Information as a Service: Service-Oriented Information Integration
As organizations grow organically, they often implement multiple systems that contain information that is redundant, conflicting, or distributed across their organization. As such, the seemingly simple task of trying to gain a single view of the information contained in the enterprise is a significant challenge. The requirement for single view, aggregated views, or shared information cuts cross the value chain from sales leads, orders, to products, inventory — including e-government initiatives in public safety, health and defense. While many application integration approaches attempt to solve this disparate information challenge by removing the barriers to accessing information, the challenge still remains of how to gain intelligence from the disparate data in the enterprise. Previous approaches to information integration have fallen short. Tightly coupled data or application integration approaches that mandate point-to-point connections between systems are too brittle to handle continuously changing business requirements. Message buses and business process management approaches…

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Pantero ZapNote: SOA + Information Architecture = Code Reuse (Finally!)
Before the Industrial Revolution, virtually every human work product was handmade and crafted by artisans — clothing, vehicles, buildings, anything people consumed. Then came the Revolution, ushering in mass production, which changed the fundamental economics of manufacturing and consumption forever. Software, on the other hand, is still essentially handmade to this day, where every piece is crafted by an IT “artisan” to fit a specific need. And so, software has so far failed to provide the same revolutionary economics to IT that the Industrial Revolution provided for manufactured goods. Now, while mass production of software may still be a ways off, the ability to reuse pieces of software is in our grasp, providing at least a glimmer of the profound economic benefits that mass-produced software could provide.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Resurrecting the VAN: The Web Services Network
Both software vendors and enterprise end-users have always looked to make business-to-business interactions automated, reliable, and secure. While many companies currently seek a set of products and specifications that improve B2B interactions, many large firms will tell you that they’ve been accomplishing the goals of reliable, secure, guaranteed interaction between companies for decades, in the form of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). However, it’s not EDI’s technology (which today is both arcane and obsolete), but rather its infrastructure that’s given it such longevity. We’re talking about the Value-Added Network (VAN) here — a set of capabilities offered by third-party network providers to guarantee the required level of interaction between any two participants on the network. A Third-Party “Network” for Web Services In the 1980s, companies found that their primary challenge in trying to automate their business connections was managing point-to-point electronic relationships with dozens or even hundreds of suppliers.

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ZapNote: Xlipstream – Information Integration at Network Speed
In order for companies to realize the value of the information contained in critical business processes, they must integrate and connect the various silos of information in the enterprise, where much of the information is locked up in closed, proprietary, and yesterday’s systems. Many of these companies find the evolving set of software-based integration solutions currently on the market to be inadequate for extracting such information. Such companies require a solution that allows them to integrate with proprietary systems without requiring software installation at all. Xlipstream’s XGA solution is a hardware appliance that meets these difficult needs for information integration by transforming output intended for printing into XML. Xlipstream’s solution is compelling because of its plug-and-play, low maintenance, print-stream based approach that allows companies to solve integration challenges without making any changes to their current print-based processes.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Service Orientation Market Trends
Key Points: ZapThink sees a consolidation of most SO functionality into a single market category that can be delivered as individual products, product suites, or service offerings that contain broad functionality, including features that are currently associated with the security, management, process, integration, and tools segments. We call that market the SOA Implementation Framework market. The total SOA Implementation Framework market opportunity will go from $4.4 billion in 2005 to $43 billion by 2010. The big winners from the shift to Service Orientation will be large vendors who are able to leverage the innovation of the smaller players to build fully functional SOA Implementation Frameworks. New entrants will find opportunity in adding value to these large vendors’ products, or by finding opportunity in the gaps between their solutions.   Table of Contents: I. Report Scope II. Context: The Shift to Service Orientation 2.1. The shift to Service Orientation affects all…

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Is the Window of Opportunity Closing for Service Orientation Vendors?
Speaking of the ever-changing nature of reality, the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus famously said, “you can never step into the same river twice.” He could very well have been talking about the Web Services (WS) and Service Orientation (SO) market. At this point in time, this market is exceptionally dynamic, as several technology and business forces buffet the players. ZapThink’s new report, Service Orientation Market Trends, analyzes these forces, and lays out some bold predictions for the IT industry for the years to come. This ZapFlash is an excerpt of that report. Web Services, of course, are standards-based interfaces to software functionality. Service Orientation is an approach to distributed computing where software functionality is available as discoverable Services on the network. It’s important to realize that Web Services by themselves do not form a product category in their own right, because they are interfaces to something else, rather…

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How to Succeed Through Service Oriented Integration
Ron Schmelzer, the leading industry analyst from ZapThink will provide advice, based on real-life experience, on how SOI addresses an organization’s integration needs by advantageously leveraging heterogeneity while creating an agile architecture for the future. SOI represents a fundamental change in the way companies architect IT assets. It enables organizations to expose functionality as loosely-coupled, coarse-grained, standards-based, and process-driven services. This webinar will also offer an overview of IONA’s recently announced Artix family of enterprise-class SOI solutions. IONA has been a leader on component-based systems for over a decade. Tune into this webinar to learn how SOI has helped companies reduce IT costs and increase business agility. Find out how Service-Oriented Integration can help you: Leverage and extend existing IT investments Seamlessly connect disparate systems Reduce project costs [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Retiring the Four-Platform Framework for Web Services
As an analyst firm, ZapThink sees many presentations from vendors and end users, and as a result we have seen a recurring vision for Web Services that has outlived its questionable usefulness at representing how the market is implementing and producing products for real-world Web Services and SOA solutions — namely Gartner’s Four-Platform Framework of Web Services. While the framework has helped many companies get started with their understanding of Web Services, we believe it’s time to move on. Fundamentally, the way in which the Four-Platform Framework is represented by vendors and end-users is inaccurate, incomplete, and in the final analysis, no longer helpful for either end-users or vendors as they struggle to grasp Web Services or Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs). In its place, ZapThink offers the SOA Implementation Framework, which we feel more accurately reflects the challenges companies face as they seek to implement SOAs, and the products vendors must…

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The Complete Vision of Service-Oriented Enterprise Management
Companies have long been striving to meet two critical goals in their enterprise: how to make their existing systems work better together, and how to gain critical visibility into how their various processes and systems are contributing to overall business goals. Into this arena, Service-Oriented Architectures and Web Services are introducing the concept of standards-based, loosely-coupled integration to help solve the first problem of managing intractable business integration problems. At the same time, these approaches lend themselves particularly well to providing greater visibility into business processes and system performance. Traditionally, the areas of systems management, business management, and management of application interfaces have been separate technologies and problem domains. However, SOAs allow companies to pursue a unified approach towards managing their businesses and their systems in a more holistic fashion. As such, this paper explores how companies can take a broader view of Web Services and system management…

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Ascential Software Brings Enterprise Data Integration Expertise to OASIS
Connecting systems within the enterprise as well as with suppliers, partners and customers is paramount for today’s enterprise,” said Ron Schmelzer, senior analyst at ZapThink, an IT market intelligence firm that provides advice and insight into XML, Web services, and Service Orientation. “Web services offer a new approach to solving integration challenges by leveraging the widespread adoption of standards for system-to-system communication. Ascential Software is taking full advantage of this trend and leads the market in delivering service-based solutions. The company, a 2003 ZapThought Leader, has transformed enterprise data integration by extending its data profiling, quality and transformation capabilities to Web services and SOAs.” Read more at: Ascential Press Release…

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