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Feeling overwhelmed by the buzz about SOA—service oriented architecture? Take heart! Service Oriented Architecture For Dummies, 2nd Edition
makes it easy to understand, plan, and implement the latest SOA solutions for your business.
Whether you’re the IT person responsible for developing SOA or the executive who’s trying to get a handle on the concept, Service Oriented Architecture For Dummies, 2nd Edition will help you understand what SOA is, why it’s important, and how you can make the most of it. You’ll find out about the business and financial aspects of SOA, how to decide if you need it, and what it can mean to your bottom line. Discover how to:
- Identify the main components of SOA and how they work to create business processes
- Create reusable, flexible systems and avoid common pitfalls
- Deconstruct business processes and applications to identify their components, then put them together in new ways
- Construct SOA business applications for maximum adaptability
- Confirm quality in a situation that’s difficult to test, and assure the quality and consistency of your data
- Develop a governance strategy for SOA based on your company’s philosophy and culture
- Work with XML and understand how it’s used in SOA
- Maximize the benefits of unified communications
- Understand software ecosystems, rich interfaces, and the development lifecycle
Packed with real-life case studies illustrating how SOA has been applied in a variety of industries, Service Oriented Architecture For Dummies, 2nd Edition demystifies one of today’s hottest business tools.
Fully updated with the new developments in SOA technology and applications, SOA For Dummies 2e is not embalmed with nitty-gritty technology details. This is a true Dummies book that aims at demystifying SOA and making SOA concepts accessible to the vast numbers of people hearing "SOA" and clueless about what it really means.
-Service-Oriented Architecture For Dummies explains SOA to business and IT professionals alike. Service-oriented architecture is the most important initiative facing IT today and is not easy to grasp conceptually. Its implications are dramatic - it promises reusable flexible systems - the embodiment of the industrialization of software, yet its success is dependent on widespread adoption and change of thinking necessary to make it a reality. SOA For Dummies helps people understand what it is and why it's important, how it can impact them and what they can do to move SOA ahead in their own organizations.
-The book will cover what SOA is, why it matters, the ins and outs of XML, web services, collaboration, data managements, taking steps towards implementing SOA and case studies.
-Part three of the book will be dedicated to covering planning and implementing SOA.
Understand why SOA is important for business innovation and change
Feeling overwhelmed by the buzz about service oriented architecture? Take heart! This bestselling guide makes it easy to understand what SOA is, why it's important, and how your business can benefit. You'll discover how to create reusable, flexible systems; how IT and management team up to make SOA work; and what SOA means to your bottom line.
- What it is — see how SOA is designed for maximum adaptability
Building blocks — examine the main components of SOA and how they work
Break it to fix it — learn to deconstruct business processes and applications to identify their components, then put them together in new ways
The "X" factor — explore XML and how it's used in SOA
Who's the governor? — develop a governance strategy for SOA based on your company's business rules and requirements
Keep it clean — find out how to assure data quality and consistency
Everything in balance — understand SOA in context with Web 2.0, unified communications, and cloud computing
Open the book and find:
- An easy test to determine whether you need SOA
Four common pitfalls and how to avoid them
Lessons learned from successful IT executives
The significance of using a registry and repository
How to leverage existing assets
Why identity management software matters for SOA
The benefits of SOA service management
The ROI of SOA from real-world experiences
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- Based on interviews with over 50 cast members, production staff, and anyone of note involved in the film's creation
Destined to be a collectible and keepsake (along with the jerseys, bobbleheads, and other paraphernalia associated with the film), The Making of Slapshot is a must for fans eager to learn even more about their favorite film.
About the Author
Judith Hurwitz (President & CEO), Robin Bloor (Partner & Senior Consultant), Marcia Kaufman (Partner & COO), and Fern Halper (Partner & Senior Data Management Strategist) are executives at Hurwitz & Associates, strategy consultants specializing in data and service management and service oriented architecture. The team works with industry leaders on strategy and planning.
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Started with SOA.
Chapter 1: Getting to Know SOA.
Chapter 2: Are You Ready for SOA? A Self Test.
Chapter 3: Making Sure SOA Happens.
Chapter 4: SOA Quick Start: Entry Points for Starting the SOA Journey.
Part II: Introducing SOA Basics.
Chapter 5: Understanding Software Architecture.
Chapter 6: Working with Software Components.
Chapter 7: Discovering the Main Components of SOA.
Chapter 8: Playing Fast and Loose: Loose Coupling and Federation.
Chapter 9: The Collaborative Lifecycle of the Business Process.
Part III: Nitty-Gritty SOA.
Chapter 10: (e)Xplaining XML.
Chapter 11: Dealing with Adapters.
Chapter 12: Discovering the Service Broker.
Chapter 13: The Enterprise Service Bus.
Chapter 14: The SOA Service Manager.
Part IV: SOA Sustenance.
Chapter 15: SOA Governance.
Chapter 16: SOA Security.
Chapter 17: Turning Data into Services.
Chapter 18: SOA Software Development.
Chapter 19: The Registry and the Repository.
Chapter 20: Putting Quality into SOA.
Part V: Real Life with SOA.
Chapter 21: Financial Services.
Chapter 22: Government.
Chapter 23: Healthcare.
Chapter 24: Hospitality and Travel.
Chapter 25: Information Services.
Chapter 26: Manufacturing and Distribution.
Chapter 27: Retail.
Chapter 28: Telecommunications.
Chapter 29: Utilities and Energy.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 30: Ten Swell SOA Resources.
Chapter 31: Ten SOA No-Nos.