Doing SOA Right
Lowering the risk of SOA by following the ZapThink SOA Implementation Roadmap, with a case study on establishing the ROI for SOA. This presentation was given at a full-day seminar for Tarantell in Oslo, Norway on November 16, 2006. 41-slide PowerPoint in pdf format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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Should Services be Stateful?
A while back I saw the movie The Terminal, in which a character played by Tom Hanks was forced to live in an airport because he was a “stateless citizen” — his citizenship status was unrecognized due to his homeland country collapsing and disappearing from existence while en route to the US. Of course, I thought that this was just a comic fantasy created by script writers who needed some new plot device to capture audience attention. But in fact, the movie is based in part on a real-life story of Merhan Karimi Nasseri, a man who spent almost twenty years in the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, because of immigration problems with France and his unwillingness to return to his homeland in Iran. Now, this doesn’t have anything to do with Service-orientation per se, but this reminded me of a question that someone asked at a recent conference…

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SOA Software: Expanding the Breadth of SOA Infrastructure
Throughout the past year, the pace of SOA adoption has continued to accelerate among organizations of all sizes, industries, and geographies. In 2006, companies increasingly funded solutions to business problems that benefited from a Service-oriented approach, and some of those firms have already started to see significant returns. Despite this increasing success with SOA, many organizations still lack the knowledge of what a complete infrastructure for SOA is, and how to properly evaluate technical solutions to the various challenges of SOA. While there are many SOA point-solution vendors now that have competitive and valuable offerings, as well as large IT vendors who are also building complete SOA offerings, what differentiates SOA Software in its approach is that it is the only pure-play SOA vendor that focuses on providing complete SOA infrastructure solution. SOA Software offers a complete SOA infrastructure product set addressing Enterprise SOA, Legacy and B2B Web services…

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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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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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Understanding SOA Concepts
This 32-page PowerPoint presentation in PDF format covers basic concepts of SOA, including Services, loose coupling, granularity, and asynchrony. Service-Oriented Integration is also covered, and includes the Economics of Integration slide as a series of slides.[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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Xenos TerminalONE: Solving the B2B Integration Challenge
Automating business-to-business (B2B) commerce has always been a difficult, expensive proposition. Even with now-aging technologies like Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), much of the hard work of B2B integration involves laborious, manual processes. Xenos has addressed the core of the problem with their terminalONE product suite, which offers transformation, routing, security, and transport of B2B messages. TerminalONE enables market participants to conduct business in a flexible, automated manner without the cost or complexity of the previous generation of B2B integration approaches. [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Service Orient or Be Doomed: ZapThink Analysts Announce Publication of their Latest Book!
Ever wonder why businesses are unable to keep up with today’s pace of change? Name your business goal–productivity, profitability, efficiency; today, they all depend on Information Technology (IT). IT is more important to business today than it ever was. While IT in the past has helped companies increasingly make their businesses more productive and efficient, today’s IT is simply getting in the way of change. It is increasingly becoming clear that the way that businesses utilize IT is increasingly making them less agile, less responsive to change, and less able to capitalize on new opportunities. Something has to be done to stop the problem of IT becoming the bottleneck of business. SERVICE ORIENT OR BE DOOMED! How Service Orientation will Change Your Business (Wiley, February 24, 2006;$39.95 cloth) is the first book aimed at regular businesspeople that helps business become more agile by offering technological, process, and cultural changes…

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