ZapThinkTank 2003: Web Services and SOA Implementation Roadmap
Financial services and insurance firms 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. This session provides companies of all sizes and industries an approach to implementing Service-oriented architectures in a way that provides return-on-investment (ROI) at each step along the path toward agile IT infrastructures. We will discuss the steps and phases by which these companies can move from today’s brittle infrastructures to loosely-coupled, coarse-grained, asynchronous SOAs. The session 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, grid computing, and more. We’ll provide the big picture for SOA adoption as well as the details on how to actually go about…

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ZapThinkTank 2003: Web Services and SOA Drill-down for Financial Services and Insurance
In the second seminar we’ll focus on real implementation details, examples, and advice for financial services and insurance companies looking to get started with their SOA initiatives. We’ll talk about the network infrastructure, legacy enablement, and moving beyond simple applications of Web Services to getting started with SOA pilot projects. We’ll also cover working with professional services firms, including how to select one that can meet your needs, how to specify your requirements, and what to look for when selecting a consultant. Key roadblocks and challenges you will face in implementing Web Services and SOA projects, and ways to surmount those challenges. How to build acceptance for an SOA pilot project How to assemble an SOA project team How to build successful SOA projects by implementing key emerging best practices and techniques. How to select a consulting partner for your SOA initiative What are the critical components of SOA infrastructure…

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ZapNote: Acclaim IT Solutions
Acclaim IT Solutions is an established, UK-based consulting firm with deep Web Services expertise. They have created SERVICETRACK, a Web Services management solution that is intended for small and midsize companies who want to monitor their Web Services, both those that are publicly available via the Internet as well as those behind the firewall. Acclaim IT offers both a hosted ASP-based service, as well as a corporate-level installed software solution. SERVICETRACK offers tracking and monitoring of Web Services, and offers some protection against certain denial of service attacks. SERVICETRACK is currently a .NET-only solution that requires a non-invasive agent to be installed in the customer’s Web Services environment.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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The Path to Successful Web Services
Web Services are a reality in today’s enterprise, but they’re only the first step to building a more agile IT infrastructure. Using Web Services to solve integration problems reduces the cost of integration, to be sure, but the promise of substantial ROI is much greater as companies move toward Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs). Such architectures can support flexible business processes and offer return on investment in the form of increased business agility. The best approach to building such an SOA, especially in light of today’s tight IT budgets, is to take a phased approach that yields positive ROI at every step. The path from simple applications of Web Services to enterprise SOAs, however, is a difficult one. There are many pitfalls that companies might encounter that left unresolved can dramatically increase the risk and cost of an SOA buildout. This paper outlines one economically viable path to building an…

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XML, Web Services & Service-Oriented Architectures Competitive Landscape
This interactive session will explore the emerging XML, Web Services and Service-Oriented Architecture markets and help attendees understand how various vendors are positioning their products and services. Starting first with definitions of the Web Services and SOA markets, the instructors will discuss a roadmap to SOA adoption that can guide an enterprise through its XML, Web Services, and SOA projects. Attendees will learn which current business requirements are addressed by Web Services and SOA solutions, what products are on the market today that can help you with your Web Services and SOA initiatives and what steps should be taken by a company to build an SOA. Key Issues: Exploration of the different market segments for Web Services and Service-Oriented Architectures The roadmap for Web Services and SOA adoption Key vendor solutions for each Web Services and…

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ZapThink Recognizes Forward-Thinking Vendors as "ZapThought Leaders" of XML, Web Services, and Service Orientation
ZapThink Recognizes Forward-Thinking Vendors as “ZapThought Leaders” of XML, Web Services, and Service Orientation ZapThought Leadership program headlines major expansion of ZapThink’s services WALTHAM, MA, September 2, 2003 — Actional Corporation, Ascential Software (NASDAQ: ASCL), Digital Evolution, Flamenco Networks, Infravio, Netegrity (NASDAQ: NETE), Raining Data (NASDAQ: RDTA), Reactivity, Sonic Software, Swingtide, and Westbridge Technology are among the software vendors recognized as “ZapThought Leaders” by ZapThink LLC, the leading industry analyst firm with research focused on XML, Web Services, and Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs). “To be recognized as a ZapThought Leader, a vendor must be dedicated to helping their customers understand how to use XML, Web Services and SOAs to meet their business needs,” said Jason Bloomberg, Senior Analyst, ZapThink. “We are pleased to recognize so many outstanding vendors as ZapThought Leaders, ” said Ron Schmelzer, Senior Analyst, ZapThink. “The fact that these vendors are committed to helping their…

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