LogicLibrary Logidex: Platform for SOA Governance
Logidex 4.0 is a collaborative software development asset management solution that gives organizations the ability to identify, manage and govern the design, development and consumption of Services as part of a Service-Oriented Architecture initiative. Through its support for the UDDI Web Services publication and discovery standard, coupled with its integration with Blue Titan’s Network director product, Logidex provides a SOA governance platform that supports the entire SOA lifecycle.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Mindreef SOAPscope Server: SOA Collaboration for Service Lifecycle Teams
As companies leverage Service-Oriented Architecture to increase their business agility and reduce the cost of integration, it is increasingly important for organizations to collaborate on the design, development, testing, and support of Services across the enterprise. Mindreef is augmenting their SOAPscope Web Services diagnostic tool with Mindreef SOAPscope Server, a SOA lifecycle collaboration platform for teams of architects, developers, testers and support personnel. SOAPscope Server is a platform that allows such teams to handle governance, documentation, testing, diagnostics, and lifecycle support for Services within enterprise SOA implementations.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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ZapThink’s Service-Oriented Architecture Roadmap
ZAPTHINK’S ROADMAP TO SOA ADOPTION 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. ZapThink’s Roadmap to SOA adoption is a one-of-a-kind, full-color 24×18″ poster that provides organizations of all sizes and types an at-a-glance view at how to approach implementing Service-oriented architectures in a way that provides return-on-investment (ROI) at each step along the path toward agile IT infrastructures. Included on this easy-to-read poster are the steps and phases by which companies can move from today’s brittle infrastructures to loosely-coupled, coarse-grained, asynchronous SOAs. The poster 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, contract-first development, SOA governance,…

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Creating Contract and Policy Metadata
One of the first questions that archtiects and developers are posed with when building an SOA is exactly how to build a “Service”. Companies building loosely-coupled Services know that contracts and policies, built in metadata, are key to making SOA work. So, what exactly goes into Service contracts and policies, and what specifications are currently available to meet Service contract needs? This 24 slide presentation outlines some of the key issues in creating and implementing Service contracts as well as the steps companies should take to create them. HowBuildService-082005-ZTP-0184-1…

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What Belongs in a Service Contract?
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) has finally turned a corner: companies are shifting from the tentative first steps of Service enabling a few systems here and there to strategic SOA rollouts of all sizes that now have the blessing of senior management in the IT departments, and sometimes business executives themselves. In the hundreds of conversations that ZapThink has had in the past year, we have recognized a clear, decisive pattern of organizations moving toward SOA and away from the tightly-coupled, brittle integration approaches of yesterday. We’re no longer getting questions about the “whats” or “whys” of SOA, but rather the “hows” and “whens.” In fact, companies no longer discuss whether or not to embark on an SOA initiative. The eventual move to SOA is fast becoming a fait accompli. In the midst of this decisive move toward SOA, we are now starting to get more difficult, tactical questions about how to…

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DataDirect Technologies: Deploying XML Data Services with Stylus Studio
Stylus Studio 6 XML Enterprise Edition from DataDirect Technologies is a mature XML Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that offers developers a complete set of capabilities for increasing XML development productivity. In particular, the latest release augments their popular XML editor, XSLT debugger, and other XML tools with extensive legacy data integration capabilities, enabling developers to create XML data services in either Java or .NET environments that access a wide range of legacy data formats and systems. The key to Stylus Studio’s success with customers is the completeness of their offering as well as their platform-neutral delivery approach, unlike the platform-specific offerings of its competitors.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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So, Where are the Architects?
If you’ve been paying attention, one of the things that the movement to the sort of agile IT that Service-oriented architecture (SOA) enables is a new set of roles and responsibilities in the organization. We often blame today’s IT departments and their technology purchases for being responsible for the integration rats’ nests that are the cause of today’s inflexibility, and we frequently chastise the business folks for making expedient, short-sighted decisions that only make the problem worse. So, is there a way out of this puzzle? Is there anyone in the organization that can hope to get the vision of Service Orientation right, or is this all a hopeless struggle? Fortunately, there is hope, and it comes in the form of enterprise architecture. As we’ve frequently discussed, the most critical part of making SOA work is doing architecture well. So, if there’s a need for architecture, then it figures…

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ZapForum Webcast June 2005 – Repositories, Registries, and Governance
“End-to-End Metadata Management – Registries, Repositories, and Governance” Guest Experts: Brent Carlson, CTO, Logic Library and Miko Matsumura, Infravio Topics: Learn how registries are key to making loosely-coupled SOAs work, and provide the necessary infrastructure for SOA governance Learn about metadata management and metadata-first development Leverage Service and software development assets across the enterprise [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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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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