Transtitioning to SOA
This was a presentation I conducted at an ITWeb SOA Conference in Johannesburg South Africa during October 2009. The presentation illustrates what an organization needs to do to transition to SOA at a strategic level, at both an enterprise and IT architecture level as well as a showing a road map that indicates how to start the transition [hide -3] MZ – IT Web SOA Conference 2009.zip (10 MB) [/hide] [hide +3] You need to be a Licensed ZapThink Architect to Access this Document. Sign up today! [/hide]…

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Process Isomorphism: The Critical Link between SOA and BPM
ZapThink has long championed the close relationship between Business Process Management (BPM) projects and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) initiatives. As anyone who has been through our Licensed ZapThink Architect Bootcamp can attest, we have a process-centric view of SOA, where the point to building loosely coupled Business Services is to support metadata-driven compositions that implement business processes, what we call Service-Oriented Business Applications, or SOBAs, for want of a better term. Nevertheless, there is still confusion on this point, among enterprise practitioners who see BPM as a business effort and SOA as technology-centric, among vendors who see them as separate products in separate markets, and even among pundits who see Services as supporting business functions but not business processes. On the other hand, there are plenty of Enterprise Architects who do see the connection between these two initiatives, and who have pulled them together into “BPM enabled…

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SOA: Integration vs. Business Process?
At the Integration Consortium’s recent Global Integration Summit, I sat next to a fellow at lunch who had been in the integration business his entire career. He began his career hand-coding integrations to IBM mainframes, and over the next twenty years, had connected one system to another using sockets, adapters, and several generations of middleware. It’s no wonder, then, that when the topic of conversation shifted to Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), he looked at the concept through integration-colored glasses. From his perspective, SOA was about leveraging Web Services as standards-based adapters, and loose coupling amounted to little more than requiring various endpoints to support the same set of open standards. In fact, ever since ZapThink coined the term “Service Oriented Integration” (SOI) back in 2002, there’s been unceasing confusion on just how Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and integration relate to one another. Several recent blog posts have refocused attention…

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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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SOBAs
Planning SOBAs – Exercise 9 [hide -3] SOBAs – Ex9.pdf (75 KB) [/hide] [hide +3] You need to be a Licensed ZapThink Architect to Access this Document. Sign up today! [/hide]…

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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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Data Mashups: Enabling Ad Hoc Composite, Headless, Information Services
Organizations that have been implementing Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) are increasingly focusing on how to empower users by giving them greater control over the flexible composite applications that SOA enables. Business empowerment is the most under-appreciated benefit of SOA. SOA empowers business users by offering Services that abstract capabilities and information and enable the consumers of Services to create value outside the capacity, budget, and planning of the central IT organization. Indeed, SOA “democratizes” IT application development by separating the roles of Service creation and management (the role of IT) from Service consumption and composition (the role of Business). But SOA is not the only area of IT to introduce this democratization of technology capabilities. The emergence of Web 2.0 introduced us to the ideas of user generated content, collaborative information creation, crowd sourcing, and mashups. In the realm of the web experience, technologies such as YouTube are just…

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SOA for Managers
Presentation for full-day SOA for Managers course offered with ISQT in Bangalore, India on October 17, 2008. Topics include SOA Fundamentals, Addressing SOA Organizational Challenges, SOA Intermediaries & Integration, SOA Infrastructure, SOA Project Management, SOA Governance, SOA Quality, and Service Composition, Business Process & SOBAS. 200 slide ppt in pdf format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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