services sector will grow to over $8.3 Billion by 2005. Financial Services will seek to implement integration-centric XML approaches first, and content-management approaches second. The industry’s focus on Straight-Through Processing and integration challenges will constrict IT budgets to XML solutions that specifically address these points. Budgets will greatly expand in late 2002 and 2003 for XML-based projects XML-based Content Management and Single-Source Publishing can reduce up to 75% of total publishing cost The proliferation of XML-based formats for Financial transactions will cause unnecessary headaches…

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