BlueNote Networks: Converging Voice and Application Services
As Service-oriented Architecture (SOA) expands in usage and viability across enterprise IT, an increasing range of business processes, systems, and modes of user interaction are coming to be thought of in the Service-oriented perspective. In particular, most enterprises depend as much on their voice-based interactions with customers, employees, partners, and stakeholders as they do other forms of interaction. Therefore, it only makes sense to consider how SOA approaches can leverage voice capabilities as Services throughout corporate processes and applications. A champion and pioneer in the space of interactive communications, BlueNote Networks is heralding this era of voice-enabled SOA through its SessionSuite™ Business Communications Platforms. These software products enable businesses to consider voice in a more complete fashion, leveraging it both within existing business processes as well as enabling a new class of voice-enabled business processes. [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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ZapThink and Excel Partner Launch SOA-Focused Architect Resource and Placement Offering
Baltimore, MD and Montvale, NJ (PRWEB) January 26, 2007 — Focusing on the chronic shortage of Enterprise Architecture (EA) and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) professionals, ZapThink and Excel Partner today announced the formal release of the Architect Resource Center (ARC), an online and consultative service aimed at helping enterprises locate and fill EA and SOA resource needs and expanding the opportunities for capable architects. ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts and advisers in the field of SOA, joins with Excel Partner, a leading executive search and staffing firm that specializes in SOA to provide a dependable source for qualified Enterprise Architects having an SOA background. The ARC provides an online means for companies to identify potential architect candidates and discuss their resource needs with knowledgeable SOA and EA staffing experts. Excel Partner fulfills the requirement by applying each organization’s complementary strengths in skills assessment and candidate recruitment to optimally satisfy those needs…

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Comactivity: Improving Business Functionality through Model-Based, Service-Oriented Business Applications
The movement to Service Orientation is heralding an era of enterprise computing based on open standards, Service-oriented Architecture, and optimized business processes. This signifies a fundamental shift from today’s rigid and inflexible systems towards loosely-coupled approaches to application development and deployment. This new shift requires a redefinition of the concept of business functionality in a way that marries continually changing capabilities with new requirements for usability and flexibility. The aim is a new capacity for achieving competitive advantage, lower cost, and increased business value. ComActivity, a company based in Stockholm, Sweden, has put together a compelling solution that leverages this radical shift in computing. The key insight in the solution is its focus on model-based, graphical approach to business functionality, creating lean and optimized business processes leveraging emerging Web and SOA best practices. Striving to be the SOA killer app, ComActivity aims to meet the continuously changing needs of the…

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The Business Side of SOA
Managing change in the context of SOA. This presentation was given as part of a full-day seminar for Tarantell in Oslo, Norway on November 16, 2006. 40-slide PowerPoint in pdf format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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SOA Software: Expanding the Breadth of SOA Infrastructure
Throughout the past year, the pace of SOA adoption has continued to accelerate among organizations of all sizes, industries, and geographies. In 2006, companies increasingly funded solutions to business problems that benefited from a Service-oriented approach, and some of those firms have already started to see significant returns. Despite this increasing success with SOA, many organizations still lack the knowledge of what a complete infrastructure for SOA is, and how to properly evaluate technical solutions to the various challenges of SOA. While there are many SOA point-solution vendors now that have competitive and valuable offerings, as well as large IT vendors who are also building complete SOA offerings, what differentiates SOA Software in its approach is that it is the only pure-play SOA vendor that focuses on providing complete SOA infrastructure solution. SOA Software offers a complete SOA infrastructure product set addressing Enterprise SOA, Legacy and B2B Web services…

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The Role of Transformation Services in SOA
(Co-Authored by our newest analyst — John Reynolds) As organizations move forward with their Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) implementation plans, they often find themselves grappling with significant, long-lived problems of data and semantic integration among a wide variety of data sources. The mismatch between the data representation that one application provides and the data representation that another application expects forms the core of this long-lived problem. This data integration problem is particularly troublesome for SOA implementations because it limits the loose coupling between Service providers and consumers, unless there is an effective way to decouple the provider and consumer’s data representations. The need to access information of so many disparate types from so many disparate sources forms the semantic integration challenge that organizations must deal with today. Effective Service Composition Means Effective Semantic Integration What makes effective data and semantic integration a challenge is twofold: first, the…

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How SOA Transforms the Meaning of Legacy
To many technologists in the IT organization, the word “legacy” connotes a negative meaning, but not because the systems they are dealing with provide little value. Rather, on the contrary, these systems are of tremendous value to the organization, but interacting with them comes at such cost and with such complexity that little remains of this value to the organization. Sevice-Oriented Architecture (SOA) promises to turn this problem on its head. One of the most powerful concepts is the notion that a business can achieve true reuse of its assets through SOA, and thus achieve the flexiblity and agility it so desires. The whole idea of reuse is to get more value from what has originally been built. As such, the ideas of reuse and legacy are really one and the same thing! How can a company even hope to achieve any aspect of reuse if they are continually…

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Composing Services into Enterprise Mashups
The largely separate worlds of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and the collection of collaborative Web applications known as Web 2.0 are beginning to converge. Now that SOA is maturing, organizations that have been implementing it are increasingly focusing on how to empower users by giving them greater control over the flexible composite applications that SOA enables. Rich Internet Application technologies like Ajax, along with the collaborative nature of other Web 2.0 technologies, are enabling a new form of composite application known as an enterprise mashup, providing direction to architects who are seeking to provide agility and user empowerment to the business users in their organizations. IT is now realizing that it is their role to provide the architecture, infrastructure, and governance framework to support business users as they create, maintain, evolve and share such enterprise mashups. [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access…

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Presentations from ZapThink’s Fifth SOA Practitioner’s Forum in Geneva, Switzerland
In this ZIP file, you will find the collection of presentations from ZapThink’s Fifth SOA Practitioner’s Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. Presentations include: Fundamental SOA Concepts – Ronald Schmelzer, ZapThink [E] SOA, Business Process, and BPM – Jean-Paul de Vooght, CTP [E] Real implementation cases of SOA – Malhar Kamdar, BEA [F] The ESB as SOA Infrastructure: Controlling SOA at Runtime – Claus Thoden, BEA [E] Measuring SOA Maturity and the Platform – Xavier Fournier-Morel, SQLi [F] Enterprise Web 2.0 – David McFarlane, Nexaweb [E] How to move your Legacy Host to SOA – Ido Hardonag, NetManage [E] SOA Architectural Deep Dive – Ron Schmelzer, ZapThink [E] The download is about 11 Megabytes, and you need to provide your permission to share contact information with event sponsors to download this file.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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