Process Isomorphism: The Critical Link between SOA and BPM
ZapThink has long championed the close relationship between Business Process Management (BPM) projects and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) initiatives. As anyone who has been through our Licensed ZapThink Architect Bootcamp can attest, we have a process-centric view of SOA, where the point to building loosely coupled Business Services is to support metadata-driven compositions that implement business processes, what we call Service-Oriented Business Applications, or SOBAs, for want of a better term. Nevertheless, there is still confusion on this point, among enterprise practitioners who see BPM as a business effort and SOA as technology-centric, among vendors who see them as separate products in separate markets, and even among pundits who see Services as supporting business functions but not business processes. On the other hand, there are plenty of Enterprise Architects who do see the connection between these two initiatives, and who have pulled them together into “BPM enabled…

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SOA Zombies Gather At ZapForum Boston: Night Of The Living SOA Dead Event
SOA Zombies Gather at ZapForum Boston: Night of the Living SOA Dead Event ZapThink Evening Networking Event in Boston, MA – July 23, 2009   BALTIMORE, MD June 15, 2009 — On July 23, 2009 dozens of experts, pundits, and influential guests will gather in Boston, MA for an evening of networking and discussion on the topics of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Enterprise Architecture (EA). Open to public enrollment and attendance, the topic of discussion for the panel will be the recent news and discussion about the “Death of SOA.” Is SOA really dead? Is it dying? Or is it changing? And what about those that are currently doing something with SOA or even just interested in the topic? Are we the “living dead”?   As a way of encouraging dialogue, networking, and communication within the SOA and EA, ZapThink is hosts its evening ZapForum networking events throughout the…

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ZapThink Announces Release of Online, Computer-Based SOA Training
Baltimore, MD (PRunderground) May 21, 2009 — ZapThink today announces the availability of its online, computer-based Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) training and credentialing course. In this first-of-its-kind offering, attendees can get access to over 20 hours of self-paced video instruction and slides, online testing and evaluation, and opportunity to submit architectural exercises to ZapThink master architects for grading and assessment. Upon completion of the online course, attendees will receive the same LZA Credential that they would receive if they attended one of ZapThinks popular in-person training events. “Companies and individuals are looking for vendor-neutral, practical, in-depth training that is affordable and has minimal impact on their resources,” said Ronald Schmelzer, Managing Partner with ZapThink, LLC. “ZapThinkís new online, CBT courseware fits the bill. Individuals can sign up and get the same in-depth, hands-on SOA training that they’ve come to expect from ZapThink, but at their own…

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ZapThink Announces SOA for Managers Certification Course at IMPACT 2009
BALTIMORE, MD (PRunderground) March 26, 2009 — ZapThink announces today the availability of its SOA for Managers course co-located at IBM’s IMPACT 2009 conference in Las Vegas, NV on May 3, 2009. In this one-day course, attendees will get detailed guidance and expertise in how to implement and manage SOA with the latest best practices and methods. The one day event will feature Jason Bloomberg and Ronald Schmelzer, Managing Partners with ZapThink as lecturers and contributors. “Companies want to know how apply SOA best practices to enhance and optimize their existing investments in IT,” said Ronald Schmelzer, Managing Partner with ZapThink. “This one-day, practical event will give enterprises of all sizes, architecture practitioners, consulting firms, and technology vendors the best practices and practical implementation knowledge they are seeking.” Key topics addressed during the one-day event on May 3, 2009 in Las Vegas, NV include: Fundamentals of SOA Defining SOA Success…

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Goodbye 2008… Here we Come, 2009!
It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone, but with so much happening in 2008: global recession and economic stress, presidential elections, warfare and terrorism, natural disasters, and other happenings both good and bad, perhaps it’s good to shut the door quickly on this year and open up a new, more hopeful one. After all, it is at times of strife that sometimes the greatest successes emerge. And this is what we are hoping for in 2009: not just for the world at large, but for companies that adopt and implement the tenets of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). In this ZapFlash, as is our usual practice, we’ll take a look at some of the predictions we made for this year and see how they panned out, and make some new ones. We’ll scold ourselves for predictions that missed the mark, and of course, give ourselves kudos for the…

