Finding the Real Barrier to SOA Adoption
There have been countless many articles focused on establishing a business case for Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), developing a prospective Return on Investment (ROI), and proving to the business why SOA will provide short-term benefits, address pressing problems, and provide a long-lived answer to the persistent problems of IT’s ability to meet the changing needs of the business. However, with all this business goodness, you would think that SOA investment would go unimpeded. After all, if SOA can prove its value to the folks who hold the pocketbooks, then why aren’t we seeing unfettered SOA spending reminiscent of the dot.com-boom days when the promise of IT was as great as what SOA promises now? Part of the reason for SOA’s continued measured uptake is that SOA is all about architecture, and doing architecture well is really hard. Despite how some vendors may portray it, you can’t just buy a product…

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ZapThink and Object Management Group (OMG) Partner to Promote SOA Credentialing; ZapThink Joins SOA Consortium
ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts and advisors in the field of SOA today announces its partnership with Object Management Group (OMG) to promote ZapThink’s efforts to mature and foster the development of credentials for Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). ZapThink also announces today that it has joined the SOA Consortium and OMG as an anayst member. The OMG…

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Quantity is No Measure of Maturity
As companies pursue the benefits of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), it makes sense that organizations want to measure their progress against an objective benchmark. After all, since SOA represents changes in the way that IT meets the continuously changing requirements of the business as well as changes in the way that IT organizations are managed and governed, it makes sense that companies want to grasp something tangible and concrete to gauge their progress. This is where vendors, analysts, consulting firms, and marketers have all piled on with their measures of SOA maturity. As ZapThink wrote earlier in What To Look For in a Maturity Model, many of the existing SOA Maturity Models are self-serving, vendor-driven efforts that aim to mature a company’s purchase of products moreso than the evolution of their architectures. However, we also stated that some combination of the various efforts can yield some benefit in trying to…

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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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ZapThink and Excel Partner Launch SOA-Focused Architect Resource and Placement Offering
Baltimore, MD and Montvale, NJ (PRWEB) January 26, 2007 — Focusing on the chronic shortage of Enterprise Architecture (EA) and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) professionals, ZapThink and Excel Partner today announced the formal release of the Architect Resource Center (ARC), an online and consultative service aimed at helping enterprises locate and fill EA and SOA resource needs and expanding the opportunities for capable architects. ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts and advisers in the field of SOA, joins with Excel Partner, a leading executive search and staffing firm that specializes in SOA to provide a dependable source for qualified Enterprise Architects having an SOA background. The ARC provides an online means for companies to identify potential architect candidates and discuss their resource needs with knowledgeable SOA and EA staffing experts. Excel Partner fulfills the requirement by applying each organization’s complementary strengths in skills assessment and candidate recruitment to optimally satisfy those needs…

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SOA Pilots
Taking the Iterative Approach to building SOA The ROI of SOA Implementing Governance Early in the Process Assuring Success Organizational Change This presentation was given as part of a full-day seminar for Tarantell in Oslo, Norway on November 16, 2006. 36-slide PowerPoint in pdf format. [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Roadmap to SOA
How to lower the risk of a SOA rollout initiative, leveraging the ZapThink SOA implementation roadmap. This presentation was given at a WM-data event in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 14, 2006. 49-slide PowerPoint presentation in pdf format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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Organizational Adoption of SOA Best Practices
Organizational issues of SOA, understanding SOA from the business perspective, and lowering the risk of SOA implementations. This presentation was presented at a WM-data seminar in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 14, 2006. 53-slide PowerPoint in pdf format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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Service Orientation Tutorial
Jason’s and Ronald’s book “Service Orient or be doomed” has reached worldwide recognition as the first book really explaining SOA in business terms. Their background description is well known to most CIO’s. The way from today to an agility service solution is difficult and dangerous but necessary to take. In this tutorial focus will be put on The secret Sauce: Loose coupling. Why loose coupling is a must to achieve agility and change the IT supporting your business processes Is there an Architect in House? Jason and Ronald tell us about the need for Enterprise Architects and IT Architects relating their task to Zachman Framework They will also cover “how to think service oriented and how to get started”. They will describe how to handle the cultural and organizational challenges to succeed with Service Orientation – where the successful will thrive and flourish! This presentation was given at…

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