Service Orientation Market Trends
Key Points: ZapThink sees a consolidation of most SO functionality into a single market category that can be delivered as individual products, product suites, or service offerings that contain broad functionality, including features that are currently associated with the security, management, process, integration, and tools segments. We call that market the SOA Implementation Framework market. The total SOA Implementation Framework market opportunity will go from $4.4 billion in 2005 to $43 billion by 2010. The big winners from the shift to Service Orientation will be large vendors who are able to leverage the innovation of the smaller players to build fully functional SOA Implementation Frameworks. New entrants will find opportunity in adding value to these large vendors’ products, or by finding opportunity in the gaps between their solutions.   Table of Contents: I. Report Scope II. Context: The Shift to Service Orientation 2.1. The shift to Service Orientation affects all…

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Is the Window of Opportunity Closing for Service Orientation Vendors?
Speaking of the ever-changing nature of reality, the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus famously said, “you can never step into the same river twice.” He could very well have been talking about the Web Services (WS) and Service Orientation (SO) market. At this point in time, this market is exceptionally dynamic, as several technology and business forces buffet the players. ZapThink’s new report, Service Orientation Market Trends, analyzes these forces, and lays out some bold predictions for the IT industry for the years to come. This ZapFlash is an excerpt of that report. Web Services, of course, are standards-based interfaces to software functionality. Service Orientation is an approach to distributed computing where software functionality is available as discoverable Services on the network. It’s important to realize that Web Services by themselves do not form a product category in their own right, because they are interfaces to something else, rather…

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How to Succeed Through Service Oriented Integration
Ron Schmelzer, the leading industry analyst from ZapThink will provide advice, based on real-life experience, on how SOI addresses an organization’s integration needs by advantageously leveraging heterogeneity while creating an agile architecture for the future. SOI represents a fundamental change in the way companies architect IT assets. It enables organizations to expose functionality as loosely-coupled, coarse-grained, standards-based, and process-driven services. This webinar will also offer an overview of IONA’s recently announced Artix family of enterprise-class SOI solutions. IONA has been a leader on component-based systems for over a decade. Tune into this webinar to learn how SOI has helped companies reduce IT costs and increase business agility. Find out how Service-Oriented Integration can help you: Leverage and extend existing IT investments Seamlessly connect disparate systems Reduce project costs [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Retiring the Four-Platform Framework for Web Services
As an analyst firm, ZapThink sees many presentations from vendors and end users, and as a result we have seen a recurring vision for Web Services that has outlived its questionable usefulness at representing how the market is implementing and producing products for real-world Web Services and SOA solutions — namely Gartner’s Four-Platform Framework of Web Services. While the framework has helped many companies get started with their understanding of Web Services, we believe it’s time to move on. Fundamentally, the way in which the Four-Platform Framework is represented by vendors and end-users is inaccurate, incomplete, and in the final analysis, no longer helpful for either end-users or vendors as they struggle to grasp Web Services or Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs). In its place, ZapThink offers the SOA Implementation Framework, which we feel more accurately reflects the challenges companies face as they seek to implement SOAs, and the products vendors must…

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Wilshire EDF Conference: Implementing Service-Oriented Architectures for Business Agility
Companies today are struggling with the best way to implement IT infrastructures that enable business agility. Service-oriented architectures based on Web services provide cost-effective approaches to achieving companies’ agility goals. This course provides companies of all sizes and industries an approach to implementing Service-oriented architectures in a way that provides return-on-investment (ROI) at each step along the path toward agile IT infrastructures. We will discuss the steps and phases by which companies can move from today’s brittle infrastructures to loosely-coupled, coarse-grained, asynchronous SOAs. The course covers concepts in 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 concepts in virtualization, grid computing, and more. We’ll provide the big picture for SOA adoption as well as the details on how to actually go about implementing SOAs in a logical…

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Wilshire EDF: Service-Oriented Integration and Process
Integration is not about simply plugging two systems or organizations into each other. The vision of “plug and play” application and system integration is a pipe dream that may be appropriate for in the distant future, but right now enterprises face the more immediate challenge of connecting arbitrary systems in a manner that is cost effective, manageable, efficient and secure. Ron Schmelzer, senior analyst, ZapThink, gives you soup-to-nuts expertise for Web services and the Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), as they represent an approach for integrating systems using an abstracted methodology called Service-Oriented Integration (SOI). Discover how Web services is becoming a key element to simplify and enable integration between legacy, heterogeneous and disparate systems. Gain real-world advice on: The use of Web services for integration How EAI and B2B integration are merging and what this means to you Web services integration with mainframe and legacy applications How SOI technologies and approaches…

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ZapThinkTank 2003: Web Services and SOA Implementation Roadmap
Financial services and insurance firms today are struggling with the best way to implement IT infrastructures that enable business agility. Service-oriented architectures based on Web Services provide cost-effective approaches to achieving companies’ agility goals. This session provides companies of all sizes and industries an approach to implementing Service-oriented architectures in a way that provides return-on-investment (ROI) at each step along the path toward agile IT infrastructures. We will discuss the steps and phases by which these companies can move from today’s brittle infrastructures to loosely-coupled, coarse-grained, asynchronous SOAs. The session covers concepts in 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 concepts in virtualization, grid computing, and more. We’ll provide the big picture for SOA adoption as well as the details on how to actually go about…

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ZapThinkTank 2003: Web Services and SOA Drill-down for Financial Services and Insurance
In the second seminar we’ll focus on real implementation details, examples, and advice for financial services and insurance companies looking to get started with their SOA initiatives. We’ll talk about the network infrastructure, legacy enablement, and moving beyond simple applications of Web Services to getting started with SOA pilot projects. We’ll also cover working with professional services firms, including how to select one that can meet your needs, how to specify your requirements, and what to look for when selecting a consultant. Key roadblocks and challenges you will face in implementing Web Services and SOA projects, and ways to surmount those challenges. How to build acceptance for an SOA pilot project How to assemble an SOA project team How to build successful SOA projects by implementing key emerging best practices and techniques. How to select a consulting partner for your SOA initiative What are the critical components of SOA infrastructure…

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ZapNote: Fiorano Software
While there has been much attention played to early Web Services entrants and vendors of products that enable Service-Oriented Architectures, there have been few companies to pull together all the requisite components required to meet the needs of enterprise architects looking to build SOAs that deliver on the promise of business agility. Fiorano Software may be one of the first vendors to do so. The company has leveraged their early visibility and dominance in JMS-compliant messaging to deliver a feature-rich, powerful solution for process-driven, Service-Oriented Integration. In addition to a robust messaging platform, the company has recently unveiled an integration solution that combines visual, process-driven development of composite applications with an SOA-based integration core that can meet the needs of enterprise architects searching for an SOA solution.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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ZapNote: InfoPower
InfoPower’s flagship SnapXT product is squarely focused at enabling casual, informal, and agile business process and composite application development. Leveraging a hosted, J2EE-based platform, SnapXT introduces a unique and innovative development paradigm — the ability for the application developer to choose their most productive design and development tool, and use such tools interchangeably. Using XML as its output format, applications are produced intuitively, providing a range of ways to build Service-oriented, composite applications. AGiLiENCE-122002-ZTZN-1130-1…

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