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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The Nuts & Bolts of SOA
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 This presentation was given as part of a full-day seminar for Tarantell in Oslo, Norway on Nov. 16, 2006. 46-slide PowerPoint in pdf format.[hide -2]Download File[/hide][hide +1]Subscribe Today to Get Access![/hide]…

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Layer 7 Technologies: Protecting SOA, Web Services, and Web 2.0 Applications
One of the primary benefits of standards-based interoperability formats, especially XML and Web Services, is that they allow for direct and easy interchange of information between disparate and heterogeneous systems in a distributed environment. However, one of the major drawbacks to this ease of interoperability is that information passes far too easily between systems — so easily that it passes malicious and harmful content along with the desirable information. Organizations that want the benefits of interoperability without the commensurate security risks need to consider a threat-mitigation and data cleansing approach that operates on at a message level with XML and Web Services content. To address these needs, Layer 7 Technologies released the SecureSpan XML Data Screen appliance that provides effective and efficient XML threat prevention and data cleansing for SOA, Web Services, and Web 2.0 applications. [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Transformation Services for SOA
One of the age-old problems of application integration has been the mismatch between the data representation that one application provides and the data representation that another application expects. This data integration problem will limit the loose coupling between Service providers and consumers in Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) implementations unless there is an effective way to decouple the provider and consumer’s data representations. Transformation Services convert data from one format to another, and decouple the data formats of Service providers and consumers, freeing the application developer to focus on functionality of the business process, rather than deal with possibly complex transformation logic. Transformation Services also offload CPU-intensive transformations onto dedicated servers, and scale as necessary. Centralization of transformation logic and metadata also provides better opportunities for maintenance and monitoring of transformation activity and performance over time. Xenos offers enterprises the transformation solutions they need to leverage data from any…

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Building the SOA Infrastructure
Presentaion #5 in ZapThink’s “Implementing the SOA Roadmap” curriculum. This presentation covers the core infrastructure issues for SOA, including XML infrastructure, security, management, governance, and intermediaries.[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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RAX-J: Radically Improving the Processing of XML Applications
XML is rapidly becoming the protocol and format of choice for interactions among disparate systems and organizations connected via networks. More than a text-based, metadata format for data interoperability, XML is now the answer to solving many of the long-standing issues with application and data integration as well as providing a lingua franca for developers to create application programming interfaces (APIs) that arbitrary systems can interact with. Despite all the positive momentum that XML continues to garner in the enterprise, XML remains a highly inefficient and burdensome protocol to process. XML processing requires a dozen steps or more, including parsing, decryption, validation, and message transformation activities. This burdensome collection of tasks is increasingly bogging down systems with menial chores before they can even begin processing business logic. This paper aims to take the XML processing challenge one step further by suggesting that developers are the cause of many of…

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XML Threat Management
XML has become the lingua franca of distributed computing — the language at the heart of an increasing percentage of traffic on networks today. As companies implement Service-Oriented Architecture, they build Services, and at the core of the definition of a Service is software that communicates via the exchange of messages — typically in the form of XML. An increasing amount of other network traffic leverages XML, as well. Any IT security effort must therefore plan for and deal with XML threats, partly because of the explosion in the use of XML, but also because XML’s power and flexibility lead to multiple threat categories, including structural threats like oversized and improperly structured XML messages, semantic threats that target the content of the XML message, and more. Companies must implement a comprehensive XML threat management solution that deals with all forms of XML threats, and that solution must operate at…

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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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Building the SOA Infrastructure
Module #5 from the ZapThink Licensed Partner Program training materials. This module covers: The SOA Reliability Conundrum The OSI Stack Revisited The SOA Performance Issue The XML Processing Problem The XML Performance Crisis XML traffic on the Network XML in the Networked Enterprise Transformation: Solving the 80/20 Problem Hardware vs. Software Approaches to Improve XML Performance Is Moore’s Law the Solution? Challenges in Content Processing Addressing Security Issues The Security Context Challenge Important Points: Managing Services Service-Oriented Management Do You need an ESB for Service Mediation? CurrentStateSOAPractice-Europe-022006-ZTP-0212-1…

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