The SOA Killer App
Back in 2003, when ZapThink wrote our SOA Tools and Best Practices report, we first encountered a problem that we hadn’t seen when we wrote our Web Services Security, Service-Oriented Management, and XML Appliances reports. The problem we ran into with our SOA Tools report was that the market was so immature that there weren’t any tools specific to Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) available yet. In that report, we explored a number of related tools markets, to be sure, including modeling tools, rapid application development tools, integrated development environments (IDEs), business process modeling/management (BPM) suites, and more — but no vendor had yet developed a tool specific to the tasks inherent in implementing SOA. In the intervening three years, SOA tools have matured significantly. Tool vendors have made substantial progress building SOA-specific products, to be sure, but even now the SOA tools on the market are…

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Enabling Service-Oriented Processes
This 25-slide PowerPoint presentation in PDF format covers basic SO Process concepts and terminology, including orchestration and choreography, as well as a discussion of composite applications/Service-Oriented Business Applications (SOBAs).[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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SOA for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs)
As Enterprise Architecture, Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is particularly useful in large enterprises, and increasingly, to small and midsize businesses, as well. However, those are only one part of the IT ecosystem. What about those companies that are in the business of building and selling software products, so called independent software vendors (ISVs)? Generally speaking, ISVs create and sell software products that run on one or more IT platforms. ISVs might offer consulting services, but they typically aren’t consulting companies per se. Neither are they simply Value-Added Resellers (VARs) or Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), who embed or customize someone else’s products. Rather, ISVs sell their own intellectual property as installable, configurable software. The largest software vendors are responsible for the enterprise applications that we run, the operating systems we use, and the infrastructure platforms on top of which we conduct business — think IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, HP, and CA.

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Mashups and SOBAs: Which is the Tail and Which is the Dog?
New buzzwords are one of the many side-effects of emerging markets, and into our buzzword-heavy world comes yet another doozie — the mashup. According to Wikipedia, a mashup is a Web site or Web application that seamlessly combines content from more than one source into an integrated experience. Falling under the increasingly broad buzz-umbrella of Web 2.0, Mashups bear a more-than-passing resemblance to the Service-oriented composite applications ZapThink frequently speaks about — known in analyst-speak as Service-Oriented Business Applications, or SOBAs. In fact, the overlap of mashups and SOBAs, or enterprise mashups, has recently become a hot topic du jour in the blogosphere. The collision of two heretofore distinct areas of discussion within the blogosphere (in this case, mashups and Service-Oriented Architecture, or SOA) inevitably results a measure of consternation, because the people within each group bring a different context to the discussion. In this case, there is…

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