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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ZapForum Webcast — Practical Approaches for Optimizing SOA Performance
“Practical Approaches To Optimizing SOA Performance” Guest Experts: Michael Leventhal, Sr. Director, XML Products, Tarari and Tim Triemstra, VP, Product Strategy, Rogue Wave Software Topics: Understand where the performance bottlenecks are What are the tricks and techniques for surmounting efficiency problems? Learn about software, hardware, and other means for optimizing performance Setting the Stage: ZapThink Analysts Companies are very familiar with the primary benefit of SOA being business agility, but what about performance? How can we implement SOA without having to bear the brunt of its inefficiency and complexity? Is Web Services the real barrier to efficiency, or is there something about SOA, no matter how we implement it, that causes inefficiencies? Guest Expert: Michael Leventhal, Sr. Director, XML Products, Tarari Michael will explain how SOA-aware network appliances can offload common functionality from the application server in order to reduce XML processing complexity and make…

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SOA — Crossing the Application/Network Boundary
“SOA – Crossing the Application / Network Boundary” Guest Experts: Jeff Browning, Product Manager, iControl (SOAP/XML API for network devices) and Steve Orrin, Chief Technology Officer, Sarvega Topics: What impact does SOA have on the network? How can application developers consider network assets as a Services and resources they can consume? How can application folks and network admins get along in the new world of SOA? Setting the Stage: ZapThink Analysts ZapThink senior analysts Jason Bloomberg and Ronald Schmelzer will explore how the application / network boundary is increasingly blurring as application tasks increasingly impact how the network runs, and how distributed computing on the network changes the way applications are built. Learn how SOA helps the bring the formerly separate worlds of application and network together to build a cohesive enterprise architecture. Guest Expert: Jeff Browning, Product Manager, iControl (SOAP/XML API for network devices) Jeff will cover how…

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ZapForum Webcast: "Transformation & Semantic Processing"
Guest Experts: Nash Palaniswamy, Director of System Architecture, Conformative Systems and Arvind Sinha, VP Business Development, Xambala Topics: What are the key challenges of semantic integration? Why is transformation important and difficult? What are the keys to enabling efficient semantic processing and transformation? Setting the Stage: ZapThink Analysts Ever wonder how you can deal with two of the biggest and most significant challenges of dealing with data: transformation and semantics? Want to know how to massage the information such that any two parties can understand its context, or at the very least, have the tools to be able to enable that capability? Learn from two experts about how to optimize transformation and semantic processing on your network and turn information into a real asset. Guest Expert: Nash Palaniswamy, Director of System Architecture, Conformative Systems Paul will explain the various techniques available for XML parsing, transformation…

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Reactivity: Efficiently Mediating Identity in a Heterogeneous, Service-Oriented Environment
As companies move to architectures that enable loosely coupled, composite, Service-oriented interactions between distributed systems, they quickly realize that identity management is essential to making such interactions reliable, predictable, and secure. The only way to build applications that rely on functionality from disparate systems in the enterprise is to separate identity and policy from the underlying systems that have heretofore locked those two capabilities within their own, proprietary environments. However, implementing the sort of federated enterprise identity management capabilities that Service-Oriented Architecture requires is difficult because existing identity and policy information reside in a wide range of systems. Reactivity is one vendor that provides new technologies and approaches for accessing and mediating identity and policy information that companies require. [hide -1]Download File[/hide][hide +0]Register to Access this Document[/hide]…

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Industry Luminaries to Debate Implementation for Service-Oriented Architecture on Live Webcast
WALTHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 25, 2005–Companies are grappling with the best way to implement the rapidly growing Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) approach to distributed computing, including Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), SOA Fabric, and other means to implement SOA. To address these issues, ZapThink is hosting the industry’s key luminaries on this topic – Gordon Van Huizen from Sonic Software and Frank Martinez from Blue Titan – on its May 4, 2005 ZapForum Webcast entitled “The Great Debate: ESBs, Fabrics, or Something else?” “There’s way too much inconsistency in how companies are defining and tackling the various methods for implementing SOA,” said Ronald Schmelzer, senior analyst with ZapThink, LLC. “We hope to settle some of the issues around ESBs, SOA Fabrics, and other modes of implementing SOA once and for all on our May ZapForum Webcast.” Run like a call-in radio talk show, the ZapForum Webcast starts with thought-provoking content lead…

