Legacy, Data, and the Cloud
Presentation for Practical SOA event, October 2009, sponsored by DataDirect. How the concept of the Service abstraction unifies the issues of legacy, data, and Cloud Computing. 35-slide PowerPoint in pdf format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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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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Building Data-Rich SOBAs in a Heterogeneous Environment
The importance of the Data Services Layer for SOA, Service-Oriented Business Applications (SOBAs), and Service Consumers. Also explores the notion of Enterprise Mashups from the data perspective. Delivered at DataDirect’s Architect Tutorial series in April – May, 2008. 34-slide PowerPoint in pdf format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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DataDirect Technologies Named Key Enabler for Service-Oriented Data Access in ZapThink Report
“SOA presents business functionality and data as abstracted services — as organizations move to this paradigm, the reliance on data becomes even more critical,” said Jason Bloomberg, ZapThink analyst and managing partner. “Should the data access in an organization fail to perform, then the services at the center of the architecture will also fail. As such, it’s important to choose best-of-breed data access middleware as a critical building block for any SOA initiative. The DataDirect Connect® family of data access tools fits the bill.” Read more at: Yahoo! Finance…

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Service-Oriented Data Access
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is an approach to organizing IT resources and data to meet the changing needs of the business. Implementing SOA depends upon the IT organization being able to build interoperable, robust, reusable, and composable Services that abstract the underlying application functionality and data in the organization. To put this building block vision of SOA into practice requires a solid technical foundation, which includes a persistence layer that facilitates interaction with heterogeneous data sources that store and provide the structured and unstructured information that the enterprise runs upon. The key to enabling SOA with such a persistence layer, in turn, depends upon abstracting access through data access technology. Technologies such as JDBC, ODBC, and ADO.NET play an integral role in the design and development of a SOA Data Services strategy. With best-of-breed data access technology in place, the organization stands a good chance of succeeding with their SOA…

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A Roadmap for SOA Success
Presentation on the core challenges of SOA, with some practical advice on how to overcome those challenges. Included is a discussion of building the business case, finding funding, enabling the architects, building a team, and enabling reuse. Presented in Toronto, ON, Canada on June 21, 2007 at an event co-sponsored by Progress/Sonic and Online Business Systems.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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