Enabling Products & Standards
Presentation on the current state of the SOA market. This presentation covers: The State of the Market Introducing the SOAIF Security, Management & SOAIF WS Security Market Map Key Security/Policy Vendors Key Security/Policy Standards WS Management Market Map Key SOA Management Vendors Lifecycle/Governance/Metadata Key Management/Lifecycle Standards Arch., Devt. Tools & SOAIF SOA Tools Market Map App. Integration, Process & SOAIF SOP Market Map SO Integration/Process Key Vendors SO Integration/Process Standards The “Enterprise Service Bus” Lack of Convergence on ESB Meaning State of ESB Market Composite Application Key Vendors CurrentStateSOAPractice-Europe-022006-ZTP-0212-1…

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Integrating the SO Way
Module #6 from the ZapThink Licensed Partner Program training materials. This module covers: Old vs. New Ways to Integrate The Old Way: Rip & Replace The Integration “Rat’s Nest” SOA Starting Point The New Way: Squeeze Value Connecting vs. Composing Thrift: The New Normal Issue: Surfeit of Services The Economics of Integration The Integration “Zipper” Network Integration Data/Information Integration The Role of EII API-based Integration The Rise of EAI Middleware The ESB Pattern: EAI + Services? Business Process Integration Service-Oriented Integration Semantics: The Greatest Challenge of SOA CurrentStateSOAPractice-Europe-022006-ZTP-0212-1…

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ZapThink’s Service-Oriented Architecture Roadmap
ZAPTHINK’S ROADMAP TO SOA ADOPTION Companies today are struggling with the best way to implement IT infrastructures that enable business agility. Service-oriented architectures based on Web Services provide cost-effective approaches to achieving companies’ agility goals. ZapThink’s Roadmap to SOA adoption is a one-of-a-kind, full-color 24×18″ poster that provides organizations of all sizes and types an at-a-glance view at how to approach implementing Service-oriented architectures in a way that provides return-on-investment (ROI) at each step along the path toward agile IT infrastructures. Included on this easy-to-read poster are the steps and phases by which companies can move from today’s brittle infrastructures to loosely-coupled, coarse-grained, asynchronous SOAs. The poster covers concepts in point-to-point Web Services implementations for integration, securing, managing, and adding process layers to these services, implementing registries and management for loose coupling, moving to asynchronous invocations for greater reliability, and concepts in virtualization, contract-first development, SOA governance,…

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The Sunset of Legacy
Among the most persistent of humanity’s aspirations is the quest for immortality. We are all too conscious of the limitations of our bodies and our lives and seek some religious faith, fountain of youth or cryogenic miracle that can sustain us forever. And yet, immortality is an unattainable goal. As such, we shift our ambitions for endless life to the things we do control: our IT systems and solutions that we implement in hopes they stay alive forever. We have long been trained to build our IT systems to last. However, this approach to IT ironically means that we are building things that by definition will become obsolete, given the constant, unpredictable changes in business and IT. Service Orientation, however, promises to change this build-to-last approach to IT. By building inherently flexible systems, maybe we finally have a way to unlock the shackles of legacy. The fact still remains, however,…

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What Belongs in a Service Contract?
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) has finally turned a corner: companies are shifting from the tentative first steps of Service enabling a few systems here and there to strategic SOA rollouts of all sizes that now have the blessing of senior management in the IT departments, and sometimes business executives themselves. In the hundreds of conversations that ZapThink has had in the past year, we have recognized a clear, decisive pattern of organizations moving toward SOA and away from the tightly-coupled, brittle integration approaches of yesterday. We’re no longer getting questions about the “whats” or “whys” of SOA, but rather the “hows” and “whens.” In fact, companies no longer discuss whether or not to embark on an SOA initiative. The eventual move to SOA is fast becoming a fait accompli. In the midst of this decisive move toward SOA, we are now starting to get more difficult, tactical questions about how to…

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Reactivity: Efficiently Mediating Identity in a Heterogeneous, Service-Oriented Environment
As companies move to architectures that enable loosely coupled, composite, Service-oriented interactions between distributed systems, they quickly realize that identity management is essential to making such interactions reliable, predictable, and secure. The only way to build applications that rely on functionality from disparate systems in the enterprise is to separate identity and policy from the underlying systems that have heretofore locked those two capabilities within their own, proprietary environments. However, implementing the sort of federated enterprise identity management capabilities that Service-Oriented Architecture requires is difficult because existing identity and policy information reside in a wide range of systems. Reactivity is one vendor that provides new technologies and approaches for accessing and mediating identity and policy information that companies require. [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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ZapForum Webcast June 2005 – Repositories, Registries, and Governance
“End-to-End Metadata Management – Registries, Repositories, and Governance” Guest Experts: Brent Carlson, CTO, Logic Library and Miko Matsumura, Infravio Topics: Learn how registries are key to making loosely-coupled SOAs work, and provide the necessary infrastructure for SOA governance Learn about metadata management and metadata-first development Leverage Service and software development assets across the enterprise [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Middleware: Part of the Solution, or Part of the Problem?
I’m sure you’ve all heard the old Henny Youngman joke: “the patient says ‘doctor, it hurts when I do this.’ The doctor replies: ‘Then don’t do that!’” In a similar way, today’s IT systems are a complex assortment of moving parts that cause recurring, chronic operational pain so intractable that many IT organizations now simply put Band-Aids on the problems without solving the underlying condition. Of course, we are talking about the recurring costs and risk that inflexible, tightly-coupled integration approaches cause. Middleware, of course, is at the center of this discussion of integration pain. In many instances, middleware has helped businesses solve tough IT problems, but in other situations, middleware has simply contributed to the problem, compounding the pain in such a way that simply makes companies want to avoid it in the future. So, how can we understand middleware in the context of Service Orientation? Is it…

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Services: Build, Buy, or Repurpose?
Smart companies approach all IT investment decisions with a three-part question: should they buy, build, or repurpose their IT resources to meet their emerging business needs? Such fundamental investment questions apply to all aspects of IT, ranging from network devices to application software to professional services needs. As a result, the same thought processes apply to burgeoning implementations of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). However, one of the significant shifts in thinking that SOA introduces is the notion that business logic is not engrained in programming code, but rather in the declarative metadata that describes a Service and how it interacts with other Services. In essence, SOA advocates a movement away from code-centric development to configuration-centric composition. This shift to metadata-driven development introduces new challenges to how organizations purchase, repurpose, or develop Services. Rather than dealing with traditional development lifecycles, companies must now understand how to continually iterate the development of…

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Industry Luminaries to Debate Implementation for Service-Oriented Architecture on Live Webcast
WALTHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 25, 2005–Companies are grappling with the best way to implement the rapidly growing Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) approach to distributed computing, including Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), SOA Fabric, and other means to implement SOA. To address these issues, ZapThink is hosting the industry’s key luminaries on this topic – Gordon Van Huizen from Sonic Software and Frank Martinez from Blue Titan – on its May 4, 2005 ZapForum Webcast entitled “The Great Debate: ESBs, Fabrics, or Something else?” “There’s way too much inconsistency in how companies are defining and tackling the various methods for implementing SOA,” said Ronald Schmelzer, senior analyst with ZapThink, LLC. “We hope to settle some of the issues around ESBs, SOA Fabrics, and other modes of implementing SOA once and for all on our May ZapForum Webcast.” Run like a call-in radio talk show, the ZapForum Webcast starts with thought-provoking content lead…

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