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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Slides from Practical SOA for Government Event
Presentation materials from the ZapThink Practical SOA for Government Event. Materials include presentations from: Ronald Schmelzer — ZapThink, David Linthicum – Linthicum Group, David McFarlane – Nexaweb, and Jim Mackay – iTKO.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Mindreef and ZapThink Offer SOA Quality Expertise and Strategies for Successfully Moving from Web Services to SOA
“Mindreef has pioneered the Web services and SOA market for nearly five years with proven products that address very specific requirements associated with Web services and SOA Quality,” adds Ron Schmeltzer, Senior Analyst at ZapThink. “We’re pleased to team with Mindreef to help companies successfully make the move from rolling out their Web services initiatives to properly implementing and fully realizing the benefits of SOA. The packaged advisory offering provided by ZapThink for Mindreef customers can help end-users make educated, impactful decisions for their business as part of an overall SOA Quality strategy.” Read more at: Business Wire…

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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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iTKO: Ensuring Continuous SOA Quality
Quality means far more than simply reducing defects. Fundamentally, quality means building something that meets the requirements of its users, now and into the future. However, requirements continue to evolve, both during projects as well as once the projects are complete. Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is an approach to organizing and abstracting IT resources in a flexible manner that allows for such continually changing business requirements. This core agility benefit of SOA collapses like a house of cards, however, if the Services or the applications that consume and compose them are of poor quality. As a result, organizations require SOA quality tools like the iTKO LISA Complete SOA Testing Platform, which enables complete, collaborative and continuous testing of all layers of abstraction in a SOA implementation, including the business process, Service composition, and Service implementation layers, in a way that maintains functional integrity of the SOA implementation even as…

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The Agile SOA Lifecycle
Presentation #10 in ZapThink’s “Implementing the SOA Roadmap” curriculum. This presentation covers managing the Service lifecycle, agile methodology approaches to SOA, SOA Quality Assurance/testing, and the SOA team.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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High Performance SOA
In the world of information technology, the concept of abstractions are particularly handy. Take, for example, the Services abstraction at the heart of SOA, which masks the complexity of the underlying technology implementation while presenting composable business Services to internal and external users. But every abstraction comes at a price, and the Services abstraction is no exception. Loose coupling, composability, agility, and the other benefits of SOA all introduce performance overhead. For limited sets of Services with small numbers of users, this performance hit may be minimal. For SOA implementations with large numbers of users, Services, or traffic, however, maintaining the necessary performance levels presents a substantial challenge, both to the architects who design the infrastructure as well as IT operations personnel who are responsible for keeping the lights on. In fact, in SOA environments with the highest performance requirements, maintaining the Services abstraction in the face of high…

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Presentations from ZapThink’s Fifth SOA Practitioner’s Forum in Geneva, Switzerland
In this ZIP file, you will find the collection of presentations from ZapThink’s Fifth SOA Practitioner’s Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. Presentations include: Fundamental SOA Concepts – Ronald Schmelzer, ZapThink [E] SOA, Business Process, and BPM – Jean-Paul de Vooght, CTP [E] Real implementation cases of SOA – Malhar Kamdar, BEA [F] The ESB as SOA Infrastructure: Controlling SOA at Runtime – Claus Thoden, BEA [E] Measuring SOA Maturity and the Platform – Xavier Fournier-Morel, SQLi [F] Enterprise Web 2.0 – David McFarlane, Nexaweb [E] How to move your Legacy Host to SOA – Ido Hardonag, NetManage [E] SOA Architectural Deep Dive – Ron Schmelzer, ZapThink [E] The download is about 11 Megabytes, and you need to provide your permission to share contact information with event sponsors to download this file.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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