ZapThink Announces Major Update to Popular SOA Implementation Roadmap Poster
ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts, advisers, and educators in the field of Service-Oriented Architecture, is responding to customer demand with today’s publication of the third version of its popular “ZapThink SOA Implementation Roadmap” poster. The company distributed over 100,000 copies of its first two versions of the poster, the first in 2003 and then updated in 2005. The latest version adds cutting-edge thought leadership in SOA, includes detail on architectural artifacts, and expands coverage of SOA Quality, Enterprise Mashups, and more.   Read more at: Emediawire…

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Design & Validate SOA in a Heterogeneous Environment
The promised business value of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is driving many enterprises to purchase key SOA-related technologies, such as an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), in advance of the forthcoming architecture. However, the road to SOA is not always clear, and many enterprise architects, developers, and project leaders require guidance to understand the steps to SOA success. Such guidance must include clear, interactive, and adaptive process that ensures that team members understand all requirements, document all details, and plan all testing and implementation tasks. The purpose of this manual is to walk those charged with designing and building their SOA implementation through the issues, steps, and procedures they require to create their first iteration of SOA, and how to build on that experience to drive a more systemic change within their enterprise. We’re going to take you through this journey assuming that you have the technology on hand, whether that…

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Practical SOA: Insurance
Presentations from ZapThink’s Practical SOA for Insurance event on May 16, 2008. Presented as a 232-slide PowerPoint in pdf format (large file). Agenda as follows: Session title Time Details Welcome &SOA Adoption Trends in Insurance 08:30-09:30 Presenter: Jason Bloomberg, ZapThink, LLC What are current, worldwide SOA adoption trends? How is SOA impacting the Insurance industry? As Insurance companies face significant market-shaping challenges, how will IT be able to respond to those challenges through SOA? How can Insurance companies learn from other sectors with regards to SOA adoption? What is a practical SOA roadmap for the Insurance industry? Industry Standards Based SOA: Using Standards to Jump Start SOA Projects 09:30-10:00 Presenter: Frank Neugebauer, Sr. Enterprise Architect, ACORD The ACORD Corporation is embarking on a new way of developing standards that incorporates a model-driven approach based on five facets; business dictionary, component model, service maps, information model, and capability model. Each…

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Practical SOA London
All of the presentations from ZapThink’s Practical SOA event in London, UK on April 25, 2008. The presentations include the following: Welcome & World-Wide SOA Adoption Trends in 2008, Presenter: Jason Bloomberg, Managing Partner, ZapThink, LLC Case Study in SOA: GE Capital Solutions, Presenter: Nicolas Farges, Technical Architect, GE Capital Solutions Europe. Case Study in SOA: ABN Amro – Achieving Enterprise Scale SOA, Presenter: Roy Varughese, Chief Architect, ABN AMRO (Global Clients) Enterprise SOA patterns, Presenter: Francois Lascelles, Director of Client Solutions, Layer 7 Technologies A Complete Strategy for Testing Web services, Presenter: Rix Groenboom, Parasoft Redefining the Economics of Mainframe SOA, Presenter: David Little, Senior Technical Consultant (Shadow Products), DataDirect Recession-Proofing your Company with SOA, Presenter: Jason Bloomberg, Managing Partner, Zapthink 251-slide PowerPoint in pdf format (large file).[hide…

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Practical SOA for Financial Services Presentations
Presentations given at ZapThink’s Practical SOA for Financial Services event in London on September 27, 2007. Presenters and their presentations include: Jason Bloomberg, Managing Partner, ZapThink: Welcome & SOA Adoption Trends for Financial Services and the World Michael Poulin, Head of Business Analysis & Web Delivery, Fidelity Investment International: Case Study in SOA: The Next Steps in the Organically Growing SOA Jim Mackay, Chief Marketing Officer, iTKO: SOA Quality and the Financial Services Industry David Davies, VP Products, Corizon: Agility at the User Interface William Morgan, Lead Technical Architect for Financial Services in the UK, LogicaCMG: SOA Case Study: Homeserve GB – Composite applications for insurance customer care David Wright, Director, Global Financial Services, Software AG webMethods: Real Value from SOA and BPM: How Financial Institutions can transform their Businesses and Get There Faster Listen to the Podcast with previews of these presentations! This document is a…

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iTKO LISA Adds Market-Leading SOA Load Testing Features
“SOA load testing is a very different task than conventional software load testing on the client,” said Jason Bloomberg, senior analyst at ZapThink, an SOA analyst firm. “As such, SOA testing deserves its own toolset that can invoke and verify functionality at every layer of the architecture, and do so at load, throughout the design, change and runtime phases.” Read more at: Business Wire…

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SOA Quality across the Service Lifecycle
As organizations move beyond straighforward implementations of Web Services to the more complex world of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), maintaining the quality of the implementation in the face of changing business requirements becomes an increasingly difficult challenge. In the final analysis, quality represents how well a system meets the needs of the business, so when the business case for SOA calls for business agility, SOA quality means meeting business requirements as those requirements are in an ongoing, continual state of change. As a result, SOA quality extends well beyond traditional quality assurance tasks to cover the full Service lifecycle, and encompasses both SOA management and governance into a broad set of capabilities that any organization must implement in order to be successful with their SOA initiatives. Sponsored by iTKO.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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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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iTKO: Ensuring Continuous SOA Quality
Quality means far more than simply reducing defects. Fundamentally, quality means building something that meets the requirements of its users, now and into the future. However, requirements continue to evolve, both during projects as well as once the projects are complete. Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is an approach to organizing and abstracting IT resources in a flexible manner that allows for such continually changing business requirements. This core agility benefit of SOA collapses like a house of cards, however, if the Services or the applications that consume and compose them are of poor quality. As a result, organizations require SOA quality tools like the iTKO LISA Complete SOA Testing Platform, which enables complete, collaborative and continuous testing of all layers of abstraction in a SOA implementation, including the business process, Service composition, and Service implementation layers, in a way that maintains functional integrity of the SOA implementation even as…

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