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ZapForum Webcast April 2005 — Controlling Your SOA
Presentation from April 2005 Webcast, starring guest experts Dan Foody, CTO, Actional and John Derrick, CEO of Conformative. To view replay, click here Overview: Setting the Stage: ZapThink Analysts Listen to ZapThink analysts Jason Bloomberg and Ronald Schmelzer talk about Structuring Your Organization to Take Control of your SOA projects. What are the changes that companies must make today in their IT organizational structure to make adopting SOA a possibility, if not a reality? Guest Expert: Dan Foody, CTO of Actional. Dan will address the five key tenets of achieving true command and control of your SOA environment, and provide specific guidelines to enable companies to secure, deploy and manage Web services applications across the SOA lifecycle, with solutions that meet the needs of SOA stakeholders throughout the organization. Guest Expert: John Derrick, CEO, Conformative Systems…

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ZapThink Announces New Service-Oriented Architecture Webcast “Radio Talk Show”
April Webcast on Controlling your SOA, May Webcast on the Great Debate between ESBs and Fabrics WALTHAM, MA, March 3, 2005 — ZapThink is announcing a refreshing, new Webcast series aimed at the rapidly growing Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) market. Run like a call-in radio “talk show”, starting in April 2005, ZapThink will host a monthly online ZapForum Webcast. Each Webcast start with thought-provoking content lead by ZapThink SOA experts. After this session, the ZapForum Webcast will feature a guest or two who will present, speak, and take Q&A from online attendees. Afterwards, the rest of the hour is open to the audience for Q&A and shared experiences, who will call in with their own SOA challenges and issues. Attendance at each Webcast is free and open to all registered ZapThink users. “Sometimes irreverent, often controversial, but always insightful, the goal of this Webcast is to grow the network of SOA…

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Announcing ZapForum Webcasts: The Hottest New Concept for People Interested in SOA Today!
Think of a call-in radio talk show combined with presentations from ZapThink’s leading experts. Now throw in an ever-growing network of influential SOA implementers. Add insightful commentary from guest speakers, and you have a ZapForum Webcast – the hottest new concept for people interested in SOA today! Sometimes Irreverent Often Controversial Always Insightful Every month ZapThink will host the online ZapForum Webcast. Each Webcast will start with thought-provoking content lead by ZapThink SOA experts. After this session, the ZapForum Webcast will feature a guest or two who will present, speak, and take Q&A from online attendees. Afterwards, the rest of the hour is open to the audience for Q&A and shared experiences, so expect to hear what’s really on people’s minds! Attendance at each Webcast is open to all registered ZapThink users! JOIN AND LEVERAGE THE GROWING NETWORK OF EDUCATED, INFORMED, AND INFLUENTIAL INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE MAKING SOA…

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Solving the Very Large Messaging Problem in the Enterprise
Companies are increasingly seeking to tie together their disparate enterprise using the promising, but emerging technologies of XML, Web Services, and Service-Oriented Architectures. These approaches promise significant business agility in the face of IT heterogeneity. However, these benefits come at a price: performance and efficiency. As the network traffic increases due to the increasing size and volume of messages, both XML and non-XML based, existing corporate IT infrastructure will be taxed to its limit. General-purpose application servers, network equipment, and messaging infrastructure will be increasingly devoted to simple message parsing, handling, and routing functions, while precious few resources will be left to execute the core business logic so important to companies. Research shows that the quantity and size of these metadata-laden messages won’t be decreasing soon. Developers and specifications bodies continue to tax messaging systems with additional layers of headers and metadata meant to abstract underlying infrastructure. Increasingly large…

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