Levi, Ray, & Shoup Inc.: Rewriting Business Applications in a Service-Oriented Fashion
Founded in 1979, Levi, Ray, & Shoup (LRS) originally focused on Enterprise Output Management (EOM) solutions that take output from MVS mainframes and route it to network attached printers. The company quickly expanded to produce solutions for state and local pension funds. Given the long history of the company’s offerings, the product has gone through a few revisions, first coded for mainframe operation, and later modified it for client/server, desktop OS, and then Web-based operation. However, all this modification resulted in code that was frequently customized and “forked” for the benefit of individual customer requirements, resulting in overly-complex application logic, expensive customization, and inability to repurpose the application for new interfaces or other purposes. As such, the company decided in 2004 to take the bold and courageous move to completely rewrite their business application from scratch in a Service-oriented fashion. With SOA, LRS now has a way to truly configure…

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Registries vs. Repositories and Standards vs. Products
Question: what’s the difference between a bagpipe and an onion? Answer: no one cries when you chop up a bagpipe. If only the difference between registries and repositories were as clear! In the world of SOA, significant confusion surrounds the storage and management of Service metadata that developers need during design time, as well as the metadata that the SOA infrastructure requires to manage Service operation during runtime. In particular, people are confusing the capabilities of registries with those of repositories. Adding to the confusion, people are attributing product features to the UDDI standard. This ZapFlash aims to clarify not only the differences between these various different aspects of metadata management, but also provides a framework for evaluating the roles registries vs. repositories play, and what they can expect from specifications vs. the products they buy. Registries vs. Repositories The dictionary definition of “registry” is a place where…

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Webify Solutions: Enabling Agile Business Ecosystems with SOBA
The need for business agility is compromised by the inability of existing IT architectures to deal effectively with change. Companies need to move from their current tightly-coupled, inflexible, and costly IT infrastructures to architectures that are more flexible, loosely coupled, and enable efficient and effective reuse of previous IT investments. The movement to Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA) and Service-Oriented Business Applications (SOBA) promise to solve the seemingly intractable problem of business agility by providing a means by which business functions and processes can be consumed as “on demand services”. While SOA sounds simple and straightforward in concept, implementing SOA and realizing its primary business benefits is complex and difficult in practice for most businesses. The real complexity comes in trying to achieve practical loose coupling and semantic interoperability in the face of IT heterogeneity. To address these needs, Webify Solutions aims to provide solutions for emerging Service-oriented Business Applications (SOBA)…

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ZapThink Announces New Service-Oriented Architecture Webcast “Radio Talk Show”
April Webcast on Controlling your SOA, May Webcast on the Great Debate between ESBs and Fabrics WALTHAM, MA, March 3, 2005 — ZapThink is announcing a refreshing, new Webcast series aimed at the rapidly growing Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) market. Run like a call-in radio “talk show”, starting in April 2005, ZapThink will host a monthly online ZapForum Webcast. Each Webcast start with thought-provoking content lead by ZapThink SOA experts. After this session, the ZapForum Webcast will feature a guest or two who will present, speak, and take Q&A from online attendees. Afterwards, the rest of the hour is open to the audience for Q&A and shared experiences, who will call in with their own SOA challenges and issues. Attendance at each Webcast is free and open to all registered ZapThink users. “Sometimes irreverent, often controversial, but always insightful, the goal of this Webcast is to grow the network of SOA…

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Announcing ZapForum Webcasts: The Hottest New Concept for People Interested in SOA Today!
Think of a call-in radio talk show combined with presentations from ZapThink’s leading experts. Now throw in an ever-growing network of influential SOA implementers. Add insightful commentary from guest speakers, and you have a ZapForum Webcast – the hottest new concept for people interested in SOA today! Sometimes Irreverent Often Controversial Always Insightful Every month ZapThink will host the online ZapForum Webcast. Each Webcast will start with thought-provoking content lead by ZapThink SOA experts. After this session, the ZapForum Webcast will feature a guest or two who will present, speak, and take Q&A from online attendees. Afterwards, the rest of the hour is open to the audience for Q&A and shared experiences, so expect to hear what’s really on people’s minds! Attendance at each Webcast is open to all registered ZapThink users! JOIN AND LEVERAGE THE GROWING NETWORK OF EDUCATED, INFORMED, AND INFLUENTIAL INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE MAKING SOA…

