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In the White Paper Section you’ll find white papers and research on issues related to emerging computer technology, business communications management, in-depth TCO analysis of different technologies and strategies, open source systems, datacenter best practices, and virtualization solutions. The specific topics with their own dedicated Resource Centers include SOA solutions, IT offshoring benefits, SaaS, VoIP systems, and Sarbox compliance.

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SOA in the Real World White Papers

Defining, Designing, and Implementing SOA-Based Data Service

Defining, Designing, and Implementing SOA-Based Data Service by David Linthicum Short Description: Learn how to define, design, and implement SOA-based data services to solve core data integration problems. Find out how use data services to deliver a trusted, timely single view of data and to create a virtual data warehouse for operational BI.

 

COBOL Whitepaper: Enrich the Decisioning of your COBOL Applications

With IBM WebSphere ILOG JRules and IBM WebSphere ILOG Rules for COBOL, you can externalize and manage the business rules in your organization’s COBOL applications without disruption or a major development project. Furthermore, you can use the externalized rules as decision services within an SOA strategy.

 

Service-Oriented Transformation: A Proven Approach for Large-Scale Change

Global management consultant A.T. Kearney identifies complexity and inconsistent data as the biggest IT-related barriers to their companies' growth. These barriers are particularly disruptive where a company is seeking to undertake a business transformation. This white paper examines a Service Oriented Architecture approach, which has shown great promise in allowing retail companies to ensure their business and IT needs are aligned, while providing the flexibility that a transformation demands.

 

Building the Agile Enterprise powered by Services Oriented Architecture

In the face of near-constant changes to market conditions, the design of the enterprise is itself changing. Today, business agility - the ability to adapt to market conditions - is recognized as an important competitive differentiator. But hampering business agility, and therefore growth, is the ability of information systems to adapt in line with organizational information demands.

 

Understanding the Business Benefits of an Open Source SOA Platform

A Hurwitz White Paper
Open source has been proven particularly effective when implementing SOA. Using open source reduces the cost of tools while providing a range of options from different providers. Having access to the source code also eliminates concerns about vendor lock-in. Finally, open source offers a broad and supportive community and ecosystem to support the SOA initiative. At the same time, commercial open source SOA tools carry with them the full support of a well-established vendor.

 

Using Open-Source SOA in an Enterprise Deployment

Many companies are turning to a service-oriented architecture (SOA) approach to use their existing IT assets in new ways. Application functionality is made available as a service, available to all applications that use that particular capability. Business managers know that an SOA is a key technology in business integration, and can help increase agility, improve customer satisfaction, and increase responsiveness.

 

Lightweight Services: Recomposing SOA for the Current Economic Times

A constrained economy hasn't offset the need for increased business integration within the fast and responsive enterprise. Staying ahead of competition requires federation with vendors, suppliers, customers, and staff to deliver the value that the enterprise promises. Learn how a careful choice of technologies and middleware such as Sun's LightWeight services platform, become even more critical.

 

The Business of SOA

Enterprise Architecture (EA), Business Process Analysis (BPA) and Business Process Management (BPM) are integral to effective service-orientation. SOA relies on the work of EA, BPA and BPM to define, analyze, and execute resources where SOA has the best effect. The result is an agile enterprise in which business models drive executable business processes powered by a portfolio of services.

 

SOA Whitepaper: Multichannel SOA and Business Rule Management Systems

This paper presents service-oriented architecture (SOA) through the eyes of people with different roles within an organization. It will show their needs, challenges and tasks as they relate to SOA.

 

Forrester TEI Report

Forrester examines how one communications service provider used Progress Software's Actional solution to reduce the amount of time to fix critical issues by 85% and decrease the number of critical issues by 20% per year.

 

Assessment Guide: Are Your Business-Critical Applications at Risk?

Assess risk factors and gauge your applications' effectiveness in supporting revenue growth, customer satisfaction and business success. This guide enables you to create a high-level overview of each business critical application in your portfolio.

 

Progress named a leader in independent report on Standalone SOA And Web Services Management Solutions

To assess the state of the standalone SOA management solutions market and see how the vendors stack up against each other, Forrester evaluated the top standalone SOA management solutions vendors. After examining past research, user need assessments, and vendor and expert interviews, they developed a comprehensive set of evaluation criteria.

 

Hurwitz SOA Whitepaper

Adopting an open source SOA allows better allocation of IT resources, away from solving internal infrastructure and systems issues, to solving business problems that directly impact customer experience and revenue generation.

 

Best of Breed Mainframe Integration and SOA Tools

A buyer's guide for tools to help with mainframe integration leveraging SOA.

In today’s IT marketplace it is easy to think that mainframes are being marginalised more and more in companies across the world. Indeed, not so long ago the story was that the mainframe was the dinosaur, headed towards global extinction. This forecast has, of course, been thoroughly disproved, as many companies continue to gain great business benefit from their mainframe investments. Indeed, the mainframe actually seems to be staging a resurgence as people realise that its unsurpassed levels of availability, scalability and performance are still as important to business today as they were twenty years ago.

This paper considers the topic of mainframe SOA, and identifies the best-of-breed characteristics to look for in evaluating any mainframe SOA toolset, in order to help companies make the decision that will best suit their individual needs.

 

Using Open-Source SOA in an Enterprise Deployment - Reducing costs, lowering risks, and increasing flexibility

Companies choose SOA to increase agility, simplify their IT infrastructure, and reduce cost pressures. This can be difficult with solutions that are delivered under a “closed source” model. With proprietary or closed source solutions

An Open-source approach to SOA solutions provides significant benefits when compared to closed, proprietary platforms. This paper provides a brief overview of the benefits of open source and the business drivers behind its market momentum.

 

Maximize Business Value with Right-Time Information Using Data Services

How agile is your business? It's a question you can't afford to ignore, especially since being agile is how businesses effectively thrive in today's competitive environment. Unfortunately, too many organizations lack timely access to accurate, reliable, and relevant information, that drives business agility.

Therefore, organizations are forced to rethink how they access and integrate enterprise data across business unit silos and corporate firewalls. Application-centric integration approaches—SOA, BPM, EAI, and ESB—promise agility, but fail to deliver on that promise unless complemented by a sophisticated data integration platform that delivers holistic and accurate information as a service to consuming applications and business processes, exactly at the speed of the business.

Download this compelling Informatica White Paper to learn how your IT organization can leverage the power of a sophisticated data services solution to implement an agile enterprise information management (EIM) strategy. Discover how you can maximize business agility with right-time information to increase competitive advantage, improve compliance, and reduce cost, complexity, and risk.

 

Information Strategies for Insurance Carriers Whitepaper

How to improve Insurer’s “3A’s” (Accessibility, Accuracy, Actionability) score? The Path from B & B (“bits & bytes”) to AI (“actionable information”)

 

Comprehensive SOA Governance

Learn how effective SOA governance enables SOA success, and how to evaluate technologies that support your SOA governance strategy.

