Integrating Federal Agencies through SOA and the FEA
The United States federal government is the world’s largest single consumer of information technology, spending over $52 billion on IT in 2005, but it still struggles to produce measurable gains in public-sector worker productivity and to provide electronic access to government services. To meet these challenges, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) created the Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) in 2002 to guide the enterprise architecture efforts of most government organizations. Understanding the high-level goals of FEA, and to use Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) to achieve these goals, is crucial for succeeding in transforming enterprise architecture within the federal government. Service-enabling core agency business functions, building shared, reusable Service and infrastructure components, and enabling cross-agency governance are all essential elements of achieving such goals. Addressing the needs of the US federal government, Software AG provides a range of SOA infrastructure products and associated professional services. Software AG has extensive…

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Leveraging SOA for Strategic Value Creation
Florida Community College Jacksonville (FCCJ) is in the competitive and highly commoditized two-year community college industry. To rise above the fray, FCCJ has looked to their information technology (IT) department to help them build competitive differentiation in this market. In furtherance of this aim, FCCJ is instituting Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) in a three-phase initiative that currently automates several key business processes, and will eventually lead to a virtual environment for students, employees, and other users at the college. FCCJ is a long-term customer of Software AG, and Software AG’s products and professional services have been crucial in FCCJ’s success with SOA up to this point. Their SOA initiative is so successful so far, in fact, that they must manage the demand for additional Service-oriented applications from across the college, and their expanded capabilities have led to increased opportunities with channel customers who wish to leverage FCCJ’s IT capabilities for…

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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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Avoiding Accidental SOA
Today, it seems that every IT shop around the world is building Services. Whether those Services are standards-based Web Services or other kinds of software Services, exposing existing functionality and data via Service interfaces has become the leading approach to building distributed systems. As companies develop an increasing array of Services, they soon face the challenge of organizing those Services into an architecture that can respond effectively to ever-changing business requirements. We call such architecture Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). While a few architecturally savvy companies begin their Service implementation initiatives by planning the Services they will build ahead of time, most companies approach SOA by first building several Services, and tying them together and calling the result an SOA, without an architectural plan as the starting point. While such an “accidental” SOA is within the realm of possibility, getting SOA right is more challenging than simply developing and collecting a bunch…

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ZapThink: Enterprises Not Buying Service-Oriented Architecture by Name; Consulting Firms Integrate SOA Best Practices with Business-Focused Offerings
BALTIMORE, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sept. 6, 2006–ZapThink released a report today showing that few enterprises are specifically budgeting for or requesting Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) by name. Instead, business buyers budget for specific solutions to their business problems, and more consulting firms than ever before leverage Service Orientation best practices to provide those solutions. The main buyer of such initiatives has shifted toward the non-technical, business part of the enterprise. “The clear pattern with today’s SOA projects is that they are increasingly business-focused,” said Jason Bloomberg, Senior Analyst with ZapThink. “Many consulting firms are integrating SOA best practices into a broad differentiated offering that is not necessarily specific to SOA.” ZapThink expects the percentage of IT projects overall that leverage Service Orientation best practices to continue to grow over time, and those best practices will soon become ubiquitous. ZapThink also expects the percentage of IT projects that are named, SOA-specific projects to peak…

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SOA Consulting: Current Market Trends
Market Overview Few enterprises are buying SOA by name. Instead, business buyers are paying for solutions to business problems, and more consulting firms than ever before are leveraging Service Orientation best practices to provide those solutions. The main buyer of such initiatives has shifted toward the non-technical, business part of the enterprise. The clear pattern with today’s SOA projects is that they are increasingly business-focused. Many consulting firms integrate SOA best practices into a broad differentiated offering that is not necessarily specific to SOA. Many ostensible SOA efforts are little more than middleware shell games. Product vendors often distort the true message of SOA to best fit their product offerings. Similarly, the core mistake that some consulting firms are making is in confusing architecture with implementation. Future Trends ZapThink expects the percentage of IT projects overall that leverage Service Orientation best practices to continue to grow over time, and those…

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Process-Driven SOA
Properly implementing Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) means more than implementing the right Services–it also means enabling businesses to use those Services to create agile Service-Oriented Business Applications (SOBAs) which meet the requirements of the business users, even as those requirements change. On the one hand, building the right Services means leveraging legacy functionality and diverse data sources to build Services that business users can compose into process-driven composite applications. Business users must then have the user tools necessary to create, manage, and use SOBAs to meet business needs. Software AG’s crossvision SOA Suite, enabled by Software AG and Fujitsu’s jointly produced CentraSite SOA registry/repository, offers enterprises the tools they need to both build and use Services as part of a properly architected SOA.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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The ROI of SOA
In today’s post-dot.com world of tight IT budgets, increased regulation, global competition, and accelerating change, companies (and governments) require quantifiable results from their investments in technology. No executive will sign off on any investment in new technology without a solid expectation for how it will deliver value to the business. When people understand an established technology and how it will provide value over time, calculating the return on investment (ROI) for an IT expenditure will often be a straightforward process. However, calculating ROI on projects involving new technologies or emerging IT approaches like Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is frequently more of an art than a science.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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