Corizon: Leveraging User Interface Services for Rapid Application Creation
ZapThink frequently speaks about Service-Oriented Business Applications (SOBAs), which ZapThink defines as compositions of Services that implement business processes. While the common context for discussions of SOBAs is Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), from the user’s perspective, in many ways the application is the user interface (UI). As a result, achieving the user empowerment promise of SOBAs depends in large part on supporting flexible UI creation and enhancement. There are many tools on the market now that facilitate the creation of user interfaces for SOBAs, but one company, Corizon, stands alone with its UI Services approach. UI Services are an abstracted representation of an element of UI functionality that users can compose into applications. By building and supporting UI Services, Corizon focuses on where the business user lives–at the user interface. Corizon addresses the challenge of enabling IT and lines of business to work together by supporting iterative development and incremental…

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Enterprise Mashups & SOBAs: Which is the Tail & Which is the Dog?
Defines a Service-Oriented Business Application (SOBA) in the context of SOA, and a Mashup in the context of Web 2.0. Then explains how the overlap is an Enterprise Mashup, which is part of the Enterprise Web 2.0 story. Enterprise Mashups require the loose coupling and management provided by SOA, as well as governance, to be appropriate in an enterprise environment. 36-slide PowerPoint in pdf format. Originally presented at SOA World on June 25, 2007.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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Mashing the Phone
ZapThink has recently noticed an important trend in the Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) world — an increased interest in SOA from telecommunications (telco) carriers, as well as the ecosystem of vendors with telco-related offerings. Now, the SOA story in telco has been quite strong for a few years now, as many of the large carriers have targeted SOA for reducing internal redundancy across complex, heterogeneous infrastructures. The trend this year, however, is that telcos are looking to leverage SOA to provide better, more flexible products to their customers, and to roll out those products more quickly. So, while this ZapFlash will be of interest to the telco ecosystem, the real story here is in how Service-oriented best practices will impact any consumer of telco services — which of course means all of us, from the individual up to the largest enterprise. Convergence and SOA Ever since the Internet came…

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ZapThink and Web Age Solutions Partner to Offer World-class SOA Training
BALTIMORE, MD — May 9, 2007 — In response to the significant skills gap for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), ZapThink and Web Age Solutions, today announce a partnership today to deliver world-class SOA training and knowledge transfer to large enterprises. ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts and advisers in the field of SOA, joins with Web Age Solutions, a premier provider of SOA education and mentoring to offer training solutions aimed at key SOA roles including business analysts, managers, and architects. The companies also plan to develop a cross-functional hands-on SOA workshop, and Web Age Solutions will also serve as a Certified Licensed ZapThink Trainer for Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Boot Camps and SOA credentialing. “We’re aiming to transfer SOA knowledge and expertise to enterprises as early in their SOA adoption process as possible,” states Greg Wagner, Web Age’s VP of US Operations. “With targeted workshops and role-based training, we are…

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Slides from Practical SOA for Government Event
Presentation materials from the ZapThink Practical SOA for Government Event. Materials include presentations from: Ronald Schmelzer — ZapThink, David Linthicum – Linthicum Group, David McFarlane – Nexaweb, and Jim Mackay – iTKO.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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ZapThink and IASA Team Up to Deliver Cutting Edge Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Credentials
Baltimore, MD, and Austin, TX (PRWeb) March 16, 2007 — ZapThink, the industry’s foremost experts and advisers in the field of SOA, today announces its partnership with the International Association of Software Architects (IASA) to help develop the current state of Enterprise Architect (EA) and Software Architect credentials for Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). IASA is the premier association focused on the architecture profession through the advancement of best practices and education while delivering programs and services to IT architects of all levels around the world. In a recent report published by ZapThink, the lack of skilled EAs appears to be dramatically slowing the pace of IT architectural improvement and change. To prevent such shortages and lack of skills from impeding future SOA growth and adoption, both ZapThink and IASA are committed to developing programs which support and expand EA and SA skill sets. “There is a significant lack of available, skilled,…

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Hyfinity: Enabling Rich, Composite Web Applications
Web application development is becoming increasingly complex, time consuming, and brittle. For many organizations, the addition of Rich Internet Application (RIA) technologies like Ajax look promising, but actually introduce further complexity into an already burdened application development process. In fact, traditional code-centric approaches to building applications aren’t up to the task of keeping up with the new generation of rich, collaborative applications known broadly as Web 2.0. What organizations seek is a declarative, document-centric apporach to Internet application creation that leverages Services in the context of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). Only by combining the agility that SOA provides with the rich user interfaces of RIAs can companies evolve their Web applications in a flexible, cost-effective manner. Rising to the challenge of providing adequate tooling for this new class of application is Hyfinity, which offers a combination platform and studio environment for building RIAs that consume and compose Web Services in the…

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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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Nexaweb: Exploring the Universal Consumer for Services and Platform for Rich Enterprise Applications
In place of stateless Web interactions that offer only a cheap imitation of the interactivity we’ve come to expect from our desktop operating systems, a new class of distributed applications is emerging — the Rich Internet Application (RIA). Combining real-time user interaction with rich user interface capabilities, Rich Internet Applications leverage increasingly sophisticated client-side technology to enable users to interact with and compose functionality from distributed applications no matter where they are located on the network. Nexaweb evolves the RIA with significant enhacements to their product line. Nexaweb Platform 4.5 adds the Universal Client Framework — a way of rendering client-side capabilities in Ajax, Java, and even .NET on an as-needed basis, combined with reliable, asynchronous, and sometimes-connected modes of interaction provided by their Internet Messaging Bus (IMB) and Event Notification Services (ENS). [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Roadmap to SOA
How to lower the risk of a SOA rollout initiative, leveraging the ZapThink SOA implementation roadmap. This presentation was given at a WM-data event in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 14, 2006. 49-slide PowerPoint presentation in pdf format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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