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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Why Service Consumers and Service Providers Should Never Directly Communicate
Edward R. Murrow once said, “People say conversation is a lost art; how often I have wished it were.” How true it is in the vendor and media-spun world of IT and even more so in the case of SOA. Many people think they are doing or talking about Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), but most of the time they’re really doing Web Services Integration (WSI), developing Just a Bunch of Web Services (JBOWS), or even just point-to-point XML (what many would like to call REST, but even in most cases is not even truly Representational State Transfer [REST], which is also an architectural form). Even after 8 years of evangelism, research, advisory, and deep consulting, we’re still finding a large percentage of so-called enterprise architects pursuing SOA projects as if they were point-to-point integration projects. We’ve discussed many times from an economic, technical, architectural, and philosophical…

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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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The Seven Levels of Loose Coupling
When ZapThink talks about Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), we generally try to avoid semantic arguments about what is and what isn’t SOA, but rather try to focus on specific characteristics that identify Service-oriented systems and the benefits they provide organizations that adopt the architectural approach. In particular, we like to focus on three core tenets: loose coupling of Service consumers and providers, composability at a variety of levels of granularity, and event-driven, asynchronous styles of interaction that allow for a wide range of usage scenarios. While these characteristics might seem distinct, they are in fact related to each other. The ability to compose arbitrary Services in environments of long-running transactions requires a certain measure of loose coupling. However, architects seem to grapple with the term “loose coupling”. Some erroneously think that systems are either loosely coupled or tightly coupled as if the determination of coupling is a binary evaluation. The…

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ZapThink Acquires Linthicum Group / ZapFlash: Architecture-Driven Infrastructure
If you haven’t heard the news, ZapThink announced today that it has acquired the Linthicum Group and is making David Linthicum, a well-known, well-regarded, and well-liked adviser, a ZapThink Managing Partner. Find out more about this important and hopefully useful announcement here. Let’s imagine the following scenario: John is a married man with a large family. He has a job just outside the city that requires a half-hour commute. His wife has a job in the city that, with traffic factored in, requires a 45 minute commute. They have six kids ranging from one barely in kindergarten to a 14-year old just entering high school that will eventually be driving on his own as well. Add to the mix the collection of soccer games, grocery runs, family outings, and daily chores and you have a fairly complex set of requirements for driving in, around, and out of town.

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ZapThink Acquires SOA Leader Linthicum Group, LLC
BALTIMORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ZapThink, LLC, the industry’s foremost advisory firm focused on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) today announces the acquisition of The Linthicum Group, LLC, a well-respected SOA consulting firm, and the addition of David S. Linthicum to ZapThink. ZapThink will expand its intellectual property and team with expertise and resources from the acquisition to provide ZapThink customers with expert SOA advisory, research, and guidance. The announcement was made during Linthicum’s keynote address to the e-Gov Institute’s 7th Enterprise Architecture Conference & Exhibition in Washington, DC. “Dave brings significant market visibility, thought leadership, a deep understanding of enterprise architecture, and proven approaches and methodologies for SOA adoption,” says Ronald Schmelzer, Managing Partner at ZapThink. “We see the addition of David and the Linthicum Group team as strategic to the ZapThink offerings, providing us with the ability to better service our expanding combined client base.” In addition to the Linthicum Group’s well-respected…

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SOA Infrastructure Patterns and the Intermediary Approach
The SOA spin cycle is now churning at full speed, generating significant froth in the market with regards to tooling, consulting, and support for helping to make SOA a reality for most firms. Many end users find themselves lost in all this turbulence, bobbing from one vendor’s SOA marketing pitch to another, confused between different implementation and architectural approaches to making SOA work, leaving them dizzied, dazed, and confused. Recently, ZapThink highlighted (and bemoaned) the fact that too much of the conversation around SOA today was really a conversation about SOA infrastructure — focusing not on the architectural part of making SOA work, but rather on the plumbing of getting Services to communicate with each other. While it is true that companies should focus less on infrastructure and more on the so-called Governance-Quality-Management (GQM) aspects of SOA, it is of course also true that an architecture…

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