 

Situational Management for SOA: Take full control of critical transaction applications

What happens when important customer orders back up before the trading deadline and won’t clear that day because of a surge of transactions caused by an unanticipated business event? Or if an unexpected weather event suddenly drives demand for your product causing a shudder throughout your supply chain.

Business success depends on knowing about situations like these immediately. If the applications your business depends on run in a SOA environment, events like these require intensive situational management.

This paper will explore:
  • An introduction of situational management for SOA and why it is essential for the deployment of critical production SOA-based applications
  • How to identify the business value and present examples to illustrate the risk and the gain
  • Examine the challenges of this kind of management, which hinder organizations as they try to move forward

 

Data Grids as an Imperative for SOA Implementations

A basic principle of SOA is the decoupling of applications and services. This leads to increased changes to existing applications and services, as well as more frequent creation of new ones. Because more services and applications are now creating, accessing, updating, and deleting (CRUD) operational data, the ability to establish concurrent control, transactional integrity, and response performance is more important and more challenging than ever. Significantly more data is generated with CRUD operations, and the amount is unpredictable. The ability to dynamically scale the enterprise data repository and to ensure reliable availability of data services - even when the database reaches full capacity or becomes unavailable - is critical.

One of the important benefits of an SOA is the opening of legacy applications and their data stores to much wider use. An associated challenge, however, is that the legacy asset may not be architected in a way that supports the transactional demands resulting from that wider use. By providing a buffer against the legacy data store, a data grid can serve as a caching layer that scales linearly to extreme levels. IT does not have to re-architect the legacy asset; the data grid enables IT to offer broader access with high service levels.

 

FILLING HOLES IN THE SOA STACK WITH RUNTIME GOVERNANCE

ZapThink considers runtime SOA governance a requirement of successful SOA, greatly increasing the chances that the SOA implementation will have business value. Indeed, the lack of adequate runtime SOA governance greatly reduces the chances of success. The ability to create and monitor policies, manage performance, secure the system, and provide self-healing mechanisms means the SOA implementation will provide ongoing value through productivity benefits. However, most SOA stack vendors do not address many of the key requirements of SOA, including solution patterns around runtime SOA goverance. Considering this limitation, it’s important to address these issues with the proper technology, leveraged in the proper way. Thus, the purpose of this paper.

 

SOA Middleware: An Agile Framework for Fast, Flexible, Low-Risk Service Deployments

Originally, service-oriented architecture (SOA) concepts arose in response to demands for better ways to cost-effectively integrate large-scale business processes. Deploying a new application or process utilizing SOA constructs and making its resources available through services requires a basic understanding of SOA principles. When properly designed, a service becomes usable over any established service channel in the enterprise. In this white paper learn how your business can create a powerful reusable business services with reduced cost, time, and complexity.

 

Twelve Common SOA Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

In this research report, Gartner analyst, Massimo Pezzini outlines twelve mistakes that are commonly made when organizations are setting up their SOA infrastructure. Agility, incremental software engineering, software sharing (reuse) and lower cost of heterogeneous operations are among the promises of a mature service-oriented architecture (SOA). However, achieving these benefits often entails overcoming formidable technical, organizational and political hurdles.

View this research report and learn how you can avoid these twelve common mistakes and maximize your chances for SOA success!

 

Increasing the Effectiveness and Efficiency of SOA Through Governance - 2008 SOA Governance Survey Report

SOA is an important architectural direction that’s impacting IT organizations from top to bottom. As more and more companies move toward implementing services-oriented architectures for new (or existing) solutions, IT organizations have to learn how to deploy, manage and update SOA-based infrastructures effectively and efficiently. That’s where SOA governance comes in.

A new survey conducted by ebizQ finds that SOA governance is critical to any SOA strategy. SOA governance provides organizations with the processes, policies and solutions/technologies that can help to manage increasingly complex SOA deployments in an effective and efficient manner.

The survey, covering 118 companies, reveals that most organizations believe that SOA governance is a critical part of their SOA strategy, with 49% believing that without governance their SOA plans will fail.

Download this white paper to learn more...

 

How Much Business Value is Your SOA Delivering?
2008 SOA Governance Survey Report

ebizQ hosted a 21-question online survey on SOA and related service governance strategies. A total of 124 companies responded to the survey. Analysts from ebizQ performed survey data analysis. What they found is that SOA has been gaining steam in many organizations, with promises of increased business agility and integration. The survey findings indicate that even companies with the most advanced SOA deployments – in terms of enterprise reach and number of reusable services – have yet to formulate governance strategies or methods to measure the value of their SOA to the business.

Download this report to read more.

 

SOA and Virtualization: How do They Fit Together?

Enterprises are pursuing SOA and virtualization with great speed and at the same time, although perhaps in different departments. SOA is of interest mainly at the business and technical architecture levels, whereas virtualization is principally the concern of the datacenter management and applications systems deployment groups. These communities are often separated from each other in the organization and are frequently driven by separate goals. Business and IT want to achieve greater agility in their business processes and applications, whereas datacenter management wants to reduce costs by consolidating computing, storage and network infrastructure.

This paper establishes the technical links between these two popular developments in enterprise computing.

 

Business Integration with SOA - A Revolution in Business Agility

You've heard the benefits of SOA and you've heard the benefits of BPM. Now learn first-hand how innovative companies are greatly increasing their agility by taking the best of BPM and SOA and making them better together.

 

ebizQ SOA Market Pulse 2008

Service oriented architecture - environments in which loosely coupled services are developed, deployed, and reused in a managed, orchestrated manner to support processes across the organization - is seen as the most promising strategy yet for aligning technology with the needs of the business. To succeed, SOA-enabled services need to span the enterprise, offering reusability and economies of scale.

To gauge the extent of SOA and enterprise service adoption across enterprises, and the role of federated messaging solutions to better facilitate enterprise adoption, ebizQ conducted an online survey in January 2008. This paper shares the results of the SOA Survey, along with ebizQ’s observations on this important technology area.

Also, be sure to watch the ON-DEMAND webinar, which discusses the key findings of this survey.
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The Forrester Wave™: Standalone SOA And Web Services Management Solutions

Forrester evaluated leading standalone service-oriented architecture (SOA) and Web services management solution (or simply, SOA management) vendors across 100 criteria and found that Progress Software and AmberPoint, by virtue of their singular focus on the space, have the richest and cleanest solutions. IBM’s offering is also strong, and it has many points of integration with the rest of IBM’s Tivoli product line. SOA Software’s solution includes SOA governance, but it lacks deep visibility into service implementations. Hewlett-Packard’s solution has the best monitoring console and availability reporting, as well as integration into the vendor’s IT management products. Java and .NET users will find much to like in CA’s solution, which has the deepest visibility for service implementations centered on Java and .NET. When evaluating options for SOA management, in addition to these standalone solutions, it is very important to consider the embedded SOA management features of your existing application platform and integration platform vendors.

