Improve Reuse and Control Rogue Web Services with SOA
Despite its huge promise and advantage, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) can turn into a nightmare due to poor implementation and proliferation of rogue services. Leading industry analysts are forecasting a wastage of $3 billion dollars in 2006 on failed and redesigned Web services projects because of poorly implemented projects. Join us for a Webinar on Nov 3rd at 11 am CST as we present strategies to discuss potential scenarios that could create this wastage and how to avoid it. Topics discussed will include: How to systematically deconstruct legacy and monolithic applications into reusable services How to eliminate “rogue services”? and ensure architectural control of your enterprise SOA How to increase service reuse across IT and business domains How to audit, meter and bill for services by departments, domains, and users How to improve SOA reliability through better visibility around service correlations How Webify enabled one of their clients from the…

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ZapThink’s Service-Oriented Architecture Roadmap
ZAPTHINK’S ROADMAP TO SOA ADOPTION Companies today are struggling with the best way to implement IT infrastructures that enable business agility. Service-oriented architectures based on Web Services provide cost-effective approaches to achieving companies’ agility goals. ZapThink’s Roadmap to SOA adoption is a one-of-a-kind, full-color 24×18″ poster that provides organizations of all sizes and types an at-a-glance view at how to approach implementing Service-oriented architectures in a way that provides return-on-investment (ROI) at each step along the path toward agile IT infrastructures. Included on this easy-to-read poster are the steps and phases by which companies can move from today’s brittle infrastructures to loosely-coupled, coarse-grained, asynchronous SOAs. The poster covers concepts in point-to-point Web Services implementations for integration, securing, managing, and adding process layers to these services, implementing registries and management for loose coupling, moving to asynchronous invocations for greater reliability, and concepts in virtualization, contract-first development, SOA governance,…

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A Roadmap to SOA Success
This 78-slide presentation covers: The business impact of SOA and why you should care SOA Roadmap: The lowest risk path to SOA Solutions for tactical issues faced when implementing SOA Presentation given in Calgary, AL on September 29, 2005. RoadmapSOASuccess-OBS-02005-ZTP-0193-1…

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Services: Build, Buy, or Repurpose?
Smart companies approach all IT investment decisions with a three-part question: should they buy, build, or repurpose their IT resources to meet their emerging business needs? Such fundamental investment questions apply to all aspects of IT, ranging from network devices to application software to professional services needs. As a result, the same thought processes apply to burgeoning implementations of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). However, one of the significant shifts in thinking that SOA introduces is the notion that business logic is not engrained in programming code, but rather in the declarative metadata that describes a Service and how it interacts with other Services. In essence, SOA advocates a movement away from code-centric development to configuration-centric composition. This shift to metadata-driven development introduces new challenges to how organizations purchase, repurpose, or develop Services. Rather than dealing with traditional development lifecycles, companies must now understand how to continually iterate the development of…

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SOA Modeling & Best Practices
Breakout presentation on the SOA Metamodel and SOA best practices for Online Business Systems. Designed for both business and IT professionals, this interactive forum will help you understand how to: Leverage and integrate your existing systems to do more. Align your business and IT departments more effectively. Automate and streamline your business processes with technology. [hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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Avoiding Bad SOA
Unfortunately, there is no way that Zapthink can make guarantees about the success of your Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) initiative. Sure, we often write and speak of SOA best practices and implementation roadmaps and the like, but even if you read all our stuff and truly understand SOA, there are no guarantees that you’ll actually do SOA right. On the contrary, it’s actually quite easy to build a bad SOA — an architecture that may technically be Service-oriented, but will not solve the business problems that led you to make an architectural change in the first place. The best practices that make up SOA are not fully baked, and therefore, there are many wrong turns that companies make as they stumble their way through their SOA projects. There is some good news, however. As an increasing number of companies blaze SOA trails, ZapThink is collecting the lessons of their mistakes, and…

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Who's in Charge of your SOA?
As forward-looking enterprises move beyond the Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) pilot stage and plan their cross-departmental SOA initiatives, they quickly come to the realization that the technology challenges they face are actually the easy part of their SOA rollout. Far more challenging are the organizational and management issues they must overcome to successfully meet their business goals for the initiative. Of these, the critical management issue (and here we mean management by humans, not systems management) is that of control. Who is in charge of defining, managing, and running the shared Services the SOA offers? How must a company organize itself to manage the dynamic business processes that people across the organization can now create by composing Services and other processes? And of course, how should a company pay for the whole mess — Services, processes, and the architecture itself? The management and control issues that SOA introduce result from…

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Taking Business Logic to the Next Level with SOA
Coding business logic is the only way to satisfy business requirements in information technology (IT), and businesses have been doing so for decades, albeit with limited success. The fundamental problem with business logic has been its inflexibility–business needs change, and the logic can’t keep up. While there have been modest flexibility improvements since the days when all application functionality resided on the same system, the unfortunate truth is that these advances have been little more than a business logic shell game, moving the hard-coded logic from one system to another. Instead of solving the problem, businesses are in the habit of creating instant legacy code all over their infrastructure. Today’s business requires more flexibility from its IT, and fortunately, IT has a new approach to distributed computing that promises the business agility that companies crave. That solution is Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). SOA is an approach to distributed computing…

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