Smart SOA in Any Economic Climate
Is your business flexible enough to adjust quickly to changes in customer needs and/or economic climates? Can you ramp up quickly to increasing demand? Can you control costs and deliver critical services during economic downturns? Companies that are agile, control costs, and deliver value have proven to have more economic flexibility. Utilizing a Smart SOA approach can help enterprises achieve these attributes that have been shown to help companies in any economic climate. Learn how SOA can help you build an IT environment that can adjust to any economic environment. 18 slide PowerPoint in pdf format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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ZapThink’s Practical SOA New York/New Jersey Event Focuses on Best Practices, Case Studies from Finance, Insurance, Pharma, and Media Industries
(PRLEAP.COM) BALTIMORE, MD, February 27, 2008 – ZapThink announces today its upcoming Practical Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) New York / New Jersey conference in Newark, NJ featuring speakers, best practices, case studies, and lessons learned on the finance, pharmaceuticals, health care, insurance, and media industries in Newark, New Jersey on March 25, 2008. The Practical SOA event series is targeted at companies and individuals looking for practical business case studies and value propositions for SOA, those who want to learn the latest best practices for making SOA a success, those looking to hear from successful architects about their SOA efforts, want to learn from peers about what it takes to put together a successful SOA, and/or want to take their SOA efforts to the next level. “Companies are tired of all the hype surrounding Web Services and SOA, and are finding it difficult to learn what they really need to know…

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Building the Business Case for SOA
Issues surrounding building the business case for SOA as well as resolving objections and conflict between business and IT over SOA initiatives. Presented at the SOA India Conference, Bangalore, on November 22, 2007.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Avoiding SOA Pitfalls
Avoiding both technical and organizational pitfalls organizations often fall into as they plan an implement SOA initiatives. Includes lack of proper architecture, letting vendors drive SOA initiatives, and dealing with funding issues. Presented at the SOA India Conference, Bangalore, on November 22, 2007.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Wanted: VP of SOA
ZapThink frequently writes about how organizational, political, and funding issues are typically the greatest challenges facing Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) initiatives in most organizations. Such roadblocks are large and varied: project-based funding approaches impede cross-departmental initiatives, lack of business buy-in marginalizes architectural efforts, and the absence of a committed executive champion can lead to tactical decisions trumping strategic ones just when strategic initiatives like SOA need the most support. Among the various approaches organizations take to overcome such obstacles, one technique is increasing dramatically in popularity: bringing on board a new executive responsible for the enterprise’s SOA initiatives. Finding the right person for this complex, cross-functional role, however, is far from easy. To aid these efforts, therefore, ZapThink presents our take on the job description for your new VP of SOA. Job Description for the VP of SOA Visionary, hardworking executive wanted to drive this Fortune 500…

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What's NOT Killing SOA?
What’s with all the doom and gloom? In the past few months, we’ve seen a rash of ZapFlashes, articles, blog posts, and podcasts talking about the downsides of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), and for good reason. Any trend that demands such a significant portion of executives’ and practitioners’ time and budget demands to be critically examined so that the good of all parties are being met. After all, very few people benefit from trends that are all hype and no substance. A proper debate shows that there are not only substantive reasons in favor of some approach, but also show the causes and reasons in opposition. In the last ZapFlash, we talked about a host of reasons and the different players that are stifling SOA’s potential for success. On the flip side, over the past seven years of ZapThink’s existence, we provided numerous reasons that…

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Practical SOA
A thought-provoking look at the challenges facing SOA today, as well as the organizations struggling to build acceptance for SOA initiatives. Presented at the Vordel User Conference on October 4, 2007. 27 slide PowerPoint presented in pdf format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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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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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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