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Why Today is a Perfect Time for No-Platform SOA
ZapThink’s integration cost curve, which we published back in 2002, continues to stir discussion amongst our Licensed ZapThink Architects. In brief, our argument is that while traditional middleware-based integration leads to unpredictable spikes in cost when business requirements change, taking a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) approach to solving integration challenges leads to a flattened cost of change. Implementing SOA means building for change, so the argument goes, so while there will continue to be some ongoing costs, a fundamentally agile architecture will smooth out the ups and downs of IT integration expense. Cut to the end of 2008. Today, in spite of ZapThink’s repeated warnings about taking an ESB-first approach to SOA, many organizations have bowed to vendor pressure and have undertaken an ESB-first, “SOA platform” approach to implementing SOA. As we stated in that ZapFlash, it’s possible to implement SOA with an ESB, and many organizations…

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SOA for Managers
Presentation for full-day SOA for Managers course offered with ISQT in Bangalore, India on October 17, 2008. Topics include SOA Fundamentals, Addressing SOA Organizational Challenges, SOA Intermediaries & Integration, SOA Infrastructure, SOA Project Management, SOA Governance, SOA Quality, and Service Composition, Business Process & SOBAS. 200 slide ppt in pdf format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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Avoid Getting Lost on the (Enterprise Service) Bus
So, you’ve been following ZapThink long enough to know that beginning a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) project by purchasing an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) is starting at the wrong end of the initiative. Purchasing any technology, especially an ESB, at the beginning of an architecture project is a recipe for failure, you’ve been telling anyone who’ll listen. But for whatever reason, your organization didn’t pay attention to you, and now they’ve dropped a bundle on an ESB. Maybe your boss golfs with the vendor sales rep, or maybe the powers-that-be are listening to the wrong analyst firm, who knows. But in any case, you’re stuck with that decision, and you’re now expected to implement SOA with it. Fortunately, while purchasing an ESB too early in a SOA project does substantially increase your risk of failure, all is not lost. After all, you’re not alone; this mistake is one of the…

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ZapThink’s Practical SOA New York/New Jersey Event Focuses on Best Practices, Case Studies from Finance, Insurance, Pharma, and Media Industries
(PRLEAP.COM) BALTIMORE, MD, February 27, 2008 – ZapThink announces today its upcoming Practical Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) New York / New Jersey conference in Newark, NJ featuring speakers, best practices, case studies, and lessons learned on the finance, pharmaceuticals, health care, insurance, and media industries in Newark, New Jersey on March 25, 2008. The Practical SOA event series is targeted at companies and individuals looking for practical business case studies and value propositions for SOA, those who want to learn the latest best practices for making SOA a success, those looking to hear from successful architects about their SOA efforts, want to learn from peers about what it takes to put together a successful SOA, and/or want to take their SOA efforts to the next level. “Companies are tired of all the hype surrounding Web Services and SOA, and are finding it difficult to learn what they really need to know…

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Business Empowerment: The Underappreciated SOA Business Benefit
ZapThink has long grouped the core business benefits of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) into four main categories: cost reduction, increased asset reuse, increased business visibility, and greater business agility. To be sure, most SOA efforts today seek to achieve one or more of these goals, and yet, there is one additional benefit that SOA provides organizations that is fast becoming one of the most important: business empowerment. The concept of business empowerment begins where the notion of user empowerment leaves off, focusing more on teams of people within lines of business and how technology both directly and indirectly gives them the capabilities they need to succeed at overcoming the business challenges that face them. As a result, business empowerment is fast becoming the central motivation for SOA, second only to business agility — and for many organizations, the most important reason of all for implementing SOA. From User Empowerment to…

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