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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Best Effort SOA and the SOA Quality Star
In one of ZapThink’s recent Licensed ZapThink Architect courses for a US Department of Defense (DoD) contractor, we were discussing Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Quality. I pointed out that as a SOA implementation matures, it becomes increasingly important to manage quality continuously over the full Service lifecycle, as the agility requirement for SOA reduces the practicality of focusing quality assurance solely on pre-deployment testing activities. The students then pointed out that the DoD requires that they put any new software implementation through six months of rigorous acceptance testing before deployment. Clearly, these two views of quality are at odds, and beg the question: which has to give? Can the DoD or any other organization implementing SOA have to sacrifice either agility or quality in order to obtain the other? Best Effort SOA Quality The answer is that no, such organizations don’t have to sacrifice quality to obtain agility, but…

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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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Mindreef: Scaling up SOA Quality
Maintaining the quality of Services and Service compositions as part of a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) initiative is far more complex than traditional software quality assurance. Organizations who are implementing SOA must manage quality across the full Service lifecycle, including design time, runtime, and change time, and furthermore, SOA quality teams must contain a more diverse set of people than traditional software quality requires. As a result, organizations require a new set of tools like the Mindreef SOAPscope Server product family to maintain SOA quality as SOA initiatives ramp up to full enterprise scale.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Skyway Software: A Collaborative, Model-Driven Approach to Service Development
As companies look to migrate to Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and adopt Service-oriented approaches in their organizations, the biggest challenge is often aligning, educating, and informing the IT teams on how to best make the transition. Too often, the business desires for Service Orientation outpace the capabilities of IT to deliver on the SOA vision. As such, companies often seek incremental approaches that get the organization closer to their SOA goals without requiring that they bite off too much at once. While an iterative approach does not necessarily guarantee that a company will realize all the benefits of SOA, such as loose coupling, composability of Services, Service reuse, and increased agility, taking a step-wise approach to SOA can significantly increase a company’s chances of realizing long-term SOA success. Skyway Software’s model-driven approach to Service development helps to transition firms that have well-developed, but entrenched experience in traditional software development…

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alfabet: Applying Enterprise Architecture Management to SOA
ZapThink’s perspective on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is that SOA is essentially a set of Enterprise Architecture (EA) best practices, linking the disciplines of SOA and EA together. As organizations make progress with their SOA initiatives, they generally come to agree with this perspective. As a consequence, one of the primary benefits of the “SOA as EA” perspective is the ability to leverage EA Management (EAM) tools for SOA initiatives. Most EAM tools, however, do not have capabilities specific to SOA. planningIT from alfabet is an important exception. In addition to a full breadth of collaborative EA modules that cover the gamut of IT planning activities, planningIT also offers some specific capabilities that help with the planning of SOA initiatives as well, including tools for planning reusable Services that meet the needs of the business.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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