Funding SOA
Most entrepreneurs and salespeople know that in order to make a sale, a deal needs three key ingredients: need, urgency, and budget. It’s hard to sell anything if the prospect doesn’t have a need for it, and it’s likewise hard to encourage a short-term purchase if there’s little urgency to implement the solution today versus a few years from now. Most importantly, it’s impossible to sell any sort of solution if there simply isn’t any budget to make the purchase happen — even if the prospect needs the solution urgently. Given that ZapThink spends much of our time discussing the need and urgency for implementing SOA projects, we’d be negligent if we didn’t discuss the third key ingredient to making SOA happen — funding. Simply put, where is the money going to come from to pay for SOA projects? The first challenge that any architectural initiative faces is that architecture…

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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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ZapThink Announces New Service-Oriented Architecture Webcast “Radio Talk Show”
April Webcast on Controlling your SOA, May Webcast on the Great Debate between ESBs and Fabrics WALTHAM, MA, March 3, 2005 — ZapThink is announcing a refreshing, new Webcast series aimed at the rapidly growing Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) market. Run like a call-in radio “talk show”, starting in April 2005, ZapThink will host a monthly online ZapForum Webcast. Each Webcast start with thought-provoking content lead by ZapThink SOA experts. After this session, the ZapForum Webcast will feature a guest or two who will present, speak, and take Q&A from online attendees. Afterwards, the rest of the hour is open to the audience for Q&A and shared experiences, who will call in with their own SOA challenges and issues. Attendance at each Webcast is free and open to all registered ZapThink users. “Sometimes irreverent, often controversial, but always insightful, the goal of this Webcast is to grow the network of SOA…

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ThoughtWorks: Focusing on the Technology of Web Services & SOA
ThoughtWorks is a midsize global IT consulting firm that offers custom software development, integration services, Web Services development, and enterprise architecture consulting. Rather than providing high-level business consulting, the company focuses its resources squarely on providing technology solutions to problems companies face. However, despite the seemingly narrow focus of the firm, the company offers true thought leadership, in particular in the area of distributed development using a global delivery model and agile methodologies, which both lowers their clients’ risk and helps them attract top-notch technical talent. Specifically, ThoughtWorks has completed several Web Services and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) projects over the last few years, focusing on projects that involve legacy integration, leveraging their expertise with both the .NET and Java environments. ThoughtWorks’ technical depth, expertise with agile methodologies, and experience building SOA implementations positions them as a significant player in the SOA consulting marketplace. ThoughtWorks-022005-ZTZN-1170-1…

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Wipro: Global IT Transformation Services Leveraging SOA
Wipro Technologies, based in India, is a strategic business advisor to its global clients, focused on providing measurable returns on their business ideas. Its comprehensive service portfolio – consisting of consulting, application development, IT infrastructure support, business process outsourcing, package implementation, testing and quality assurance, product design and development makes it a foremost global sourcing provider. Wipro Technologies has proven that they can pioneer major trends in IT. With over 20 years experience in providing business-driven IT products and services, the company is now moving to take their cross-industry, cross-domain approach towards SOA. What makes the Wipro SOA offerings most compelling is a combination of the wealth of their talent and their specific expertise in Web Services and SOA. With hundreds of technology experts and solution delivery personnel , the company aims to provide the broadest possible base of skills for SOA strategy and planning, architecture and design, development…

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ZapThink Announces ZapNetwork for Individuals and Companies
The fast-paced SOA and Web Services markets continue mature at a rapid pace, and ZapThink is always on the lookout for ways to better provide value to you. We’ve had our heads down for the last few weeks, and we’ve come up with some exciting changes. INTRODUCING THE ZAPNETWORK Ever want unlimited access to all the research that ZapThink produces, but can’t afford the all-inclusive ZapAccess program? Trying to get beyond the “what” questions, and find answers to the the “how” of SOA? Want unlimited premium research access for LESS THAN THE COST of a 2-day conference? If so, then join the ZapNetwork today! The ZapNetwork includes ZapForum Webcasts, which are regularly scheduled “call-in” Web-based programs on various SOA-related topics, an expanded ZapThink Web site, all of ZapThink’s research, and more! While ZapNetwork subscriptions don’t include any advisory time with ZapThink’s SOA experts, they do…

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Tier1 Innovation: Building Dynamic Systems with SOA
Tier1 Innovation is a midsize IT professional services firm who is building an SOA practice on top of a successful Siebel implementation practice. Their SOA approach is iterative: they help companies understand and plan SOA while they implement pilot projects that take advantage of their clients’ existing IT infrastructure–an approach that helps them build trust among their clients. Tier1 offers a remarkably innovative approach to building and implementing SOA. Rather than simply considering Services to be thin veneers over traditional, tightly-coupled systems, Tier1 sees SOA as an overarching approach toward building highly dynamic systems that companies can quickly reconfigure using metadata and events–a flexible approach to SOA ZapThink calls just-in-time integration.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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ZapThink 2004 SOA Retrospective and Looking Ahead to 2005
Well, it is that time of the year again — when thoughts turn from the tactical to the strategic as companies of all sizes plan their upcoming year and make resolutions anew. With 2004 in our rear-view mirror, what have we learned from the past, and what new resolutions can companies fulfill in the year ahead? What will this year, devoid of distractions of the political race, Olympics, and potentially in mid-economic recovery mean for companies investing in Service Orientation and the Web Services technologies that support them? What will newfound mergers and partnerships, continued consolidation, and maturation of different technologies mean for the market? In this upcoming year, what will companies come to expect from the providers of solutions, and what will those providers expect in return? And finally, what can you all expect from ZapThink as we continue to dig deeper into the widespread changes that Service Orientation…

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The SOA Talent Squeeze
As 2004 winds down, the Service Orientation (SO) winds are shifting. SO software and hardware vendors’ markets are consolidating, as surviving players mature their products and build traction among customers who increasingly understand the value of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) to their organizations. While IT end-users focused their attention on Web Services and SOA products and the vendors who offered them up to this point in time, their attention is now moving to professional services organizations (PSOs) as these consulting firms ramp up their SOA practices. This shift in activity marks an important step in the maturation of SO adoption within enterprises: ZapThink has seen that while most of the Fortune 500 was dabbling with SOA in 2004, 2005 is the year that many will ramp up their SOA initiatives, in many cases to cross-departmental and cross-organizational projects, and in some instances to enterprise-wide implementations. Even enterprises with large IT shops…

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SOA Governance: Reengineering IT Governance
In today’s tough business climate of heightened competition, complex regulations, and constant change, management must be able to set guidelines for their company, and then have sufficient visibility and control to ensure that people are following those guidelines. Information technology (IT) is at once the most important asset for providing this visibility and control to executive management, while at the same time impedes the very visibility and control IT promises to provide through the complexity, opacity, and inflexibility of the typical enterprise IT environment. It’s no wonder, then, that IT governance is the most critical area of corporate governance in today’s competitive enterprise — both the governance of IT and the use of IT for corporatewide governance. However, how can executives rely upon brittle legacy IT infrastructures connected with spaghetti integration to offer the governance they require? The answer lies in architecture, because architecture provides the framework for the…

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