 

Governing a Distributed SOA

While the advantages of a service-oriented architecture (SOA) are apparent to most organizations, the challenge of governing the SOA infrastructure still remains a concern for leading enterprises.

Download this white paper to learn about the new strategy Global 2000 companies are using to command and control a distributed network of services.

 

Integrated SOA Governance

Many large organizations are reducing costs, improving agility and reducing risk with enterprise SOA programs. In order for SOA initiatives to succeed they need to follow sound Enterprise Architecture practices. Companies realizing the most success are those that have built an Integrated SOA Governance infrastructure that governs a wide range of assets and processes through their lifecycles.

This whitepaper examines the ideas, objectives and use-cases behind Integrated SOA Governance, and the evolution of the SOA Governance marketplace.

 

40-Page Book: Key Strategies for SOA Testing

When it comes to Web services and SOA testing, creating a plan is important to ensure success, trust and reuse for new services. If you're willing to take the risk, the return on your SOA investment is huge… that is, if it is a well-tested SOA. Untested SOA could cost you millions.

Mindreef worked with industry analyst and ebizQ contributor David Linthicum to create a comprehensive guide for SOA Testing. This new, complimentary 40-page handbook, Key Strategies for SOA Testing, provides a step-by-step guide for defining your own testing domain, understanding your unique needs, and testing all components to help ensure your SOA will be productive and useful from the first day of operation.

By creating an effective SOA testing plan and selecting the right Web services testing and quality tools, you can get every member of your project team -- architects, developers, testers, and support -- working together to improve service compliance, quality, performance and time to market.

Get your complimentary copy of this book to gain valuable insight into the steps you can take today to create and execute a SOA testing plan -- and drive SOA success.

 

State of SOA Adoption Survey

Unlike surveys that have sought to gauge broad market adoption of SOA by polling the IT community at large, this survey was conducted across a database of IT professionals who have an understanding for SOA concepts and methodologies. We polled a large population of Architects, Operations staff and Developers, asking them where they are in their SOA initiatives, the characteristics of their environments, what's working and what's not.

Our research indicates that SOA in the enterprise is more mature than previous studies have shown. Because nearly half of the 330 respondents have deployed SOA applications, the survey provides some interesting insights into success factors at organizations that have real-world experience with production SOA applications.

 

Event Processing Market Pulse 2007

Over the last 6 months, the buzz around event-driven architecture has been increasing in both practitioner and vendor circles. Unlike many emerging technologies that are hailed as all encompassing replacement strategies, event-driven architecture is most often viewed as a complement to today’s most popular enterprise strategies – service-oriented architecture and business process management. It is clear from the survey that event-driven architecture provides direct, measurable business value, and the event processing market, while nascent, is real. The rest of this report details the survey findings and relates them to market observations.

 

Get Serious About SOA Governance: A 5-Step Plan for Architects

Whether your organization's Service- Oriented Architecture (SOA) has 50 services in use by one customer, or 50 customers using one service, you need SOA governance in order to fully benefit from your SOA. Increased business and IT agility depends on SOA governance: the ability to quickly and continuously translate and transmit business strategy and requirements into the policies and standards that will guide the evolution of the SOA—and your enterprise. Get Serious About SOA Governance: A 5-Step Action Plan for Architects, will help you get SOA governance right, and get what you expect out of your SOA.

 

IBM SOA Appliances: Redefining the Boundaries of Middleware

SOA appliances from IBM are game-changing solutions that are redefining the boundaries of middleware extending the SOA Foundation with specialized, consumable, dedicated SOA appliances that combine superior performance and hardened security for SOA implementations. This article describes how SOA Appliances offer an innovative, pragmatic approach to harness the power and potential of SOA while simultaneously enabling you to leverage the value of your existing application, security, and networking infrastructure investments.

 

Patterns for REST Services with WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliances

Representational State Transfer (REST) is the predominant architectural style of such distributed hypermedia systems as the World Wide Web. This article describes service patterns using IBM WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliances for REST-style software systems. Leveraging SOA appliances, these patterns help architects build more flexible software systems, as well as improve the security and scalability of REST-style software services.

 

Worst Practices in SOA Implementation - Why Service-Oriented Architectures Fail

A new integration standard has evolved in recent years known as service-oriented architecture (SOA). SOA enables different programs, applications, and tools to interact via self-contained services that do not depend on the context or state of the other service.

While tracking mediocre results, and even failure, in the implementation of service-oriented architectures, many common threads, or “worst practices,” can be found. Designed to help organizations learn from the mistakes of others, this paper provides insight into the top-four worst practices for SOA integration. It also provides guidance on how to avoid and/or overcome these worst practices in order to realize the true value of an open, reusable integration architecture. By reading this paper, you will have a solid understanding of how to avoid SOA integration failure and achieve success with your initiatives.

 

SOA - Look Before You Leap

Because of SOA's enticing benefits, many organizations are tempted to jump into this enormous undertaking before fully considering the implications to their existing systems. Before moving toward SOA, develop a plan and strategy that includes a reasonable implementation time frame. Such a plan should include a definition of your IT architecture and a topology and road map for implementation. You also need to understand your current IT environment to see which components can be used in the newly defined SOA strategy and which need to be modernized before being wrapped as services. This is perhaps the most critical part of the plan, and far too many organizations skip or gloss over it only to pay the price later in lost time and resources.

 

A BPM Solution's Inner Workings: Integration and Architecture Whitepaper

Research indicates that the use of workflow technology can lead to remarkable cost savings, increased efficiency, and productivity - in other words, big ROI. Workflow technology has evolved into Business Process Management (BPM) software with rich integration features and support for both human-centric and system-centric processes. Enterprises and software developers have come to understand that BPM can be applied to increasingly complex problems. Automating business processes from end-to-end, integrating applications to process steps, and opening up processes for collaboration with partners, customers, and suppliers represent just the beginning of what can be expected from BPM software.

This whitepaper delves in to the inner workings of a BPM solution and outlines the key components that are required to define and refine business process models, rules, and rich user interfaces, as well as the extensive capabilities needed for integration, automation, management and optimization of business processes.

 

Web Services Security: What's Required To Secure A Service-Oriented Architecture

The service-oriented architecture (SOA) concept is now embraced by many companies worldwide. However, because of its nature (loosely-coupled connections) and its use of open access (HTTP), SOA adds a new set of requirements to the security landscape. Download this white paper to learn about more specific SOA security challenges and how to address them.

 

Real-world Enterprise SOA implementations Using JCAPS

Business enterprises have grown in size and markets they serve and their application systems have also become more complex. The need for application programming interfaces between these systems to share the data stored in these heterogeneous systems has escalated. Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) provides the means of integrating these disparate applications within the enterprise. Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) enables reuse of services. Emerging EAI tools help build integration as services and maximize reuse and the return on investment (ROI).

