ZapThink’s 2008 SOA Forecast
The wreaths are down, the days are getting longer, and snow is on the ground, so it must be time for ZapThink’s annual retrospective and forecast for the world of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). This time, however, 2008 is a leap year, which means we’re heading into the US election season and looking forward to the Olympics. We’re also dealing with an uncertain economic outlook that may very well impact the enterprises that are relying upon SOA to enable their information technology (IT) shops to provide increasingly agile solutions to the business. As we look back to last year’s predictions, as well as looking forward to new ones for the coming year, we’ll take into account the changing business landscape as it provides a new perspective on business across the globe. Review of 2007 Forecast Our first prognostication from one year ago centered on the SOA quality and testing…

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Goverance, Quality & Management
Discusses SOA Governance, SOA Quality, and SOA Management and how the three concepts are closely connected and at the core of SOA infrastructure. 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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Who's Killing SOA?
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is now well past its hype phase, and is fast approaching a critical crossroads. Will enterprises resolve their current architectural challenges, allowing SOA to become the predominant approach to Enterprise Architecture worldwide? Or will it succumb to the pressures of confusion, misdirection, and ignorance that assail it, and become a tired label that signifies little more than a set of product features? We’ve seen this sad conclusion before with Enterprise Application Integration — once a promising architectural approach, now a euphemism for expensive, inflexible integration middleware. Will SOA suffer the same fate? SOA, fortunately, has not yet gone down this path, although the crossroads that will determine SOA’s future is fast approaching. And yet, the forces that assail SOA are assembling on all sides. It is time for a rallying cry! Let us recognize the threats that SOA faces, in the hopes that shining…

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Practical SOA for Financial Services Presentations
Presentations given at ZapThink’s Practical SOA for Financial Services event in London on September 27, 2007. Presenters and their presentations include: Jason Bloomberg, Managing Partner, ZapThink: Welcome & SOA Adoption Trends for Financial Services and the World Michael Poulin, Head of Business Analysis & Web Delivery, Fidelity Investment International: Case Study in SOA: The Next Steps in the Organically Growing SOA Jim Mackay, Chief Marketing Officer, iTKO: SOA Quality and the Financial Services Industry David Davies, VP Products, Corizon: Agility at the User Interface William Morgan, Lead Technical Architect for Financial Services in the UK, LogicaCMG: SOA Case Study: Homeserve GB – Composite applications for insurance customer care David Wright, Director, Global Financial Services, Software AG webMethods: Real Value from SOA and BPM: How Financial Institutions can transform their Businesses and Get There Faster Listen to the Podcast with previews of these presentations! This document is a…

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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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iTKO LISA Adds Market-Leading SOA Load Testing Features
“SOA load testing is a very different task than conventional software load testing on the client,” said Jason Bloomberg, senior analyst at ZapThink, an SOA analyst firm. “As such, SOA testing deserves its own toolset that can invoke and verify functionality at every layer of the architecture, and do so at load, throughout the design, change and runtime phases.” Read more at: Business Wire…

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The SOA Marketing Paradox and the Wizard of Oz
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) presents a challenge to software marketing people like none other in recent history. On the one hand, SOA has been the top enterprise software bandwagon to jump on for the last four years or so, but on the other hand, many vendors have struggled to tell the proper SOA story for their products in a way that leads to increased sales and happy customers. The reason SOA presents such a formidable challenge is at once both subtle and obvious. After all, SOA is architecture — it is a set of best practices enterprises follow to organize their IT resources to meet the needs of the business. SOA, however, is not, and never will be, a set of product features. And therein lies the rub. How do you position your product as a SOA product when SOA consists of best practices, not product features? SOA and the…

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SOA Quality across the Service Lifecycle
As organizations move beyond straighforward implementations of Web Services to the more complex world of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), maintaining the quality of the implementation in the face of changing business requirements becomes an increasingly difficult challenge. In the final analysis, quality represents how well a system meets the needs of the business, so when the business case for SOA calls for business agility, SOA quality means meeting business requirements as those requirements are in an ongoing, continual state of change. As a result, SOA quality extends well beyond traditional quality assurance tasks to cover the full Service lifecycle, and encompasses both SOA management and governance into a broad set of capabilities that any organization must implement in order to be successful with their SOA initiatives. Sponsored by iTKO.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Software AG CentraSite Community
Written by Tony Baer, Associate Analyst, ZapThink. Governance is drawing significant attention from the boardroom down as a result of heightened regulation, increased competition, and constant change in the marketplace. There are two faces to SOA governance. On one hand, SOA governance simply means governing a SOA implementation initiative—for example, communicating corporate policies to developers implementing Services, and giving them the tools they need to follow those policies as they assemble the various elements of the SOA implementation. On the other hand, there’s a broader, more strategic definition of SOA governance: IT governance in the context of SOA. Software AG takes a big picture view to SOA governance, based on the premise that SOA governance extends well beyond the governing of Web Services. It believes that the extensible nature of SOA requires a similarly extensible strategy to governance. Software AG has established the CentraSite Community as its strategy…

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The Governance, Quality, Management Trifecta: Making Loose Coupling Work
With Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) well established in the common parlance of IT, companies are now grappling with the some of the most challenging issues in making SOA work. The companies that are well on the path to SOA adoption know full well that the technical challenges of building and exposing Services are less significant than the hurdles of building loosely coupled, business-relevant Services leveraged across their continuously changing business processes. Indeed, the challenge of making loose coupling a reality is only surpassed by the even-greater challenges associated with organizational and cultural adoption of SOA. While SOA abstracts the complexity associated with heterogeneous, point-to-point integration and tightly-coupled application logic, it introduces a different kind of complexity: the management of distributed, loosely coupled, and dynamically composable Services. Over the past few years companies developed a number of approaches for dealing with this new form of complexity: management solutions that isolate failure…

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