The Concrete Abstraction of the Business Service
It may come as a surprise to our long-term readers that even after seven years of talking about Web Services and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), ZapThink still has something novel and interesting to say about what a Service truly is. But in fact, although we define the term repeatedly for business, technical, and mixed audiences, there are still some subtleties to the definition that underscore the fundamental nature of the Service abstraction, and they also underscore the connection between that abstraction and some of the infrastructure choices Service-oriented architects must make. So, without fear of tripping up on the oxymoron of a concrete abstraction, let’s delve into what ZapThink really means by a Service. Implementations, Interfaces, and Abstractions As we discussed in our Subtleties of Service Convergence ZapFlash, the term “Service” is overloaded even within the IT context. But while that ZapFlash differentiated between the Services we speak…

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Divorcing SOA and Web Services
Perhaps the most aggravating of misperceptions surrounding Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) in the marketplace is that SOA and Web Services are the same thing. This point of confusion is unfortunately quite widespread, affecting architects and developers, consultants and vendors alike. But as with so many issues ZapThink seeks to clarify on a daily basis, the confusion rests upon certain subtleties that are not immediately obvious upon cursory inspection. As a result, it is not sufficient to simply yell definitions from treetops: “SOA is an approach to organizing IT resources to better meet the changing needs of the business!” “Web Services are standards-based, contracted interfaces to software functionality and data!” After all, if it were simply about the respective definitions of the terms, the confusion would be long gone. So, why is this fundamental misperception still with us today? And what can we do to resolve this issue and finally move on?…

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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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Unlocking Mainframe Potential with SOA
This presentation was part of a Webinar for DataDirect Technologies and webMethods on March 29, 2007. The presentation discusses the pros and cons of legacy, as well as how to deal with it — migration, enablement, and rejuvenation. It then places mainframes in particular in the context of SOA, and explains how mainframes can be full participants in SOA by providing and consuming Services as well as acting as intermediaries. This is a 20-slide PowerPoint presented in PDF format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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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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ZapThink and Excel Partner Launch SOA-Focused Architect Resource and Placement Offering
Baltimore, MD and Montvale, NJ (PRWEB) January 26, 2007 — Focusing on the chronic shortage of Enterprise Architecture (EA) and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) professionals, ZapThink and Excel Partner today announced the formal release of the Architect Resource Center (ARC), an online and consultative service aimed at helping enterprises locate and fill EA and SOA resource needs and expanding the opportunities for capable architects. ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts and advisers in the field of SOA, joins with Excel Partner, a leading executive search and staffing firm that specializes in SOA to provide a dependable source for qualified Enterprise Architects having an SOA background. The ARC provides an online means for companies to identify potential architect candidates and discuss their resource needs with knowledgeable SOA and EA staffing experts. Excel Partner fulfills the requirement by applying each organization’s complementary strengths in skills assessment and candidate recruitment to optimally satisfy those needs…

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Comactivity: Improving Business Functionality through Model-Based, Service-Oriented Business Applications
The movement to Service Orientation is heralding an era of enterprise computing based on open standards, Service-oriented Architecture, and optimized business processes. This signifies a fundamental shift from today’s rigid and inflexible systems towards loosely-coupled approaches to application development and deployment. This new shift requires a redefinition of the concept of business functionality in a way that marries continually changing capabilities with new requirements for usability and flexibility. The aim is a new capacity for achieving competitive advantage, lower cost, and increased business value. ComActivity, a company based in Stockholm, Sweden, has put together a compelling solution that leverages this radical shift in computing. The key insight in the solution is its focus on model-based, graphical approach to business functionality, creating lean and optimized business processes leveraging emerging Web and SOA best practices. Striving to be the SOA killer app, ComActivity aims to meet the continuously changing needs of the…

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The SOA Forecast for 2007
For those in the United States, 2007 has started out with a bang — two major snow storms in the Rocky Mountains and a persistent warm front that’s keeping the entire East Coast in unusually warm weather for this time of year. Even more so, it’s football season in the US and both the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens are in the playoffs — the two teams representing ZapThink’s two office locations. Of course, speaking metaphorically, with regards to SOA, 2006 ended with a bang and 2007 is already showing considerable warmth and competitive vigor. ZapThink has seen SOA take off even more aggressively than we anticipated at the beginning of 2006, and all indications show that SOA strength will be further reinforced and expanded in 2007 to many corners of the IT environment, throughout the world and in many different industries. And so, during this season of sultry…

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Roadmap to SOA
How to lower the risk of a SOA rollout initiative, leveraging the ZapThink SOA implementation roadmap. This presentation was given at a WM-data event in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 14, 2006. 49-slide PowerPoint presentation in pdf format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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