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Enterprise Soa: Designing It for Business Innovationby Dan Woods
Synopses & Reviews
Is there room for improvement in the way your network SOA enables applications to communicate and perform services for one another? Then you'll want to take a serious look at Enterprise Services Architecture (ESA), which is fast becoming the leading SOA technology. With ESA, monolithic enterprise applications are broken apart into layers and offered as components that make extensive use of web services. With these components, companies gain the flexibility to craft the optimal IT infrastructure, eliminating bottlenecks and reducing the cost of implementation.
Our new guide, Enterprise Services Architecture: Designing IT for Business Innovation, demonstrates how your enterprise can transform current solutions into technology that will better serve the needs of your customers. Commissioned by the German software development company SAP, this definitive book is ideal for architects, developers and other IT professionals who want to understand ESA in a detailed way-especially those of you who want to move on the technology now, rather than in the next year or two.
Each chapter in the book is organized as a set of theoretical and practical questions with answers and examples that offer a clear story. To partition ESA into digestible portions, the authors boiled everything down into five concepts:
Conceiving a Vision for ESA - This section delves deep into the technical aspects of ESA.
Consuming Services-Using services to solve IT problems within the organization: This business-focused material shows you how services can be consumed immediately to configure standard software to solve a much larger set of problems.
Composing with Services-Assembling newapplications and services from existing services: This section demonstrates how services can extend standard software by building on existing functionality as much as possible.
Creating Services-Creating new web services from scratch: How new services are created is described to provide technologists a deeper understanding of the tools and processes involved.
Controlling Services -discusses new forms of governance based on services as well as lifecycle management, operations, security, and standards.
ESA is already changing the way vendors build applications and the way companies use them. Enterprise Services Architecture: Designing IT for Business Innovation presents a forward-looking approach that you can use to meet future development challenges with ease and agility.
Book News Annotation:
For information technology professionals, executives, and business analysts, this book explains enterprise service-oriented architecture (ESA) and describes the progress that SAP is making toward creating a business platform supported by services. In a question and answer format, the chapters cover technical aspects, using services to create value, how composite applications are constructed from services, how services are created and managed, and new forms of governance, management, security, and standards. Examples of how ESA has been used are included. There is no bibliography. Mattern, who works at SAP, has experience in product marketing and management with a focus on distributed software architectures and enterprise application development. Woods is associated with a firm that offers content creation, editorial, and publishing services to information technology-focused and other companies. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Information Technology professionals can use this book to move beyond the excitement of web services and service oriented architecture (SOA) and begin the process of finding actionable ideas to innovate and create business value. In Enterprise SOA: Designing IT for Business Innovation, SAP's blueprint for putting SOA to work is analyzed from top to bottom. In addition to design, development, and architecture, vital contextual issues such as governance, security, change management, and culture are also explored. This comprehensive perspective reduces risk as IT departments implement ESA, a sound, flexible architecture for adapting business processes in response to changing market conditions.
This book answers the following questions:
Based on extensive research with experts from the German software company SAP, this definitive book is ideal for architects, developers, and other IT professionals who want to understand the technology and business relevance of ESA in a detailed way--especially those who want to move on the technology now, rather than in the next year or two.
About the Author
Dan Woods, a seasoned CTO, has built technology for companies ranging from Time Inc. New Media to TheStreet.com. He has managed the product development cycle from initial requirements through sales for web sites and software products designed for the publishing and financial services industries. Dan has also navigated all phases of the business cycle: crafting strategy and budgets, building and managing large development teams, writing patent applications, negotiating large vendor agreements, operating data centers, communicating with board members, raising money, and selling and marketing a product. Dan is the author of two books and a frequent contributor to InfoWorld and other publications.
Thomas Mattern, Solution Marketing Manager for Enterprise Services Architecture at SAP, has over 10 years experience in product marketing and management with a focus on distributed software architectures and enterprise application development. Thomas is a frequent speaker who has written numerous articles about the application of technology to business.
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