Cordys: Comprehensive Enabler of Service-Oriented Business Applications
Netherlands-based Cordys followed the core principles of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) to build a Composite Application Framework from the ground up. The eponymously named Cordys offers integration capabilities, Web Service creation and enablement, composite application creation and management, and rich user interface capabilities, in addition to data management and security. Furthermore, since Cordys built the entire product as a single, standards-based, integrated suite, Cordys customers have seamless, agile capabilities that enable them to get the most out of their SOA implementations. As a result, Cordys is a member of a new class of Service-oriented applications that might be called the killer apps of SOA.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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TenFold: Accelerating Business-Focused Composite Application Creation
One of the greatest challenges to implementing Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is in making the Service-Oriented Business Applications formed by composing Services simple, flexible, and business-focused. Too often, companies don’t know how to compose loosely-coupled Services into business processes that meet continually changing business needs. TenFold takes a model-driven approach to composite application creation with their EnterpriseTenFold SOA tool, providing a rapid, iterative approach to dynamic composite application creation that enables business users to model their requirements and then render the desired applications minimizing the need for writing any programming code. [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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The SOA Killer App
This 20-page PowerPoint presented in pdf format discusses the SOA Killer App, which is a combination modeling tool, composite application builder, universal dashboard, governance tool, and Service consumer. This presentation was presented on a Systinet Webinar in June, 2006.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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Should All Services Be Reusable?
It is always encouraging to see that we’re making steady progress toward a deeper understanding of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). One of the clues that we’re making progress is that we are increasingly fielding questions regarding architecture, rather than implementation or infrastructure. At a recent conference, for example, we were quite encouraged when someone asked the question, “should all Services be reusable?” On first glance, this question has a straightforward answer. After all, since one of the goals of SOA is to build reusable Services, then why shouldn’t all of them be reusable? But upon further reflection, answering this question properly requires greater subtlety as well as deeper architectural thinking. This ZapFlash, therefore, not only explores the answer to this question, but also illustrates what we mean by deeper architectural thinking. Top-Down Thinking The question as to whether all Services should be reusable leads to two further questions,…

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SnapXT: Pioneering Enterprise Mashups
An important goal of any Service-Oriented Architecture initiative is to enable business users to compose Services into flexible composite applications that can provide ongoing business value in the face of changing requirements. Meeting this need is the emerging concept of the mashup, which empowers users to create such composite applications in a dynamic manner by leveraging Web technologies. Most of today’s mashups, however, are experimental in nature, and provide little business value. To bring business value to the nascent mashup market, SnapXT offers users the ability to create enterprise-quality mashups that assemble diverse IT assets and data sources in a flexible, declarative fashion. What makes SnapXT different is its multiple interface metaphors that simplify application creation and empower the users of those applications. As a result, SnapXT is pioneering enterprise mashups through their tool that offers true business value to companies looking to build Service-Oriented Business Applications. [hide…

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SEEC Enterprise Workspace Suite
Leveraging Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) to reduce integration expense provides a solid business case for businesses, but companies can realize more significant value from SOA by enabling flexible business processes with Service-Oriented Business Applications (SOBAs). The secret to obtaining value from such applications is in combining Services that represent existing functionality and data with business process logic that meets ongoing business needs in a cost-effective, agile manner. One such vendor taking this approach to applications is SEEC, a SOBA vendor focused on the insurance industry who is on the forefront of offering process-rich applications that leverage the flexibility of SOA, enabling insurance carriers to provide greater value to customers and improve their competitiveness in today’s dynamic marketplace.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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SOA for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs)
As Enterprise Architecture, Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is particularly useful in large enterprises, and increasingly, to small and midsize businesses, as well. However, those are only one part of the IT ecosystem. What about those companies that are in the business of building and selling software products, so called independent software vendors (ISVs)? Generally speaking, ISVs create and sell software products that run on one or more IT platforms. ISVs might offer consulting services, but they typically aren’t consulting companies per se. Neither are they simply Value-Added Resellers (VARs) or Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), who embed or customize someone else’s products. Rather, ISVs sell their own intellectual property as installable, configurable software. The largest software vendors are responsible for the enterprise applications that we run, the operating systems we use, and the infrastructure platforms on top of which we conduct business — think IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, HP, and CA.

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SEEC Launches Proof of Value Challenge for SOA Solutions
“The insurance industry can benefit significantly from a comprehensive library of software resources,” said Jason Bloomberg, Senior Analyst at ZapThink. “A service-oriented approach to providing access to library components is a flexible, cost-effective way to help organizations determine which components they may require to better manage their business.” Read more at: Business Wire…

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Mashups and SOBAs: Which is the Tail and Which is the Dog?
New buzzwords are one of the many side-effects of emerging markets, and into our buzzword-heavy world comes yet another doozie — the mashup. According to Wikipedia, a mashup is a Web site or Web application that seamlessly combines content from more than one source into an integrated experience. Falling under the increasingly broad buzz-umbrella of Web 2.0, Mashups bear a more-than-passing resemblance to the Service-oriented composite applications ZapThink frequently speaks about — known in analyst-speak as Service-Oriented Business Applications, or SOBAs. In fact, the overlap of mashups and SOBAs, or enterprise mashups, has recently become a hot topic du jour in the blogosphere. The collision of two heretofore distinct areas of discussion within the blogosphere (in this case, mashups and Service-Oriented Architecture, or SOA) inevitably results a measure of consternation, because the people within each group bring a different context to the discussion. In this case, there is…

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