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Product Details

  • Paperback: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (June 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470223650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470223659
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #980,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

You need more than theory to make SOA work.

You need this practical guide.

The challenge today's IT professionals face is not how to builda service. It's how to build a quality service, based on soliddesign principles and integrated into an architecture that enhancesoverall business processes. If you are a systems architect ordesigner, a business analyst, or an IT manager, this book gives youthe architecture and design principles along with a methodologythat empowers you to meet that challenge. Here are the tools youneed to develop services that deliver the benefits of SOA.

  • Understand how SOA provides improved flexibility, reduced costs,and competitive advantages

  • Examine the overall enterprise context, architectural layers,domain-specific concepts, and essential service characteristics

  • Learn how to align SOA with your business, identify services,and create solutions

  • Explore business architecture and business process modeling

  • See how to design service interfaces and implementations

  • Create enterprise services that integrate existing applicationsand data

  • Create enterprise solutions from existing services

  • Apply security blueprints for determining and implementingappropriate safeguards

  • Utilize successful techniques for flexible servicecompositionand semantic interoperability

  • Prepare to effectively manage your projects, utilizing bestpractices and strategies for SOA management and governance

  • Benefit from detailed case study examples

About the Author

Michael Rosen is chief scientist for Wilton ConsultingGroup, editorial director of the SOA Institute, Director ofArchitecture for Cutter Consortium, and a respected industryspokesperson.

Boris Lublinsky is lead architect at Navteq, where he isresponsible for SOA and BPM implementations.

Kevin T. Smith is a technical director at McDonaldBradley, Inc., where he builds highly secure and data-driven SOAsolutions for the U.S. government.

Marc J. Balcer founded ModelCompilers.com, a provider oftools and services for model-based development.

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Daconta on September 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
I found this book valuable for providing a solid approach to designing service oriented architectures. It is important for people to understand that this book does not focus on implementing web services - there are plenty of other books that do that. This book focuses on the hard parts - how to design an architecture around the concept of services.
This book is also not a "cookbook" - it does not offer easy answers to these tough problems. Instead it walks you through the thought process so you can learn how to come up with the right answers yourself.
I am actively using this book to help my customers get started with SOA and to help them avoid common design pitfalls. My favorite chapter is Chapter 9: Using Services to Build Enterprise Solutions. The distinction between today's monolothic applications and tomorrow's composite applications requires a paradigm shift that the authors express well.
Finally, I especially liked the practical approach, practical steps and practical advice continually peppered throughout the entire book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven P. Brown on September 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have not seen a SOA book that is as practical as this one. Most of the people I work with understand why SOA is important, and we all get the vision by now. Many of the other popular SOA books ONLY focus on the vision and "what is SOA?" but not much else.

This book is different. It provides details. It focuses on architecture, design, and provides in-depth guidance for a wide variety of problem areas that we all encounter when we build SOA implementations. The book is a long one, but it is worth the read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Didier Le Tien on August 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading this book which will probably appeal to both IT managers and Enterprise Architects. It has a nice balance between the strategy aspect of SOA and its technical side. The key concepts are well defined and clearly illustrated.

For those planning to introduce SOA in their organization - or those who just want to know more on the topic- this book is definitely a must have!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Musser on September 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
I just recently read through Applied SOA, and I found it to be one of the most practical and comprehensive SOA books out there. What I thought was especially helpful were all of the examples - specifically some of stories of where SOA implementations have gone wrong, how they were corrected, and how to avoid traps. I especially appreciated the in-depth case studies at the end of the book. I haven't seen many books that offer such a practical approach, and that is why this book stands out.

I thought that Part 1 of the book is good for those new to SOA, and I found that the rest of the book provides great guidance and detail for more seasoned architects. I liked the chapters on "Using Services to Build Enterprise Solutions" and "Designing and Using Integration in SOA Solutions", as they provided much detail. I have to disagree about an earlier review on this site - I found the chapters on SOA Security and SOA Governance to be incredibly well-done. I thought that the SOA security chapter was comprehensive in laying out different security blueprints, and I felt that the governance chapter focused on governance in a technology and vendor-neutral way, which is rare to find these days..

If I were to make one complaint, it would be that the book is very large. It is not a quick read, but it is a comprehensive guide to SOA and it is practical. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Van Schelven on September 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book clearly explains the concepts and principles of SOA and makes the vital link to Enterprise Architecture. I would highly recommend this book to start with. If you then need more detail on for instance SOA Design Principles or SOA Design Patterns read Thomas Erl's series.
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More About the Author

KEVIN T. SMITH is Director of Technology Solutions and Outreach for the Applied Mission Systems Division at Novetta Solutions, where he provides strategic technology leadership and develops innovative, highly secure, and data-focused software solutions for customers.

Focused on Cyber Security, Big Data, Cloud, and Service-Oriented Solutions, Smith has written many technology articles and is a frequent speaker at conferences such as the RSA Security Conference, JavaOne, The Semantic Technology Conference, and ApacheCon.