SOA as a Corporate Responsibility
In these days of corporate responsibility and compliance, we need to consider the efficiencies of our IT infrastructure along with other corporate assets. For most companies, enterprise architectures are the single most limiting factor to their business economics since they don’t have the ability to adapt to business changes in a timely manner. While many in IT have accepted this as one of life’s realities, we could be entering an era where such a reality is unacceptable. Indeed, as innovative corporations learn how to leverage concepts such as SOA to liberate their IT from its currently static and fragile form, less innovative companies will find themselves quickly losing market share to competitors that have embraced the agility value of SOA. Moreover, the companies who choose to maintain inefficient architectural forms will find that their business value, reflected in their stock price, have suffered as well, perhaps even becoming targets…

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Skyway Software: A Collaborative, Model-Driven Approach to Service Development
As companies look to migrate to Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and adopt Service-oriented approaches in their organizations, the biggest challenge is often aligning, educating, and informing the IT teams on how to best make the transition. Too often, the business desires for Service Orientation outpace the capabilities of IT to deliver on the SOA vision. As such, companies often seek incremental approaches that get the organization closer to their SOA goals without requiring that they bite off too much at once. While an iterative approach does not necessarily guarantee that a company will realize all the benefits of SOA, such as loose coupling, composability of Services, Service reuse, and increased agility, taking a step-wise approach to SOA can significantly increase a company’s chances of realizing long-term SOA success. Skyway Software’s model-driven approach to Service development helps to transition firms that have well-developed, but entrenched experience in traditional software development…

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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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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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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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ZapThink and Object Management Group (OMG) Partner to Promote SOA Credentialing; ZapThink Joins SOA Consortium
ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts and advisors in the field of SOA today announces its partnership with Object Management Group (OMG) to promote ZapThink’s efforts to mature and foster the development of credentials for Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). ZapThink also announces today that it has joined the SOA Consortium and OMG as an anayst member. The OMG…

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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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The State of Worldwide SOA Adoption: Is the US Behind?
Is the United States behind the rest of the world with regards to SOA adoption and maturity? Probably not, but it certainly isn’t ahead. Indeed, most of the largest, advanced, and oft-quoted examples of SOA projects in both the press and by software vendors in 2006 were in Europe, Canada, Asia, or Australia. To provide further evidence that the “overseas” markets really get and are spending real dollars on SOA, ZapThink spent a full six weeks on the road in the last two months of 2006 providing training, education, direct advisory, and speaking with end-user clients, of which only one day was spent in the United States. Is it a fluke that the world is moving towards SOA in lockstep, with certain geographies moving faster than they have before? There might be lots of factors contributing to worldwide growth of SOA. One macroeconomic issue might be the weak US…

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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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