Architectural Deep Dive for SOA
Three-hour workshop on the architectural underpinnings of SOA, including multiple views, the SOA Metamodel, the Zachman Framework, and Model-Driven Architecture. Includes a deep discussion on SOA metadata including Service contracts. Presented at the SOA India Conference, Bangalore, on November 23, 2007.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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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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Enterprise Mashups & SOBAs: Which is the Tail & Which is the Dog?
Defines a Service-Oriented Business Application (SOBA) in the context of SOA, and a Mashup in the context of Web 2.0. Then explains how the overlap is an Enterprise Mashup, which is part of the Enterprise Web 2.0 story. Enterprise Mashups require the loose coupling and management provided by SOA, as well as governance, to be appropriate in an enterprise environment. 36-slide PowerPoint in pdf format. Originally presented at SOA World on June 25, 2007.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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SOA Workshop for IT Managers & PMO
Day-long presentation on SOA to an audience of IT managers and project managers. Covers the basic introduction to SOA, SOA governance, SOBAs, Service consumers, the SOA lifecycle, SOA and legacy, and key challenges of SOA. Presented on June 19, 2007 to a large telco carrier.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Mashing the Phone
ZapThink has recently noticed an important trend in the Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) world — an increased interest in SOA from telecommunications (telco) carriers, as well as the ecosystem of vendors with telco-related offerings. Now, the SOA story in telco has been quite strong for a few years now, as many of the large carriers have targeted SOA for reducing internal redundancy across complex, heterogeneous infrastructures. The trend this year, however, is that telcos are looking to leverage SOA to provide better, more flexible products to their customers, and to roll out those products more quickly. So, while this ZapFlash will be of interest to the telco ecosystem, the real story here is in how Service-oriented best practices will impact any consumer of telco services — which of course means all of us, from the individual up to the largest enterprise. Convergence and SOA Ever since the Internet came…

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ZapThink and Web Age Solutions Partner to Offer World-class SOA Training
BALTIMORE, MD — May 9, 2007 — In response to the significant skills gap for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), ZapThink and Web Age Solutions, today announce a partnership today to deliver world-class SOA training and knowledge transfer to large enterprises. ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts and advisers in the field of SOA, joins with Web Age Solutions, a premier provider of SOA education and mentoring to offer training solutions aimed at key SOA roles including business analysts, managers, and architects. The companies also plan to develop a cross-functional hands-on SOA workshop, and Web Age Solutions will also serve as a Certified Licensed ZapThink Trainer for Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Boot Camps and SOA credentialing. “We’re aiming to transfer SOA knowledge and expertise to enterprises as early in their SOA adoption process as possible,” states Greg Wagner, Web Age’s VP of US Operations. “With targeted workshops and role-based training, we are…

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BPM the SOA Way
Successful businesses are built on great products or services, operational efficiency, excellence in satisfying customers, well-honed sales and marketing efforts, and leveraging relationships with suppliers and partners. To respond to changing market forces that impact these efforts, companies don’t necessarily change the product or service itself, but rather the process they use to serve their customers. However, building an agile infrastructure that supports process needs from beginning to end and top to bottom while allowing for frequent and ad hoc changes presents many challenges to the business. Enterprise applications typically provide only a siloed approach to business process management (BPM) and are inflexible in the face of process change. To achieve true business agility, organizations must separate the processes from the underlying applications using an architectural approach that abstracts the application functionality as Services so that the business can compose those Services into composite applications in a flexible manner.

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ZapThink and IASA Team Up to Deliver Cutting Edge Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Credentials
Baltimore, MD, and Austin, TX (PRWeb) March 16, 2007 — ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts and advisers in the field of SOA, today announces its partnership with the International Association of Software Architects (IASA) to help develop the current state of Enterprise Architect (EA) and Software Architect credentials for Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). IASA is the premier association focused on the architecture profession through the advancement of best practices and education while delivering programs and services to IT architects of all levels around the world. In a recent report published by ZapThink, the lack of skilled EAs appears to be dramatically slowing the pace of IT architectural improvement and change. To prevent such shortages and lack of skills from impeding future SOA growth and adoption, both ZapThink and IASA are committed to developing programs which support and expand EA and SA skill sets. “There is a significant lack of available, skilled,…

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