Implementing the ZapThink SOA Roadmap
This 32-slide PowerPoint presentation in PDF format covers the ZapThink SOA Roadmap, including wrapping legacy interfaces with Web Services, Securing and Managing Services, building a Governance Framework, implementing the SOA Metamodel and Service-Oriented Processes. [hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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Enabling Service-Oriented Processes
This 25-slide PowerPoint presentation in PDF format covers basic SO Process concepts and terminology, including orchestration and choreography, as well as a discussion of composite applications/Service-Oriented Business Applications (SOBAs).[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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SOA for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs)
As Enterprise Architecture, Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is particularly useful in large enterprises, and increasingly, to small and midsize businesses, as well. However, those are only one part of the IT ecosystem. What about those companies that are in the business of building and selling software products, so called independent software vendors (ISVs)? Generally speaking, ISVs create and sell software products that run on one or more IT platforms. ISVs might offer consulting services, but they typically aren’t consulting companies per se. Neither are they simply Value-Added Resellers (VARs) or Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), who embed or customize someone else’s products. Rather, ISVs sell their own intellectual property as installable, configurable software. The largest software vendors are responsible for the enterprise applications that we run, the operating systems we use, and the infrastructure platforms on top of which we conduct business — think IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, HP, and CA.

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Mashups and SOBAs: Which is the Tail and Which is the Dog?
New buzzwords are one of the many side-effects of emerging markets, and into our buzzword-heavy world comes yet another doozie — the mashup. According to Wikipedia, a mashup is a Web site or Web application that seamlessly combines content from more than one source into an integrated experience. Falling under the increasingly broad buzz-umbrella of Web 2.0, Mashups bear a more-than-passing resemblance to the Service-oriented composite applications ZapThink frequently speaks about — known in analyst-speak as Service-Oriented Business Applications, or SOBAs. In fact, the overlap of mashups and SOBAs, or enterprise mashups, has recently become a hot topic du jour in the blogosphere. The collision of two heretofore distinct areas of discussion within the blogosphere (in this case, mashups and Service-Oriented Architecture, or SOA) inevitably results a measure of consternation, because the people within each group bring a different context to the discussion. In this case, there is…

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Service Orient or Be Doomed: ZapThink Analysts Announce Publication of their Latest Book!
Ever wonder why businesses are unable to keep up with today’s pace of change? Name your business goal–productivity, profitability, efficiency; today, they all depend on Information Technology (IT). IT is more important to business today than it ever was. While IT in the past has helped companies increasingly make their businesses more productive and efficient, today’s IT is simply getting in the way of change. It is increasingly becoming clear that the way that businesses utilize IT is increasingly making them less agile, less responsive to change, and less able to capitalize on new opportunities. Something has to be done to stop the problem of IT becoming the bottleneck of business. SERVICE ORIENT OR BE DOOMED! How Service Orientation will Change Your Business (Wiley, February 24, 2006;$39.95 cloth) is the first book aimed at regular businesspeople that helps business become more agile by offering technological, process, and cultural changes…

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Enabling Service-Oriented Processes
Module #9 from the ZapThink Licensed Partner Program training materials. This module covers: Traditional vs. Service-Oriented What is a Business Process? Service-Oriented Process SOP Concepts Process vs. Applications SOA Tenet: Move from Code to Composition Fundamental Idea: Business Logic in Metadata Role of Composite Applications Business Process and Integration What about Workflow? Process Management Enterprise Applications and Process…

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Enabling Products & Standards
Presentation on the current state of the SOA market. This presentation covers: The State of the Market Introducing the SOAIF Security, Management & SOAIF WS Security Market Map Key Security/Policy Vendors Key Security/Policy Standards WS Management Market Map Key SOA Management Vendors Lifecycle/Governance/Metadata Key Management/Lifecycle Standards Arch., Devt. Tools & SOAIF SOA Tools Market Map App. Integration, Process & SOAIF SOP Market Map SO Integration/Process Key Vendors SO Integration/Process Standards The “Enterprise Service Bus” Lack of Convergence on ESB Meaning State of ESB Market Composite Application Key Vendors CurrentStateSOAPractice-Europe-022006-ZTP-0212-1…

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Introducing the ZapThink SOA Roadmap
Module #3 from the ZapThink Licensed Partner Program training materials. This module covers: Purpose of the Roadmap ZapThink’s SOA Implementation Roadmap Grass Roots Web Services Wrap Legacy with Web Services SOA Pilots Secure Service Interfaces Build a Governance Framework Manage Services Mission-Critical SOA Contract-First Development Build the SOA Metamodel Cross-Departmental SOA Service-Oriented Process Semantic Integration Enterprise SOA Buildout Dynamic Discovery The Service-Oriented Enterprise Customize the Roadmap CurrentStateSOAPractice-Europe-022006-ZTP-0212-1…

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The ZapThink Approach to SOA Implementation
What is the best approach to putting SOA in production? Is it necessary to dive into the deep end and take a “pay and pray” approach to SOA implementation or is there a more logical, lower risk path to realizing the vision of SOA? In this workshop, ZapThink will discuss the steps that companies should take to move from today’s brittle infrastructures to loosely-coupled, process-centric SOA implementations. The session begins with 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 implementing a governance infrastructure for greater visibility and control. We’ll provide the big picture for SOA adoption as well as the details on how to actually go about implementing SOA in a logical progression of steps, each resulting in significant ROI. Course Outline: The integration problem The…

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