 

Agile Load Checking for SOA Quality

Performance and scalability testing of business applications is typically conducted by testing experts late in the development cycle. For services and SOA, that needs to change. Without addressing common barriers to improved performance testing, services and consuming applications will fail to meet required service levels and user expectations. By aligning performance testing practices with the goals of the business, SOA projects can avoid common performance problems and realize their potential. Learn more with this white paper from Mindreef.

 

Event Processing Market Pulse 2007

The buzz around event-driven architecture has been increasing in both practitioner and vendor circles. Unlike many emerging technologies that are hailed as all encompassing replacement strategies, event-driven architecture is most often viewed as a complement to today's most popular enterprise strategies - service-oriented architecture and business process management. To get the practitioner's point of view on event-driven architecture adoption and the state of the event processing market, ebizQ conducted an online survey during July and August 2007. This paper shares the results of the Event Processing Survey, along with ebizQ's observations on this emerging technology strategy.

 

SOA Redefined: Simple. Open. Affordable.

Red Hat, along with customers and partners, is using its proven model of delivering enterprise-class services and support to redefine SOA to what it should be: Simple, open and affordable. JBoss Enterprise Middleware delivers the platforms and frameworks to simplify the development and deployment of SOA and Web 2.0 applications. JBoss delivers its value through open source products that implement open standards such as the Java EE and web services standards. Finally, a JBoss subscription delivers a high value SOA development and deployment experience that is affordable.

 

The Value of SOA Governance

The definition of corporate governance is creating, communicating, and enforcing policies in a corporate environment. Governance is the key to balancing executive control with employee and customer empowerment across the enterprise. While many corporate governance activities don't directly involve the information technology (IT) department, the enterprise does call upon IT to provide tooling for automating policy creation and enforcement, when itÍs possible to represent policies in a machine-understandable format.

Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is an approach to organizing IT resources to meet the changing needs of the business in flexible ways. Governance is an essential part of any SOA implementation, because it ensures that the organization applies and enforces the policies that apply to the Services that the organization creates as part of its SOA initiative. But more importantly, organizations can leverage SOA best practices to represent policies broadly in such a way that the organization can achieve better policy management, flexibility, and visibility into policy compliance across the enterprise.

 

Next-Generation SOA Infrastructure

As SOA becomes the mainstream for enterprise, application developers are faced with a bewildering array of technologies for developing the next generation of applications. This white paper discusses the most important industry standards that are becoming available for developers to build interoperable services and composite applications, including JAX-WS, BPEL, WS-ReliableMessaging, WS-Addressing, SOAP with Attachments, MTOM, WS-Policy, UDDI, WS-Security and Service Component Architecture.

 

SOA Governance Framework and Best Practices

This whitepaper outlines best practices and a six step process to achieve successful SOA governance. Based on analysis of the eight critical dimensions of SOA adoption, this paper describes appropriate policies to govern your SOA initiatives that will enable you to deliver on your SOA strategy and business objectives.

 

The Business Value of SOA

Research from over 100 early SOA adopters revealed what types of projects provided maximum benefit from an SOA approach. Three common value patterns were identified that achieved 100% - 500% ROI. Read this white paper to find out more, along with real-world case studies for each SOA value pattern.

 

SOA Governance: Rule Your SOA

This whitepaper underscores the fact that SOA Governance is no side issue -- but rather the key factor to overall SOA and business success! Effective SOA Governance supports your IT oprganization, aligns business and IT, and provides the foundation for compliance management. Business benefits from your SOA initiative can be monitored and optimized, providing you with traceable business goals and the appropriate service implementations and operations. A well-founded and executed SOA Governance avoids the "chaotic growth" of an enterprise's SOA and allows an organization to supervise and manage the entire SOA lifecycle.

 

Runtime Governance Across the SOA Lifecycle

Organizations that implement runtime governance late in their migration to SOA forego many significant advantages and efficiencies. This paper shows why it's critical to avoid this mistake. It starts with an overview of the software lifecycle and then delves into the specific contributions of runtime governance at each of these stages. The paper then explores a vital capability—dynamic discovery—as it applies across the lifecycle, and illustrates this point through the example of a large financial institution. The paper concludes with an executive-level overview of the bottom-line impact of deploying SOA runtime governance at the outset of an SOA initiative.

 

Manage SOA Implementations for Success with the ITIL Framework

Launching a successful SOA project requires much the same careful planning and process as any architectural project. While tools and technologies exist to build applications from these existing, loosely-coupled and interoperable services, assuring overall performance of the final product is another matter. ITIL can serve as a valuable blueprint to guide construction of manageable SOA implementations.

 

Extending the business value of SOA through BPM

According to leading analyst firms, SOA and BPM are mutually beneficial initiatives. According to many CIO polls, organizations often approach SOA and BPM for many of the same benefits: improved visibility, productivity, and agility. SOA can greatly accelerate BPM initiatives, and BPM can yields measurable results from SOA initiatives. BEA has a comprehensive, integrated solution that extends the value of SOA through BPM.

 

The Integration Journey - a Field Guide to Enterprise Integration for SOA

Integration. The word triggers an array of impressions ranging from trepidation - about configuring connections between a variety of applications and working with complex tools - to frustration about large projects run over budget and schedule. And while the road to IT efficiency is littered with failed integration initiatives, remains IT's holy grail to use integration to achieve that efficiency.

The path to IT efficiency is looking much clearer today however, now that technologies have turned a corner away from complex and rigid integration solutions. IT has a new approach that is service-oriented, open, and extensible that promises to ease integration challenges, making the rapid creation and delivery of new composite applications and business processes attainable. Today's integration solutions are providing IT with the tools and technologies to infuse fluidity - a combination of flexibility and responsiveness - into its infrastructure.

 

SOA Research: Financial Justification

Find out what early adopters are thinking about SOA financial justification! Where do they see the costs and benefits? The most significant roadblocks? This concise independent research study of SOA decision makers has all the facts and figures you'll need for input into your SOA justification process. Covers the most common funding sources, the titles of those who most typically approve funding, and the metrics they want to see.

 

SOA Organization & Governance: Ensuring Successful Adoption

This IDC white paper, "BEA Systems: Expediting SOA Governance Initiatives" provides an in-depth third-party review of the importance of SOA governance, with two customer case studies plus commentary on the BEA approach to SOA and solution capabilities.

 

Top 5 Business Reasons for High Performance Organizations to Leverage an Enterprise 2.0 SOA Platform

For IT professionals today the question is "What kind of platform should we adopt in order to take advantage of the new SOA reality and transport our organization into the Enterprise 2.0 era?" This white paper addresses the top 5 business reasons why IT needs to adopt an Enterprise 2.0 SOA platform and makes some suggestions about what to look for when assessing options.

