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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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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Software AG Strengthens SOA Security with Layer 7 Partnership
“SOA governance presents a complex set of challenges, because it involves policy creation, communication, management, and enforcement across the Service lifecycle,” said Jason Bloomberg, Managing Partner at ZapThink. “The combination of CentraSite and Layer 7 Technologies’ SecureSpan security and policy enforcement capabilities provides enterprises with a comprehensive governance and security solution that covers the gamut from policy definition through enforcement.” Read more at: Business Wire…

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Layer 7 Technologies: Protecting SOA, Web Services, and Web 2.0 Applications
One of the primary benefits of standards-based interoperability formats, especially XML and Web Services, is that they allow for direct and easy interchange of information between disparate and heterogeneous systems in a distributed environment. However, one of the major drawbacks to this ease of interoperability is that information passes far too easily between systems — so easily that it passes malicious and harmful content along with the desirable information. Organizations that want the benefits of interoperability without the commensurate security risks need to consider a threat-mitigation and data cleansing approach that operates on at a message level with XML and Web Services content. To address these needs, Layer 7 Technologies released the SecureSpan XML Data Screen appliance that provides effective and efficient XML threat prevention and data cleansing for SOA, Web Services, and Web 2.0 applications. [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Layer 7 Technologies Expands XML Offload and Acceleration Offering
“Companies today are rapidly adopting Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Web Services technologies and approaches to solve their lingering issues around agility, integration cost, and reuse of assets,” said Ron Schmelzer, senior analyst with ZapThink, LLC. “However, these approaches impose significant and consistent load on their existing application server and middleware-based infrastructure. Integrating security and XSLT acceleration in a single XML-based gateway eliminates cost and complexity for end-users contemplating the most effective and efficient way to deploy such solutions.” Read more at: PR Newswire…

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Layer 7 Technologies: Solving Portal Challenges with Cross-Domain SOA Security
Companies are implementing Service-Oriented Architecture because it abstracts disparate, heterogeneous IT resources, enabling them to reuse business Services that users can access through a variety of methods, such as corporate portals. However, there are several barriers to widespread SOA adoption, including the fact that most companies isolate their security, identity, and policy information in disparate, inconsistent identity stores, or identity silos. This identity problem centers on managing authentication and authorization between the user and the underlying Web Services. Companies must tackle the problem of identity silos to make progress with their SOA initiatives. Layer 7 Technologies offers a suite of SOA security and policy management products that resolve the identity silo problem by federating identity information, providing a critical part of a secure SOA infrastructure.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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High Performance and Appliance Approaches for XML
Market Overview: New approaches are needed to deal with XML-based messages being exchanged on the network that are exceeding the capabilities of the general purpose hardware and software that is now being applied to the problem. Future Trends XML traffic is expected to increase from under 15% of all network traffic on the network in 2004 to just under 48% of all LAN network traffic by 2008. The total XML performance optimization market will reach $1.2 billion by 2010. Decision Points The effective processing of Very Large Messages (messages that exceed the capabilities of general-purpose processors) is an issue that threatens the long-term viability of SOA implementations. [hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Purchase: $995[/hide]…

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