JustSystems: The Document is the Application
Many organizations seek to implement Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) to support and manage dynamic business processes, but companies often struggle when those processes are document-centric. The problem with documents in the context of dynamic business processes is that documents are inherently static by nature. JustSystems has addressed the issues surrounding static documents in the dynamic process context with their XMetaL content creation solution and xfy document-centric application development platform. Through the use of these tools, organizations can create and leverage dynamic documents that exhibit application functionality as needed, enabling the full participation of dynamic documents in Service-Oriented business process workflows.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Simplifying SOA
Enterprises around the world are increasingly pursuing the core business benefits of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)–business agility, reduction in integration expense, greater asset reuse, and improved business visibility. And yet, many large organizations are running into roadblocks with their heavyweight, enterprise-wide SOA initiatives. As an alternative, many organizations are finding a “right weight,” step-by-step approach to SOA is more effective and lowers risk as well. Such right weight approaches focus on departmental projects that leverage solutions like those from Active Endpoints that pull together Service creation, management, testing, and composition in a straightforward, “all you need and nothing more” environment that focuses on quick value without heavy skills or infrastructure requirements.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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ZapThink Acquires SOA Leader Linthicum Group, LLC
BALTIMORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ZapThink, LLC, the industry’s foremost advisory firm focused on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) today announces the acquisition of The Linthicum Group, LLC, a well-respected SOA consulting firm, and the addition of David S. Linthicum to ZapThink. ZapThink will expand its intellectual property and team with expertise and resources from the acquisition to provide ZapThink customers with expert SOA advisory, research, and guidance. The announcement was made during Linthicum’s keynote address to the e-Gov Institute’s 7th Enterprise Architecture Conference & Exhibition in Washington, DC. “Dave brings significant market visibility, thought leadership, a deep understanding of enterprise architecture, and proven approaches and methodologies for SOA adoption,” says Ronald Schmelzer, Managing Partner at ZapThink. “We see the addition of David and the Linthicum Group team as strategic to the ZapThink offerings, providing us with the ability to better service our expanding combined client base.” In addition to the Linthicum Group’s well-respected…

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Enterprise Mashups & SOBAs: Which is the Tail & Which is the Dog?
Defines a Service-Oriented Business Application (SOBA) in the context of SOA, and a Mashup in the context of Web 2.0. Then explains how the overlap is an Enterprise Mashup, which is part of the Enterprise Web 2.0 story. Enterprise Mashups require the loose coupling and management provided by SOA, as well as governance, to be appropriate in an enterprise environment. 36-slide PowerPoint in pdf format. Originally presented at SOA World on June 25, 2007.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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Divorcing SOA and Web Services
Perhaps the most aggravating of misperceptions surrounding Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) in the marketplace is that SOA and Web Services are the same thing. This point of confusion is unfortunately quite widespread, affecting architects and developers, consultants and vendors alike. But as with so many issues ZapThink seeks to clarify on a daily basis, the confusion rests upon certain subtleties that are not immediately obvious upon cursory inspection. As a result, it is not sufficient to simply yell definitions from treetops: “SOA is an approach to organizing IT resources to better meet the changing needs of the business!” “Web Services are standards-based, contracted interfaces to software functionality and data!” After all, if it were simply about the respective definitions of the terms, the confusion would be long gone. So, why is this fundamental misperception still with us today? And what can we do to resolve this issue and finally move on?…

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Ramco Systems: Service-Oriented Business Process Delivery
A primary reason many enterprises seek to implement Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is to enable flexible business processes that respond to changing business needs. One category of emerging software solutions that companies need to achieve this goal is a Business Process Platform that provides an environment for users to create business Services and compose them into Service-Oriented Business Applications (SOBAs). Ramco Systems, a new entrant in the SOA marketplace, has recently announced such a solution as part of their Business Process Delivery System which enables organizations to take a model-driven approach to Service creation and composition. The Business Process Delivery System provides over one thousand pre-configured business Services, business intelligence capabilities, and SOBAs for vertical industries offer flexibility and agility with respect to both infrastructure choices as well as processes.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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ZapThink and Web Age Solutions Partner to Offer World-class SOA Training
BALTIMORE, MD — May 9, 2007 — In response to the significant skills gap for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), ZapThink and Web Age Solutions, today announce a partnership today to deliver world-class SOA training and knowledge transfer to large enterprises. ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts and advisers in the field of SOA, joins with Web Age Solutions, a premier provider of SOA education and mentoring to offer training solutions aimed at key SOA roles including business analysts, managers, and architects. The companies also plan to develop a cross-functional hands-on SOA workshop, and Web Age Solutions will also serve as a Certified Licensed ZapThink Trainer for Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Boot Camps and SOA credentialing. “We’re aiming to transfer SOA knowledge and expertise to enterprises as early in their SOA adoption process as possible,” states Greg Wagner, Web Age’s VP of US Operations. “With targeted workshops and role-based training, we are…

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webMethods: Combining Business Process Management and SOA to Support Dynamic Processes
Familiar to enterprise IT as an Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) vendor, webMethods has fully reworked their product line into a fully featured, process focused SOA platform. webMethods Fabric 7.0 now offers codefree process creation based on Service composition, process visibility, SOA governance and lifecycle management. webMethods Fabric 7.0 provides both business integration and optimization capabilities. Fabric integrates, assembles and optimizes business processes enabling customers to leverage their existing assets to increase business process productivity. Enterprise architects and IT managers who are looking to implement process-focused SOA in their organizations should shed any preconceived notions about webMethods and take a new look at Fabric’s comprehensive SOA infrastructure capabilities. [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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ZapThink and IASA Team Up to Deliver Cutting Edge Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Credentials
Baltimore, MD, and Austin, TX (PRWeb) March 16, 2007 — ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts and advisers in the field of SOA, today announces its partnership with the International Association of Software Architects (IASA) to help develop the current state of Enterprise Architect (EA) and Software Architect credentials for Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). IASA is the premier association focused on the architecture profession through the advancement of best practices and education while delivering programs and services to IT architects of all levels around the world. In a recent report published by ZapThink, the lack of skilled EAs appears to be dramatically slowing the pace of IT architectural improvement and change. To prevent such shortages and lack of skills from impeding future SOA growth and adoption, both ZapThink and IASA are committed to developing programs which support and expand EA and SA skill sets. “There is a significant lack of available, skilled,…

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What BPM Experts Know About Business Process that SOA Folks Don't
The oft-touted objective of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is to enable business agility in the face of continued change and heterogeneity. Since we’re not talking simply about making technology work better with technology, it makes sense that SOA must be aligned with the needs of the business. The needs of the business are reflected primarily in the organization’s business processes, and thus one would think that SOA must have a business process-centric perspective. But all too often, the conversation ZapThink has with end-users, consulting firms, and technology vendors focuses not on those business processes, but rather on the underlying technology platforms, standards-based interfaces, and system-to-system communication. Indeed, the story of business process has been at times so buried within the discussion of SOA that to the business, SOA itself has no business relevance. And yet, if there is any hope to a long-lasting impact and benefit of SOA, it must indeed…

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