Business Empowerment with SOA Presentation from IDV Solutions Webinar
Presentation delivered during IDV Solutions Webinar on January 28, 2009 on the topic of “Business Empowerment with SOA”. This presentation features a discussion on the Long Tail of Applications and the role that SOA has to play in creating the vision of business empowered to leverage IT resources for continued innovation.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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Answer an RIA Survey… win a customized Mino Flip Camcorder!
Answer a ZapThink Survey on Rich Internet Applications… …Win a Free, Customized Flip Mino Camcorder! Help ZapThink understand more about Rich Internet Application (RIA) spending patterns and trends by answering a quick, 15 minute online survey. Let us know what you have been up to with regards to RIA development and investment, and get a chance to win a customized Mino Flip Camera! To fill out the survey and get your chance to win this cool giveaway, just click here! Terms and conditions for giveaway listed on survey page. Read more at: ZapThink…

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Goodbye 2008… Here we Come, 2009!
It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone, but with so much happening in 2008: global recession and economic stress, presidential elections, warfare and terrorism, natural disasters, and other happenings both good and bad, perhaps it’s good to shut the door quickly on this year and open up a new, more hopeful one. After all, it is at times of strife that sometimes the greatest successes emerge. And this is what we are hoping for in 2009: not just for the world at large, but for companies that adopt and implement the tenets of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). In this ZapFlash, as is our usual practice, we’ll take a look at some of the predictions we made for this year and see how they panned out, and make some new ones. We’ll scold ourselves for predictions that missed the mark, and of course, give ourselves kudos for the…

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Balancing Repeatability and Situationality with Process Mashups
At the center of the perfect storm of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), Web-Oriented Architecture (WOA), and the business-centric take on Web 2.0 we call Enterprise 2.0 is the notion of the enterprise mashup. Loosely defined as governed, managed compositions of Services in the context of a rich, Internet-based user interface environment, enterprise mashups have become a key driver for SOA initiatives, even though such applications as yet have relatively limited use in the enterprise. In fact, mashups’ greatest strength is precisely what limits their applicability: using a mashup includes creating the mashup. In other words, putting mashup capabilities into the hands of a business user means empowering that user to create the application as they use it. Sounds good, but how often does IT really want users of applications to be responsible for creating and modifying those applications as well? Falling into this “to use it is…

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Real World Processing with Events, SOA & Web 2.0
Today’s exploding numbers of business events, both combining with and driving the exponential growth of information in the business world, are increasing the need for Business Event Processing (BEP). This increased reliance on business events also leverages thethe collaborative, Internet-based technologies of Web 2.0, as well as Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), providing a flexible approach to obtaining value from events. The combination of these three approaches provides a foundation for flexibility, visibility, composability, integration, and scalability. The bottom line, however, is the business story. BEP, combined with Web 2.0 and SOA, are bridging the gap between business and IT better than any of these approaches can separately. Today’s organizations require real time visibility into their business, as well as the ability to process business events to solve business problems, what we call Real World Processing. Such solutions will have broader impact on the business itself and can create new…

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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 Semiotics and the SOA Illusion
Quick! What does a Service look like? Is it an icon on the screen or some collection of XML? Or maybe the concept of Service is too abstract to have a visual representation at all? This question may sound superficial, but in fact, goes to the heart of how Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) interrelates with related concepts like Web-Oriented Architecture (WOA), Business Process Management (BPM) Enterprise 2.0, as well as the fundamental question of how SOA provides value to the business. In fact, visual representations of Services, as well as the composition and consumption of those Services, are becoming the key to many SOA success stories. Without a visual component you can show business users, SOA becomes abstruse; furthermore, as organizations leverage Web 2.0 principles to build mashups, the visualization aspect of the Web 2.0 value proposition becomes a driving force for SOA. Understanding how Services look, therefore, is a…

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ZapTake: The Inadequacy of Microsoft's SOA Message
Today, ZapThink sat on a briefing on Microsoft’s SOA messaging, and we’re astounded by the inadequacy, inaccuracy, and tone deafness on their SOA message. Bottom-line: the official message coming from Microsoft about SOA is that SOA is just Web Services-based integration. What is particularly disappointing is that Microsoft has coined their own definition of the term “SOA” in defiance of what is increasingly becoming accepted as the understanding that SOA is an aspect of Enterprise Architecture, not a technology focused on standards-based integration.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Purchase: $299[/hide]…

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The Buckaroo Banzai Effect: Location Independence, Service-Oriented Architecture, and the Cloud
Now that Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is finally becoming mainstream, an increasing number of people are asking us what comes after SOA. If SOA is one step in the evolution of distributed computing, the reasoning goes, then something is bound to be next in line. Furthermore, just as SOA built upon Web architectures, client/server, and the rest of what are now today’s legacy technologies, so too will this “Next Big Thing” (for want of a name) build upon, rather than replace SOA. Well-meaning pundits, analysts, bloggers, and others have sought to name this Next Big Thing — SOA 2.0, Web 3.0, etc. — but simply naming a concept before anybody really knows what that concept represents is sheer folly, and inevitably a lightning rod for derision. This ZapFlash, therefore will do no such thing. Instead, we’ll seek in a mere 1,500 words or so to identify the elements of the…

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Kapow Technologies: Turning the Web into the World's Largest Database
The use of unstructured data within enterprises today has been more art than science, and in most cases an opportunity that many people have yet to understand. Truth-be-told, there are terabytes and terabytes of useful information throughout the enterprise and the World Wide Web that if placed into the proper context could have an ROI much higher than existing data mining approaches. Access to this unstructured information has been out of reach of many enterprises today due to the cost and complexity of the technology. However, with the Kapow Technologies offering, enterprises now have an on-demand mechanism for searching, grabbing, refining, and understanding unstructured data, and can place them in the context of enterprise data for even more value. In addition, in the emerging world of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), Kapow is also providing customers with the ability to address unstructured data as Services, thus providing an on-ramp for…

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