SOA Zombies Gather At ZapForum Boston: Night Of The Living SOA Dead Event
SOA Zombies Gather at ZapForum Boston: Night of the Living SOA Dead Event ZapThink Evening Networking Event in Boston, MA – July 23, 2009   BALTIMORE, MD June 15, 2009 — On July 23, 2009 dozens of experts, pundits, and influential guests will gather in Boston, MA for an evening of networking and discussion on the topics of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Enterprise Architecture (EA). Open to public enrollment and attendance, the topic of discussion for the panel will be the recent news and discussion about the “Death of SOA.” Is SOA really dead? Is it dying? Or is it changing? And what about those that are currently doing something with SOA or even just interested in the topic? Are we the “living dead”?   As a way of encouraging dialogue, networking, and communication within the SOA and EA, ZapThink is hosts its evening ZapForum networking events throughout the…

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ZapThink Announces Release of Online, Computer-Based SOA Training
Baltimore, MD (PRunderground) May 21, 2009 — ZapThink today announces the availability of its online, computer-based Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) training and credentialing course. In this first-of-its-kind offering, attendees can get access to over 20 hours of self-paced video instruction and slides, online testing and evaluation, and opportunity to submit architectural exercises to ZapThink master architects for grading and assessment. Upon completion of the online course, attendees will receive the same LZA Credential that they would receive if they attended one of ZapThinks popular in-person training events. “Companies and individuals are looking for vendor-neutral, practical, in-depth training that is affordable and has minimal impact on their resources,” said Ronald Schmelzer, Managing Partner with ZapThink, LLC. “ZapThinkís new online, CBT courseware fits the bill. Individuals can sign up and get the same in-depth, hands-on SOA training that they’ve come to expect from ZapThink, but at their own…

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ZapThink Announces SOA for Managers Certification Course at IMPACT 2009
BALTIMORE, MD (PRunderground) March 26, 2009 — ZapThink announces today the availability of its SOA for Managers course co-located at IBM’s IMPACT 2009 conference in Las Vegas, NV on May 3, 2009. In this one-day course, attendees will get detailed guidance and expertise in how to implement and manage SOA with the latest best practices and methods. The one day event will feature Jason Bloomberg and Ronald Schmelzer, Managing Partners with ZapThink as lecturers and contributors. “Companies want to know how apply SOA best practices to enhance and optimize their existing investments in IT,” said Ronald Schmelzer, Managing Partner with ZapThink. “This one-day, practical event will give enterprises of all sizes, architecture practitioners, consulting firms, and technology vendors the best practices and practical implementation knowledge they are seeking.” Key topics addressed during the one-day event on May 3, 2009 in Las Vegas, NV include: Fundamentals of SOA Defining SOA Success…

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Goodbye 2008… Here we Come, 2009!
It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone, but with so much happening in 2008: global recession and economic stress, presidential elections, warfare and terrorism, natural disasters, and other happenings both good and bad, perhaps it’s good to shut the door quickly on this year and open up a new, more hopeful one. After all, it is at times of strife that sometimes the greatest successes emerge. And this is what we are hoping for in 2009: not just for the world at large, but for companies that adopt and implement the tenets of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). In this ZapFlash, as is our usual practice, we’ll take a look at some of the predictions we made for this year and see how they panned out, and make some new ones. We’ll scold ourselves for predictions that missed the mark, and of course, give ourselves kudos for the…

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The Great SOA Consultant Squeeze
Here’s the scenario: you’re a CIO who, in spite of reading ZapThink’s warning about issuing a SOA RFP, you find yourself doing just that, shopping for a professional services firm who can help you with your initial planning phase of what promises to be a full-blown enterprise Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) implementation. Based on your requirements, your own architecture team has calculated that this initial planning project calls for 100 hours of a senior-level SOA architect’s time. So, you send out your Request for Proposal (RFP) to three consulting firms: a large, internationally known firm, a midsize firm with a well-regarded technical focus, and a boutique SOA firm that focuses solely on SOA engagements. To your surprise, the three responses come back with wildly different figures. The boutique firm proposes the highest price, the midsize firm comes in at 75% of the boutique firm, and the large firm, whom you…