 

Optimize the Business Outcome of SOA

Organizations without an SOA strategy risk being outpaced and outperformed by competitors who are better equipped to serve customers, seize opportunities, and respond to change. But SOA brings new challenges that must be addressed and new complexity that must be managed. HP provides a full set of integrated products and services for SOA governance, SOA quality and SOA management. Implemented together, these offerings can support a complete lifecycle approach for managing SOA implementations. This paper summarizes the business benefits of adopting SOA, describes the obstacles that must be overcome and outlines the BTO approach that HP uses to optimize the business outcome of SOA.

 

Turbocharge Your Enterprise Service Bus (ESB)

The value of an ESB is measured by the number of services it contains and how often those services are re-used across applications. This paper presents a way to substantially increase the value of an ESB investment by using new model-driven development tools as the fastest way to construct service based applications.

 

Simplifying Software Delivery in an SOA World

Skyway explores a new approach to simplifying the software development lifecycle for SOA using a delivery concept called Model-Driven Development and Deployment (M3D). M3D is utilized by enterprises today to achieve 50% or more cost reductions in software delivery compared to traditional methods.

 

Achieving A Single Customer View

This paper takes a closer look at the impacts of dispersed customer information, as well as the potential benefits of implementing a single-customer view. It presents the approach to achieve a single customer view: building composite applications on a service-oriented architecture (SOA) - an approach that overcomes the complexity and limitations of previous tactics. The paper also provides cross-industry examples of companies that have achieved the benefits of implementing a single customer view.

 

BEST OF: SOA WORST PRACTICES

Progress Software has collected observations of some of the most common yet most easily committed SOA bloopers they have seen in the field. They knew that sharing best practices was important - we all do that - but we also realized that knowing what not to do when building an SOA can be just as valuable. SOA Worst Practices Vol. 1 focused on tactical and strategic aspects of implementing service-oriented architectures: employing SOAP standards, the limits of XML firewalls, Web-services reuse and so on. Hot on the heels of SOA Worst Practices, Vol. 1, we published SOA Worst Practices, Vol. 2, and zeroed in on the worst practices of organizations that attempted - or attempted to avoid - SOA governance. Download this white paper to learn more.

 

SOA Governance: Enabling Sustainable Success with SOA

Many companies are still in the early stages of SOA adoption and so the practice of SOA governance - and likely the concept itself - will be new territory for many IT professionals. And yet, if companies are to realize any meaningful and lasting impact from SOA, then governance is a fact of life that enterprises are going to have to become comfortable with. More than any other factor over the long term, governance will make the difference between SOA success and failure, and proficiency in governing the SOA environment will distinguish IT leaders from laggards.

So what exactly is SOA governance, why is it important, and how do you make it real? Download this white paper and learn the answer to these questions.

 

Extending the Business Value of SOA through Business Process Management

SOA and BPM are two of the most talked-about business initiatives: both promise to help companies create new value from existing investments, reuse efforts across many projects, and achieve new levels of agility. But where SOA focuses on creating a more flexible architecture, BPM applies that architecture to optimize the way actual work gets done. Download this FREE white paper now to discover SOA's relationship with BPM, including the impact BPM has on SOA -- and vice-versa. It summarizes the basics of BPM and SOA, their respective features and benefits, and the added value of putting them together.

 

The Integration Journey - a Field Guide to Enterprise Integration for SOA

The promise of SOA is increasing agility: bridging together the efforts of a business, defining and optimizing processes, and IT taking a service approach to integration. Now, fulfill that promise by learning how to make your existing investments work harder, to keep up with the demands of business in a fast-paced, competitive landscape. Discover how enterprise integration enables SOA benefits faster -- and how it can combine with business process management to give you the agility you're seeking. Download this insight-filled white paper now.

 

GCR SOA Justification Research Executive Whitepaper

Find out what early adopters are thinking about SOA financial justification! Where do they see the costs and benefits? The most significant roadblocks? This concise independent research study of SOA decision makers has all the facts and figures you’ll need for input into your SOA justification process. Covers the most common funding sources, the titles of those who most typically approve funding, and the metrics they want to see. Download your free copy now!

 

ZapThink Report: Filling in the Pieces of the Service Lifecycle Puzzle - Mercury's Comprehensive Approach to the Service Lifecycle

As companies roll out their SOA offerings, they quickly realize that to achieve the benefits promised by SOA, they must manage and govern the entire service lifecycle. Managing the Service lifecycle involves more than simply making sure that a Service and its interface can respond to queries.

Maintaining a successful SOA infrastructure and architecture means managing the entire lifecycle of Services, from the time they are conceived, to when they are deployed into operation, to their continuous change that is part and parcel of a Service-oriented environment. This whitepaper explores the full range of considerations for SOA Governance, Quality and Management. Secondarily, we analyze the merits of Mercury's strategy and suite of products that address quality at each phase of the Service lifecycle.

Download this whitepaper now to learn why a holistic approach to Service Lifecycle addresses some critical aspects of SOA quality and management not addressed by point-product solutions

 

Fostering People's Interaction and Collaboration

To encourage efficiency and innovation, companies are looking for new ways to empower people using technology such as SOA. People are an integral part of the services delivered through SOA, because they interact with those services to execute business results. Businesses can provide personalized, streamlined environments for employees to interact with other people and targeted information using SOA and encourage greater collaboration among employees, business partners and customers. This executive brief explores in greater detail the people entry point for an SOA that enables real time views of key business processes and organization of information to help people interact effectively, make better decisions and collaborate more freely.

 

The Forrester Wave: Enterprise Service Bus

Cape Clear retains its leading position in Forrester?s latest review of the standalone ESB market. The vendor is one of the pioneers in the enterprise service bus (ESB) category and continues to be among the leaders in technology innovation and strategic vision in this space. Aggressive pursuit of emerging Web services standards and communication protocols, coupled with good tools for developing and deploying services, make Cape Clear a good choice for companies looking for an advanced ESB that can meet many service-oriented architecture (SOA) requirements. www.capeclear.com

 

The Current State of SOA Governance

As organizations adopt SOA, the topic of SOA Governance is receiving an increasing amount of attention. SOA Governance refers to the articulation and enforcement of policies related to service lifecycles, implementation protocols, service access, information protection and service level agreements.

To get the practitioner's point of view on SOA adoption and SOA Governance, ebizQ conducted an online survey during August 2006. This paper shares the results of the SOA Governance Survey, along with ebizQ's observations on this critical current issue for organizations.

 

Data Mash-ups Trigger Innovation and Productivity

What are Data Mash-ups? It is certainly not a familiar term in enterprise software and might even send a shiver down the spine of a datablase administrator. Yet some large corporations and government agencies are using this concept to get closer to their customers, have a better pulse on their business, monitor and understand external threats and opportunities, or simply get access to information that cannot be obtained any other way. Download this white paper and learn more!

