How SOA Transforms the Meaning of Legacy
To many technologists in the IT organization, the word “legacy” connotes a negative meaning, but not because the systems they are dealing with provide little value. Rather, on the contrary, these systems are of tremendous value to the organization, but interacting with them comes at such cost and with such complexity that little remains of this value to the organization. Sevice-Oriented Architecture (SOA) promises to turn this problem on its head. One of the most powerful concepts is the notion that a business can achieve true reuse of its assets through SOA, and thus achieve the flexiblity and agility it so desires. The whole idea of reuse is to get more value from what has originally been built. As such, the ideas of reuse and legacy are really one and the same thing! How can a company even hope to achieve any aspect of reuse if they are continually…

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Composing Services into Enterprise Mashups
The largely separate worlds of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and the collection of collaborative Web applications known as Web 2.0 are beginning to converge. Now that SOA is maturing, organizations that have been implementing it are increasingly focusing on how to empower users by giving them greater control over the flexible composite applications that SOA enables. Rich Internet Application technologies like Ajax, along with the collaborative nature of other Web 2.0 technologies, are enabling a new form of composite application known as an enterprise mashup, providing direction to architects who are seeking to provide agility and user empowerment to the business users in their organizations. IT is now realizing that it is their role to provide the architecture, infrastructure, and governance framework to support business users as they create, maintain, evolve and share such enterprise mashups. [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access…

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Presentations from ZapThink’s Fifth SOA Practitioner’s Forum in Geneva, Switzerland
In this ZIP file, you will find the collection of presentations from ZapThink’s Fifth SOA Practitioner’s Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. Presentations include: Fundamental SOA Concepts – Ronald Schmelzer, ZapThink [E] SOA, Business Process, and BPM – Jean-Paul de Vooght, CTP [E] Real implementation cases of SOA – Malhar Kamdar, BEA [F] The ESB as SOA Infrastructure: Controlling SOA at Runtime – Claus Thoden, BEA [E] Measuring SOA Maturity and the Platform – Xavier Fournier-Morel, SQLi [F] Enterprise Web 2.0 – David McFarlane, Nexaweb [E] How to move your Legacy Host to SOA – Ido Hardonag, NetManage [E] SOA Architectural Deep Dive – Ron Schmelzer, ZapThink [E] The download is about 11 Megabytes, and you need to provide your permission to share contact information with event sponsors to download this file.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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SOA: Enabling the Long Tail of IT
The forty-year history of IT has followed a pendulum, swinging from centralized computing (mainframe timesharing), to decentralized (client/server), and back to centralized (Web/n-tier architectures with thin browser clients). Now the pendulum is swinging back to decentralized IT, with the emergence of advanced, collaborative, and richly interactive applications under the banners of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Web 2.0, making possible a dizzying array of new business opportunities and technologies that catch the fancy of entrepreneurs, developers, and dreamers everywhere. While the first decade or so of the Web, not even casually referred to as Web 1.0, continues to have a significant impact on the way that companies run their business and make money, it doesn’t threaten the current power or structure of the IT organization as much as the newer movement to SOA and Web 2.0 have the potential to do. The swing back to decentralization encouraged by Service Orientation…

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Cordys: Comprehensive Enabler of Service-Oriented Business Applications
Netherlands-based Cordys followed the core principles of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) to build a Composite Application Framework from the ground up. The eponymously named Cordys offers integration capabilities, Web Service creation and enablement, composite application creation and management, and rich user interface capabilities, in addition to data management and security. Furthermore, since Cordys built the entire product as a single, standards-based, integrated suite, Cordys customers have seamless, agile capabilities that enable them to get the most out of their SOA implementations. As a result, Cordys is a member of a new class of Service-oriented applications that might be called the killer apps of SOA.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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TenFold: Accelerating Business-Focused Composite Application Creation
One of the greatest challenges to implementing Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is in making the Service-Oriented Business Applications formed by composing Services simple, flexible, and business-focused. Too often, companies don’t know how to compose loosely-coupled Services into business processes that meet continually changing business needs. TenFold takes a model-driven approach to composite application creation with their EnterpriseTenFold SOA tool, providing a rapid, iterative approach to dynamic composite application creation that enables business users to model their requirements and then render the desired applications minimizing the need for writing any programming code. [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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The SOA Killer App
This 20-page PowerPoint presented in pdf format discusses the SOA Killer App, which is a combination modeling tool, composite application builder, universal dashboard, governance tool, and Service consumer. This presentation was presented on a Systinet Webinar in June, 2006.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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Model-Driven Mashups: The Business Opportunity
In our discussions on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), ZapThink has always focused on the overlap between business and technology. We see SOA as Enterprise Architecture, which concerns the business and how it leverages technology to meet business needs. It follows, then, that our analysis of mashups also drills down into the business applications of technology. While others may scorn mashups in general little more than proofs-of-concept for distributed and sometimes Service-oriented applications, ZapThink feels that the business potential of mashups is so great, in fact, that this ZapFlash is the third in a series on the topic. In Mashups and SOBAs: Which Is the Tail and Which is the Dog? we defined enterprise mashups (Web applications that combine content from more than one source into an integrated experience) and discussed their relationship to Service-Oriented Business Applications (SOBAs), which are applications composed of Services in a declarative manner. We then concluded…

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Process-Driven SOA
Properly implementing Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) means more than implementing the right Services–it also means enabling businesses to use those Services to create agile Service-Oriented Business Applications (SOBAs) which meet the requirements of the business users, even as those requirements change. On the one hand, building the right Services means leveraging legacy functionality and diverse data sources to build Services that business users can compose into process-driven composite applications. Business users must then have the user tools necessary to create, manage, and use SOBAs to meet business needs. Software AG’s crossvision SOA Suite, enabled by Software AG and Fujitsu’s jointly produced CentraSite SOA registry/repository, offers enterprises the tools they need to both build and use Services as part of a properly architected SOA.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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