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ZapThink’s Practical SOA New York/New Jersey Event Focuses on Best Practices, Case Studies from Finance, Insurance, Pharma, and Media Industries
(PRLEAP.COM) BALTIMORE, MD, February 27, 2008 – ZapThink announces today its upcoming Practical Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) New York / New Jersey conference in Newark, NJ featuring speakers, best practices, case studies, and lessons learned on the finance, pharmaceuticals, health care, insurance, and media industries in Newark, New Jersey on March 25, 2008. The Practical SOA event series is targeted at companies and individuals looking for practical business case studies and value propositions for SOA, those who want to learn the latest best practices for making SOA a success, those looking to hear from successful architects about their SOA efforts, want to learn from peers about what it takes to put together a successful SOA, and/or want to take their SOA efforts to the next level. “Companies are tired of all the hype surrounding Web Services and SOA, and are finding it difficult to learn what they really need to know…

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Why Big Consulting is Hurting SOA
As larger organizations begin to embark on their Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) projects, there is some misdirecting going on that you should be aware of, which will allow you to make an educated decision as to, not only what you’re going to do, but who’s going to help you. At issue is the fact that many people in the planning stages for SOA do not get the proper advice and guidance as to how to proceed, or even what a SOA actually is. Thus, the larger tragedy is that many of these projects will hit the wall, and do so with an impact that will reflect poorly on the notion of SOA, when it’s not really a SOA issue at all. First, be wary if consulting organizations point out their experience in the world of SOA by putting up past projects as proof of their experience. Most, if not…

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ZapThink’s 2008 SOA Forecast
The wreaths are down, the days are getting longer, and snow is on the ground, so it must be time for ZapThink’s annual retrospective and forecast for the world of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). This time, however, 2008 is a leap year, which means we’re heading into the US election season and looking forward to the Olympics. We’re also dealing with an uncertain economic outlook that may very well impact the enterprises that are relying upon SOA to enable their information technology (IT) shops to provide increasingly agile solutions to the business. As we look back to last year’s predictions, as well as looking forward to new ones for the coming year, we’ll take into account the changing business landscape as it provides a new perspective on business across the globe. Review of 2007 Forecast Our first prognostication from one year ago centered on the SOA quality and testing…

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Helping out the SOA Vendors
When I wrote about vendor-driven architectures (VDA) in my first ZapFlash, I had a few vendors ask me to look on the other side of the fence. In essence, to consider how vendors can better address the needs of the customer, considering the new drivers with SOA. So, why do they need help? In essence, vendors are now selling architecture, and not just a product. That seems to be freaking out the sales people and SEs who are used to pre-canned product pitches. Pre-canned pitches are the wrong approach, when taken in context of the larger strategic advantage of SOA. Basically, they are attempting to sell a strategic, systemic change to IT, but are attempting to do it as an in-a-box solution, which looks rather silly to those who build SOAs. Indeed, many SOA project leaders are calling…

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Who's Killing SOA?
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is now well past its hype phase, and is fast approaching a critical crossroads. Will enterprises resolve their current architectural challenges, allowing SOA to become the predominant approach to Enterprise Architecture worldwide? Or will it succumb to the pressures of confusion, misdirection, and ignorance that assail it, and become a tired label that signifies little more than a set of product features? We’ve seen this sad conclusion before with Enterprise Application Integration — once a promising architectural approach, now a euphemism for expensive, inflexible integration middleware. Will SOA suffer the same fate? SOA, fortunately, has not yet gone down this path, although the crossroads that will determine SOA’s future is fast approaching. And yet, the forces that assail SOA are assembling on all sides. It is time…

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