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The ROI of SOA
In today’s post-dot.com world of tight IT budgets, increased regulation, global competition, and accelerating change, companies (and governments) require quantifiable results from their investments in technology. No executive will sign off on any investment in new technology without a solid expectation for how it will deliver value to the business. When people understand an established technology and how it will provide value over time, calculating the return on investment (ROI) for an IT expenditure will often be a straightforward process. However, calculating ROI on projects involving new technologies or emerging IT approaches like Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is frequently more of an art than a science. What makes calculating the ROI of SOA even more challenging is that architecture, by itself, doesn’t offer specific features that companies can readily identify with some particular return. After all, architecture is an investment that companies must make well in advance of any return,…

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Wipro: Global IT Transformation Services Leveraging SOA
Wipro Technologies, based in India, is a strategic business advisor to its global clients, focused on providing measurable returns on their business ideas. Its comprehensive service portfolio – consisting of consulting, application development, IT infrastructure support, business process outsourcing, package implementation, testing and quality assurance, product design and development makes it a foremost global sourcing provider. Wipro Technologies has proven that they can pioneer major trends in IT. With over 20 years experience in providing business-driven IT products and services, the company is now moving to take their cross-industry, cross-domain approach towards SOA. What makes the Wipro SOA offerings most compelling is a combination of the wealth of their talent and their specific expertise in Web Services and SOA. With hundreds of technology experts and solution delivery personnel , the company aims to provide the broadest possible base of skills for SOA strategy and planning, architecture and design, development…

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ZapThink Announces ZapNetwork for Individuals and Companies
The fast-paced SOA and Web Services markets continue mature at a rapid pace, and ZapThink is always on the lookout for ways to better provide value to you. We’ve had our heads down for the last few weeks, and we’ve come up with some exciting changes. INTRODUCING THE ZAPNETWORK Ever want unlimited access to all the research that ZapThink produces, but can’t afford the all-inclusive ZapAccess program? Trying to get beyond the “what” questions, and find answers to the the “how” of SOA? Want unlimited premium research access for LESS THAN THE COST of a 2-day conference? If so, then join the ZapNetwork today! The ZapNetwork includes ZapForum Webcasts, which are regularly scheduled “call-in” Web-based programs on various SOA-related topics, an expanded ZapThink Web site, all of ZapThink’s research, and more! While ZapNetwork subscriptions don’t include any advisory time with ZapThink’s SOA experts, they do…

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No, Virginia, there is no SOA Wizard
The lights have come down, the ornaments are packed away, and the Boy Scouts have the tree. It’s time to put away the magic of the holiday season and get back to the realities of the working world. While ZapThink predicts 2005 will be a big year for Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), we must always balance the enthusiasm with a cool blast of reality — and today’s reality check is for the vendors who say their products are SOAs, or make building SOA a simple, automated task. Well, Virginia, there is no SOA wizard — you know, the kind of wizard where click, click, click, and voila! You have an SOA! The fact of the matter is that no product will ever truly automate the creation of SOA, because SOA is architecture, and as such is a set of best practices, or a discipline, if you will. You can never get…

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ZapThink 2004 SOA Retrospective and Looking Ahead to 2005
Well, it is that time of the year again — when thoughts turn from the tactical to the strategic as companies of all sizes plan their upcoming year and make resolutions anew. With 2004 in our rear-view mirror, what have we learned from the past, and what new resolutions can companies fulfill in the year ahead? What will this year, devoid of distractions of the political race, Olympics, and potentially in mid-economic recovery mean for companies investing in Service Orientation and the Web Services technologies that support them? What will newfound mergers and partnerships, continued consolidation, and maturation of different technologies mean for the market? In this upcoming year, what will companies come to expect from the providers of solutions, and what will those providers expect in return? And finally, what can you all expect from ZapThink as we continue to dig deeper into the widespread changes that Service Orientation…

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