 

Event Stream Processing and Event Driven Architectures

Event-Driven Architectures (EDA) are being hailed as the next major piece of the integration fabric by leading vendors and analysts . Although SOA and ESBs embrace EDA, little architectural direction exists on how these technologies relate to one another, and how to architect an effective EDA.

The burgeoning software field that promises to deliver EDA is called Event Stream Processing or ESP. This paper describes the motivation for EDA, introduces ESP, and describes how ESP technology fits neatly within the ESB/SOA model.

 

Decision Services: The Next SOA Challenge

Without visibility and easy access into the decision services available for reuse, multiple versions of services will result, creating a serious problem when services need to be changed. Read about how Transparent Decision Services is a better approach to enhancing SOA flexibility and services reuse É because what you see is what you get.

 

SOA Worst Practices

How many times have you heard: "Security for your service-oriented architecture [SOA] should be tight enough to be secure, but not so rigid as to impact flexibility or performance?" Did you think: Hey, how do we measure this?

You're not alone - and we're not just saying that to make you feel better. These and other SOA best practices offer good advice and value, but applying them to your business can be tricky. After all, best practices don't always relate to your specific situation or business model.

In this guide, you'll learn about real-life (and real lame) mistakes made by your peers! We'll share with you the thinking behind these ideas, why they failed, and better approaches that can help you achieve a more successful outcome. (In other words, you will be smarter after reading this. Really.)

 

A Business Oriented Architecture: Combining BPM and SOA for Competitive Advantage

To support business process improvement initiatives, many IT groups today have been implementing a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) in order to re-orient their core technology to reflect new consumption patterns. The service oriented context, however, is only a part of the process improvement equation - it needs a partner. This paper discusses how leading companies have recognized that implementing Business Process Management (BPM) and SOA together gives them unique capabilities to enable business process improvement.

 

Extranets. Portals for the Extended Enterprise

This white paper analyzes the business needs for extranets, explores the challenges that today's organizations have in building extranets, and identifies important trends in the extranet market. The paper also examines the benefits of extranets and provides two case studies of companies that have built extranets by leveraging their internal portal infrastructure. We also introduce BEA AquaLogic User Interaction, a portal suite that includes support for extranet requirements.

 

SOA and Web Services: The Performance Paradox

Web Services and Service Oriented Architectures (SOAs) simplify communications, yet introduce a new layer of web application complexity. It's no longer enough to address the performance of services technologies such as web services without considering their impact on the environment into which they are deployed. To gain control over SOA and Web Services complexity, enterprises must adopt a new performance management approach that offers visibility into the entire transaction path and into each critical intersection along the way.

Download "SOA and Web Services: The Performance Paradox" to find out how to successfully manage Web Services complexity and performance.

 

The SOA Killer APP

Most organizations have moved well beyond thinking of SOA as "just a bunch of web services" and are moving to a service-enabled infrastructure that delivers significant improvements in business agility and efficiencies. Such a highly scalable SOA places increased demands for governance, modeling, metadata management, policy enforcement and reporting. Today, the demand for a comprehensive SOA tool is emerging, and the requirements and characteristics of this sort of tool are now becoming clearer.

Business needs the SOA Killer Application: an architectural platform with a flexible information model and a set of governance reporting tools that enables organizations to ensure complete visibility, trust and control of their SOA. ZapThink's "SOA Killer App" is a clear representation of what matters most for SOA initiatives today.


Webcast: ZapThink and Systinet, a Mercury Division
What Business Needs from SOA: The SOA Killer Application

A highly scalable SOA places increased demands for governance, modeling, policy enforcement and reporting. The demand for a comprehensive SOA tool is emerging, and the characteristics of this tool are becoming clearer. Learn why ZapThink's "SOA Killer App" is what matters most for SOA initiatives today.

Register Today: http://www.ebizq.net/to/syskillerappweb

 

BPM and SOA: Better Together

This IBM-sponsored white paper by analyst Jasmine Noel, a founding member of Ptak, Noel & Associates, explains how the discipline known as business process management (BPM) is evolving and how the integration of BPM into a standards-based, service-oriented architecture (SOA) is creating unparalleled levels of agility for today's businesses. Find out how the standards-based modeling, monitoring, connectivity, and process integration tools that comprise IBM's Process Integration suite are allowing companies to implement process automation components with greater speed and agility than ever before. Download this informative white paper to learn more.


Check out this on-demand Webcast from IBM to hear noted industry analyst Jasmine Noel describe the evolution of business process management (BPM) and its integration with service-oriented architecture (SOA). Noel explains how SOA is allowing companies to implement process automation with greater speed and agility than ever before. You'll learn:
  • How SOA and BPM technologies complement each other
  • Why processes must become independent of specific information resources and specific task automation applications
  • How standards-based SOA works, including its ability to create process independence
  • How the integration of BPM and SOA facilitate "managed flexibility"
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Policy Based Governance for the Enterprise

The rise of policy-based governance is the result of the proliferation of heterogeneous and highly distributed computing infrastructures that make it impossible for IT leadership to exert the kind of control and influence over the work necessary to support the business. IT is being tasked with supporting new business initiatives without the ability to enforce the policies that have been established to ensure their implementation; as a result IT is literally “flying blind,”—investing millions of dollars in one-off projects that do not add to the enterprise IT assets of the company. In this white paper you will learn how, through ease of integration, enterprise reuse and the seamless enforcement of policies, IT organizations can realize the value and agility promised by Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).

 

Strategic Business Decisions on SOA

According to analyst consensus, enterprise portals are the vehicle to launch you into the world of SOA.

Read this informative white paper to get a clear understanding of what a Service-Oriented Architecture can do for your business. This white paper exposes the myths around SOA, and delivers a simple overview that will help you get started immediately.

You will learn:
  • How the diverse SOA technologies on the market fit together
  • How to deliver fast returns in the short and long term using SOA technologies

 

Why Runtime Governance Is Critical For SOA

Learn how runtime governance can protect production environments from undocumented services and policy non-compliance, eliminating associated risks of business service failures and violations of government regulations.

 

Enterprise Integration -- EAI vs. SOA vs. ESB

This paper aims to bring clarity to terms EAI, ESB, SOA and provide a clear distinction. Also this paper would discuss architecture options available for enterprise integration and what these options are most suitable for. Finally this paper would address the discussions we have seen in various forums about whether EAI is going to be replaced by SOA or ESB.

 

Service-Oriented and Model-Driven Architecture

This whitepaper discusses the key characteristics of the two modeling architectures, focusing on the classification of models that is embodied by each. The flow of modeling activity is discussed in the two architectures together with a discussion of the support for the modeling flows provided by Select Solution for MDA.

