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Enterprise SOA: Designing IT for Business Innovation [Kindle Edition]

Dan Woods , Thomas Mattern
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Book Description

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:

  • What forces created the need for Enterprise Services Architecture?
  • How does ESA enable business process innovation?
  • How is model-driven development used at all levels of design, configuration, and deployment?
  • How do all the layers of technology that support ESA work together?
  • How will composite applications extend business process automation?
  • How does ESA create new models for IT governance?
  • How can companies manage disruptive change?
  • How can enterprise services be discovered and designed?
  • How will the process of adapting applications be simplified?

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.

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About the Author

Dan Woods, a seasoned CTO, has built technology for companies ranging from Time Inc. New Media to 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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  • File Size: 8003 KB
  • Print Length: 456 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (April 28, 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026OR33K
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful Book on SOA July 11, 2006
This is a very helpful book on SOA because it provides the business case for SOA, an excellent technical overview, and real-life examples of how to use it.

While it is written from an SAP perspective, any IT group that is investigating SOA will find value in this book -- as it describes how SOA impacts different layers of the IT stack (from persistence to business objects, to process orchestration, and uesr interfaces). It also provides actual case studies.
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SOA - reality today! July 2, 2006
By Tobias
Being a student of business and information management, I had heard about SOA before, both from a technical perspective (XML, Web services) and from a business standpoint (shiny visions of flexible processes). This book is like the missing link between the two areas! It does not only tell you that SOA will change organizations but it also shows *how* exactly this is going to happen. The authors describe all relevenat aspects, starting from organizational change down to the SAP tools that can be used to model processes and to create your own service-oriented applications.

What surprised me most was that ESA - SAP's flavour of SOA - is business-ready today! This is illustrated with numerous real-world examples from a wide range of corporations. The case studies give a good idea of useful ESA applications and show how the transition to a service-oriented infrastructure could take place.

"Enterprise SOA" is suited for everybody interested in information management, even without any previous knowledge in the SOA field. After reading through the book, you'll finally know how SOA is changing the business environment and how SAP is bringing the concepts to life based on open standards. Although you won't know every technical detail, you'll have learned enough to plan your organization's future in a service-oriented world.
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Dan Woods is an analyst, writer, and explainer, who aspires to live the examined life in technology.

Dan's primary mission is to understand and explain how technology makes people more effective in achieving their goals. His strong belief is that we are at the threshold of a golden age of IT, in which the promise of gaining value from technology will be fulfilled, breaking free of many past frustrations. Dan pursues this mission in two ways.

Research, Consulting, Speaking: Dan is constantly seeking out how technology is working and how it is not. Dan performs research in collaboration with CIOs, CTOs, IT practitioners at all levels, and vendors. Dan publishes his findings in and on his own site, which is dedicated to advancing the craft of technology leadership. He speaks about his research in venues large and small.

Content Marketing: Based on his background as a a CTO and journalist, Dan brings principles of software development to the practice of content creation. The result is Evolved Media, a purpose-built newsroom for content marketing for B2B technology companies. For startups, growing companies, and large organizations, Evolved Media creates streams of content used for blogs and contributed articles, as well as white papers, infographics, comic books, webinars, videos, and books. Evolved Media has created more than 25 books.

Dan is excitable, fun to talk to, loves food, music, stories, and almost any nerdy pursuit. Give him a call.

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