Service Orientation Market Trends
Key Points: ZapThink sees a consolidation of most SO functionality into a single market category that can be delivered as individual products, product suites, or service offerings that contain broad functionality, including features that are currently associated with the security, management, process, integration, and tools segments. We call that market the SOA Implementation Framework market. The total SOA Implementation Framework market opportunity will go from $4.4 billion in 2005 to $43 billion by 2010. The big winners from the shift to Service Orientation will be large vendors who are able to leverage the innovation of the smaller players to build fully functional SOA Implementation Frameworks. New entrants will find opportunity in adding value to these large vendors’ products, or by finding opportunity in the gaps between their solutions.   Table of Contents: I. Report Scope II. Context: The Shift to Service Orientation 2.1. The shift to Service Orientation affects all…

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ZapNote: RatchetSoft
As ZapThink discusses in most of its research, Web Services provide an excellent means for exposing application functionality as network-discoverable Services that can then be consumed and composed as needed to suit evolving business requirements. However, one of the challenges that developers face in attempting to build such Services is defining the exact Services that might be required by end users that will consume those Services. Indeed, accomplishing the goals of widespread application reuse has always been a challenge since in a truly loosely coupled environment the developer has little or no communication with the consumers of those application Services. RatchetSoft hopes to change the fundamental challenge of Service development and application reuse by providing a tool for developers called Ratchet-X that allows them to map user interface elements to Service interfaces. End users can then consume these Services without needing to communicate with the original application developer to meet…

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Is the Window of Opportunity Closing for Service Orientation Vendors?
Speaking of the ever-changing nature of reality, the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus famously said, “you can never step into the same river twice.” He could very well have been talking about the Web Services (WS) and Service Orientation (SO) market. At this point in time, this market is exceptionally dynamic, as several technology and business forces buffet the players. ZapThink’s new report, Service Orientation Market Trends, analyzes these forces, and lays out some bold predictions for the IT industry for the years to come. This ZapFlash is an excerpt of that report. Web Services, of course, are standards-based interfaces to software functionality. Service Orientation is an approach to distributed computing where software functionality is available as discoverable Services on the network. It’s important to realize that Web Services by themselves do not form a product category in their own right, because they are interfaces to something else, rather…

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How to Succeed Through Service Oriented Integration
Ron Schmelzer, the leading industry analyst from ZapThink will provide advice, based on real-life experience, on how SOI addresses an organization’s integration needs by advantageously leveraging heterogeneity while creating an agile architecture for the future. SOI represents a fundamental change in the way companies architect IT assets. It enables organizations to expose functionality as loosely-coupled, coarse-grained, standards-based, and process-driven services. This webinar will also offer an overview of IONA’s recently announced Artix family of enterprise-class SOI solutions. IONA has been a leader on component-based systems for over a decade. Tune into this webinar to learn how SOI has helped companies reduce IT costs and increase business agility. Find out how Service-Oriented Integration can help you: Leverage and extend existing IT investments Seamlessly connect disparate systems Reduce project costs [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Retiring the Four-Platform Framework for Web Services
As an analyst firm, ZapThink sees many presentations from vendors and end users, and as a result we have seen a recurring vision for Web Services that has outlived its questionable usefulness at representing how the market is implementing and producing products for real-world Web Services and SOA solutions — namely Gartner’s Four-Platform Framework of Web Services. While the framework has helped many companies get started with their understanding of Web Services, we believe it’s time to move on. Fundamentally, the way in which the Four-Platform Framework is represented by vendors and end-users is inaccurate, incomplete, and in the final analysis, no longer helpful for either end-users or vendors as they struggle to grasp Web Services or Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs). In its place, ZapThink offers the SOA Implementation Framework, which we feel more accurately reflects the challenges companies face as they seek to implement SOAs, and the products vendors must…

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ZapThinkTank 2003: Web Services and SOA Implementation Roadmap
Financial services and insurance firms 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. This session provides companies of all sizes and industries an approach to implementing Service-oriented architectures in a way that provides return-on-investment (ROI) at each step along the path toward agile IT infrastructures. We will discuss the steps and phases by which these companies can move from today’s brittle infrastructures to loosely-coupled, coarse-grained, asynchronous SOAs. The session 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, grid computing, and more. We’ll provide the big picture for SOA adoption as well as the details on how to actually go about…

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ZapThinkTank 2003: Web Services and SOA Drill-down for Financial Services and Insurance
In the second seminar we’ll focus on real implementation details, examples, and advice for financial services and insurance companies looking to get started with their SOA initiatives. We’ll talk about the network infrastructure, legacy enablement, and moving beyond simple applications of Web Services to getting started with SOA pilot projects. We’ll also cover working with professional services firms, including how to select one that can meet your needs, how to specify your requirements, and what to look for when selecting a consultant. Key roadblocks and challenges you will face in implementing Web Services and SOA projects, and ways to surmount those challenges. How to build acceptance for an SOA pilot project How to assemble an SOA project team How to build successful SOA projects by implementing key emerging best practices and techniques. How to select a consulting partner for your SOA initiative What are the critical components of SOA infrastructure…

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SOA + Information Architecture = Code Reuse (Finally!)
Before the Industrial Revolution, virtually every human work product was handmade and crafted by artisans — clothing, vehicles, buildings, anything people consumed. Then came the Revolution, ushering in mass production, which changed the fundamental economics of manufacturing and consumption forever. Software, on the other hand, is still essentially handmade to this day, where every piece is crafted by an IT “artisan” to fit a specific need. And so, software has so far failed to provide the same revolutionary economics to IT that the Industrial Revolution provided for manufactured goods. Now, while mass production of software may still be a ways off, the ability to reuse pieces of software is in our grasp, providing at least a glimmer of the profound economic benefits that mass-produced software could provide. Code Reuse: A Holy Grail? Code reuse has long been one of the holy grails of software development. Writing code once…

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ZapNote: InfoPower
InfoPower’s flagship SnapXT product is squarely focused at enabling casual, informal, and agile business process and composite application development. Leveraging a hosted, J2EE-based platform, SnapXT introduces a unique and innovative development paradigm — the ability for the application developer to choose their most productive design and development tool, and use such tools interchangeably. Using XML as its output format, applications are produced intuitively, providing a range of ways to build Service-oriented, composite applications. AGiLiENCE-122002-ZTZN-1130-1…

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Growing an Agile Service-Oriented Architecture
Web Services are lowering the costs of integration in companies around the globe today. Even small, point-to-point integration projects achieve substantial, rapid ROI using a Web Services integration approach. As companies become more Web Services savvy, the benefits of a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) become apparent. SOAs provide a framework for flexible, low cost enterprise integration. They also lead to substantial business agility–a primary goal in today’s fast-paced business environments. Much of the ROI derived from an SOA comes from the ability to reuse Services. To maximize the reusability of Services in an SOA, it is critical to separate the business functionality provided by those Services from the information related to the delivery of the Services, such as security, data transformation and service-level agreements. Such delivery criteria are best defined in a Web Services delivery contract. Such contracts can be dynamically configured in the abstraction layer that the SOA provides between…

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