Building Data-Rich SOBAs in a Heterogeneous Environment
The importance of the Data Services Layer for SOA, Service-Oriented Business Applications (SOBAs), and Service Consumers. Also explores the notion of Enterprise Mashups from the data perspective. Delivered at DataDirect’s Architect Tutorial series in April – May, 2008. 34-slide PowerPoint in pdf format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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IDV Solutions: Location-based Data Mashups for Microsoft SharePoint
Combine rich user interface capabilities, deep location-based information, and the power and breadth of the Microsoft SharePoint portal environment, and you have a clear value proposition for IDV Solutions’ Visual Fusion Suite. Visual Fusion Suite provides an environment for creating data-based enterprise mashups that combine diverse data sources by leveraging a location-based metaphor. As so many diverse enterprise information needs rely upon location, IDV Solutions is able to offer a broad range of capabilities to enterprises and government organizations worldwide.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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ZapThink’s Practical SOA New York/New Jersey Event Focuses on Best Practices, Case Studies from Finance, Insurance, Pharma, and Media Industries
(PRLEAP.COM) BALTIMORE, MD, February 27, 2008 – ZapThink announces today its upcoming Practical Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) New York / New Jersey conference in Newark, NJ featuring speakers, best practices, case studies, and lessons learned on the finance, pharmaceuticals, health care, insurance, and media industries in Newark, New Jersey on March 25, 2008. The Practical SOA event series is targeted at companies and individuals looking for practical business case studies and value propositions for SOA, those who want to learn the latest best practices for making SOA a success, those looking to hear from successful architects about their SOA efforts, want to learn from peers about what it takes to put together a successful SOA, and/or want to take their SOA efforts to the next level. “Companies are tired of all the hype surrounding Web Services and SOA, and are finding it difficult to learn what they really need to know…

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Simplifying SOA
Enterprises around the world are increasingly pursuing the core business benefits of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)–business agility, reduction in integration expense, greater asset reuse, and improved business visibility. And yet, many large organizations are running into roadblocks with their heavyweight, enterprise-wide SOA initiatives. As an alternative, many organizations are finding a “right weight,” step-by-step approach to SOA is more effective and lowers risk as well. Such right weight approaches focus on departmental projects that leverage solutions like those from Active Endpoints that pull together Service creation, management, testing, and composition in a straightforward, “all you need and nothing more” environment that focuses on quick value without heavy skills or infrastructure requirements.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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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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The Service Granularity Matrix
Like most things relating to Enterprise Architecture, the answer to the question of how to design a Service in a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is “it depends”. One of the most frequent questions that we, and most enterprise architects, often address is how big a Service should be. This question is reminiscent of the issue many developers grappled with as they transitioned from procedural programming approaches, in which a single program encapsulated one application, to object-oriented forms of programming in which developers separated logical units of application functionality into objects that provide capabilities of encapsulation, inheritance, polymorphism, and the other wonders of object orientation.   Just like many budding developers, for me, learning the programming language required to build objects wasn’t the problem. Rather, my brain cramp came from wondering exactly what an object was. Is it just one big program wrapped up in an object? Is it just a bunch…

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SOA Workshop for Business Architects
Day-long presentation on SOA to an audience of business architects. Covers the basic introduction, core tenets of SOA, metadata, the SOA metamodel, business process, consumers, and mashups. Presented on June 18, 2007, to a large telco carrier.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/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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webMethods: Combining Business Process Management and SOA to Support Dynamic Processes
Familiar to enterprise IT as an Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) vendor, webMethods has fully reworked their product line into a fully featured, process focused SOA platform. webMethods Fabric 7.0 now offers codefree process creation based on Service composition, process visibility, SOA governance and lifecycle management. webMethods Fabric 7.0 provides both business integration and optimization capabilities. Fabric integrates, assembles and optimizes business processes enabling customers to leverage their existing assets to increase business process productivity. Enterprise architects and IT managers who are looking to implement process-focused SOA in their organizations should shed any preconceived notions about webMethods and take a new look at Fabric’s comprehensive SOA infrastructure capabilities. [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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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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