Business Empowerment: The Underappreciated SOA Business Benefit
ZapThink has long grouped the core business benefits of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) into four main categories: cost reduction, increased asset reuse, increased business visibility, and greater business agility. To be sure, most SOA efforts today seek to achieve one or more of these goals, and yet, there is one additional benefit that SOA provides organizations that is fast becoming one of the most important: business empowerment. The concept of business empowerment begins where the notion of user empowerment leaves off, focusing more on teams of people within lines of business and how technology both directly and indirectly gives them the capabilities they need to succeed at overcoming the business challenges that face them. As a result, business empowerment is fast becoming the central motivation for SOA, second only to business agility — and for many organizations, the most important reason of all for implementing SOA. From User Empowerment to…

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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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Corizon: Leveraging User Interface Services for Rapid Application Creation
ZapThink frequently speaks about Service-Oriented Business Applications (SOBAs), which ZapThink defines as compositions of Services that implement business processes. While the common context for discussions of SOBAs is Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), from the user’s perspective, in many ways the application is the user interface (UI). As a result, achieving the user empowerment promise of SOBAs depends in large part on supporting flexible UI creation and enhancement. There are many tools on the market now that facilitate the creation of user interfaces for SOBAs, but one company, Corizon, stands alone with its UI Services approach. UI Services are an abstracted representation of an element of UI functionality that users can compose into applications. By building and supporting UI Services, Corizon focuses on where the business user lives–at the user interface. Corizon addresses the challenge of enabling IT and lines of business to work together by supporting iterative development and incremental…

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Enterprise Mashups & SOBAs: Which is the Tail & Which is the Dog?
Defines a Service-Oriented Business Application (SOBA) in the context of SOA, and a Mashup in the context of Web 2.0. Then explains how the overlap is an Enterprise Mashup, which is part of the Enterprise Web 2.0 story. Enterprise Mashups require the loose coupling and management provided by SOA, as well as governance, to be appropriate in an enterprise environment. 36-slide PowerPoint in pdf format. Originally presented at SOA World on June 25, 2007.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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SOA Workshop for Business Architects
Day-long presentation on SOA to an audience of business architects. Covers the basic introduction, core tenets of SOA, metadata, the SOA metamodel, business process, consumers, and mashups. Presented on June 18, 2007, to a large telco carrier.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Mashing the Phone
ZapThink has recently noticed an important trend in the Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) world — an increased interest in SOA from telecommunications (telco) carriers, as well as the ecosystem of vendors with telco-related offerings. Now, the SOA story in telco has been quite strong for a few years now, as many of the large carriers have targeted SOA for reducing internal redundancy across complex, heterogeneous infrastructures. The trend this year, however, is that telcos are looking to leverage SOA to provide better, more flexible products to their customers, and to roll out those products more quickly. So, while this ZapFlash will be of interest to the telco ecosystem, the real story here is in how Service-oriented best practices will impact any consumer of telco services — which of course means all of us, from the individual up to the largest enterprise. Convergence and SOA Ever since the Internet came…

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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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Organizational Adoption of SOA Best Practices
Presentation given at Wipro event in Boston, March 15, 2007. Presentation covers the relationship between Business Process Management and SOA, and discusses the organizational challenges companies face when implementing SOA. Presented as a 36-slide PowerPoint in pdf format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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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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