Middleware: Part of the Solution, or Part of the Problem?
I’m sure you’ve all heard the old Henny Youngman joke: “the patient says ‘doctor, it hurts when I do this.’ The doctor replies: ‘Then don’t do that!’” In a similar way, today’s IT systems are a complex assortment of moving parts that cause recurring, chronic operational pain so intractable that many IT organizations now simply put Band-Aids on the problems without solving the underlying condition. Of course, we are talking about the recurring costs and risk that inflexible, tightly-coupled integration approaches cause. Middleware, of course, is at the center of this discussion of integration pain. In many instances, middleware has helped businesses solve tough IT problems, but in other situations, middleware has simply contributed to the problem, compounding the pain in such a way that simply makes companies want to avoid it in the future. So, how can we understand middleware in the context of Service Orientation? Is it…

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Services: Build, Buy, or Repurpose?
Smart companies approach all IT investment decisions with a three-part question: should they buy, build, or repurpose their IT resources to meet their emerging business needs? Such fundamental investment questions apply to all aspects of IT, ranging from network devices to application software to professional services needs. As a result, the same thought processes apply to burgeoning implementations of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). However, one of the significant shifts in thinking that SOA introduces is the notion that business logic is not engrained in programming code, but rather in the declarative metadata that describes a Service and how it interacts with other Services. In essence, SOA advocates a movement away from code-centric development to configuration-centric composition. This shift to metadata-driven development introduces new challenges to how organizations purchase, repurpose, or develop Services. Rather than dealing with traditional development lifecycles, companies must now understand how to continually iterate the development of…

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Industry Luminaries to Debate Implementation for Service-Oriented Architecture on Live Webcast
WALTHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 25, 2005–Companies are grappling with the best way to implement the rapidly growing Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) approach to distributed computing, including Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), SOA Fabric, and other means to implement SOA. To address these issues, ZapThink is hosting the industry’s key luminaries on this topic – Gordon Van Huizen from Sonic Software and Frank Martinez from Blue Titan – on its May 4, 2005 ZapForum Webcast entitled “The Great Debate: ESBs, Fabrics, or Something else?” “There’s way too much inconsistency in how companies are defining and tackling the various methods for implementing SOA,” said Ronald Schmelzer, senior analyst with ZapThink, LLC. “We hope to settle some of the issues around ESBs, SOA Fabrics, and other modes of implementing SOA once and for all on our May ZapForum Webcast.” Run like a call-in radio talk show, the ZapForum Webcast starts with thought-provoking content lead…

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Reducing IT Costs & Improving Business Agility with SOA
ZapThink implementation roadmap presentation for Online Business Systems.. Designed for both business and IT professionals, this interactive forum will help you understand how to: Leverage and integrate your existing systems to do more. Align your business and IT departments more effectively. Automate and streamline your business processes with technology. [hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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Adea Solutions: Rigorous Project Methodology for Lowering the Risk of SOA Engagements
Adea Solutions is an IT solutions and services company with over 1,700 team members in six countries. They leverage technology to create business value for clients in the communications, retail/consumer, healthcare/life sciences, and government industries. They offer an adaptable global delivery model and a rigorous SOA project methodology that lowers the risks of SOA projects, focusing on process decomposition, Service domain composition, and Service prioritization. Adea-032005-ZTZN-1173-1…

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Service-Oriented Automation
Industrial automation began in textile mills over 200 years ago with the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, and hit full stride in the last century with the evolution of machinery that could automate repetitive human tasks. The Information Revolution of the mid-twentieth century expanded the power of automation beyond manufacturing and across all parts of the organization, as one information technology (IT) innovation after another automated an increasingly expanding set of business processes. Each innovation, from the Jacquard loom to the transistor to TCP/IP, moved businesses up the spectrum of automation, from easily automated processes to processes that were increasingly difficult to automate. At some point, however, the effect of a given innovation peters out, and people must step in to manually handle the tasks that have been resistant to automation. That is, until the next innovation comes along and changes the game. Today’s game-changing trend is Service Orientation —…

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Grand Central Communications: Integration on Demand
The Grand Central Business Services Network offers an implementation of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) that follows the “on demand” model of delivering software functionality as a Service. Through a virtualized set of integration and Service capabilities, businesses connect to the Business Services Network, allowing them to combine and share business Services within and between organizations without the constraints of having to pay for and host their own integration infrastructure. In addition to a wide range of Services that Grand Central provides, third-party companies and partners also publish Services to the Network for global access and sharing by partners, customers and other business units. The Business Services Network thus offers the capabilities, business value, and agility benefits of Service-oriented integration as a Service to multiple companies, allowing them to conduct business with each other in a flexible, cost-effective manner, without having the bear the burden of ongoing infrastructure investment.[hide -1]…

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Prozess, Präsentation und Integration (German)
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), genau wie jeder andere Software-Architektur-Ansatz, ist schwierig. Da SOA in Unternehmen ein breites, heterogenes Set von Applikationen und Systemen abstrahieren kann, ist es sehr herausfordernd, eine SOA zu entwickeln, die Dynamik, Flexibilität und Wiederverwendbarkeit für den Business User bereitstellt. Die Herausforderung für das Systemhaus, das SOA-Lösungen anbieten möchte, ist die übertragung der Kontrolle über die Geschäftsprozesse auf die Business-User selbst. Anwender müssen eine flexible Schnittstelle zur Verfügung haben, die es ihnen ermöglicht, die Geschäftsprozesse im Unternehmen zu erstellen, zu modifizieren und zu verwalten. Die darunter liegende Infrastruktur sollte dem Business-User verborgen bleiben, wenngleich sie schnell und effektiv auf die änderungen in der Geschäftswelt reagieren muss. SOA-Lösungen müssen deshalb den Präsentations-Layer mit Business-Prozessen und die darunter liegende Infrastruktur verbinden, um den Business-Usern die Entwicklung und Verwaltung der Composite Applications zu ermöglichen. Cordys aus den Niederlanden ist ein weltweit tätiger Lösungspartner, welcher die drei Schlüsselelemente des SOA…

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