Turbo Charging Information Integration for Service-Oriented Enterprises
An integrated data infrastructure is key to Web-enable access to operational data. XML, Java, federated queries, transformation and other technologies all play a role in these strategic information management efforts, but there’s been no clear path for IT to follow. Until now! This presentation was from a free online seminar given by industry expert Ron Schmelzer, Analyst, ZapThink LLC, and Raining Data’s TigerLogic XML data management server team. The presentation shows how to learn how to take the pain out of enterprise information integration by rethinking the way you aggregate, store and manage data. This presentation will introduce you to you XML-enabled mid-tier operational data servers — the latest concept in information management that can powerfully impact the scalability and performance of enterprise data architectures when accessing enterprise data, in addition to lowering development and support costs for maintaining healthy infrastructures. You will learn how to cost-effectively use XML-based operational…

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Why Service-Oriented Architecture?
We are focusing on SOA from an architect’s perspective. Questions an architect usually will ask regarding SOA: What is the driving forces for SOA Why should I consider an SOA approach How do I get started implementing SOA strategies in my application development Do I need new tools and servers If so what particular solution types should I consider If so who are the market leaders What are the big benefits for SOA such as integration How can I judge if SOA would provide a return on my investment What are the market forces driving this and who are the market leaders If I am considering SOA what are the things I need to watch out for AGiLiENCE-122002-ZTZN-1130-1…

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ZapThink Recognizes Forward-Thinking Vendors as "ZapThought Leaders" of XML, Web Services, and Service Orientation
ZapThink Recognizes Forward-Thinking Vendors as “ZapThought Leaders” of XML, Web Services, and Service Orientation ZapThought Leadership program headlines major expansion of ZapThink’s services WALTHAM, MA, September 2, 2003 — Actional Corporation, Ascential Software (NASDAQ: ASCL), Digital Evolution, Flamenco Networks, Infravio, Netegrity (NASDAQ: NETE), Raining Data (NASDAQ: RDTA), Reactivity, Sonic Software, Swingtide, and Westbridge Technology are among the software vendors recognized as “ZapThought Leaders” by ZapThink LLC, the leading industry analyst firm with research focused on XML, Web Services, and Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs). “To be recognized as a ZapThought Leader, a vendor must be dedicated to helping their customers understand how to use XML, Web Services and SOAs to meet their business needs,” said Jason Bloomberg, Senior Analyst, ZapThink. “We are pleased to recognize so many outstanding vendors as ZapThought Leaders, ” said Ron Schmelzer, Senior Analyst, ZapThink. “The fact that these vendors are committed to helping their…

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Semantic Integration: Loosely Coupling the Meaning of Data
ZapThink recently had a number of interesting conversations with vendors and end users representing a wide array of interests, implementations, and solution categories. Despite the differences in their approaches, they all expressed the same profound belief that it was “data” (the information we intend to understand and use), rather than “applications” (the systems that process that information) that are the lifeblood of any organization. In many ways, they are right – information forms the basic foundation and reason for being for IT. However, these two concepts – data and applications- are inextricably linked. Data by themselves are often inaccessible and unintelligible without the applications that process them, and applications serve no usable purpose without data. As such, as we continue to delve into the transformative role that Web Services and Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs) are playing in the enterprise, the question of how the nature of data will evolve continues to…

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Asynchrony and Web Services
Communications between distributed systems fall into two basic categories: synchronous and asynchronous. Synchronous communications consist of round-trip messages in which the sender waits for a reply. Submitting a Web page form and waiting for a confirmation page is a familiar example of a synchronous operation. In contrast, with an asynchronous message, the sender can submit a request, and then go about its work. If a reply does come, then the original sender can pick it up when it wants. Email works asynchronously, for example. When two computers talk to each other, the exchange is often a synchronous form of communication known as a remote procedure call, or RPC. With an RPC, one computer actually executes a program on the other computer as if it were a local application. Now, many of today’s applications of Web Services are for RPCs, and Web Services are reasonably well suited for this…

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SOAs: More Change Ahead for IT Consulting
The IT consulting rollercoaster ride is far from over. After experiencing explosive growth in the dot.com boom and then becoming one of the hardest hit segments of the IT industry in the inevitable bust, the IT professional services train is heading up the next hill. This time, it’s the movement toward Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs) based on Web Services that’s going to shake the system integration industry to its core. This movement to SOAs presents both opportunities and threats to consulting firms: on the one hand, there will be an increased demand for architectural consulting, business process consulting and the implementation tasks associated with building SOAs. On the other hand, as SOAs take hold and Service-oriented process solutions supplant integration solutions, the market for system integration will dry up, requiring consultants who derive the majority of their revenue from integration projects to change their business focus. The…

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Service-Oriented Architecture Consulting for Professional Services Organizations
Key Findings: Today’s professional services firms are struggling to find their long-term value proposition in environments that are in constant change. There is a significant opportunity for PSOs in the short-term for helping companies implement and adopt SOAs, and in the long-term for providing critical business process expertise. As Service-oriented process tools mature, system integration will no longer be a separate activity, but will be subsumed into the process orchestration and choreography activities within the Service-oriented process tools. The business process design, optimization, and execution consulting market will come to displace the system integration market. System integrators will find the low-level integration work diminishing as their customers adopt SOAs, and therefore will need to transition their skills to the Service-oriented process arena to avoid having their market erode substantially. There is a significant opportunity for consulting firms in the next five years for helping companies implement and adopt SOAs, and…

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