 

SOA Appliance Case Studies - Web Services Meet the Network

In this customer case study whitepaper, noted analyst Jon Oltsik, of Enterprise Strategy Group, discusses the demands of XML Web services by highlighting four (4) end-user network deployments using IBM WebSphere DataPower SOA appliances. These new hardware products from IBM help to provide superior Web services security, ESB connectivity in a hardware form factor, legacy reuse & scalable XML for SOA. Jon Olstik also introduces the notion of the persistent network application processing model, an innovative model that utilizes intelligent devices like WebSphere DataPower SOA appliances to consolidate specific SOA services and XML processing on the network itself. Download the white paper now to learn how IBM can help you simplify, help secure and accelerate your SOA.

 

Bulletproofing Web Services: A Step-By-Step Plan

This White Paper provides a step-by-step plan for ensuring reliable Web Services

As companies and consumers rely more on Web services, it becomes increasingly important for Web services developers to know how to properly design, develop, deploy, and ultimately manage a Web services system.

This White Paper illustrates the solid engineering and testing practices required to ensure complete, reliable Web service functionality, interoperability and security - whether you're creating Web services from scratch or integrating legacy back-end applications via Web services.

 

Implementing a Successful Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Pilot Program

By consolidating and reusing common services, Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs) offer many benefits to today’s organizations. This white paper will guide those pursuing SOA towards proven best practices to increase the likelihood of garnering the benefits of an SOA, faster and easier. The paper will then present Actional’s best practices for selecting and implementing a successful SOA pilot and then how to utilize the experience and lessons learned to migrate to an enterprise-class SOA.

 

A New Service-Oriented Architecture Maturity Model

You've heard all the buzz, now read it for yourself. An SOA maturity model presented for our consideration by industry vendors Sonic Software, BearingPoint and Systinet.

 

What You Need to Know About Transitioning to SOA

Some key infomation that your company should know when making the move to a service-oriented architecture.

 

Ten Reasons to Use a True ESB

A True ESB stands in stark contrast to the proprietary integration technologies of the past. As the ESB rapidly gains traction in the marketplace, you should be wary of the wide variety of legacy integration vendors, as they attempt to re-package their offerings as ESBs by simply adding Web services veneers around their existing, proprietary product offerings.

This paper highlights the top ten reasons to consider using a True ESB.

 

Transaction Management and Monitoring in Service Oriented Architecture

Transaction management within an SOA infrastructure needs to include not only the monitoring of the Web service end point but also at the container level itself. The monitoring of transaction at the container layer will result in a comprehensive transaction management.

 

Web Integration Technical Whitepaper

Web Integration Cut Integration Efforts 90%

Web integration by Kapow Technologies, named a cool technology by Gartner, integrate applications and content for Applications, SOA, portals and Content Management systems in 1/10th the time and cost. This paper includes a business and technical overview of the unique approach of Web Integration through the web front-end and real life solutions powered by Web integration.

 

EAI: Rip and Replace or Leave and Leverage?
Migrating to a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)

IT executives find themselves torn between the benefits of a service-oriented architecture (SOA) and managing legacy integration technology. Architects immediately consider staying with EAI and a rip-and-replace approach. Fortunately, there is a third choice: leave existing EAI components in place and leverage them as a part of a migration strategy towards an SOA. After examining existing assets, most IT organizations find that they are almost already there.

 

BEA SOA Domain Model White Paper

While SOA is a long-term strategy that requires sustained focus on transforming the way IT is delivered, it must respond to immediate business initiatives. The benefits of SOA will only be realized if you preserve a balance between the long-term goals and the shorter-term needs of the business. You can maintain that balance by instituting a set of organizational, financial, operational, design and delivery practices from the outset of the SOA initiative. The BEA Domain Model for SOA encapsulates these practices within six domains, each of which must be considered equally to provide a focused framework for a Service-Oriented Architecture.

 

Service-Oriented Architecture - A New Alternative to Traditional Technology Integration

To better understand SOAs and how they can be effectively employed, it helps to understand the principles on which they are designed. It also helps to become acquainted with tools that are helping enable application developers and integrators to quickly and cost-effectively make SOAs a reality within their specific organizations. This paper examines the basic premises underlying SOAs and describe how universal technology and service adapters can help organizations realize the benefits of SOAs.

 

Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Adaptive Frameworks

Adaptive frameworks provide a foundation for SOA, eliminating custom code and focusing on issues that middleware vendors generally ignore. They create Web services, but go beyond Web services to support additional service interactions such as EDI and proprietary APIs. Most importantly, they emphasize the reuse of integration technology by focusing on the adaptation problem rather than message brokering and other issues.

 

How Integration Appliances Simplify and Accelerate SOA Implementation

This White Paper seeks to help you maximize the overall benefit your organization will see from a Service Oriented Architecture.

 

Distributed Service-Oriented Architectures

Distributed SOAs allow system architects to create a distributed environment in which applications can interoperate seamlessly.

 

Overcoming the Roadblocks to SOA Success

Learn how composite applications provide rapid assembly of existing application services into meaningful and reusable business services.

 

Making the Transformation to SOA

What is "service-oriented architecture" and why is it so talked about? This white paper describes the basic principles behind SOA and the benefits that it offers to organizations. It also outlines the basic path that companies can take to capitalize on the SOA revolution, starting with the creation of building-block business services, the implementation of an infrastructure to support an enterprise-class SOA, and then leveraging the resulting assets and resources in new service-based solutions. The white paper also describes factors that companies should consider as they look for a partner to support them on this journey.

 

The Business Case for SOA

Service-oriented architecture (SOA) is unquestionably one of the most important considerations in IT today. However, SOA goes beyond IT with its promise to truly transform corporate agility, and to align IT responsiveness with the businesses' demands for faster time-to-market. Fortunately, the benefits of SOA do not require a massive "big bang" reinvestment. Rather, as this white paper describes, the benefits can be realized incrementally with a well thought out strategy. A vital component of this strategy is recognizing the need for an SOA infrastructure-a set of software capabilities (security, monitoring, management, etc.) that exist outside of the services themselves to enable an enterprise-class implementation of SOA.

 

Integrating CICS Using SOA and Web Services

Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs) and Web Services combine to provide an opportunity for organizations to reduce the costs and complexities of application integration inside the firewall and open up new possibilities for legacy applications to participate in eBusiness. This white paper explains how you can use SOA/Web Services to integrate mainframe CICS applications with other enterprise applications. For programmers and architects, this white paper addresses issues surrounding where to place the SOA boundary (on the middle tier? on the mainframe? inside/outside of CICS?), handling microflows (multiple transactions required for a single unit of work), and converting CICS transaction data to usable formats. The white paper also indicates how choosing the right integration technologies can increase the ROI of integration projects.

 

A Service-Oriented Architecture for EAI Quality Assurance

This White Paper sescribes a methodology and tools for testing Enterprise Application Integration.

