SOA Performance
Many organizations look to Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) to provide greater business agility in the face of evolving business requirements and complex, heterogeneous information technology (IT) environments. To achieve this agility, architects implement a Services abstraction that loosely couples business Services from the underlying implementations of those Services. Building such an abstraction layer is not without risks, however–inherent in building such an abstraction is the risk of sacrificing performance and scalability to achieve the organization’s required agility. As SOA becomes mainstream, though, enterprises simply cannot afford to trade away performance to achieve agility. As a result, architects must plan for performance up front, as part of their SOA planning process, and leverage a variety of techniques and solutions to achieve performance and scalability as well as business agility as the traffic to their Services continues to increase.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Design & Validate SOA in a Heterogeneous Environment
The promised business value of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is driving many enterprises to purchase key SOA-related technologies, such as an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), in advance of the forthcoming architecture. However, the road to SOA is not always clear, and many enterprise architects, developers, and project leaders require guidance to understand the steps to SOA success. Such guidance must include clear, interactive, and adaptive process that ensures that team members understand all requirements, document all details, and plan all testing and implementation tasks. The purpose of this manual is to walk those charged with designing and building their SOA implementation through the issues, steps, and procedures they require to create their first iteration of SOA, and how to build on that experience to drive a more systemic change within their enterprise. We’re going to take you through this journey assuming that you have the technology on hand, whether that…

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Governance, Quality, and Management
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is an approach to organizing IT resources to better meet the changing needs of the business. While many organizations are somewhere on their SOA roadmaps, many such organizations face challenges when planning the underlying infrastructure that will support their SOA implementation. One reason for this challenge is that there are three core infrastructure areas that are jointly essential to the success of separate, but overlapping SOA effort: governance, quality, and management. Governance means creating, communicating, and enforcing the policies that apply to the behavior of IT and its users. Quality is a measure of how well working systems meet the needs of the business. Management focuses on how well those systems meet performance, security, and other non-functional requirements for working software. In the context of SOA, however, these three sets of capabilities begin to merge. To provide the business agility benefit that is the core…

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Avoid Getting Lost on the (Enterprise Service) Bus
So, you’ve been following ZapThink long enough to know that beginning a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) project by purchasing an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) is starting at the wrong end of the initiative. Purchasing any technology, especially an ESB, at the beginning of an architecture project is a recipe for failure, you’ve been telling anyone who’ll listen. But for whatever reason, your organization didn’t pay attention to you, and now they’ve dropped a bundle on an ESB. Maybe your boss golfs with the vendor sales rep, or maybe the powers-that-be are listening to the wrong analyst firm, who knows. But in any case, you’re stuck with that decision, and you’re now expected to implement SOA with it. Fortunately, while purchasing an ESB too early in a SOA project does substantially increase your risk of failure, all is not lost. After all, you’re not alone; this mistake is one of the…

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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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HP Extends Quality and Management Software to Meet New Requirements for Mainstream SOA Adoption
“As SOA becomes an increasingly mainstream approach to enterprise architecture, HP continues to offer governance, quality and management products that form essential SOA infrastructure,” said Jason Bloomberg, managing partner at SOA advisory firm ZapThink. “HP’s new SOA testing and management products provide the framework enterprises require to ensure IT delivers production-ready services that can support business-critical applications and processes, making it easier for Quality Management and Operations groups to support SOA-based applications while leveraging existing IT investments and talent.” Read more at: Business Wire…

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What does Service Performance Mean?
Over the past few years, ZapThink has participated in and observed quite a few Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) deployments and roll-outs. While some of these deployments were more Web Services Integration than truly Service-oriented, and while some were more successful than others, the act of simply iterating the architecture and putting Services into production is forward progress for most companies. What these companies quickly realized is that creating Services and deploying infrastructure to run them is actually the easy part. Successfully getting users to consume those Services in a reliable manner, all the while supporting continuous change is the hard part. ZapThink has written numerous times about the challenges of putting Services into production with proper Governance, Quality, and Management, but in this ZapFlash, we’d like to focus on a more basic issue: that of Service performance. Just like the terms “security” and “quality”, performance…

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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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Mindreef: Scaling up SOA Quality
Maintaining the quality of Services and Service compositions as part of a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) initiative is far more complex than traditional software quality assurance. Organizations who are implementing SOA must manage quality across the full Service lifecycle, including design time, runtime, and change time, and furthermore, SOA quality teams must contain a more diverse set of people than traditional software quality requires. As a result, organizations require a new set of tools like the Mindreef SOAPscope Server product family to maintain SOA quality as SOA initiatives ramp up to full enterprise scale.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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