Why Service Consumers and Service Providers Should Never Directly Communicate
Edward R. Murrow once said, “People say conversation is a lost art; how often I have wished it were.” How true it is in the vendor and media-spun world of IT and even more so in the case of SOA. Many people think they are doing or talking about Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), but most of the time they’re really doing Web Services Integration (WSI), developing Just a Bunch of Web Services (JBOWS), or even just point-to-point XML (what many would like to call REST, but even in most cases is not even truly Representational State Transfer [REST], which is also an architectural form). Even after 8 years of evangelism, research, advisory, and deep consulting, we’re still finding a large percentage of so-called enterprise architects pursuing SOA projects as if they were point-to-point integration projects. We’ve discussed many times from an economic, technical, architectural, and philosophical…

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ZapThink’s Practical SOA New York/New Jersey Event Focuses on Best Practices, Case Studies from Finance, Insurance, Pharma, and Media Industries
(PRLEAP.COM) BALTIMORE, MD, February 27, 2008 – ZapThink announces today its upcoming Practical Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) New York / New Jersey conference in Newark, NJ featuring speakers, best practices, case studies, and lessons learned on the finance, pharmaceuticals, health care, insurance, and media industries in Newark, New Jersey on March 25, 2008. The Practical SOA event series is targeted at companies and individuals looking for practical business case studies and value propositions for SOA, those who want to learn the latest best practices for making SOA a success, those looking to hear from successful architects about their SOA efforts, want to learn from peers about what it takes to put together a successful SOA, and/or want to take their SOA efforts to the next level. “Companies are tired of all the hype surrounding Web Services and SOA, and are finding it difficult to learn what they really need to know…

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ZapThink Acquires SOA Leader Linthicum Group, LLC
BALTIMORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ZapThink, LLC, the industry’s foremost advisory firm focused on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) today announces the acquisition of The Linthicum Group, LLC, a well-respected SOA consulting firm, and the addition of David S. Linthicum to ZapThink. ZapThink will expand its intellectual property and team with expertise and resources from the acquisition to provide ZapThink customers with expert SOA advisory, research, and guidance. The announcement was made during Linthicum’s keynote address to the e-Gov Institute’s 7th Enterprise Architecture Conference & Exhibition in Washington, DC. “Dave brings significant market visibility, thought leadership, a deep understanding of enterprise architecture, and proven approaches and methodologies for SOA adoption,” says Ronald Schmelzer, Managing Partner at ZapThink. “We see the addition of David and the Linthicum Group team as strategic to the ZapThink offerings, providing us with the ability to better service our expanding combined client base.” In addition to the Linthicum Group’s well-respected…

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Justifying & Funding your SOA Project
Many organizations struggle to build the business case for implementing Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)–not because SOA doesn’t provide numerous benefits to the organization, but rather because they don’t properly identify the business problems in their organization that SOA would be particularly well suited to address. This paper addresses this deficiency by delineating the most important business benefits of SOA: reduction in the cost of integration, achieving asset reuse, increasing business visibility, and achieving business agility. Implementing SOA to achieve these benefits, however, requires many capabilities that fall under the broad umbrella of SOA governance, including visibility into IT assets, change management, enforcement of best practices, measurement of effectiveness, collaboration capabilities, lifecycle management, and open standards support.[hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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SOA Infrastructure Patterns and the Intermediary Approach
The SOA spin cycle is now churning at full speed, generating significant froth in the market with regards to tooling, consulting, and support for helping to make SOA a reality for most firms. Many end users find themselves lost in all this turbulence, bobbing from one vendor’s SOA marketing pitch to another, confused between different implementation and architectural approaches to making SOA work, leaving them dizzied, dazed, and confused. Recently, ZapThink highlighted (and bemoaned) the fact that too much of the conversation around SOA today was really a conversation about SOA infrastructure — focusing not on the architectural part of making SOA work, but rather on the plumbing of getting Services to communicate with each other. While it is true that companies should focus less on infrastructure and more on the so-called Governance-Quality-Management (GQM) aspects of SOA, it is of course also true that an architecture…

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Divorcing SOA and Web Services
Perhaps the most aggravating of misperceptions surrounding Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) in the marketplace is that SOA and Web Services are the same thing. This point of confusion is unfortunately quite widespread, affecting architects and developers, consultants and vendors alike. But as with so many issues ZapThink seeks to clarify on a daily basis, the confusion rests upon certain subtleties that are not immediately obvious upon cursory inspection. As a result, it is not sufficient to simply yell definitions from treetops: “SOA is an approach to organizing IT resources to better meet the changing needs of the business!” “Web Services are standards-based, contracted interfaces to software functionality and data!” After all, if it were simply about the respective definitions of the terms, the confusion would be long gone. So, why is this fundamental misperception still with us today? And what can we do to resolve this issue and finally move on?…

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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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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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