 

Critical Infrastructure for Services-Oriented Architectures

Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs) are beginning to revolutionize the way IT is structured. Ultimately, SOA better aligns IT with business, and that’s why over half of all companies are moving to a SOA environment with Web Services as one of the key enabling standards. SOA enables organizations to respond to change better, faster, cheaper, and provides agility, flexibility and cost savings. Westbridge Technology provides the XML Message Server (XMS), which provides XML Firewall and shared security services infrastructure for SOA environments.

 

Distributed Service Oriented Architectures: Delivering Standards-Based Integration; The Advantages Of An Enterprise Service Bus

Distributed service-oriented architectures enable system architects to create a distributed environment in which applications can interoperate seamlessly. This paper discusses the advantages of building distributed service-oriented architectures and identifies components for successful deployment and management of distributed processes, including Web services.

 

Web-Enabling Self-Service Business Processes

The benefits of moving manual processes to the web are well understood. But very few organizations have web-enabled product returns, bill disputes or other complex business processes. This paper discusses requirements for web-enabling complex processes and new technology from BroadVision that allows organizations to deliver self-service processes through existing websites.

 

ClientSoft ServiceBuilder: Incorporating Legacy within Service-Oriented Architectures

Both a development platform and a runtime environment for legacy integration, ClientSoft ServiceBuilder enables service-oriented development of applications by allowing enterprise developers to wrap existing legacy programs and transactions into ready-to-use .NET, Java, or COBOL components, as well as Web services.

 

Pay-For-Play Business Services

This paper discusses new IT developments for EAI. It suggests the adoption of a 'pay for play' model to cover the exponential business service growth, offering a more equitable model for assessing value and usage in a business service environment and therefore enabling a more value-based charging structure. While it is likely that the primary area of benefit for this approach will be internal, offering as it does a much more realistic approach to apportioning IT costs amongst internal departments, it could also be extended to cover major business partners and perhaps even customers in the future.

 

Practical Approaches to Service-Oriented Architecture: Meeting the Demand Today and Tomorrow

The Integration Challenge: Delivering the Internet Opportunity Service-oriented architecture (SOA) is the most significant change for systems and applications since client server computing and the dawn of the relational database. A service-oriented architecture--a computer system based on having autonomous, federated actors working together across an intelligent network--is the application of the Internet to software architecture. The trend toward SOA will enable IT organizations to create more complex systems with less effort, link together business processes across geographical and corporate boundaries, and create new applications and systems that encompass the current mainframe, client/server, and Internet architectures.

 

Artix Mainframe Overview: Web Services Transformer and Web Services Developer

Artix Mainframe lets organizations repurpose their host business logic without application integration, enabling business agility through high-performance enterprise access to mainframe assets. It uniquely minimizes deployment risks by transparently managing integration issues like security and data conversions. This paper presents an overview of Artix Mainframe Web Services Transformer and Web Services Developer; it also presents a number of use cases to demonstrate the various ways in which Artix Mainframe can help companies maximize their mainframe assets.

 

Service Oriented Integration: A Strategy Brief

Service-Oriented Integration (SOI) combines traditional integration objectives with the open, flexible enabling capabilities of Web Services. SOI provides an abstracted interface with which systems can interact (rather than using low-level protocols and proprietary programming interfaces to define how systems talk to one another.)

This approach goes beyond integration, to enable the consolidation and rationalization of your company's technology assets while eliminating roadblocks that stifle business innovation. This white paper explain how to use SOI to reduce the liability of your heterogeneous IT systems, lower the cost and complexity of IT operations, and improve the flexibility of your mission-critical deployed systems NOW.

 

Big Iron Becomes a Lightweight

In many large companies applications implemented on OS/390 or z/OS continue to constitute the centerpiece of the IT landscape. For a time, it was fashionable to rewrite these applications, typically in Java, which was an undertaking usually doomed to failure. Today, many mainframe applications are isolated in an increasingly heterogeneous IT landscape. In the not too distant future, the maintenance and development of these systems will give rise to problems, not the least related to the aging mainframe IT workforce. According to a study by the Meta Group, 60% of mainframe personnel are over 50 years old . A way out of this dilemma is the transformation of mainframe applications into network-centric services, which can be seamlessly integrated into a decentralized, distributed architecture.

In this paper, we explore two paths by which mainframe applications can be represented as services, using CORBA and using Web services.

 

File Transfer for the Future

This white paper explores the renewed interest in File Transfer as part of a modern EAI strategy.

 

The Value IONA Brings to CORBA

This paper documents the business benefits of selecting IONA's market-leading CORBA technology.

 

Demystifying Enterprise Service Bus Technology

Learn how ESBs cut implementation complexities and dramatically reduce the TCO of integration projects. Over the past few years, the emergence of standards for enterprise communication, connectivity, transformation, portability and security have tried to simplify the enterprise integration and middleware problem. The Enterprise Service Bus, a new variation of software infrastructure, has added to the range of standards-based technologies that enterprises can use as the enterprise-nervous-system backbone. This white paper tries to demystify the newly emerging Enterprise Service Bus technology and examines the subtle but important differences in implementations of ESB technology by different vendors.

 

Dynamic Web Services

Learn how dynamic Web services provide a single cohesive platform for EAI, B2B integration, BPM, collaboration and general distributed computing requirements. Existing approaches to the EAI, BPM and related problems of enterprises don’t fully satisfy the underlying infrastructure requirements these problems demand. Service-based architectures, implemented on top of a fully distributed, peer-to-peer event-driven system, bring a whole new level of generality to the enterprise platform space. A Services Operating Platform (SOP) implemented this way addresses the needs of BPM at the application and human interaction levels. It addresses these needs within and across enterprises, and across multiple domains, including some areas that have traditionally been served by distinct solutions. An SOP thus allows an enterprise to create a unified computing infrastructure for all its distributed computing requirements, saving time and money and increasing process efficiencies across the board.

 

Production Web Services: The Critical Need for Monitoring and Analysis

Web services must be dependable, efficient and secure to fulfill the promise of significant benefits of deployment. In order to ensure that they are, and fix problems when they occur, Web services need to be monitored and their health analyzed. However, even IT organizations with sophisticated Web services deployed today cannot answer basic questions about the reliability, performance and security of their deployment. Therefore, the success of Web services depends, in part, on overcoming these operational challenges by incorporating cost-effective, flexible, nonintrusive and standards-based methods.

 

The Real Time Enterprise: Web Services Drives the Next Generation of Application Integration

Achieving the real-time enterprise requires a new way of connecting and extending existing systems such as sales, marketing, call center, point-of-presence, and web sites. This white paper explores potential applications of the real-time enterprise and describes the components needed to make it a reality. (Hint: you don't need to write lots of custom code, implement big-footprint integration platforms, or disruptively replace existing applications.)

 

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