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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Tidal Software Intersperse: Deep, Real-Time Management for SOA
The greatest challenge to managing Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) implementations is that managing the Services is only the tip of the iceberg–for true SOA management, a tool must manage all aspects of the underlying infrastructure as well. With their focus on the inner workings of Java application servers as well as .NET-based implementations, Tidal Software’s Intersperse Manager is able to rise to this SOA management challenge by offering a distributed, production management solution that provides whole-system visibility and real-time control over an enterprise’s Service-oriented application environments. By managing and monitoring up and down the application stack and across integrated business applications, Intersperse Manager delivers increased system performance and availability for the SOA implementation.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Managed Methods: SOA Management for Midsize Organizations
Much of today’s attention on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) focuses on larger enterprises, but an increasing number of midsize firms and smaller governmental agencies are also implementing SOA in order to support secure, managed, loosely coupled Services for both external and internal use. As a result, such organizations require a comprehensive, yet economical SOA management tool that can provide the diverse management and security capabilities they need to support robust Services in today’s dynamic business environment. With their JaxView product, Managed Methods is addressing this overlooked market for SOA management products for midsize organizations.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Presentations from ZapThink’s Fifth SOA Practitioner’s Forum in Geneva, Switzerland
In this ZIP file, you will find the collection of presentations from ZapThink’s Fifth SOA Practitioner’s Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. Presentations include: Fundamental SOA Concepts – Ronald Schmelzer, ZapThink [E] SOA, Business Process, and BPM – Jean-Paul de Vooght, CTP [E] Real implementation cases of SOA – Malhar Kamdar, BEA [F] The ESB as SOA Infrastructure: Controlling SOA at Runtime – Claus Thoden, BEA [E] Measuring SOA Maturity and the Platform – Xavier Fournier-Morel, SQLi [F] Enterprise Web 2.0 – David McFarlane, Nexaweb [E] How to move your Legacy Host to SOA – Ido Hardonag, NetManage [E] SOA Architectural Deep Dive – Ron Schmelzer, ZapThink [E] The download is about 11 Megabytes, and you need to provide your permission to share contact information with event sponsors to download this file.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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SOA Quality and Governance: Satisfying the Metarequirement of Agility
In our book Service Orient or Be Doomed! ZapThink explains the metarequirement of agility that underlies every Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) initiative: the requirement that the implementation of the architecture must be able to satisfy future requirements even as they continually evolve. A core challenge of SOA, after all, is building for change. If you had good reason to believe today’s requirements were permanent, you probably wouldn’t bother with the expense and complexity of SOA. What, then, is your metarequirement of agility? As we also detail in our book, it doesn’t make sense to expect that the IT organization would be capable of building systems that could deal with entirely arbitrary change, since such a requirement would be prohibitively expensive to satisfy. Instead, each organization will have to decide for itself precisely how much they can invest in order to achieve the level of flexibility they require their SOA implementation…

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Service Orient or Be Doomed: ZapThink Analysts Announce Publication of their Latest Book!
Ever wonder why businesses are unable to keep up with today’s pace of change? Name your business goal–productivity, profitability, efficiency; today, they all depend on Information Technology (IT). IT is more important to business today than it ever was. While IT in the past has helped companies increasingly make their businesses more productive and efficient, today’s IT is simply getting in the way of change. It is increasingly becoming clear that the way that businesses utilize IT is increasingly making them less agile, less responsive to change, and less able to capitalize on new opportunities. Something has to be done to stop the problem of IT becoming the bottleneck of business. SERVICE ORIENT OR BE DOOMED! How Service Orientation will Change Your Business (Wiley, February 24, 2006;$39.95 cloth) is the first book aimed at regular businesspeople that helps business become more agile by offering technological, process, and cultural changes…

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SOA for Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs)
After spending so much time struggling with the complexities and convolutions of enterprise IT, it’s important to remember that even small companies still have diverse IT needs. After all, just about every firm has desktop computers, networks, and miscellaneous internal hardware and software, in addition to a Web site and related external IT-related efforts. Even though the IT needs of both small and midsize firms span a wide-range of requirements, there are still significant differences between small companies (less than $50 million in annual sales or fewer than 100 employees) and those at the larger end of the small to midsized business (SMB) scale (up to $500 million in annual sales or up to 1000 employees). Small businesses rarely have any significant internal integration challenges to speak of, beyond simple collaboration tasks such as file, calendar, and print sharing. However, midsize businesses do have additional internal integration needs, in…

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The ZapThink Approach to Service-Oriented Architecture Implementation
What is the best approach to putting SOA in production? Is it necessary to dive into the deep end and take a “pay and pray” approach to SOA implementation or is there a more logical, lower risk path to realizing the vision of SOA? In this workshop, ZapThink will discuss the steps that companies should take to move from today’s brittle infrastructures to loosely-coupled, process-centric SOA implementations. The session begins with point-to-point Web Services implementations for integration, securing, managing, and adding process layers to these Services, implementing registries and management for loose coupling, moving to asynchronous invocations for greater reliability, and implementing a governance infrastructure for greater visibility and control. We’ll provide the big picture for SOA adoption as well as the details on how to actually go about implementing SOA in a logical progression of steps, each resulting in significant ROI. Course Outline: The integration problem The SOA implementation…

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ZapThink’s Service-Oriented Architecture Roadmap
ZAPTHINK’S ROADMAP TO SOA ADOPTION Companies today are struggling with the best way to implement IT infrastructures that enable business agility. Service-oriented architectures based on Web Services provide cost-effective approaches to achieving companies’ agility goals. ZapThink’s Roadmap to SOA adoption is a one-of-a-kind, full-color 24×18″ poster that provides organizations of all sizes and types an at-a-glance view at how to approach implementing Service-oriented architectures in a way that provides return-on-investment (ROI) at each step along the path toward agile IT infrastructures. Included on this easy-to-read poster are the steps and phases by which companies can move from today’s brittle infrastructures to loosely-coupled, coarse-grained, asynchronous SOAs. The poster covers concepts in point-to-point Web Services implementations for integration, securing, managing, and adding process layers to these services, implementing registries and management for loose coupling, moving to asynchronous invocations for greater reliability, and concepts in virtualization, contract-first development, SOA governance,…

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Reducing IT Costs & Improving Business Agility with SOA
ZapThink implementation roadmap presentation for Online Business Systems.. Designed for both business and IT professionals, this interactive forum will help you understand how to: Leverage and integrate your existing systems to do more. Align your business and IT departments more effectively. Automate and streamline your business processes with technology. [hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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