The Governance, Quality, Management Trifecta: Making Loose Coupling Work
With Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) well established in the common parlance of IT, companies are now grappling with the some of the most challenging issues in making SOA work. The companies that are well on the path to SOA adoption know full well that the technical challenges of building and exposing Services are less significant than the hurdles of building loosely coupled, business-relevant Services leveraged across their continuously changing business processes. Indeed, the challenge of making loose coupling a reality is only surpassed by the even-greater challenges associated with organizational and cultural adoption of SOA. While SOA abstracts the complexity associated with heterogeneous, point-to-point integration and tightly-coupled application logic, it introduces a different kind of complexity: the management of distributed, loosely coupled, and dynamically composable Services. Over the past few years companies developed a number of approaches for dealing with this new form of complexity: management solutions that isolate failure…

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The Keys to Successful Service-Oriented Architecture
Presentation for three-hour seminar for the AMBA banking conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina on May 14, 2007. Presents ZapThink’s high-level introduction to SOA, with an in-depth look at Services and SOA infrastructure requirements, including security, management, and governance. Also discusses the challenges organizations face as they implement SOA. 89-slide PowerPoint presented in PDF format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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ZapThink and Web Age Solutions Partner to Offer World-class SOA Training
BALTIMORE, MD — May 9, 2007 — In response to the significant skills gap for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), ZapThink and Web Age Solutions, today announce a partnership today to deliver world-class SOA training and knowledge transfer to large enterprises. ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts and advisers in the field of SOA, joins with Web Age Solutions, a premier provider of SOA education and mentoring to offer training solutions aimed at key SOA roles including business analysts, managers, and architects. The companies also plan to develop a cross-functional hands-on SOA workshop, and Web Age Solutions will also serve as a Certified Licensed ZapThink Trainer for Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Boot Camps and SOA credentialing. “We’re aiming to transfer SOA knowledge and expertise to enterprises as early in their SOA adoption process as possible,” states Greg Wagner, Web Age’s VP of US Operations. “With targeted workshops and role-based training, we are…

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Web Age Solutions: Deep SOA Training for a Wide Range of Audiences
Companies are quickly realizing that doing Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) right means more than simply picking a set of tools and implementing some code. Indeed, companies are now clamoring for more information and guidance on SOA best practices, which has led to an upswing in the market for Enterprise Architecture-focused training and mentorship. To address a growing demand, Web Age Solutions has put together a comprehensive SOA training program for managers, architects, and developers. Some highlights from this curriculum include high-level executive training, hands-on technical courses for both developers and testing personnel, and deep best practice instruction for architects.Their SOA courseware falls into four general tracks: SOA discovery, SOA strategy, SOA application development, and SOA optimization, enabling Web Age to offer a set of courses for any individual or organization who wishes to improve their knowledge of and capabilities with SOA.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access…

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Mindreef and ZapThink Offer SOA Quality Expertise and Strategies for Successfully Moving from Web Services to SOA
“Mindreef has pioneered the Web services and SOA market for nearly five years with proven products that address very specific requirements associated with Web services and SOA Quality,” adds Ron Schmeltzer, Senior Analyst at ZapThink. “We’re pleased to team with Mindreef to help companies successfully make the move from rolling out their Web services initiatives to properly implementing and fully realizing the benefits of SOA. The packaged advisory offering provided by ZapThink for Mindreef customers can help end-users make educated, impactful decisions for their business as part of an overall SOA Quality strategy.” Read more at: Business Wire…

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ZapThink and IASA Team Up to Deliver Cutting Edge Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Credentials
Baltimore, MD, and Austin, TX (PRWeb) March 16, 2007 — ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts and advisers in the field of SOA, today announces its partnership with the International Association of Software Architects (IASA) to help develop the current state of Enterprise Architect (EA) and Software Architect credentials for Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). IASA is the premier association focused on the architecture profession through the advancement of best practices and education while delivering programs and services to IT architects of all levels around the world. In a recent report published by ZapThink, the lack of skilled EAs appears to be dramatically slowing the pace of IT architectural improvement and change. To prevent such shortages and lack of skills from impeding future SOA growth and adoption, both ZapThink and IASA are committed to developing programs which support and expand EA and SA skill sets. “There is a significant lack of available, skilled,…

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ZapThink and Excel Partner Launch SOA-Focused Architect Resource and Placement Offering
Baltimore, MD and Montvale, NJ (PRWEB) January 26, 2007 — Focusing on the chronic shortage of Enterprise Architecture (EA) and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) professionals, ZapThink and Excel Partner today announced the formal release of the Architect Resource Center (ARC), an online and consultative service aimed at helping enterprises locate and fill EA and SOA resource needs and expanding the opportunities for capable architects. ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts and advisers in the field of SOA, joins with Excel Partner, a leading executive search and staffing firm that specializes in SOA to provide a dependable source for qualified Enterprise Architects having an SOA background. The ARC provides an online means for companies to identify potential architect candidates and discuss their resource needs with knowledgeable SOA and EA staffing experts. Excel Partner fulfills the requirement by applying each organization’s complementary strengths in skills assessment and candidate recruitment to optimally satisfy those needs…

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Pragmatic SOA
ZapThink met with the global CIO of a multinational financial services firm recently to discuss the success he’d had with his Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) implementation efforts. He made an interesting and provocative point: even though he had achieved substantial success with SOA in terms of the business value such initiatives yielded, he had constrained the scope of his SOA efforts to a set of specific problem areas. In fact, he had no plans to Service-orient most of his IT operations — and yet, his firm is one of the most successful SOA implementers in the world. This CIO’s experience underscores a fundamental principle of SOA adoption that many organizations on the roadmap to SOA overlook: SOA solves some problems, but not all, and is best implemented when the characteristic benefits of SOA outweigh the overhead and cost of architectural change that moving to SOA requires. As a result, success…

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The SOA Forecast for 2007
For those in the United States, 2007 has started out with a bang — two major snow storms in the Rocky Mountains and a persistent warm front that’s keeping the entire East Coast in unusually warm weather for this time of year. Even more so, it’s football season in the US and both the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens are in the playoffs — the two teams representing ZapThink’s two office locations. Of course, speaking metaphorically, with regards to SOA, 2006 ended with a bang and 2007 is already showing considerable warmth and competitive vigor. ZapThink has seen SOA take off even more aggressively than we anticipated at the beginning of 2006, and all indications show that SOA strength will be further reinforced and expanded in 2007 to many corners of the IT environment, throughout the world and in many different industries. And so, during this season of sultry…

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SOA Software: Expanding the Breadth of SOA Infrastructure
Throughout the past year, the pace of SOA adoption has continued to accelerate among organizations of all sizes, industries, and geographies. In 2006, companies increasingly funded solutions to business problems that benefited from a Service-oriented approach, and some of those firms have already started to see significant returns. Despite this increasing success with SOA, many organizations still lack the knowledge of what a complete infrastructure for SOA is, and how to properly evaluate technical solutions to the various challenges of SOA. While there are many SOA point-solution vendors now that have competitive and valuable offerings, as well as large IT vendors who are also building complete SOA offerings, what differentiates SOA Software in its approach is that it is the only pure-play SOA vendor that focuses on providing complete SOA infrastructure solution. SOA Software offers a complete SOA infrastructure product set addressing Enterprise SOA, Legacy and B2B Web services…

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