ZapThink’s Service-Oriented Architecture Roadmap
ZAPTHINK’S ROADMAP TO SOA ADOPTION Companies today are struggling with the best way to implement IT infrastructures that enable business agility. Service-oriented architectures based on Web Services provide cost-effective approaches to achieving companies’ agility goals. ZapThink’s Roadmap to SOA adoption is a one-of-a-kind, full-color 24×18″ poster that provides organizations of all sizes and types an at-a-glance view at how to approach implementing Service-oriented architectures in a way that provides return-on-investment (ROI) at each step along the path toward agile IT infrastructures. Included on this easy-to-read poster are the steps and phases by which companies can move from today’s brittle infrastructures to loosely-coupled, coarse-grained, asynchronous SOAs. The poster covers concepts in point-to-point Web Services implementations for integration, securing, managing, and adding process layers to these services, implementing registries and management for loose coupling, moving to asynchronous invocations for greater reliability, and concepts in virtualization, contract-first development, SOA governance,…

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F5 Networks Announces Winners of iRules Contest
“We were impressed not only with the breath and depth of applications submitted for the contest, but especially with the real-world benefits the deployments delivered for each organization,” said Ron Schmelzer, Senior Analyst with ZapThink and a contest judge. “While many of these entries address challenges that could be resolved by recoding applications, it is significant that people are solving them with iRules instead. By choosing iRules for these functions, it is clear that this technology provides a variety of advantages in terms of cost reduction, productivity increases, or improvements in security, reliability, accessibility and performance over other alternatives. In some cases, these entries resolve issues that cannot be addressed in the application and also enable new possibilities not available in existing technologies.” Read more at: Business Wire…

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ZapForum Webcast — Practical Approaches for Optimizing SOA Performance
“Practical Approaches To Optimizing SOA Performance” Guest Experts: Michael Leventhal, Sr. Director, XML Products, Tarari and Tim Triemstra, VP, Product Strategy, Rogue Wave Software Topics: Understand where the performance bottlenecks are What are the tricks and techniques for surmounting efficiency problems? Learn about software, hardware, and other means for optimizing performance Setting the Stage: ZapThink Analysts Companies are very familiar with the primary benefit of SOA being business agility, but what about performance? How can we implement SOA without having to bear the brunt of its inefficiency and complexity? Is Web Services the real barrier to efficiency, or is there something about SOA, no matter how we implement it, that causes inefficiencies? Guest Expert: Michael Leventhal, Sr. Director, XML Products, Tarari Michael will explain how SOA-aware network appliances can offload common functionality from the application server in order to reduce XML processing complexity and make…

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Creating Contract and Policy Metadata
One of the first questions that archtiects and developers are posed with when building an SOA is exactly how to build a “Service”. Companies building loosely-coupled Services know that contracts and policies, built in metadata, are key to making SOA work. So, what exactly goes into Service contracts and policies, and what specifications are currently available to meet Service contract needs? This 24 slide presentation outlines some of the key issues in creating and implementing Service contracts as well as the steps companies should take to create them. HowBuildService-082005-ZTP-0184-1…

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What Belongs in a Service Contract?
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) has finally turned a corner: companies are shifting from the tentative first steps of Service enabling a few systems here and there to strategic SOA rollouts of all sizes that now have the blessing of senior management in the IT departments, and sometimes business executives themselves. In the hundreds of conversations that ZapThink has had in the past year, we have recognized a clear, decisive pattern of organizations moving toward SOA and away from the tightly-coupled, brittle integration approaches of yesterday. We’re no longer getting questions about the “whats” or “whys” of SOA, but rather the “hows” and “whens.” In fact, companies no longer discuss whether or not to embark on an SOA initiative. The eventual move to SOA is fast becoming a fait accompli. In the midst of this decisive move toward SOA, we are now starting to get more difficult, tactical questions about how to…

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So, Where are the Architects?
If you’ve been paying attention, one of the things that the movement to the sort of agile IT that Service-oriented architecture (SOA) enables is a new set of roles and responsibilities in the organization. We often blame today’s IT departments and their technology purchases for being responsible for the integration rats’ nests that are the cause of today’s inflexibility, and we frequently chastise the business folks for making expedient, short-sighted decisions that only make the problem worse. So, is there a way out of this puzzle? Is there anyone in the organization that can hope to get the vision of Service Orientation right, or is this all a hopeless struggle? Fortunately, there is hope, and it comes in the form of enterprise architecture. As we’ve frequently discussed, the most critical part of making SOA work is doing architecture well. So, if there’s a need for architecture, then it figures…

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Industry Luminaries to Debate Implementation for Service-Oriented Architecture on Live Webcast
WALTHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 25, 2005–Companies are grappling with the best way to implement the rapidly growing Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) approach to distributed computing, including Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), SOA Fabric, and other means to implement SOA. To address these issues, ZapThink is hosting the industry’s key luminaries on this topic – Gordon Van Huizen from Sonic Software and Frank Martinez from Blue Titan – on its May 4, 2005 ZapForum Webcast entitled “The Great Debate: ESBs, Fabrics, or Something else?” “There’s way too much inconsistency in how companies are defining and tackling the various methods for implementing SOA,” said Ronald Schmelzer, senior analyst with ZapThink, LLC. “We hope to settle some of the issues around ESBs, SOA Fabrics, and other modes of implementing SOA once and for all on our May ZapForum Webcast.” Run like a call-in radio talk show, the ZapForum Webcast starts with thought-provoking content lead…

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Announcing ZapForum Webcasts: The Hottest New Concept for People Interested in SOA Today!
Think of a call-in radio talk show combined with presentations from ZapThink’s leading experts. Now throw in an ever-growing network of influential SOA implementers. Add insightful commentary from guest speakers, and you have a ZapForum Webcast – the hottest new concept for people interested in SOA today! Sometimes Irreverent Often Controversial Always Insightful Every month ZapThink will host the online ZapForum Webcast. Each Webcast will 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, so expect to hear what’s really on people’s minds! Attendance at each Webcast is open to all registered ZapThink users! JOIN AND LEVERAGE THE GROWING NETWORK OF EDUCATED, INFORMED, AND INFLUENTIAL INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE MAKING SOA…

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Accelerating Processing in an Event-Driven Service-Oriented Architecture
Very high performance event-driven SOA is essential for building discoverable, loosely-coupled services which will meet the volume, transaction rate, and implementation cost threshold for real-time Web Services. Ron Schmelzer from ZapThink will discuss how four coupling models (request/reply, publish/subscribe, routed events, and reliable messaging) underpin event-driven SOA. Greg Brown, Director at Tarari, will show how hardware-accelerated Random Access XML (RAX) is used to dramatically increase sustained throughput and peak capacity of each of these coupling models while lowering deployment costs. Accelerating Processing in an Event-Driven Service Oriented Architecture…

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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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