So, Where are the Architects?
If you’ve been paying attention, one of the things that the movement to the sort of agile IT that Service-oriented architecture (SOA) enables is a new set of roles and responsibilities in the organization. We often blame today’s IT departments and their technology purchases for being responsible for the integration rats’ nests that are the cause of today’s inflexibility, and we frequently chastise the business folks for making expedient, short-sighted decisions that only make the problem worse. So, is there a way out of this puzzle? Is there anyone in the organization that can hope to get the vision of Service Orientation right, or is this all a hopeless struggle? Fortunately, there is hope, and it comes in the form of enterprise architecture. As we’ve frequently discussed, the most critical part of making SOA work is doing architecture well. So, if there’s a need for architecture, then it figures…

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ZapForum Webcast June 2005 – Repositories, Registries, and Governance
“End-to-End Metadata Management – Registries, Repositories, and Governance” Guest Experts: Brent Carlson, CTO, Logic Library and Miko Matsumura, Infravio Topics: Learn how registries are key to making loosely-coupled SOAs work, and provide the necessary infrastructure for SOA governance Learn about metadata management and metadata-first development Leverage Service and software development assets across the enterprise [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Middleware: Part of the Solution, or Part of the Problem?
I’m sure you’ve all heard the old Henny Youngman joke: “the patient says ‘doctor, it hurts when I do this.’ The doctor replies: ‘Then don’t do that!’” In a similar way, today’s IT systems are a complex assortment of moving parts that cause recurring, chronic operational pain so intractable that many IT organizations now simply put Band-Aids on the problems without solving the underlying condition. Of course, we are talking about the recurring costs and risk that inflexible, tightly-coupled integration approaches cause. Middleware, of course, is at the center of this discussion of integration pain. In many instances, middleware has helped businesses solve tough IT problems, but in other situations, middleware has simply contributed to the problem, compounding the pain in such a way that simply makes companies want to avoid it in the future. So, how can we understand middleware in the context of Service Orientation? Is it…

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StrikeIron: Enabling the Service Economy
Companies are starting to discover the benefits of loosely coupled, composable, reusable Services —the ability to dramatically reduce the cost of integration, increase agility, and enable the governance of distributed systems. However, as they seek to build reusable Services, they face the challenge of quickly locating, understanding, and utilizing existing Services. Furthermore, third-party firms have already developed many of the Services that businesses need for their day-to-day operations, and those Services may be accessible on a pay-as-you-go basis. This increasing desire to build and exchange Services for mutual business benefit inspired StrikeIron to build a Service marketplace where Service providers can expose Services for consumption by third-parties and consumers can search, pay for, and reliably transact with those Services — in essence, an economy for reusable Services.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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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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Industry Luminaries to Debate Implementation for Service-Oriented Architecture on Live Webcast
WALTHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 25, 2005–Companies are grappling with the best way to implement the rapidly growing Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) approach to distributed computing, including Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), SOA Fabric, and other means to implement SOA. To address these issues, ZapThink is hosting the industry’s key luminaries on this topic – Gordon Van Huizen from Sonic Software and Frank Martinez from Blue Titan – on its May 4, 2005 ZapForum Webcast entitled “The Great Debate: ESBs, Fabrics, or Something else?” “There’s way too much inconsistency in how companies are defining and tackling the various methods for implementing SOA,” said Ronald Schmelzer, senior analyst with ZapThink, LLC. “We hope to settle some of the issues around ESBs, SOA Fabrics, and other modes of implementing SOA once and for all on our May ZapForum Webcast.” Run like a call-in radio talk show, the ZapForum Webcast starts with thought-provoking content lead…

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Reducing IT Costs & Improving Business Agility with SOA
ZapThink implementation roadmap presentation 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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Prima Solutions Named Zapthought Leader
“Prima Solutions is pioneering the space of Service-oriented applications, especially as applied to the insurance industry,” said Ronald Schmelzer, senior analyst with ZapThink, LLC. “By becoming a ZapThought Leader, ZapThink is recognizing the company for their forward-looking vision, dedication to Service-orientation, and ongoing development of large-scale service-oriented business applications.” Read more at: PR Web…

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Funding SOA
Most entrepreneurs and salespeople know that in order to make a sale, a deal needs three key ingredients: need, urgency, and budget. It’s hard to sell anything if the prospect doesn’t have a need for it, and it’s likewise hard to encourage a short-term purchase if there’s little urgency to implement the solution today versus a few years from now. Most importantly, it’s impossible to sell any sort of solution if there simply isn’t any budget to make the purchase happen — even if the prospect needs the solution urgently. Given that ZapThink spends much of our time discussing the need and urgency for implementing SOA projects, we’d be negligent if we didn’t discuss the third key ingredient to making SOA happen — funding. Simply put, where is the money going to come from to pay for SOA projects? The first challenge that any architectural initiative faces is that architecture…

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