Solving Information Integration Challenges in a Service-Oriented Enterprise
As enterprises grow and evolve, they create and store their assets in a wide array of disparate systems and sources ranging from mainframes to relational databases, file systems to directories. However, in order for companies to realize the value of the information stored in these systems, they must integrate and connect the disparate silos of information in the enterprise. As such, today’s enterprises face an immediate challenge of connecting relevant systems in a manner that is flexible, cost effective, manageable, and reliable. Web Services and Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs) offer compelling solutions for solving integration challenges in a standards-based, loosely coupled, business-oriented manner. However, Web Services address merely the interfaces between systems, applications, and data sources, and offers little, on its own, to solve information integration challenges. As a result, many users that have integration projects require access to data sources that are disparate and heterogeneous. Companies thus require a…

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Solving Today's Integration Challenges While Providing for Tomorrow's Flexibility and Agility Needs
Today’s IT organizations grapple with a world of discrete, heterogeneous systems that need to integrate with each other in order to accomplish significant business tasks. Over the years, companies have pursued a wide variety of integration approaches aimed at solving the underlying requirements for connecting these disparate systems. Yet, the problems with integration are still troubling companies, even though these solutions have been around for a generation or more. The result of all these attempts to solve the problems of integration is a mix-and-match set of approaches and technologies that are ill-suited to the fundamental requirement of seamlessly connecting disparate systems in the enterprise. The “problem” of heterogeneity isn’t a problem that will go away, however. Heterogeneity simply is a fact of life and a part of the core of most business’ IT infrastructures. How can companies solve their short-term integration challenges without limiting their future agility? Clearly,…

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Wilshire EDF: Service-Oriented Integration and Process
Integration is not about simply plugging two systems or organizations into each other. The vision of “plug and play” application and system integration is a pipe dream that may be appropriate for in the distant future, but right now enterprises face the more immediate challenge of connecting arbitrary systems in a manner that is cost effective, manageable, efficient and secure. Ron Schmelzer, senior analyst, ZapThink, gives you soup-to-nuts expertise for Web services and the Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), as they represent an approach for integrating systems using an abstracted methodology called Service-Oriented Integration (SOI). Discover how Web services is becoming a key element to simplify and enable integration between legacy, heterogeneous and disparate systems. Gain real-world advice on: The use of Web services for integration How EAI and B2B integration are merging and what this means to you Web services integration with mainframe and legacy applications How SOI technologies and approaches…

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Wilshire EDF Conference: Implementing Service-Oriented Architectures for Business Agility
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. This course provides companies of all sizes and industries an approach to implementing Service-oriented architectures in a way that provides return-on-investment (ROI) at each step along the path toward agile IT infrastructures. We will discuss the steps and phases by which companies can move from today’s brittle infrastructures to loosely-coupled, coarse-grained, asynchronous SOAs. The course 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, grid computing, and more. We’ll provide the big picture for SOA adoption as well as the details on how to actually go about implementing SOAs in a logical…

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ZapThinkTank 2003: Web Services and SOA Implementation Roadmap
Financial services and insurance firms 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. This session provides companies of all sizes and industries an approach to implementing Service-oriented architectures in a way that provides return-on-investment (ROI) at each step along the path toward agile IT infrastructures. We will discuss the steps and phases by which these companies can move from today’s brittle infrastructures to loosely-coupled, coarse-grained, asynchronous SOAs. The session 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, grid computing, and more. We’ll provide the big picture for SOA adoption as well as the details on how to actually go about…

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ZapThinkTank 2003: Web Services and SOA Drill-down for Financial Services and Insurance
In the second seminar we’ll focus on real implementation details, examples, and advice for financial services and insurance companies looking to get started with their SOA initiatives. We’ll talk about the network infrastructure, legacy enablement, and moving beyond simple applications of Web Services to getting started with SOA pilot projects. We’ll also cover working with professional services firms, including how to select one that can meet your needs, how to specify your requirements, and what to look for when selecting a consultant. Key roadblocks and challenges you will face in implementing Web Services and SOA projects, and ways to surmount those challenges. How to build acceptance for an SOA pilot project How to assemble an SOA project team How to build successful SOA projects by implementing key emerging best practices and techniques. How to select a consulting partner for your SOA initiative What are the critical components of SOA infrastructure…

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ZapNote: Fiorano Software
While there has been much attention played to early Web Services entrants and vendors of products that enable Service-Oriented Architectures, there have been few companies to pull together all the requisite components required to meet the needs of enterprise architects looking to build SOAs that deliver on the promise of business agility. Fiorano Software may be one of the first vendors to do so. The company has leveraged their early visibility and dominance in JMS-compliant messaging to deliver a feature-rich, powerful solution for process-driven, Service-Oriented Integration. In addition to a robust messaging platform, the company has recently unveiled an integration solution that combines visual, process-driven development of composite applications with an SOA-based integration core that can meet the needs of enterprise architects searching for an SOA solution.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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ZapNote: InfoPower
InfoPower’s flagship SnapXT product is squarely focused at enabling casual, informal, and agile business process and composite application development. Leveraging a hosted, J2EE-based platform, SnapXT introduces a unique and innovative development paradigm — the ability for the application developer to choose their most productive design and development tool, and use such tools interchangeably. Using XML as its output format, applications are produced intuitively, providing a range of ways to build Service-oriented, composite applications. AGiLiENCE-122002-ZTZN-1130-1…

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XML, Web Services & Service-Oriented Architectures Competitive Landscape
This interactive session will explore the emerging XML, Web Services and Service-Oriented Architecture markets and help attendees understand how various vendors are positioning their products and services. Starting first with definitions of the Web Services and SOA markets, the instructors will discuss a roadmap to SOA adoption that can guide an enterprise through its XML, Web Services, and SOA projects. Attendees will learn which current business requirements are addressed by Web Services and SOA solutions, what products are on the market today that can help you with your Web Services and SOA initiatives and what steps should be taken by a company to build an SOA. Key Issues: Exploration of the different market segments for Web Services and Service-Oriented Architectures The roadmap for Web Services and SOA adoption Key vendor solutions for each Web Services and…

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