ZapThink Announces Major Update to Popular SOA Implementation Roadmap Poster
ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts, advisers, and educators in the field of Service-Oriented Architecture, is responding to customer demand with today’s publication of the third version of its popular “ZapThink SOA Implementation Roadmap” poster. The company distributed over 100,000 copies of its first two versions of the poster, the first in 2003 and then updated in 2005. The latest version adds cutting-edge thought leadership in SOA, includes detail on architectural artifacts, and expands coverage of SOA Quality, Enterprise Mashups, and more.   Read more at: Emediawire…

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Service-Oriented Data Access
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is an approach to organizing IT resources and data to meet the changing needs of the business. Implementing SOA depends upon the IT organization being able to build interoperable, robust, reusable, and composable Services that abstract the underlying application functionality and data in the organization. To put this building block vision of SOA into practice requires a solid technical foundation, which includes a persistence layer that facilitates interaction with heterogeneous data sources that store and provide the structured and unstructured information that the enterprise runs upon. The key to enabling SOA with such a persistence layer, in turn, depends upon abstracting access through data access technology. Technologies such as JDBC, ODBC, and ADO.NET play an integral role in the design and development of a SOA Data Services strategy. With best-of-breed data access technology in place, the organization stands a good chance of succeeding with their SOA…

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A Roadmap for SOA Success
Presentation on the core challenges of SOA, with some practical advice on how to overcome those challenges. Included is a discussion of building the business case, finding funding, enabling the architects, building a team, and enabling reuse. Presented in Toronto, ON, Canada on June 21, 2007 at an event co-sponsored by Progress/Sonic and Online Business Systems.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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Online Business Systems: SOA For Justice & Public Safety
Online Business Systems (Online) is a midsize professional services firm that has built a business for over twenty years by focusing on aligning business needs with integration-centric IT solutions. Now, they are leveraging Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) best practices as well to add a new level of agility to their integration offering for many different industries. In particular, Online has been able to leverage SOA best practices within their Integrated Justice & Public Safety practice, which serves public responders, courts, and other parts of the justice system. These clients have particularly stringent integration requirements, due to the dynamic nature of law enforcement, the requirement for high levels of security and confidentiality, and the diverse, heterogeneous set of agencies who must work together. Online’s SOA capabilities, combined with their integration skills and business focus have enabled them to build many successful implementations in the justice and public safety arena.[hide -1]…

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The Mainframe as a First-Class SOA Participant
Today’s business imperative for IT is to do more with less, and to respond to ever-changing business requirements efficiently and inexpensively. It is vital, therefore, for organizations to get the most value possible out of legacy technology. The movement to Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) demands that we reconsider the value of legacy and enhance its continued benefit to the business. The business imperatives of agility and efficiency are core motivations for SOA, an approach for organizing existing IT resources to support changing business requirements in a flexible manner. For those organizations with legacy technologies like mainframes, SOA becomes a strategic approach for extending the value of of existing assets. Simply incorporating the mainframe as a passive participant in a SOA implementation, however, does not fully leverage the inherent strengths of the mainframe — reliability, performance, scalability and security, to name a few. To fully exploit the mainframe with newer…

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DataDirect XQuery 2.0: Enabling XQuery for Very Large Messages
As the quantity of XML in the enterprise dramatically increases, enterprise architects, application developers, and data integration specialists must deal simultaneously with the large number of XML-formatted messages on the network as well as such messages’ increasingly large sizes. The XQuery approach to handling and processing XML is now recognized as one of the best approaches to dealing with the manipulation of information in XML format. DataDirect takes the power of XQuery to a new level in version 2.0 of the DataDirect XQuery tool, adding support for non-XML and non-relational data, XML streaming, and very large message support.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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DataDirect: Simplifying Data Integration with XQuery
The more companies attempt to connect their disparate systems in the enterprise, and the more success they have doing so using emerging technologies and approaches such as XML, Web Services, and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), the more they realize that simply getting systems to communicate is only half the problem. The other half is getting those systems to understand what they are saying to each other. While many people pin their hopes on abstract concepts such as semantic webs and ontologies, they require a more practical short-term solution to enable humans to map data structures between dissimilar systems. Fortunately, the W3C standard XQuery has recently emerged as a robust technology that is well suited for common data integration needs. Rather than using proprietary data adapters, tightly-coupled integration middleware, or complex mapping technologies, the XQuery approach applies standards-based documents and general-purpose transformation engines to the problem of data integration. In this…

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What to Look For in a SOA Maturity Model
As companies move beyond the “what” and “why” of SOA to the “how,” they are looking for any tool or approach that will accelerate the adoption and lower the risk of their Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) implementations. In response to this need, several SOA Maturity Models have cropped up that aim to help companies find out how far they have progressed on the SOA journey. Since SOA itself is still a set of emerging best practices, the main challenge with these models is that they all have different angles on the issue of SOA maturity, in many cases adding to the confusion over SOA rather than clearing any of it up. In this ZapFlash, we aim to cut through the noise and confusion, not with our own SOA Maturity Model (there are probably enough already), but rather with advice on how to understand what the differences are among the various models,…

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