Software AG Strengthens SOA Security with Layer 7 Partnership
“SOA governance presents a complex set of challenges, because it involves policy creation, communication, management, and enforcement across the Service lifecycle,” said Jason Bloomberg, Managing Partner at ZapThink. “The combination of CentraSite and Layer 7 Technologies’ SecureSpan security and policy enforcement capabilities provides enterprises with a comprehensive governance and security solution that covers the gamut from policy definition through enforcement.” Read more at: Business Wire…

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Vordel: Centralized Policy Management Infrastructure
Policy management is quickly becoming a core need when considering the implementation of operational and effective SOA implementations. However, many people don’t consider policy management until it’s too late, and difficult to retrofit. Indeed, the use and management of policies provide the central control mechanism that provides clear value when considering the return on investment of SOA. . Policies are as important to SOA as Services themselves, and they should be managed throughout their lifecycles as such. Policy management requires operational lifecycle support, like any other development effort. Such management includes the migration through development, testing, staging, and finally the operations of the policy in the production environment. Moreover, policy management requires other facilities, including centralized logging of all critical metrics gathered during the policy operations, allowing the managers of the SOA implementation to gather key data points used to enhance operational efficiencies. [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]…

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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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Reinventing OSS with SOA & Federated Data
Written by ZapThink analysts Tony Baer and Jason Bloomberg. Over the past decade, technology and market forces have driven convergence across the telecommunications sector, with barriers to entry being eroded at an ever increasing pace. The “triple play” and “multi-play” service bundles that include voice, video, and data services are symptoms of an industry that is rapidly evolving from its highly regulated past. As technology has transformed the landscape, it has also transformed customer expectations. Yesterday, the network was the operator business. Today, the network is just a means to delivering customers the diverse experiences they demand. JacobsRimell has correctly perceived the change in the industry, and has developed a next generation Operations Support System (OSS) that shifts the focus from the network to customer. It does so with an identity-based federated data model and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) best practices that enable operators to refocus their business on…

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SOA Security: Centralize & Integrate
Written by Tony Baer, Associate Analyst, ZapThink. SOA adds a new dimension to information technology (IT) security challenges. Usage is dynamic and conditional. At design time, Service providers may not know how users may eventually consume the Services. Making trust explicit, therefore, is a key requirement for SOA, while establishing a dual-level of coarse and fine-grained entitlements is critical for efficiently supporting the security needs of large groups of Services from diverse application sources. SAIC, a systems integrator with over 37 years of serving public and private sector clients with some of the world’s most demanding security requirements, is applying its expertise and investing heavily in SOA. As a result of their extensive research involving multiple technologies and vendors covering client application authentication, XML Security Appliances, and application server platforms across a variety of SOA scenarios, SAIC has developed a general architecture for SOA Security which provides centralized…

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SOA Workshop for SOA Policy Experts
Half-day presentation on SOA to an audience of policy and governance specialists. Covers core infrastructure challenges, security, metadata, and SOA governance. Presented on June 20, 2007 to a large telco carrier.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Divorcing SOA and Web Services
Perhaps the most aggravating of misperceptions surrounding Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) in the marketplace is that SOA and Web Services are the same thing. This point of confusion is unfortunately quite widespread, affecting architects and developers, consultants and vendors alike. But as with so many issues ZapThink seeks to clarify on a daily basis, the confusion rests upon certain subtleties that are not immediately obvious upon cursory inspection. As a result, it is not sufficient to simply yell definitions from treetops: “SOA is an approach to organizing IT resources to better meet the changing needs of the business!” “Web Services are standards-based, contracted interfaces to software functionality and data!” After all, if it were simply about the respective definitions of the terms, the confusion would be long gone. So, why is this fundamental misperception still with us today? And what can we do to resolve this issue and finally move on?…

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The Keys to Successful Service-Oriented Architecture
Presentation for three-hour seminar for the AMBA banking conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina on May 14, 2007. Presents ZapThink’s high-level introduction to SOA, with an in-depth look at Services and SOA infrastructure requirements, including security, management, and governance. Also discusses the challenges organizations face as they implement SOA. 89-slide PowerPoint presented in PDF format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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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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The Critical Need for Entitlement Management in SOA
Entitlements are the corporate, industry and contractual rules that determine access privileges to resources for a specific individuals, groups of individuals, applications, or even Services. Entitlement Management is the administration, enforcement, auditing, and review of policies for determining whether a particular entity is entitled to take a particular action or access a particular bit of information, given the context of the request. Because entitlements are a form of policy, Entitlement Management is a form of policy management, which is an integral part of SOA governance for those organizations who are implementing Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). Securent’s Entitlement Management Solution provides scalable, flexible Entitlement Management functionality that extracts and loosely couples access control from underlying individual applications, providing policy enforcement at a finer level of granularity, and with greater precision, than any Web Single Sign-On approach to access management. Furthermore, since Securent exposes its Entitlement Management capabilities as standards-based Services, any…

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